The UW System’s annual impact on Wisconsin’s economy is estimated to be more than $15 billion. That represents a $15 return for every $1 invested in the UW by state taxpayers.
If the university is successful at providing a robust workforce and supporting vibrant industry clusters, stronger communities will follow. However, the public university must also take an active role in the process:
EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire nursing professor and students have collaborated with area agencies on research aimed at better understanding the effects of food insecurity on local residents.
Dr. Mary Canales, a UW-Eau Claire nursing faculty member interested in food and local justice issues, and public health and public policy research, collaborated with the Hunger Prevention Coalition of Eau Claire County to create a research team composed of representatives from multiple agencies to study food insecurity in Eau Claire...
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — From varying levels of Mandarin language instruction, to presentations about Chinese etiquette and culture, to celebrations of important Chinese festivals and traditions, the Confucius Institute has worked with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2008 as a part of an international network of over 700 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture around the world.
On Friday, Nov. 22, the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute together with...
Three Warhawk alumni have combined their communication, marketing and business educations to create Midwest Mattress Recovery in Watertown – Wisconsin’s first mattress recycling business.
They’re proud of creating jobs while building a business that helps the environment by diverting bulky mattresses from state landfills. They disassemble mattresses and box springs and salvage the wood, metal, foam and cotton components that can be sold and recycled.
Owner Bob Mudler, a 1997 graduate of UW-Whitewater, caught the entrepreneurial spirit...
Advanced Chemical Systems Inc. (ACS), a Milwaukee-based company, is innovating water pollutant detection with cutting-edge optical sensory technology. The patented technology, developed by Dr. Peter Geissinger at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, uses propagating light emissions as a means to detect trace metals. Rather than sending off water samples to a lab, which can take days with contaminants still present, the sensory technology takes only minutes.
According to Tom Dougherty, president and owner of ACS, the technology has allowed...
Consequences for drunk driving, social media law making and the impact of frac sand mining are issues for civic leaders in southwestern Wisconsin. Through a new UW-La Crosse research initiative, they’ll soon be on the minds of UW-L student researchers.
A group of six faculty members formed the UW-L Policy Research Network this fall to help UW-L students and faculty find, research and prepare unbiased reports for regional civic leaders to aid them in making the best policy decisions for their constituents.
“It boils down to living the...
EAU CLAIRE — Farmland owners in two western Wisconsin counties soon will have a new resource to guide them as they consider next steps in establishing and maintaining habitats to restore endangered Karner blue butterflies and other pollinators in the region.
Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, a professor of biology and entomologist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, collaborated with an international conservation organization to produce a handbook for area landowners who are enrolled in a U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve...
Student volunteers built more than a house on Saturday, October 19. They also developed camaraderie, community connections, and an appreciation for service.
A crew of 15 students from two University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County groups – the men’s basketball team and the Rotaract Club – spent the day on a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Prairie du Sac. They learned how to install basement insulation, nail siding, and dig window wells.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into a house,” Rotaract member Allyson Avellana...
EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Lloyd Turtinen, professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, turned one encounter with a tick into a five-year faculty-student research project that examined the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative bacterial agent and insect vector of Lyme disease) in Ixodes scapularis (the deer tick).
The research findings follow a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said the prevalence of Lyme disease in humans is roughly 10 times higher than the number of cases...
It affects wallets, the environment, nutrition and the health of people — especially the developing fetus.
Mercury pollution is a serious problem for Wisconsin, the Upper Midwest and the Nation.
That’s why UW-La Crosse scientists have been studying it in lakes and rivers of the Upper Midwest for decades, contributing to the weight of evidence that shows what a serious problem the most toxic form of mercury — methylmercury — is for fish, wildlife and humans.
An article published in one of the world’s leading environmental science...
Wisconsin has hundreds of diversified, fresh market vegetable operations, but there’s one on the outskirts of Franklin that’s in a class by itself.
Most of the state’s market farms are small. They grow produce on a few rural acres, rely heavily on family labor and sell at farmers markets or roadside stands. But “the Farm,” as it’s simply called, is different. It’s big—it grows 26 kinds of fruits and vegetables on about 150 acres—and anything but pastoral, being located on the grounds of the Milwaukee County House of...