Tag Archives: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

It’s the stuff of dreams: Better healthcare at home

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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Tucked away in a deep corner of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus, a six-sided room (pictured) called the “CAVE” uses coordinated computer projections to create immersive, virtual-reality world in which virtually anything is possible. “Almost anything we dream, we can actually make,” says Moehlman Bascom Professor of Industrial and Systems [...]

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Building blocks of the blood-brain barrier

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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For the first time ever, researchers have coaxed both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells to form the endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier—an advance that may unlock some of the most closely guarded secrets of this virtually impenetrable wall. The blood-brain barrier, which separates circulating blood from the fluid that bathes the brain, depends [...]

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A multidisciplinary perspective on biological systems

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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For more than a half century, the Petri dish has served as a living laboratory for biologists who intensively studied its contents and advanced our understanding of how microbial and mammalian cells behave. Now, however, researchers are drawing on knowledge and tools in such diverse areas as genetics, computer science, ecology and engineering to study [...]

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The language of stem cells, decoded

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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Stem cells are biological building blocks, the starting point of human life. But without proper direction, they’re not very useful when it comes to treating disease. “If we just take stem cells and inject them into you, they will simply become a cancerous tumor,” says Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Randy Ashton. Working in the Wisconsin [...]

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Interdisciplinary research and education: Big thinking for big challenges

Posted on 18. Apr, 2012 by .

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The common definition of “discipline” illustrates why the word is so deeply rooted in the lexicon of higher education. Discipline is all about rigorous preparation, self-command, willpower, following a strict regimen—many of the traits that are required in the evolution from student to expert in any chosen academic field. Yet many of the truly exciting [...]

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Collaborative optimization simplifies real-world problems

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Of the 10 themes that make up the core research program at the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID), the mathematical optimization group is especially well positioned to have a multidisciplinary impact at the institutes and beyond. The team is a blend of industrial and systems engineering and computer sciences faculty and will expand to [...]

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Materials engineer applies education to stem cell challenges

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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The more Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering Professor Wendy Crone (pictured with Professor of Medicine Tim Kamp) worked with biologists, chemical engineers, medical professionals and others, the more she realized she wanted to go back to school. Now Crone is studying polymeric hydrogels, a class of polymeric materials that incorporate 10 to 100 times more [...]

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Does ‘green’ behavior occur in a green building?

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Completed in December 2010, the UW-Madison Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building marries majestic light-filled public spaces with state-of-the-art scientific facilities. But while a hallmark of the building is its visual appeal, equally important to its users are the mechanical, electrical and other systems that operate behind the scenes. In each of these systems, building designers [...]

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Unexpected twists and turns: How I ended up doing tissue engineering scaffold research

Posted on 23. Jun, 2011 by .

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By Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng, professor, mechanical engineering Bionates theme leader, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Wonder how a UW-Madison mechanical engineer ended up doing research on cell culture? I am not talking about me. I actually am referring to Charles Lindbergh, one of our most celebrated student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. While Lindbergh is [...]

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Plastics techniques, for people

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Six years ago, Mechanical Engineering Professor Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng and then-PhD student Adam Kramschuster brainstormed how to use their expertise in polymer processing to make a larger difference for society. Out of their discussions came the idea to transfer polymer fabrication techniques to the field of tissue engineering—and the pair are now part of a [...]

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Eagle eye: Bioinspired optics provide new views of the body

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Inspired by the eyes of various animals, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Hongrui Jiang (right) and his collaborators are creating innovative optical technologies for surgical tools, surveillance and electronic devices. “Instead of just duplicating natural designs, we want to understand what features are beneficial in what way and combine those benefits to create something [...]

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