Features

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The Next Wave of Discovery

The Nobel Prize-winning quest to discover gravitational waves is changing astronomy by giving scientists the most comprehensive tools yet for exploring the universe.

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Stoking an Industrial Revolution

UWM’s new Connected Systems Institute is partnering with Fortune 500 companies to prepare for the next industrial revolution. Their work and training will transform how business is done.

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How Math Makes Movies of Molecules

UWM physicists make it possible to create three dimensional movies featuring the smallest machines of life, with the algorithms used in Nobel Prize-winning research.

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An Immigrant’s Journey

Chia Youyee Vang’s own refugee experience sparked her passion to explore the lives of Hmong people worldwide. Her work offers lessons on how to help newer refugee groups.

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Menopause on Your Mind

Neuroscientist Karyn Frick is unraveling the complex reasons why women are far more likely than men to suffer memory loss as they age. She’s also seeking ways to prevent it.

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The Ethics of Big Data

A UWM study asks how researchers should approach an era of unprecedented information about people’s private lives.

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Justice for all

Tina Freiburger has found evidence of racial disparities in Milwaukee County judicial decisions. She wants to make courts more effective while ensuring that everyone is treated equally.

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Renewable Horizons

Wilkistar Otieno helps companies get the most out of what they make, developing a scientific model that advises industries and their customers when a remanufactured product is better than a new one.

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Virtually Limitless

The possibilities of virtual reality extend far beyond games. UWM’s Immersive Media Lab explores how this exciting technology could change the way we learn.

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A Map to Recovery

A comprehensive map of the underwater habitat may hold the key to revitalizing fish populations in Milwaukee’s inner harbor.


Frontiers

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A forest frozen in time

The fossils from a forest on Earth’s coldest continent are older than the dinosaurs and offer clues on the effects of greenhouse gases and climate change.

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Brain reaction

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study will follow more than 10,000 children across the country, providing valuable information on helping young people become successful adults.

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Blowing up buildings

UWM’s Whitney Moon researches the advantages that inflatable structures have over brick-and-mortar buildings, including cost and portability.

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Getting food to where it is needed most

Marketing professor Laura Peracchio studies success stories like Hunger Task Force’s Mobile Market, which provides better access to nutritious food for impoverished people.


Spotlight : Energy

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Energizing the future of batteries

UWM scientists are creating more powerful and longer-lasting batteries that can be used in everything from electronics to electric cars.

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Energy help from giant kelp

Researcher Filipe Alberto is searching for the genetic traits in earth’s fastest-growing organism to find strains that are best-suited for mass production of biofuel.


Spotlight : Health and Wellness

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Seeking answers to opioid deaths

UWM researchers interview the children of overdose victims in an effort to learn more about the impact of this national crisis.

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Making anything possible

Professor Roger O. Smith’s commitment mirrors that of UWM’s occupational therapy program, which is marking its 100th year.


Graduate Research

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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.

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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.

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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.


Undergraduate Research

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When data is for the birds

UWM geography student Erica Gerloski records where birds die on campus, providing information that other researchers are using to reduce bird collisions with buildings.

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An immediate impact

UWM offers students unique opportunities to do research as early as the summer before their freshman year. Meet some of the outstanding undergraduates whose work is making a difference now.


Books

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The Transit of Venus

This new work features poems from Susan Firer, the city of Milwaukee’s poet laureate from 2008 to 2010.

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Paris by the Book

After Leah’s troubled husband disappears from their Milwaukee home, she and her daughters start afresh in Paris.

By the Numbers

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Chancellor Mark A. Mone

Chancellor’s welcome

Chancellor Mark Mone invites you to discover how UWM research is expanding what we know.