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Make mine mealworms!

Photo: Students making mealworm shake

As a cheap and easy source of protein for humans, it might be hard to beat the mealworm. They are 100 percent edible, take up little space and require little water. And they just might be able to improve food security in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Graduate students Rachel Bergmans and Valerie Stull are working to introduce highly productive kits for farming mealworms to certain regions where eating insects is already culturally palatable. But is Madison ready for ... a mealworm milkshake?  

Top Stories

Blank: Reflecting on budget, advocacy and civility

In a new blog post, Chancellor Rebecca Blank calls on the campus community to maintain a “civil public conversation,” even around hot-button issues like the budget. She reiterates that her advocacy has been in support of a strong budget and not for the purpose of making political attacks.

More answers to budget questions posted on website

Photo: Aerial view of Bascom Hill and surrounding campus

Looking for more information about the state budget proposal? Answers to several new questions are posted in the employee FAQ section of budget.wisc.edu. They include the difference between being a state employee and a public authority employee, and how layoff decisions will be made.

GLBRC’s research leads to 100th patent application

Photo: GLBRC researcher and engineering Professor Jim Dumesic (left) and former postdoctoral researcher Jeremy Luterbacher

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. Led by UW-Madison and Michigan State University, the center works to develop a robust, sustainable pipeline for producing biofuels and chemicals from the nonedible portion of plants.

Register Now! Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Research Day

Join this March 5 event featuring a nationally known keynote and campus-wide scholars addressing conditions that affect cognition and function.

Around Campus

Study reveals possible trigger for canine bone cancer

Photo: UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine intern Kathleen Tsimbas checks on Yurtie

Researchers at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine have identified the biological mechanism that may give some cancer cells the ability to form tumors in dogs. The recent study may have implications for human cancers by detailing a new pathway for tumor formation.  

Deadline for Cool Science Image Contest is March 6

Photo: Cool Science Image winner

The deadline is approaching to submit entries in the Cool Science Image Contest — a competition that recognizes the stunning visuals that offer glimpses into seen and unseen natural and technological worlds. March 6 is the last day to send in your work.

Outside UW

UW’s Wisconsin TechSearch serves state businesses

Photo: Students in Wendt Library

The Wisconsin TechSearch was created under federal law in 1965 to foster commerce and increase economic development. Now celebrating 50 years, WTS handles an average of 3,500 information requests each month from businesses seeking resources that can help move new products and projects forward.

Buzz

A tool for a more popular tweet

Photo: Twitter icon

How you say something on Twitter might be more important than what you say. Cornell University researchers have created a tool that lets you test two versions of a tweet — and determines which is more likely to be effective. Among their advice: Stay away from “I” and other first-person pronouns.

In Memoriam

Remembering WMAA co-founder Robert Schilling

Photo: Robert Schilling

Robert Schilling, co-founder of the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association, was considered an icon for his teaching and research accomplishments at the UW. After he passed away in September, many of his former colleagues and students shared their favorite memories in online tributes.

In the Media

Vel Phillips’ fight for justice still relevant today

Photo: Robert Trondson and Vel Phillips

A new documentary by Wisconsin Public Television situates the 1960s fight for equal housing squarely in Milwaukee — and places Vel Phillips, UW Law School’s first black woman graduate, at its helm. Robert Trondson talked recently about making the film.

Events

Brooklyn Jumbies to give performance, workshop

Photo: Brooklyn Jumbies

The purpose of the Brooklyn Jumbies is to heighten awareness of African/Afro-Caribbean culture. The group practices and teaches stilt walking, folk/traditional African drum and dance, fire breathing and limbo dancing. The Jumbies will have a campus performance tomorrow and a workshop Saturday.

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