Research

The Warlord’s Biographer

Spring 2015 — 2 comments

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.

Liking Lichen

Spring 2015

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

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.

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?

Quick Takes: Winter 2014

Winter 2014

UW News in Brief.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Empty Nests

Summer 2014 — 10 comments · 1 reader letter

What can we learn from the demise of the passenger pigeon? Key Wisconsinites say the lesson is clear: don't let it happen again.

Seeing Results

Summer 2014 — 4 comments

As scientists unravel the mysteries of human DNA, genetic counselors stand ready to interpret what it all means.

Head Injuries: Tiny Subjects Shed Light

Spring 2014 — 2 comments

UW scientists find that fruit flies can inform damage in humans.

Coming of Age

Spring 2014 — 4 comments

Children diagnosed with autism will grow up, and that presents entirely different challenges for them and their families. Now the UW's Waisman Center is offering guideposts for the journey.

Ditching Comments

Spring 2014 — 1 comment

Research provokes a broad conversation about narrowing conversation.

Quick Takes: Spring 2014

Spring 2014

UW News in Brief

Eew or Yum?

Summer 2013 — 2 comments

A pioneering UW entomologist helped start the insects-as-food movement.

Waisman’s Legacy

Spring 2014

Waisman’s legacy started with a different name: Kennedy.