Monthly Archives: August 2015


Brilliant yellow flower with fringed stamens loaded with pollen.
The pharmacy garden outside Rennebohm Hall hosts a couple dozen plant species that are traditionally used for depression, anxiety, menopause, fever, gout and rheumatism. The point, says garden initiator Jeanette Roberts, a professor of pharmacy, is to show how the roots of many medicines lie in the plants around us. UW-Madison researchers […]

Pharmacy garden explores plant roots of medicine



Students sit during mindfulness practice
Mindfulness is quite the buzzword these days, yet most of us would probably be hard-pressed to describe what mindfulness actually is. And what it is not. The practice is an old one, dating back centuries, and researchers at UW-Madison are hoping some sound, evidence-based science will lend it more Western credibility […]

Are you as mindful as a 5th grader?



Pink-purple, circular flower with darker purple center and yellow stamens and pistils.
Located on University Ave. at Mills St. in Madison, Wis., the 500+ species Botany Garden serves research, teaching and the senses. Mo Fayyaz, the horticultural mastermind  who has directed the garden for more than 30 years, says it’s “the first garden in the world to be based on angiosperm phylogeny.” Related […]

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Comic explains cancer find linking experimental vaccine, biological treatment A University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemist has linked two seemingly unrelated cancer treatments: A vaccine that targets a structure on the outside of cancer cells, and An altered enzyme that breaks RNA and causes the cell to commit suicide.

Bio-comix to the rescue!


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If you live in Wisconsin, fish are important. The Friday night fish fry is a sacred, culture-driven meal. Fishing, whether in an urban pond, an icy Driftless Area trout stream or a Vilas County lake, is a cherished tradition, often a bonding experience between parent and child or with friends. […]

Let’s Go Fish!