Not long ago, come rain or storm, outdoor athletic events went on — regardless of the weather and its potential hazards. But today, improvements in weather forecasting are making it possible to ensure public safety during large outdoor college sporting events. More »
By nearly any measure, it was the largest and most complex international field experiment ever conducted in meteorology up to the mid-1970s. More »
As the next generation of weather satellites will bring in unprecedented amounts of data, finding ways to make the most out of the data and getting that information into forecasters’ hands is a key challenge. More »
Kay Emerson, one of the first patients treated successfully for the PKU disorder in the United States, talks about researcher Dr. Harry Waisman. Waisman championed mandatory screening and treatment of the condition of Phenylketonuria, saving thousands from developmental disability. More »
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been selected to join the Intel Parallel Computing Centers program. The program promotes public-private partnerships to modernize technical computing applications in areas important to society, from the development of personalized medical treatments to the delivery of better weather forecasts.
The Intel Parallel Computing Center at the UW-Madison is directed by Bormin Huang of the Space Science and Engineering Center. He seeks to boost the performance of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model by adopting the Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture (MIC). Huang notes, “Our selection as an Intel Parallel Computing Center will allow us to showcase the ability of the latest Intel parallel accelerators to run a large existing code base, like the WRF, at a higher speed than CPUs can.”
“We are applying computing technologies to new branches of our discipline, and, in the process, using that technology for the benefit of society,” Huang explains. More »
Leaning over a multitouch table, middle schoolers examine a digital underwater environment, shifting blocks across the screen and building lures to capture computerized fish. While the game introduces engineering principles and logic through an entertaining vehicle, the surface of the table is only half the story.
Beneath the table, computers record every move, streaming real-time data to Madison, Wis., to be examined by researchers to better understand what types of games and learning environments foster collaborative behavior and support problem solving in children. More »
Ricki Colman, Ph.D., Toni Ziegler, Ph.D., and Jordana Lenon, B.S., from the UW-Madison Primate Research Center, joined colleagues from Yerkes Observatory, UC-Davis, and University of Washington in welcoming more than 3,000 people to the NIH National Primate Research Centers Hands-on Educational Booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 25-27, 2014. The festival overall drew hundreds of thousands to the Walter E Washington Convention Center downtown.
Located deep within the ice at the South Pole in Antarctica, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory watches for traces of the mysterious neutrino, a subatomic messenger from the cosmos that lends a greater understanding of far away events in the universe.
Thanks to a partnership between WID and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC), scientists can step inside the world’s largest neutrino detector and see neutrino events in 3D for the first time.
UW-Madison welcomes learners and explorers of all ages to campus to experience science as exploring the unknown at the 12th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions on April 4, 5, 6, 2014. All campus events are free and open to the public and there are no tickets required – bring your family and friends! Start your journey with Hands-on Exploration Stations at the Town Center in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building at the heart of campus. The stations are flow-by exhibits staffed by UW scientists. You can explore each station as long as you please. The free Science Expeditions Trolley will speed you between venues while you embark on a scientific journey tour led by UW-Madison Tour Guides.
Wisconsin has more shipwrecks listed on the National Register of Historic Places than any other state–54. No, it’s not because those who pilot ships on lakes Michigan or Superior are more accident-prone, it’s a tribute to the preservation ethic that exists in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Sea Grant, in a long-term and highly productive partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, has capitalized on the wealth and condition of shipwrecks in the Wisconsin waters of the Great Lakes. The effort has explored, mapped, charted and publicized the shipwrecks for scholars and hobbyists alike.
At this year’s Science Expeditions, Sea Grant and the society’s maritime archaeologist will talk about the wrecks, general Great Lakes facts and how wrecks are dived and charted. Event-goers can touch and explore the port hole from the Rosinco, a luxury yacht that sank in 1928.
Read the full tale of the ship >>
Listen to audio podcasts about shipwrecks in Lake Superior >>
The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center turns 50 this April. To celebrate this milestone the Center shared an interview with Director Jon Levine and Terry Devitt, director of research communications at UW-Madison. The interview appeared in the On Wisconsin magazine August 21, 2011. More »
On a cloudy afternoon in December, Jordan Gerth presented his Ph.D. defense in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison. While his dissertation title “Sky Cover” has only nine characters, those few letters reveal a unique contribution to our understanding and quantification of “sky cover” in meteorology. More »
“[It] was a fascinating way to extract information out of satellite images. It was almost intoxicating.” Take it from Dave Martin, an SSEC scientist who was among the first to use the Man computer Interactive Data Access System (McIDAS) in a research project shortly after its development in 1973. A revolutionary visualization and data analysis system developed at SSEC, McIDAS celebrated 40 years of innovation in October 2013. More »
Our Stem Cell Learning Lab was made possible through a grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. Through this effort, we seek to build a greater understanding of stem cell research and regenerative medicine into school and community science outreach programs in Wisconsin. More »
Growing Stem Cells to Change the World
12-4 pm Exploration Station on Saturday, April 5, at WID
Use the same equipment and techniques that our researchers use to learn how to grow and study stem cells. Hosted by the students from the UW-Madison Wisconsin Stem Cell Roundtable.
12-4pm Primate Center Learning Lobby on Saturday, April 5
Join us at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center as we celebrate 50 years of life-saving research and humane animal care. Once again, our family of common marmosets in the lobby will inspire curiosity among all ages. We will also have a variety of hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy as they learn about Primate Center research and animal care activities.
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute is using the month of March to launch its Eat Wisconsin Fish campaign, an effort designed to educate consumers about the benefits of eating local fish. Here’s how you can be part of the fun:
Get a free apron & enter for a chance to win a WI-shaped skillet!
Starting this weekend, those who buy two pounds of Wisconsin fish at the east and west-side Willy Street Co-Ops and the west-side Seafood Center will receive a free Eat Wisconsin Fish apron. Those who tweet a picture wearing the apron with #eatwisconsinfish or post it to UW Sea Grant’s Facebook page will be entered to win a Wisconsin-shaped iron skillet from the Madison-based American Skillet Company.
Monday, March 31
A free talk about aquaponics and yellow perch by UW Sea Grant aquaculture outreach specialist Fred Binkowski, focusing on work being done at Milwaukee-based Growing Power. 6-7:30 pm, at the Willy Street Co-op Community Room.
The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), a transdisciplinary research institute at UW-Madison, focuses on information in all of its varieties. Creating common ground among disciplines, the Institute’s Director David Krakauer shares the projects and culture that make it all possible. More »
Middle-school students from the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Talented and Gifted program conduct drug-trial experiments with cardiomyocytes derived from induced stem cells during a weekly science class in a teaching lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. At left is Irene Landrum, outreach staff with the Morgridge Institute for Research. More »
On Aug. 13, 1944, German soldiers retreating from a U.S. Army reconnaissance patrol in Normandy blew up an armored car. Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, a 28-year-old Canadian enlistee, likely died in the explosion and fire. Nearly 70 years later, Gordon remains among the more than 73,000 members of the U.S. military listed as missing during World War II. As Veterans Day approaches, a Middleton man and the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center’s DNA Sequencing Facility hope to end that mystery and provide some closure for Gordon’s Canadian family. More »
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is one of a kind. Built deep within the Antarctic ice, it is the world’s largest neutrino detector. Now, thanks to a collaboration between the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and the Milwaukee Public Museum, it boasts another unique aspect: its own planetarium show. More »
UW neuroscientist Richard Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, is optimistic that a new study will find evidence that games can be used to encourage pro-social behavior and mindfulness in teenagers. More »
Twelve months. Twelve representative stories of the important science and education news highlights of 2013 from the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS). Each story reflects our commitment to the advancement of science through collaborative research, education, and public engagement. More »