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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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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 […]

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NIH and the Racial Disparities in Academia

By: Meredith Battaile In the field of research, the most innovative and groundbreaking ideas from scientists of diverse backgrounds are trumped by the harmful grievances of their white counterparts. In academic medicine in the U.S., Black scientists are inexcusably underrepresented by about 6-fold. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest research institute in […]

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The Untold Story of Freshmen in a Pandemic

By: Lucy Steffes This year’s freshman class began their college experience unlike their predecessors. First year mechanical engineering student, Vahagn Yengibaryan, was unable to live in Madison during the fall semester. Instead, Yengibaryan took classes from his native country of Armenia, in a time zone ten hours ahead of Madison. Katie Hickman, a political science […]

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Engineers Without Borders: The Wisconsin Idea in Action

By: Lujain Al Jumah For over a century, the Wisconsin Idea has been the guiding philosophy of faculty, students, and alumni of UW-Madison. One of the earliest university presidents once said, “I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the university reaches every family in the state.” Today, that sentiment still holds true, […]

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Science Beyond the Lab

By: Brooke Verfuerth In the fast paced, ever changing world of science, effective communication could not be more important. Bridging the gap between the research in the lab and the diverse audience of the general public has its challenges, as has been highlighted in the past year with the Covid-19 pandemic. As we move forward, […]

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Assessing & Ensuring Construction Readiness

By: Sarah Gerarden The construction industry is a competitive field with constant pressure to complete projects on schedule and within budget. Due to this, projects are often launched without adequate assessment of the readiness of the project. This leads to low productivity, delays, and even projects coming to a halt while decisions and changes are […]

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Researchers Go “Nuclear” for Safety

By: Camey Zussman When the word “nuclear” comes into the conversation, bad connotations are immediately attached to the word. For Kaya Mondry, however, nuclear power is the gateway for many promising research opportunities. Her research group is fighting this stigma by improving how nuclear plants operate. Research Intern Mondry, whose advisors are Michael Corradini and […]

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Introducing the Emerging Leaders in Engineering Program

By: Shirene Singh Our experiences outside the classroom can be just as vital as the professors’ lectures inside. A number of cardinal life lessons and soft skills cannot be easily “taught” but are instead instilled through experiences. Participating in the Emerging Leaders in Engineering (ELE) program is one way for students at UW-Madison to develop […]

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CLEAN: Student Org Spotlight

By: Paige Dollevoet If you saw signs on Bascom Hill on December 6th last semester, you saw the work of a newly formed student organization, CLEAN. CLEAN used to be a coalition of many different groups from around campus, such as the Sierra Club and 350 Madison, with the common goal of renewable energy. Recently, […]