It’s rare for a student organization to achieve international success. It’s even rarer for such an organization to be primarily composed of undergraduates. However, on our very own campus at UW-Madison, one group has attained that rarer than rare status—the UW BadgerLoop. Fueled by their passion for innovation, BadgerLoop was founded in response to [...]
The industry of modern medicine dreams of once-a-day cure-alls for every ailment imaginable. An orally available, minimally harmful substance that relieves a patient of their ills is the end goal of a lengthy, costly, brutally bureaucratic, scientific endeavor. Modern pharma has given society hope against infections, HIV, and many cancers. Simultaneously, the modern pharmaceutical industry [...]
We have reached a point in the technological development of computers where the logic gates and wires, which make up the circuits that perform all of the operations that run computers, can be etched onto integrated circuit silicon chips of less than a micron across (0.001 millimeters). Following Moore's Law, an observation (not a physical [...]
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) have long been known to scientists, but due to high costs and low market demand, they have not yet been successfully commercialized. PHAs are a group of biodegradable polymer produced by bacterial cells in the same way humans produce fat. Recently, they have been suggested as being appropriate for a number of medical applications, such as sutures and tissue engineering due to their high biocompatibility with the human body. Along with sutures and tissue grafts, PHAs have been suggested as a vehicle for controlled release drug delivery as the different types of PHA mean that the properties and degradation rates can be manipulated to suit a particular purpose. While little research has been done into the field of drug synthesis with respect to PHAs, it is suggested that drug synthesis using PHAs be explored since the optical purity of PHAs would allow for a more effective drug. Some PHAs also have therapeutic properties and could be used as a drug to treat a range of mental illnesses.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year's Distinguished Teaching Awards! Our exceptional faculty are what make our university great! A ceremony, free and open to the public, will be held on March 16th at the Fluno Center. For more information, see the campus news release.
Earlier this week, the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs began accepting nominations to recognize faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students for the outstanding work they do in mentoring undergraduates in research and other professional activities. If you have a mentor who has made a difference in your academic career, please consider [...]