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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Graduate students of Dr. Ansari's lab design synthetic transcription factors.
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Precision therapies advance at UW

By mimicking natural molecular pathways in the human body, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed molecular tools that could regulate gene expression. Natural transcription factors bind to genetic sequences and trigger the expression of different genes, which later produce different proteins.


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Split brain activity allows you to listen and drive, simultaneously. Five UW faculty members elected AAAS Fellows. New model to predict weather.


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Sciencecast: Climate Change Series - Episode 5

In episode five, we focus on sustainable agriculture and how the food we eat impacts the environment. Instead of meeting with UW experts, we turn to students who are knowledgeable about food insecurity, gardening and farming and the connections between agriculture and climate change.


A section of the UW Hoofers pier, pulled from Lake Mendota in early November, was coated in zebra mussels, an invasive species found in the lake last fall.
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Zebra mussels found in Lake Mendota

Lake Mendota had once been the home for swimming, sailing and fishing, among many other recreational and scenic activities. But since the discovery of zebra mussels in the lake by a limnology lab last fall, the lake’s environment has shifted, resulting in changed food sources for fish and less attractive experiences for water activities at the Memorial Union terrace on a summer day. Throughout the summer following the zebra mussel discovery, Lake Mendota had become completely invaded by the mussels, with amounts ranging from 10 zebra mussels per square meter to 60,000 in some areas of the lake, which has created an imbalanced ecosystem, resulting in many future changes to the lake’s ecology and aesthetics.


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UW professors develop sensors to detect harmful materials: University of Wisconsin-Madison professors of chemical and biological engineering have recently developed new ways to detect explosives, pollutants and chemical disease markers.


From Oct. 20 until Nov. 2, UW-Madison's University Health Services vaccinated roughly 20,400 students for meningitis B at the Southeast Recreational Facility with the help of student volunteers.
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Students respond to meningitis on campus

Sore arms and talks of a deadly infection flooded the campus last week, a result of students swarming the Southeast Recreational Facility to receive the first of two free meningococcal B vaccines offered by the university’s health services after three University of Wisconsin-Madison students fell ill this past month. Roughly 20,400 vaccines had been distributed with the help of nursing students, pharmacy students and other Dane County public health officials over the three week period spanning from Oct. 20 until Nov. 2.


The solar-charged battery, developed at UW-Madison, stores the sun's energy.
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Battery technology aims to store the sun

Every day, the Earth is bombarded by energy from a source more powerful than humanity could ever replicate: the sun. But this power is not so kind as to be easily harnessed. Even with the wealth of solar technology available and in development, problems persist. Sunlight is a fickle resource, unable to be collected at night or when the weather is cloudy. Because of this inconsistency in production, solar energy’s main sticking point is storage. If solar power can be stored efficiently when the sun is shining, it can be dispersed at any given time. Song Jin, a professor in the chemistry department at UW-Madison, is looking into this area.


Karen Strier, professor of anthropology and zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured in her office in Sewell Social Sciences Building on April 19, 2010. Strier and Professor Susan Alberts at Duke University are co-principal investigators of the Primate Life History Database (http://plhdb.org/), a collaborative and comprehensive database, launched in 2010, that contains data collected from long-term field studies of seven species of lemurs, monkeys and apes.
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UW professor elected president of International Primatological Society, works to protect muriqui monkeys

In an office cluttered with monkey memorabilia —stuffed animals, posters and photos, books galore —Dr. Karen Strier smiled as she spoke about the species she holds close to her heart: the muriqui monkeys. Strier, the UW-Madison Vilas Research Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology, however, has a new accomplishment to add to her list. Last August, she was chosen to be the president of the International Primatological Society.


The yellow bumblebee, seen here gathering nectar on St. John's Wort, is one of 12 bumblebee species found in the UW-Madison Arboretum. 
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Rare bees find home at UW Arboretum

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum has provided a natural home, full of rich resources and desirable terrain for the rusty-patched bumblebee, that was discovered at the Arboretum in 2010 and is now proposed for the Endangered Species List by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been focusing their resources at the Arboretum to study the rusty-patched bumblebee, which has become a rarity in places it was once abundant. “We didn’t know the rusty-patched bumblebee was here, originally,” Susan Carpenter, the native plant gardener at the UW-Madison Arboretum, said.


The Science Festival at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery featured an array of vintage arcade style games that offered an opportunity for attendees of all ages to learn about science.
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A review of the Science Festival’s Arcade Night

Friday’s Science Arcade Night, part of the annual 4-day Wisconsin Science Festival at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, was a wonderful fusion of science, technology, games and fun. Families, couples and students all enjoyed what the event had to offer. True to the event’s name, the ring of large, clunky arcade games was one of the first sights that greeted the festival goers when they walked in— a charming and vintage scene. Nearby, several science-related board games were set up, including a game integrating disease outbreak and Star Wars.


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Science in brief

“Science in brief” is a new column featured in the Daily Cardinal. Highlighting other science stories not covered in full, “Science in brief” hopes to shed light on the plethora of research the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers. In brief this week: Rockd, Electron Beam Lithography and heart patches.


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