2018 Issue

Child coming her hair

A dose of humor for treating fears

Children with Williams syndrome often struggle with anxiety and fear. New research done at UWM shows treating objects of fear with humor can help children overcome their phobias.

Graphic of a human brain

The brain surgery app

Students in UWM’s App Brewery worked with doctors at the Medical College of Wisconsin to develop an app that helps guide doctors during brain surgery. The app is being tested at hospitals nationwide.

Nurse with an elderly woman

A doctorate earned from afar in Oman

Amal Ali Al-Ghassani’s research shows frequent visits from family members and home health workers are critical in a country lacking nursing homes. Her work was inspired by her father-in-law’s experience with stroke.


The mystery of beach bum bacteria

New research done at UWM shows E. coli in sand may not be a sign of sewage-polluted runoff, and health officials may be closing some beaches unnecessarily.

Graduate student David Cornell measuring a person's heart rate

Exercise and the telltale heart

Graduate student David Cornell is looking for ways to prevent deaths from sudden heart attacks after intense activity. His work could help professional athletes, firefighters and others.

Ingredients used to make beer.

A beer from yesteryear

As part of his doctoral studies in anthropology, Josh Driscoll is using beverage remnants from a 2,450-year-old cauldron to re-create the beer it once held. The results shed light on food preservation and social ties in the Iron Age.