Peter Jurich


Renee Meiller

Thanks to the work of two UW-Madison engineering professors, your smartphone or similar devices may one day alert you when dangerous toxins are in the air. Read more



Clark Kellogg/Waisman Communicat

Scientists have long believed that Schwann cells were “helper” cells that took a mostly passive role in the central nervous system. But scientists at UW-Madison’s Svaren Lab now believe they may help nerves regenerate. Read more



Sergio Membrillas

Scientists have long believed that the mind was hardwired and when injured, people lost whatever functions that part of the brain controlled. But UW scientists have been challenging that notion, proving that brains can adapt and relearn. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

​UW Space Place gets kids doing hands-on projects with all branches of science, not just astronomy. Read more



Henry Vilas Zoo

Orangutans are an endangered species. Their native habitats in Borneo and Sumatra are being further destroyed every year through the logging industry and the pet trade. Vilas zookeepers are working to reunite a rejected baby with its mom. Read more


The survivors held the fort effortlessly. Fifteen of them scattered among the three levels of the wooden structure, aiming their pistols and shotguns down on my team as we weighed which way into the fort was best. Read more

A & E


Courtesy of John Hawks

Despite being from Kansas, Dr. John Hawks had never seen storms like he experienced in South Africa. "They had lightning like I've never seen it," says the University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropology professor. Read more



Melanie McCalmont

Look up the Grand Canyon on Google Maps. Imagine running your fingers over your computer screen and actually feeling the topography, the jagged tip of the mountaintops, the unevenness of the rocky terrain. You trace the winding Colorado River and gra Read more