Research

Triple Threat

Summer 2015 — 2 comments

He’s a golf champion and an unwavering basketball fan, but Andy North has a third passion.

Oh, Deer

Summer 2015

The greatest threat to Wisconsin’s forests may not be pollution or urban sprawl.

Counting the Ways

Summer 2015 — 1 comment

A new report attaches impressive numbers to a longstanding link between the university and it state.

Plastics Pioneers

Summer 2015

This ubiquitous material has surprising roots at UW — and it's a connection that spurred a thriving Wisconsin industry.

How to Beat Ebola

Summer 2015

UW scientists make encouraging progress toward a vaccine.

Land of Possibilities

Summer 2015

In a new UW lab, students create cool things for our interconnected world.

Kindness in the Classroom

Summer 2015

A study finds that early mindfulness training leads to improved academics.

Dark Side, Bright Spot

Summer 2015

Revisiting a controversial experiment finds nuances in human nature.

The Warlord’s Biographer

Spring 2015 — 2 comments · 1 reader letter

In his recent book, Brian Williams PhD’99 sets the record straight on Afghanistani general and now vice president Abdul Dostum, who, along with his cavalry of two thousand Uzbek horsemen, helped the United States defeat the Taliban in a key battle in late 2001.

Neutrino Man

Spring 2015

Francis Halzen doesn’t see himself as a superhero.

One Diaper at a Time

Spring 2015

An unexpected process may lead to an earlier diagnosis for sick babies.

Liking Lichen

Spring 2015

The Wisconsin State Herbarium has added 60,000 samples to its collection.

The Chemistry of Truthfulness

Spring 2015

UW Professor William Bleckwenn 1917, who first used sodium amytal to treat people with schizophrenia, had little idea that his pioneering work would lead to what is popularly known as truth serum.

Desludging Dakar

Spring 2015 — 1 comment

Using her understanding of human decision-making, Laura Schechter is improving sanitation in Senegal — and in the process, she's changing the way that social scientists and economists think.

Splash Mob

Winter 2014

Citizen scientists provide clarity for lake researchers’ big questions.

At Loggerheads

Winter 2014

Where do all the baby turtles go?

Football Helmets

Winter 2014

Do Models Matter?

Buzzworthy Research

Winter 2014 — 1 comment

Who knew? Tagging bumblebees can help farmers with their crops.

From Wisconsin Ideas to Global Products

Winter 2014

A new effort guides entrepreneurs from campus to commercialization.

Quick Takes: Winter 2014

Winter 2014

UW News in Brief.

Are the Kids Really All Right?

Winter 2014

As the cost of college education rises, so does the need for financial literacy. UW administrators and researchers are trying to find the best ways to educate students and parents about debt, value, and planning for the future.

Packing Up a War

Winter 2014

The Wisconsin National Guard, with Badgers among its members, is dismantling the massive amount of stuff that supported military efforts in Afghanistan. And a UW professor is playing a key role in bringing it home.

Fulsome Prison Blues

Fall 2014 — 9 comments · 2 reader letters

As a student, UW sociology professor Alice Goffman spent six years immersed in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. What she learned shaped her understanding of urban policy and inspired a break-out book.

Behind the Screens

Fall 2014 — 5 comments · 1 reader letter

What does it take to produce one of those courses with the funny name? We look at the intense planning, the in-the-field work, and the post-production effort required to create a MOOC.

Bucky, Beware!

Fall 2014 — 1 comment · 1 reader letter

The fox is in town and stealing hearts all over Madison.

Making It Count

Fall 2014

How can we reform the American voting process?

Social Potential

Fall 2014

Can spending time online translate into citizen action?

Love at First Image

Fall 2014 — 1 reader letter

Ultrasounds create a powerful connection for dads-to-be.

Anthropology 370

Fall 2014

Despite daily deluges, twelve students in this anthropology course spent most of June sifting and winnowing dirt.

Leading the Whey

Fall 2014

A tart beverage makes for a sweet partnership.

Teaching Controversy

Fall 2014 — 1 comment

How can we prepare our kids to participate in the highly polarized world of politics?

Does Democracy Work?

Fall 2014 — 2 comments

Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.

Nothing Fishy Here

Summer 2014 — 1 comment

A tasty hybrid fish is making its way to your local grocery store.

The Secret World of Sloths

Summer 2014

Turns out those weekly bathroom breaks are part of a grand plan.

A Question of Characters

Summer 2014

Kids’ books are missing the diversity of modern America.

Gender Divide

Summer 2014 — 1 comment

Does separating boys and girls boost achievement? Not so fast.

Out of Sync

Summer 2014

On March 7, 2014, the lights went out for the last time at UW–Madison’s Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC).

What Nerve!

Summer 2014

The Neuron Project sells cells to fund epilepsy research.

Quick Takes: Summer 2014

Summer 2014

UW News in Brief

Musical Numbers

Summer 2014 — 3 comments · 2 reader letters

Math and music are connected in some surprising ways, and David Kung '94, MA'96, PhD'00 has made it his business to become an expert in all of them.