| Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Famously, the use of caged birds to alert miners to the invisible dangers of gases such as carbon monoxide gave rise to the cautionary metaphor “canary in a coal mine.”

Transportation & Fuels, Energy & Society, Environmental Studies

| Caroline Schneider

Garret Suen, an assistant professor in the Department of Bacteriology and an Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow, focuses on microbiomes and how microbes convert biomass into nutrients. “Microbiome” has become a more common word in the public consciousness in recent years.

Energy & Society, Sustainable Agriculture

| Krista Eastman

With up to $1.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), scientists affiliated with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) will conduct research with the potential to turn woody biomass into an economical source of renewable chemicals.

Biofuels & Bioproducts, Plant Deconstruction

| Kaine Korzekwa

Biochemistry assistant professor Ophelia Venturelli recently received funding for her proposal to the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program.

Transportation & Fuels, Conversion

| David Tenenbaum

SHINE Medical Technologies, a firm spawned from research in the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Engineering, broke ground today on “Building One” at its new location just south of Janesville.

Electricity Systems, Spinoffs