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Coming soon to campus: a dining checkout line that generates energy from customers’ footsteps and a cooler, more efficient rooftop greenhouse.

Electricity Systems

| Krista Eastman

MADISON — In the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite are surprising even to those well acquainted with the insect’s natural gift for turning wood to dust.

Transportation & Fuels, Biofuels & Bioproducts, Plant Deconstruction

| Kaine Korzekwa

There are many processes that take place in cells that are essential for life. Two of these, transcription and translation, allow the genetic information stored in DNA to be deciphered into the proteins that form all living things, from bacteria to humans to plants.

Transportation & Fuels, Plant Genetics & Breeding

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UW–Madison senior Maria Castillo received the Conservation and Sustainability Award at the Bucky’s Award Ceremony Sunday evening.

The ceremony is a recognition event hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Student Leadership Program.

Energy & Society, Environmental Studies, Economics, Education & Outreach, Industry

| Ron Seely

On a still and warm summer morning, as scientists drive along the dirt roads that crisscross the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, the fields sweep in a green carpet to the horizon.

Transportation & Fuels, Sustainable Agriculture