For the birds: The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas draws on the power of citizen science

Slipping into a patch of woods in western Dane County, Jim Berkelman ignores the swarming mosquitoes and strains to sort through the early- morning chatter of warblers, robins and vireos and the nearby drum of a pileated woodpecker. “I’m hearing …

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production

If you’re made of carbon, precious few things are as important to life as death. A dead tree may represent a literal windfall of the building blocks necessary for making new plants and animals and the energy to sustain them. …

Joel Pedersen: Exploring the unknowns of nanomaterials

Although so tiny they are invisible, it’s easy to see that nanomaterials are becoming a big thing. There are odor-fighting socks and antibacterial dishrags impregnated with silver nanoparticles. Nano-sized titanium dioxide can be found in a long list of food …

Age-Old Traditions, New Media

There is no better place to begin this story than on an August morning in the remote reaches of the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation, afloat on Lake Superior’s shining Chequamegon Bay beneath an expansive, cloud-filled sky. Several flat-bottomed boats are …

A Jolt to the System

As a linebacker for the UW–Madison Badgers, Chris Borland made a name for himself as a hard-hitting tackler. His senior year, he was selected as a first-team All-American as well as the top linebacker and defensive player in the Big …

The future, unzipped: Pioneering a technology that could revolutionize how industry produces biofuels

John Ralph PhD’82 talks with the easy, garrulous rhythms of his native New Zealand, and often seems amiably close to the edge of laughter. So he was inclined toward amusement last year when he discovered that some portion of the …

2015: CALS Year in Review

The end of the year is a great time to look back and reflect on the accomplishments of the CALS community. Here are some of the stories that made 2015 a memorable year for the college: CALS adds six new …

New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels

About 500 years ago, the accidental natural hybridization of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the yeast responsible for things like ale, wine and bread, and a distant yeast cousin gave rise to lager beer. Today, cold-brewed lager is the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverage, …

Bitten: When it comes to mosquitoes, nobody wants to be attractive

There’s no ignoring it. Some of the students enrolled in this medical entomology class are far more attractive than others. They know it, their classmates know it, and so does Susan Paskewitz, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology. …