A photomicrograph of Neisseria meningitidis//Photo: CDC
Earlier this month, two UW–Madison undergraduate students were hospitalized with serogroup B meningococcal disease, a potentially life-threatening condition. Meningococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Neiserria meniningitides and can lead to meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane (the meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Many of us carry the bacteria around with us in our […]

Meningitis: Why UW undergraduate students should get vaccinated

Steel tower stands behind helicopter platform on ship; with various rigging and electronic gear visible.
Seismologists cannot predict earthquakes today, but understanding the physical properties of rocks in fault zones may some day improve the situation. We spoke with Tamara Jeppson, a UW-Madison Ph.D. student, during her 62-day stint with International Ocean Discovery Expedition 362, which is studying what led to the deadly Indonesian tsunami in […]

From the bottom up: Researchers explore a most dangerous fault

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UW Oncology professor Caroline Alexander had a good problem to tackle: She was studying a strain of mice that are resistant to up to 80 percent of tumors. Naturally, she wanted to learn why. “But none of the resistance mechanisms we were proposing were panning out,” Alexander, a researcher with […]

A big, fat picture of body fats

Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean on October 2, 2016
On Tuesday night (Oct. 4) an unmanned drone called Global Hawk will fly into Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm currently aiming for the Caribbean. Global Hawk is a high-altitude drone capable of flying long-range missions into and above storm systems to gather a wealth of data on wind speeds, moisture, pressure and temperature, […]

Forecast uncertain, an unmanned drone will fly into Hurricane Matthew

detail from patent drawing of Particle Coating Apparatus. Courtesy WARF
Nation’s premier university-technology office showcases some of its greatest hits Science and art cross paths in an exhibit featuring contemporary and vintage patent drawings, courtesy of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). WARF has assisted generations of UW–Madison inventors patent their discoveries and advance them to the marketplace. Artistry of Innovation […]

Artistry of Innovation: WARF Patent Drawings Through Time

Fragile X gene
Waisman Center researchers Anita Bhattacharyya and Xinyu Zhao are looking to make stem cells glow. That glow will tell them whether they have successfully turned on a gene that is usually turned off in individuals with fragile X syndrome. Turning on this gene, FMR1, could be an important way to treat this syndrome. Fragile […]

Making stem cells glow for fragile X

A plasma globe operating in a darkened room.
In a sense, kinases are like cellular spark plugs, says Kaine Korzekwa, a science writer for the UW–Madison biochemistry department. They help kick-start complex cellular machines, like the ones that decipher genome to transcribe RNA from DNA. But in another sense, he says, they’re like electrical relays, transferring signals from one cellular […]

Shutting down cellular “spark plugs” to understand how they work

Don’t be fooled by the size of Hepatitis B: Despite being one of the smallest known viruses, it annually infects nearly 3 million more people and kills almost 1 million. Yet surprisingly little is known about its biology. Ok, a little more than a little is known. Hepatitis B (HBV) […]

Living in the liver: New insights into Hepatitis B chronic ...

Informational flyers posted to a kiosk outside the Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison serve as a reminder for eligible student voters of locations on campus to cast their ballots on Nov. 6, 2012, for the presidential election and several state positions. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
“It’s much easier to predict the election than a lot of things,” says Laura Albert McLay. The election of the president of the United States, she means. Which seems surprising, even coming from a professor of industrial and systems engineering who models complex systems like emergency services and healthcare in […]

More than one way to play presidential pick ’em