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4 Elements of WID-Interdiscovplinary Research, Inclusive engagement, Grand Challenge, Global Impact

The WID logo, a compass rose, embodies four elements of our outward facing direction–Interdisciplinary Research, Inclusive Engagement, Global Impact, and Grand Challenge–reflecting the Wisconsin Idea to enhance the lives of every person in the State of Wisconsin and around the world.

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is an experiment in interdisciplinarity, combining the best minds in new teams with powerful tools that transcend the boundaries of departments and fields to study change in complex systems. Learn more about WID >

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Research, outreach, and initiatives at WID embody the Wisconsin Idea — reaching beyond the walls of the institute and the UW campus and into the lives of citizens across the state, country, and world.


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Call for Artists: Spirits of Renewal – The Artistic Alchemy of Women in Distilling and Regenerative Agriculture

Science to Street Art is pleased to announce that the Call for Mural Artists is now open until July 7th. The themes for the murals are Regenerative Agriculture, Chemistry of Distilling, and Women in Distilling. They are offering a compensation of $20,000.
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Ponto Awarded American Family Insurance Research Funding

Kevin Ponto and Ross Tredinnick have received funding to develop a method for detecting vehicular hail damage using consumer device sensors, enabling remote and asynchronous documentation without in-person assessments.
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Sticking to Success: Unveiling the Surface-Adhesion Superpowers of Bacteria

Scientists at WID, University of Wisconsin–Madison, find that 'stickiness' helps some soil microbes thrive by aiding surface colonization. What makes them sticky?
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