Biochemistry assistant professor Srivatsan “Vatsan” Raman has received a Director's New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $2.2 million-grants fund high-risk, high-reward research performed by early stage investigators.

Plant Genetics & Breeding

| Terry Devitt

In an era of fake news and widespread disinformation campaigns aimed at confusing and polarizing public discourse in the United States, a new study provides a glimmer of hope and a roadmap for fostering honest public debate, at least around issues of science and technology.

Energy & Society, Science Communication

| Mark E. Griffin

Lignin makes up about a quarter of plant biomass and is the most abundant source of renewable aromatics on Earth. Aromatics are materials with six carbon rings usually derived from petroleum that are the building blocks for a wide array from products - from plastics to pharmaceuticals.

Transportation & Fuels, Biofuels & Bioproducts, Plant Genetics & Breeding

| Max Witynski

Conventional wisdom in biofuels research holds that carbon efficiency is the most important factor for determining promising strategies for the production of biofuels.

Transportation & Fuels, Biofuels & Bioproducts, Conversion, Energy & Society, Economics

| Sam Million-Weaver

University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have made a surprising discovery that could dramatically improve the lifetime of solar energy harvesting devices.   

Electricity Distribution, Solar, Energy & Society