UW-Madison hosted its 14th annual Science Expedition over the weekend to highlight research performed by students, faculty and scientists at the university. The expedition allowed attendees to interact with students and professors at UW-Madison laboratories, museums, greenhouses and research centers.
UW-Madison announced the renewal of its funding with the National Science Foundation to operate a telescope known as “IceCube” buried under ice in the South Pole, according to a university news release. The funding for IceCube will be $35 million over the next five years. IceCube is located at the NSF’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and operates to detect high-energy cosmic neutrinos, the discovery of which has led to other scientific findings, according to the release.
Two UW-Madison professors are helping analyze data on American science and health literacy with the National Academy of Sciences panel for a report to be released in 2017. Dominique Brossard, a life sciences communication professor, and Noah Feinstein, a School of Education professor, serve as two of 12 members on the committee.
UW–Madison engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark and be used for search-and-rescue robots, surgical scopes, telescopes and recreational purposes, including night photography. Hongru Jiang, a UW-Madison professor of computer and biomedical engineering and the study’s author, said he gained inspiration for the artificial eye from unique cells that make up the retina of elephant nose fish, according to a university release.
Members of the UW-Madison community met Tuesday night at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery to hear a lecture given by UW-Madison professor of life science and communication Dietram A.
President Barack Obama announced earlier in February that the Director of Metabolism at the Morgridge Institute for Research Dave Pagliarini is one of the 105 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award, which was created in 1996, is given to scientists who show great potential in the early portion of their careers.
The universe is a vast and mysterious space, filled with distant and puzzling objects, but UW-Madison physics professor Peter Timbie has played a huge role in helping to demystify it by giving us a deeper understanding of the incredibly rare cosmological phenomenon called Fast Radio Burst: a singular pulse of radio signal. Timbie and his lab work with understanding the early universe, using large radio telescopes to detect the signals emitted by distant pulsars, which are neutron stars that emit regular and repeated radio wave signals across the universe. During a radio survey using the Green Bank Radio Telescope in Green Bank, Va., they heard that a research group in Australia had detected over ten Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs.
Rockefeller University announced Thursday that Sean B. Carroll, UW-Madison evolutionary biologist and author, won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. The award was established in 1993 to honor individuals writing about science “whose voice and vision can tell us about science’s aesthetic and philosophical dimensions, providing not merely new information but cause for reflection, even revelation,” according to a university release.
The Yahara Watershed reaches around the city of Madison and its defining lakes. It’s a large stretch of land, spanning farms and forests and dotted by the occasional construction site that slowly reshapes and urbanizes its traditional farms and prairies. In the center are five lakes, each one fed by the rain that flows down the periphery of the watershed and into the Yahara River, ultimately leading through the rivers and streams that join the Mississippi and drain into the Gulf of Mexico almost a thousand miles away. In a Birge Hall lab seemingly isolated from that network of water that flows around it, Jiangxiao Qiu studied models of the region, observing data sets created from Department of Natural Resources mapping, UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology and other organizations.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that affects more and more people every day. Resulting from experiences of traumatic events, PTSD is characterized by intense recurring flashbacks and high emotions of fear when the patient is overly triggered by a normally mild stimulus.
With a variety of courses and flexible curriculum, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies offers students the broad education they need to collectively solve environmental problems.
Dear Ms. Scientist,
After seeing the most recent film about the life and career of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, software pioneer and co-founder of Microsoft, is absolutely ecstatic about the biographical films he expects to come out about him after he dies. “It’s just so exciting to think about all the great movies they might make about me,” said Gates while energetically bouncing around in his seat.