No proof Zika causes microcephaly, UW-Madison study says

There isn’t enough evidence to claim that Zika virus causes abnormally small heads in babies of infected mothers, according to a UW-Madison study that challenges government findings.A government official said evidence of the link is “sufficient and growing.”The prevalence of microcephaly in northeast Brazil, where a Zika outbreak drew worldwide attention in 2015, was similar or higher in previous years, according to a new study by Dr. Leonelo Bautista in ...

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UW–Madison professor led fight to ban pesticide DDT 45 years ago

Forty-five years ago this Sunday, on Dec. 31, 1972, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a press release. “The general use of the pesticide DDT will no longer be legal in the United States after today,” it said.That momentous decision was made in part because of the work of Joseph Hickey, a University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate, professor and leading American ornithologist.Read more on this when you click here.

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A 23-year-old in North Carolina, who started college when she was 12, just earned a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin.

A 23-year-old in North Carolina, who started college when she was 12, just earned a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin.Nadine Nepper and her ex-husband knew their daughter, Julia, was gifted at an early age."We didn't think she was being challenged enough," said Nepper who was remembering a time when the family lived in Burgaw. "It was suggested if we wanted her to excel, we'd have to pull her ...

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‘Fr. Mike’ has spent 40 years with the Wisconsin football team

When the Wisconsin Badgers' football team travels to the Orange Bowl to play Miami Dec. 30, the players will take a 12-1 record with them — one of the best in team history. Accompanying them will be Msgr. Michael Burke — better known as "Father Mike" to the coaches and players. He has been the team's chaplain for 40 years. He began working with the team when he was on the faculty ...

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UW-Madison Study Confirms: Life On Earth Started At Least 3.5 Billion Years Ago

There's now evidence that life on Earth began at least 3.5 billion years ago. Scientists have confirmed this to be true from microfossils in a nearly 3.5-billion-year-old rock found in Western Australia.Paleobiology professor J. William Schopf of the University of California-Los Angeles and geoscience professor John W. Valley of the University of Wisconsin-Madison led the study, conducting it along with other researchers from the UW-Madison and using technology from the research university's ...

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A Wisconsin alum is helping change the look of the new Star Wars films

When we look for LiveBIG stories, we look for people who create innovation, impact and inspiration in the fields of science, the arts or philanthropy. Most projects check at least two of those boxes, some even check four, but University of Wisconsin alum Rachel Rose’s work behind-the-scenes on the new Star Wars films checks all of them.A recent profile on Rose describes her journey from Wisconsin’s computer science department to ...

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UW-Madison cloud computing research moves into new phase

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is part of a team of campuses receiving nearly $10 million, collectively, from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further develop cloud computing infrastructure and enable high-level research by scientists around the country.The grant represents phase two of an effort called CloudLab, a partnership with the University of Utah and Clemson University in South Carolina. In 2014, NSF awarded $10 million to support CloudLab’s first phase.Cloud ...

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UW-Madison researchers investigate how a stressed brain can make asthma worse

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are investigating cross-talk between the brain and lungs of people with asthma in a four-year, $2.5 million study to understand how psychological stress can make asthma symptoms worse.Through a clinical study called AsthMatic Inflammation and Neurocircuitry Activation, or MINA, the team hopes to decipher exactly how mind and body connect when people with asthma experience stress and find ways to alter brain-lung communication to help them manage their ...

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The state’s world class research university is not only a tremendous asset, it is a gateway to opportunity for Wisconsin kids

The University of Wisconsin-Madison overshot its freshman enrollment goal for Wisconsin residents this fall by more than 100 seats — good news for those who got in and for "academically prepared" high school seniors hoping to be admitted for next fall. Of the 8,062 Wisconsin residents who applied to be in this fall's freshman class, UW-Madison offered a seat to 72.3%, UW-Madison Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf told the UW Board of Regents on Thursday. Last fall, UW-Madison accepted 69.5% of Wisconsin applicants. Of Wisconsin ...

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