Researchers Develop Advanced Gene Editing Techniques to Boost T Cells in Cancer Treatment 

A new study from the Krishanu Saha lab suggests using CRISPR technology to optimize natural immune responses by bioengineering and remodeling T cells. Using a multiplexing technique, the team addresses key challenges in current cancer therapies that could significantly improve treatment outcomes. “We have developed a new way to engineer immune cells to fight cancer more safely and effectively. Think of it as reprogramming the body’s own soldiers (T cells) to recognize and attack cancer cells,” says Cappabianca.

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.

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.

Seeking Applications for Art and Science Collaborations

The Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID program, hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW–Madison, is currently open for application submissions. This unique fellowship fosters interdisciplinary collaboration by bringing together graduate students in the arts and sciences. Participants will work in pairs to develop and showcase a art-science …

Melissa Schoenlein recognized for excellence with 2023-24 Teaching Assistant Awards

The Capstone Teaching Award recognizes dissertators at the end of their graduate program with an outstanding teaching record over the course of their UW–Madison tenure, WID is proud to have our own Melissa Schoenlein be one of the honored recipients.

Pours & Prose – A Celebration of Wine and Wine People

Pours and Prose is an exclusive, interactive wine tasting and appreciation event with WID Writer in Residence Michelle Wildgen. This event will be on February 23, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and held at the beautiful Discovery Building. Get your tickets now!

Through undergraduate research, engineer predicts the path, impact of viral mutations

Schwab joined the lab of John Yin, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. That decision led Schwab to a three-year research career that has culminated in the publication of a new paper in the journal Virus Evolution.

Stem cell technology developed at UW–Madison leads to new understanding of Autism risks

Technology developed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison to grow “rosettes” of brain and spinal tissue gives scientists new ways to study the growing human brain, including a recent study of how genetic mutations linked to autism affect early stages of human brain development. “This technology gives us access to an embryonic model of human central nervous system development that we would otherwise not have access to,” says Randolph Ashton, WID researcher.

2 NWTC students found a new antibiotic in soil at Pamperin Park

Two Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) students made a groundbreaking discovery of a new antibiotic in the soil at Pamperin Park in Howard, WI. This research is part of the Tiny Earth project, a global network of instructors and students committed to uncovering novel antibiotics from soil microorganisms.

Tiny Earth Winter Symposium at Lambeau Field offers giant perspective on antibiotic discovery

Students from areas across the state and nation will present their findings at the Tiny Earth in Titletown research symposium in the Lambeau Field Atrium on Monday, December 11, 2023. The event will showcase the collaborative and innovative efforts of students across the state, working together to mitigate the global public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. ““It’s a great opportunity to showcase the value of partnerships to mitigate large problems to a wide audience,” says UW-Green Bay Biology Prof. Brian Merkel, teacher of the course at UW-Green Bay and chair of the event.

Artificial Imagination: Exploring the Convergence of Arts and AI

Division of the Arts Director Chris Walker helms this year’s installment of the popular “Big Ideas for Busy People” event “Am AI Art Too? – How AI is Transforming the Creative Process.” Walker will explore how rapid technological advancements have propelled art and creative expression into new territory on Tuesday night, October 17.

L. lactis: The Unsung Hero of Wisconsin’s World-Famous Cheese

CaSP is bringing awareness a hardworking microbe Lactococcus lactis, which is the bacterium used to make cheese. Join policymakers, scientists, dairy, and industry leaders for a night showcasing Wisconsin’s overlooked hero and hear why Wisconsin should designate L. lactis as its official state microbe on October 24, at 5:00 PM at the Discovery Building. This event is free and open to the public.