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Cancer drug may be treatment option for fragile X syndrome

At the moment, there is no cure for FXS. But, a new study by Waisman investigator Xinyu Zhao, PhD, professor of neuroscience at UW–Madison, and graduate student Sahar Javadi Novashnagh, presents more evidence to support the drug Nutlin-3 as a potential candidate as a treatment for FXS.

Kyle Cranmer selected as Editor in Chief of Machine Learning: Science and Technology

Cranmer, who is the incoming director of the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute at UW-Madison and who will join the Department of Physics faculty in July, takes over leadership of this journal from Anatole von Lilienfeld, University of Toronto and TU Berlin. Cranmer has served on the MLST editorial board since its launch in 2019.

Emerging Technologies at UW—Madison Get Boost From State Funds

Emerging technologies developed at UW–Madison will receive funding assistance as the result of an on-campus grant program administered by Discovery to Product (D2P) and a matching grant of $300,000 from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

New nanoparticles aid sepsis treatment in mice

In new research published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology this month, the lab of Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong, a professor with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, reported a new nanoparticle-based treatment that delivers anti-inflammatory molecules and antibiotics.

Gardening with Native Plants: At the Root

Susan Carpenter, native plant garden curator at the Arboretum, writes about the "Less noticeable than above ground growth – but critically important" root systems, rhizomes (underground stems), and other structures hidden from view in the warming soil at this time of the year.

Citizen Science Spotlight: Wingra Springs Monitoring and Common Loon Migration

Spring beckons us to get outside. It’s an eventful time of year to observe nature with the reappearance of many plants and animals. And it’s also a great time to consider participating in a citizen science project.

April is citizen science month

The Arboretum organizes and participates in a wide range of citizen science projects. From frogs to fungi, bluebirds to bumblebees, and much more.

Researchers are using machine learning to understand how brain cells work

A research team led by Daifeng Wang, a Waisman Center professor of biostatistics and medical informatics and computer sciences, is adapting machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to better understand how a variety of traits together affect the way neurons work and behave.

At bioenergy crossroads, should corn ethanol be left in the rearview mirror?

Fifteen years on, research led by the UW–Madison assessed the environmental impacts of corn ethanol and the policy that governs it, using a combination of econometric analyses, land use data and biophysical modeling. The analysis, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that the carbon emissions from using land to grow corn can negate or even reverse any climate advantages of corn ethanol relative to gasoline.

The search for life on Venus

“We are trying to make the case for exploring Venus and to inspire and inform future missions to collect in situ data with satellites,” says Sanjay Limaye, UW–Madison Space Science and Engineering Center scientist and co-author of a recent collection of papers on Venus that he hopes will do just that.