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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.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How addresses affect inequality

A UWM sociologist’s data shows how different neighborhoods – even those relatively close geographically – can have very different effects on things like health, education and employment.

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Teaching culturally diverse classrooms

Modern-day students come from many types of cultural backgrounds. UWM and Milwaukee Public Schools are teaming up to help teachers respect those cultures while promoting academics and overall well-being.

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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A win-wind proposition

The same high wind gusts that produce power can crack wind turbines’ giant blades. Ryo Amano has found a way to get the blades to heal themselves.

Spotlight : Health and Wellness

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The science of self-management

Children with special needs face two to three times the risk of obesity than other children. Michele Polfuss, an assistant professor of nursing, helps those children and their families better manage their weight.

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Taking a stand helps students

UWM kinesiology researchers find increased physical activity and better concentration among students who use standing desks.

Graduate Research

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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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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.

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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.

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.


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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.

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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.

By the Numbers


Chancellor Mark A. Mone

Chancellor’s welcome

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