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:
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Kristina Fields, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is the curriculum manager for the Sky’s the Limit program, an engineering outreach program for girls in grades 7-12 initiated in 2010 by Tammy Salmon-Stephens, director of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs. Fields works to create hands-on multi-disciplinary science, mathematics and engineering projects for the participants by working directly with UW-Platteville faculty,...
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Business Success Center’s unique aviation and aerospace networking and consulting enterprise, AeroInnovate, has, once again, ascended into some rare air.
The seven-year-old UW Oshkosh Business Success Center offshoot won first place for Leadership & Collaboration at the national University Economic Development Association (UEDA) summit in Santa Fe, N.M. on Sept. 30
The UEDA describes itself as “the cornerstone membership organization representing higher education, private sector and community...
What started as a collaboration between departments at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has expanded to a partnership with a major national supplier of high quality art papers.
RiverPoint Paper is now being marketed by Strathmore Artist Papers™. The Strathmore® brand of artist papers has been used to create art for over 120 years.
“The agreement brings a new range of fine art papers to market and provides an additional revenue source for several Wisconsin companies,” said Paul Fowler, director of the Wisconsin...
EAU CLAIRE — As Gunner DeFlorian talks about his future, it’s no surprise that running his own business tops his list of career goals.
After all, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior marketing major from Chaseburg grew up watching his father and grandfather build their own successful businesses.
As president of the student Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization, DeFlorian has plenty of opportunities to interact with other entrepreneurial-minded students. The organization’s members meet regularly to discuss topics related to...
Menomonie, Wis. — By day Jim Burritt is an associate professor of biology at University of Wisconsin-Stout. By early morning, evening and weekends, he’s a beekeeper.
Burritt started beekeeping as a high school student in Colorado in the 1970s, and today he and his wife maintain several honeybee colonies at their home in rural Dunn County.
Like thousands of other beekeepers around the world, however, he’s perplexed. Something is killing honeybees. Year after year, many honeybee colonies don’t survive the winter.
Last winter for example,...
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — In less than two weeks, more than 120 land owners across the state have contacted Sara Allen, lab manager and research associate of the Tree-Ring, Earth and Environmental Sciences Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, to volunteer their burr oaks for her research in reconstructing patterns of drought in Southwest Wisconsin over the last three centuries from the tree rings of oaks.
The Driftless Oak Project is a two-year project being conducted through the TREES Lab, with funding from the University of...
A UW-La Crosse alumnus is providing career readiness while promoting conservation in Wisconsin. Matthew Brantner revived a Wisconsin conservation corps after a six-year long hiatus.
Gar Amunson, superintendent of parks for the City of La Crosse, recalls when an enthusiastic Brantner came into his office with the goal of starting WisCorps more than five years ago.
“You have to go a long way to find someone with that much energy and ambition,” says Amunson. “He’s done it and he’s been very successful.”
Brantner has built the...
Menomonie, Wis. — Esther Tola is very impressed with what she’s learned so far about the United States.
At University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie and in other parts of west-central Wisconsin, she sees a high standard of living and people routinely obeying the laws and regulations, creating an orderly, progressive society.
“Everyday I see inspiring things. Everything is so clean. It’s amazing. I’m learning a lot,” said Tola, 33.
Life is not nearly as good in her home country, Benin, in western Africa bordering Nigeria....
Efforts to enhance Lake Michigan and its tributaries, wetlands and waterfront communities are creating hundreds of jobs and injecting more than $35 million into the economy of southeast Wisconsin.
Those are among the findings of a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater study that analyzed the economic impact of projects funded by the Fund for Lake Michigan (FFLM).
Created in 2011, FFLM awards grants annually to local governments, nonprofits, utilities and faith-based groups. Between 2011-2013, FFLM awarded 71 grants totaling roughly $7.5...
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point senior Sam Knapp has always felt lucky to live in the United States, calling it a place of privilege where clean water and abundant food and energy resources are taken for granted.
The graduating chemistry and physics major hoped to bring that privilege to others around the world by studying environmental engineering in graduate school next fall.
Sometimes plans change – for the better. Rather than preparing for his dream, Knapp will put it into action and spend 10 months working on a project to...