Dairy science research aims to mitigate low calcium levels in cows

Dairy cows usually experience their lowest calcium levels in the first day or two after giving birth. As cows rapidly produce milk to feed the calf, low calcium levels in their bloodstreams can lead to a disease known as milk fever. Researchers at the UW–Madison Department of Dairy Science are exploring methods for regulating cows’ calcium levels in the days after calving, aimed at improving cow health.

Student’s MBA education helps MIA project see patterns among the missing

When service members have gone missing around the globe, and when pieces of information about their life or disappearance are scattered, where do you start to bring someone home?

U.S. Army Captain Christopher Zaczyk, a second-year MBA student at the Wisconsin School of Business, starts with making sense of the information they have, and bringing it to a level where people can interact with it.

The UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project (UW MIA RIP) partners with the federal government to investigate cases of those who have gone missing during service and advance their recovery efforts.

How grad students developed a toxicology class taught thousands of miles away

There are plenty of teaching opportunities on a large campus like UW–Madison, but one group of grad students has expanded their reach across continents with a newly developed course. Graduate students in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program developed a core curriculum in toxicology, designed for students with varying levels of chemistry knowledge, that recently completed its first run at the University of Sierra Leone.

Symposium to celebrate 10 years of the Bouchet Society at UW–Madison

The UW–Madison chapter of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society is turning 10 this year, marking the first decade of the scholarly network’s presence on campus. To celebrate, the chapter will host a symposium Nov. 15 featuring a keynote speaker, poster sessions, and a reception. Events are free and open to members of the campus community and the public.

Disclosure process helps grad students bring inventions to market

Graduate students don’t always start their studies with the goal of becoming an inventor. But the numbers show a different outcome: over half of UW–Madison invention disclosures to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation include at least one graduate student who has conducted research on the project.

Grad student develops a family tree for corn varieties in North America

When plant breeders develop a new line of crops, plant variety protections allow that breeder to keep the rights to it. Plant varieties, many of which are created by private seed companies, are protected this way for 20 years before their genetic information becomes publicly available. As of May 2019, the genetic information for 460 varieties of corn alone are available this way. “The material is quite elite still,” said graduate student Mike White. “Even though it’s 20 years old it is a large source of elite germplasm for companies to use and improve on.”

Bouchet Society 10th Anniversary Symposium

Join us in celebration of the Bouchet Society’s decade at UW–Madison at the 10th Anniversary Symposium on Nov. 15, 2019. The society’s mission is to recognize outstanding scholarly achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

PhD student promotes peacebuilding through theater and drama

When PhD student Vincent Ogoti finished writing his play, A Shadow in the Sun, he approached his former professors at the University of Nairobi in Kenya hoping to publish his work. Through this, the university’s theatre group found out about Ogoti’s play and decided to bring it to the stage. The University of Nairobi Traveling Theatre performed A Shadow in the Sun in August.

Public humanities project to bring cultural center to camp for veterans and first responders

Now in its third year, nonprofit Wisconsin Hero Outdoors has partnered with Lakewood WWV Camp in Lake Geneva to create a cultural retreat that gives the veteran and first responder community a space of their own. Graduate student Nick Harnish, a Public Humanities Scholar with the UW–Madison Center for the Humanities, is leading a project to renovate a lighthouse at the camp, turning it into a cultural center.