Science Writing



Research news:

Four UW-Madison projects to speed up NSF’s advanced wireless research initiative

Making massive materials data sets and tools accessible to all

Following the rules for faster integrated circuit design

Game-changing computational approach takes the guesswork out of materials design

Innovative tabletop device tracks electron movement with unprecedented accuracy

Among an ocean of materials possibilities, hidden treasure could make more powerful electron beams

Strategies for synthesizing hydrogen peroxide in a single step

Strained relationships: Using the forces that shape living cells to design new materials

New material combines useful, typically incompatible properties

Tweaking text in the book of life: What engineering genomes means for science and society

Auto antennas: exploiting the metal in military vehicles to broadcast radio signals

Come together, right now—Melih Eriten receives NSF CAREER award to study dissipative properties of interfaces

UW-Madison engineers create custom tuning knobs to turn off any gene

Published TALE-DNA crystal structure

Tunable materials clear the way for advanced optics

Minuscule, flexible compound lenses visualize vast fields of view

Researchers settle long-standing debate about fundamental behavior of shaking particles

Floating gardens protect Cherokee Marsh’s sensitive shores

3D-printed parts could be hot new technology for keeping power plants cool


Educational innovation:

Educational innovation: Free online course empowers STEM instructors to improve their teaching through research on student learning

Educational innovation: showcasing past triumphs and planning for the future

Massively open online course teaches excellence in teaching

Pedagogy and pastries: local learning community met in person to complete online teaching course

Educational innovation: I-LEaP pedagogy bootcamp prepares new professors for teaching


Hongrui Jiang: An interdisciplinary innovator

Focus on new faculty: Daniel Wright, forecasting floods with eyes in the sky

Focus on new faculty: Victor Zavala, optimizing algorithms for the interconnected modern world

Focus on new faculty: Peter Adamczyk, making strides towards advanced prostheses

Focus on new faculty: Sangkee Min, manufacturing the future of innovative design

Focus on new faculty: Corinne Henak, exploring perplexing properties of cartilage

Focus on new faculty: Alejandro Roldán-Alzate applies theoretical fluid dynamics to improving surgical outcomes


UW-Madison materials science and engineering undergraduates dominate national scholarship awards

R. Fenton-May fellowship helps grad students pursue fruitful research

Student outreach: Ramon Roche-Maldonado encourages minority students to study engineering

Alumni & events:

Alumni share career accomplishments at Environmental Engineering Reunion Conference

Ed Lightfoot Symposium 2016: Multiple generations of research excellence

Building the future from a foundation of construction community support

Honoring heritage with faculty support

Inspiring future generations of students to think globally with faculty support


Peer-reviewed publications:


Million-weaver S, Samadpour AN, Merrikh H. Replication Restart after Replication-Transcription Conflicts Requires RecA in Bacillus subtilis. J Bacteriol. 2015;197(14):2374-82.

Million-weaver S, Samadpour AN, Moreno-habel DA, et al. An underlying mechanism for the increased mutagenesis of lagging-strand genes in Bacillus subtilis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2015;112(10):E1096-105.

Paul S, Million-weaver S, Chattopadhyay S, Sokurenko E, Merrikh H. Accelerated gene evolution through replication-transcription conflicts. Nature. 2013;495(7442):512-5.



Million-weaver S, Camps M. Mechanisms of plasmid segregation: have multicopy plasmids been overlooked?. Plasmid. 2014;75:27-36.

Million-weaver S, Alexander DL, Allen JM, Camps M. Quantifying plasmid copy number to investigate plasmid dosage effects associated with directed protein evolution. Methods Mol Biol. 2012;834:33-48.


Science blogging:

Progress and patents, a CRISPR news roundup

Lost in translation? Rare codons as synbio tools

CRISPR at a crossroads


What the heck is a GMO? (the tale of the Simplot Potato)

#KSDNA Plenary Speaker Stephen Jackson: PARP Inhibitors, Synthetic Lethality & Lynparza

#KSDNA: Genome editing workshop (CRISPRs in Wonderland)

Highlights from #KSDNA 2015 (part one)

Highlights from #KSDNA, part two

Why I believe in labeling GMO foods (hint: it isn’t because of health risks)

The Arctic Apple


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