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article Fall 2021

3D-Printed Model Makes a Miracle 

By: Sydney Polzin Over 40,000 children all over the world are born with a variety of heart defects that are often complicated to visualize, difficult to understand, and delicate to fix. Surgeons have very little room for error in open heart surgery to fix such defects, especially during the first few years of life. Alejandro […]

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article Fall 2021

Limitless Data in a Limitless Future

By: Prasoon Tandon The root of all innovation, the pinnacle of all great advancements, the motivation for everything to come, may lie in the hands of the 21st century’s most crucial resource: data. Advances in computing and communication technology, along with the growth that has occurred in the field of data science and artificial intelligence, […]

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article Fall 2021

Grid-Forming Inverters: A Critical Asset for the Power Grid

By: Vidit Agrawal The power grid is a network connection responsible for providing power from big power stations to homes. Within the grid, power generation and load must be balanced to maintain reliable grid operation on time scales of milliseconds to seconds. As we are adding more renewable energy sources, power generation becomes variable due […]

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article Fall 2021

ENG 101 – Intro to Survival Skills

By: Isabelle Egizio Welcome to the College of Engineering! With UW-Madison returning to in-person classes this semester, thousands of college students just like you will once again swarm the campus – many for the very first time!  Whether you are a first-year, second-year, or third-year freshman, this semester will not be without its obstacles. Between […]

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article Fall 2021

Catalysis for Tomorrow

By: Sarah Gerovac Catalysis, the process of accelerating the rate of chemical reactions, has been a focal point of scientific research for many decades. In the 21st century, catalysis continues to contribute to the manufacturing of 90% of the products we encounter daily, from modified foods, to gas for your car, to the majority of […]

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article Fall 2021

Speeding up CRISPR’s Path from Benchtop to Bedside

By: Mingshuang Wang In the last decade, headlines surrounding the therapeutic potential of CRISPR have been dazzling the public. This revolutionary gene-editing technique has ignited the hopes of healthcare professionals and patients alike in tackling genetic diseases. However, the question remains: who will benefit from CRISPR and how soon? The Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) […]

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article Fall 2021

Interferometry- The Future of Understanding the Universe… Through Magic?

By: Lucy Steffes When the idea of a professional astronomer comes to mind, perhaps the first thing one pictures is a person sitting in a rural area in the middle of the night, squinting through a telescope, hoping to find some new star, planet, or asteroid. While this is certainly the case for the occasional […]

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article Fall 2021

Taking Engineering Around the Globe: The Certificate in International Engineering

By: Brianna Foth When you think “engineer,” what’s the first thing you think of? Perhaps problem-solver, creative thinker, and decent at math are all things that come to mind. But what about worldly? In an economy that is globalizing rapidly, many would argue that the fourth quality is now just as important as the first three. But how do […]

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article Spring 2021

This Podcast Will Kill You: A Review

By: Brooke Verfuerth Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann-Updyke With the recent global events, there has never been a better time to educate yourself on disease science. This subject can be overwhelming for people without any background knowledge. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has been an introduction to the scientific process; showcasing how much information there […]

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article Spring 2021

Why did UW-Madison switch to saliva-based testing?

By: Tony Toczycki Since the beginning of the spring semester, UW-Madison students living on campus or in the greater Madison area have been testing twice per week for COVID-19. After receiving a negative test result, a green checkmark through the Safer Badgers app gives students access to buildings. UW-Madison added saliva tests developed by UIUC […]