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January 19, 2016

Marianne Fairbanks took a look around the UW-Madison studio where she teaches weaving — a classroom filled with large, wooden floor looms that some might describe as “quaint” — and came up with another idea.

She bought a used floor loom herself, then commissioned an artist to paint it in a “futuristic” style.

biofuel teaching

December 24, 2015

What are biofuels? How can they help us meet our future energy needs while minimizing negative environmental impacts?

With support from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at UW-Madison, students in freshman biology classes at Monona Grove High School have been learning how to answer those questions through a process called bioprospecting.


December 23, 2015

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation will provide $3.5 million to fill a budget hole and help a hub for energy research keep operating at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

December 15, 2015

Today, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) announced a $20 million grant to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, including $3.5 million to advance energy research and innovative academic and industry collaborations at the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI).


December 15, 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. The research is a part of a broad effort to identify meaningful and scalable solutions to meet increasing global energy demand.


December 15, 2015

An additional grant of $20 million to the UW–Madison campus was announced by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Board of Trustees this week. WARF’s grant will help support the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI).

Miriam Seifter

December 02, 2015

Not so long ago, most of us knew that the electricity powering our homes was generated at a power plant down the road and travelled through transmission lines to get to our kitchens and living rooms. The local utility provided the power and we paid the bill.

Phil Hart

November 24, 2015

“The biggest and most complex machine ever built by humankind.” That is how University of Wisconsin–Madison doctoral student of electrical engineering Philip Hart describes the nation’s power grid.

November 23, 2015

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are currently considering lifting a 1983 moratorium on creating new nuclear power plants in the state.

November 18, 2015

In January 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that a staggering $2.6 billion worth of treated drinking water is lost each year due to leaking water mains and approximately 240,000 main breaks.