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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,…

A technician works with radioisotopes
November 21, 2022

From isotopes to internships, UW-Madison partnership energizes growing Wisconsin company

In late 2019, staff at Beloit, Wisconsin-based company NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes opened a package filled with radioactive materials. The delivery sparked an ongoing research collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison…

Komal Chawla working in the lab
November 17, 2022

New carbon nanotube-based foam promises superior protection against concussions

Developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers, a lightweight, ultra-shock-absorbing foam material could vastly improve helmets designed to protect people from strong blows. The new material exhibits 18 times higher specific…

Daniel van der Weide and Marcos Martinez in lab
November 9, 2022

In a big twist, a tiny helix could improve satellite communications

Engineers at UW-Madison have developed a new, extremely small self-winding helix that may be easily mass produced and allow manufacturers to develop devices that can access unused sections of the…

Yonatan Mintz and PhD student Eric Pulick working at a computer
November 8, 2022

Mintz creating framework for safe, ethical AI

Artificial intelligence is spreading across industries, handling tasks like credit card and insurance approvals, assisting with medical diagnoses and even surgeries, and driving autonomous vehicles. Before long, AI could make…

James Swanke inspects a megawatt aviation motor
November 7, 2022

With NASA funding, multi-university team aims to get electric planes off the ground

In fall 2022, UW-Madison PhD student James Swanke spent several weeks at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) facility near Sandusky, Ohio, performing the final tests on a one- megawatt…

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…

Kailee Buttice working in the lab
October 26, 2022

Partnering with industry and national labs, Couet aims to accelerate advances in clean energy technologies

When the Palo Alto Research Center was looking for a way to test how its new ceramic material would perform in the harsh, high-temperature environment of a concentrated solar power…

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…