Chris Kucharik is the developer and steward of a powerful computer model known as Agro-IBIS, which enables him to explore the complex challenges that arise where the interconnected demands for food, water, and energy collide. It can also factor in climate change, a moving target that compounds these challenges.
“There are natural modes of oscillation across the grid, where if something happens in one place, it bounces around,” says Bernard Lesieutre, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UW–Madison. He and his colleagues are studying patterns of activity across the grid to learn how disruptions propagate and affect overall stability.
Every summer, more than a thousand UW–Madison alumni return to campus accompanied by their grandchildren to take part in Grandparents University, an intergenerational learning experience organized by the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
With funding from the National Dairy Council, a WEI team is undertaking a new project that will apply knowledge from the biofuels industry to the dairy sector, turning underutilized co-products into profitable goods.
With a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to relieve two headaches at once.