Joan Blakey says a dedicated court system could help women with a history of prostitution address the mental health, substance abuse and education needs that often are barriers to a successful exit from prostitution. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

To exit prostitution, courts and safety are key

Joan Blakey is helping to develop a Milwaukee court that keeps women with a history of prostitution out of jail, connecting them with the help they need to heal and move beyond prostitution.

Jim Keinart, a gas technician at We Energies, field-tested a prototype of a new kind of wrench designed at UWM. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

A wrench fends off injury, feeds the economy 

Engineering Professor Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan and her students designed a wrench that reduces injuries among gas utility workers, prompting a Wisconsin-based tool company to snap up the license and sell the product.

Fitness program improves firefighter safety

UWM professor Kyle Ebersole has partnered with the Milwaukee Fire Department to design specialized fitness programs that help new recruits gear up for the job’s rigors and speed the recovery of injured firefighters.

Pradeep Rohatgi (right) directs students in the College of Engineering & Applied Science's metal casting lab, where they test metal composites with a variety of smart capabilities. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

Metals smart enough to save gas

A UWM scientist invented a self-lubricating metal that increases fuel efficiency in cars, and he’s working with alumni and industry partners to bring the “super metal” to market.


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UWM leads new hunt to find secrets of the universe

Building on the breakthrough of gravitational waves, UWM physicist Xavier Siemens is leading a consortium exploring the next frontier – rapidly spinning, super-dense remains of supernovas called millisecond pulsars.

A quest to make nanoparticles safe

Rebecca Klaper, a professor of freshwater sciences, is part of a research team investigating what happens when man-made nanoparticles get into the environment.

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English prof helps “unexpected writers”

Poor writing costs companies time and money. UWM’s Dave Clark has a solution — software that will guide “unexpected writers” in producing reports and other documents.

Startup culture gets new home at UWM

The Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship at UW-Milwaukee will be a campus facility where all students can join a community of “makers,” practice business skills, find mentors and learn innovative thinking.