A greyscale electron microscopy image of a plant cell is shown on the left, the false-color rendering of the features in the EM image is shown on the right
Give most kids a basic microscope and a leaf or a drop of pond water, and they are in awe of the, well, microscopic patterns and organisms they can now see. Give a cell biologist a transmission electron microscope (TEM), and they can understand how structures within cells are organized […]

Seeing things more clearly, thanks to campus-wide microscopy effort


Seven days before the polar vortex blanketed Madison in nearly record-low temperatures, researchers, meteorologists  and UW administrative leaders were already discussing how campus would be affected. Immediately after learning of the impending cold, Shane Hubbard began to work with UWPD’s Emergency Management Unit to advise and prepare campus . A research […]

Disaster watch: Meet the meteorologist who keeps campus safe


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This is a guest post by Amelia Liberatore, a marketing intern with the UW–Madison Department of Food Science. The human gut is a complex ecosystem dominated by bacteria that help digest food and keep one’s gastrointestinal tract in check. One population that lives in the gut are so-called lysogenic bacteria, […]

Fructose can trigger viruses in the gut’s microbiome



Ice crystals form on the orb of a soapy bubble that froze during subzero weather atop Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Jan. 8, 2014. 3
The post office suspended mail delivery. Schools and campuses across the Midwest closed down. Temperatures in Chicago, Madison and other Great Lakes cities dipped lower than those in Antarctica. We’re ok. There’s nothing to see here. How’s everyone doing? pic.twitter.com/g0VuDIiU6q — UW–Madison Science (@UWMadScience) January 30, 2019  Surely that means […]

The polar vortex should kill bugs, right? Not so much.


Legos - building blocks
A study published today (Jan. 8) in eLife, led by University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor of Biochemistry and Bacteriology Robert Landick and his research team, reveals for the first time the elemental mechanism behind transcriptional pausing, which underlies the control of gene expression in all living organisms. It also provides new understanding […]

New insight into gene expression in all living things


In July of 2018, a stalwart tree that had towered over the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus for generations and provided shade and residence for countless organisms was cut down. The American elm was one of the many long-standing elms in the U.S. to succumb to Dutch elm disease. Despite great […]

Elm tree conservation stayed by hybrid species research




By Bekah McBride, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies A study published Wednesday, November 14 in Science Advances by The Nature Conservancy and 21 scientific partners in the United States and Europe highlights the power of natural landscapes to resist climate change in the U.S.. Because grasslands, wetlands, forests and other ecosystems naturally […]

Grasslands among the best landscapes to curb climate change


Waisman Center senior scientist Alexander Converse and colleagues from several international universities recently published a rhesus macaque brain atlas aligned to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) template.
This post was contributed by Mason Muerhoff, who is the Associate University Relations Specialist for the Waisman Center.  In search of a way to improve how scientists analyze brain images, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Waisman Center decided to build a brain. Or at least, a brain model. Waisman […]

How to make an open-source, computerized map of the brain