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Christy Remucal working in the lab
January 3, 2023

Northeastern Wisconsin PFAS plume moves into Green Bay via groundwater

A new study has found that a plume of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from an industrial source has made its way into Green Bay, Lake Michigan, through the movement…

UW Crest with engineering background
December 13, 2022

TOPS Lab hopes to slow down pandemic-fueled distracted, impaired driving in Wisconsin

Traffic plunged across the United States at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. Wisconsin’s traffic followed this trend, too, plummeting along with total crashes. Paradoxically, even with…

Graduate student Reid Milstead takes samples from a lake
November 30, 2022

Shining light on the sun’s role in lake carbon cycling

Lakes are home to reservoirs of organic matter that may ultimately move into the soil or the atmosphere. Christy Remucal, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UW-Madison,…

October 31, 2022

UW-Madison a partner in $15 million effort to commercialize more university advances

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is among 14 Midwest universities to join the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) network—a program designed to move more discoveries from research laboratories into the…

Anya Wolterman, DJ Bustos, Ben Jahnke, and Samantha Kleich at a geothermal plant
October 26, 2022

Understanding the hidden stressors in geothermal plant operations

Geothermal plants can change the earth around them, and not just while they’re active. Such plants draw on heat in fractured underground reservoirs. They pump up heated water, which can…

UW Crest with engineering background
October 21, 2022

Understanding freshwater foam may help in fight against PFAS “forever chemicals”

The waters of Lake Monona slosh against the rocks that Summer Sherman is balanced on, soaking her shoes and legs as she leans forward with gloved hands to scoop handfuls…

plastic waste recycling iStock image
October 21, 2022

“Recyclopedia” will bring researchers up to speed on plastic waste recycling

A paper in the journal Green Chemistry led by postdoctoral researcher Houqian Li and George Huber, the Richard L. Antoine Professor in chemical and biological engineering at the University of…

Joel Baraka and Anson Liow
September 29, 2022

A quest to learn: Baraka and Liow create educational African card game

Joel Baraka and Anson Liow’s newest game can take its players on an educational quest across the African continent. Baraka is working with his longtime friend and fellow civil and…

Group shot with Max Beal in Kenya
September 14, 2022

Analyzing an ‘Erie’ algae similarity with Kenya’s Kisumu Bay

When spring comes around, freeing Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin, from its annual deep freeze, environmental engineer Paul Block and his students study the season’s climate conditions to predict what…

Researchers working on geothermal exchanges at Epic Systems
September 13, 2022

Going underground to heat and cool top-level facilities

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are helping the U.S. government improve energy efficiency at an array of federal buildings. James Tinjum, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and director…