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| Kaine Korzekwa and Natasha Kassulke

University of Wisconsin–Madison biochemistry assistant professor Philip Romero is a recipient of a 2018 Shaw Scientist Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The awards come with $200,000 in seed funding to support innovative research approaches and the career development of young investigators.

| Eric Hamilton

Your next bite of local bread or gulp of Madison beer might just have a little piece of Sheboygan in it. Sheboygan yeast, anyway.

| Krista Eastman
Growing up, Rebecca Ong was one of the youngest garden club enthusiasts in northern Michigan, a science-loving kid who accompanied her grandparents to club events like “growing great gardens” or “tulip time.”
| Mark E. Griffin

Zymomonas mobilis is a creature of habit, a bacterial species that loves to eat simple sugars and produce ethanol, but shows little interest in anything else.

| Eric Hamilton

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced today (April 18) that three faculty from the University of Wisconsin–Madison were elected to the 2018 class of members.

Michigan State University is a national leader among universities in the number of endowed faculty positions held by women. Of the 131 endowed positions currently occupied across campus, 24.4 percent are held by women. Nine of those are in the College of Natural Science—four donor-funded positions and five MSU Foundation Professors.

| Val Osowski

Michaela TerAvest, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, received $519,357 from NSF’s Division of Engineering to support her project to develop a microbial electrosynthesis platform — a technology that combines renewable electricity storage with carbon capture using bacteria that eat electricity.

Biochemistry professor Richard Amasino has been awarded a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Named Professorship.

| Krista Eastman

Behind the successful conversion of biomass to a better biofuel or a new green chemical, there is a carefully chosen solvent. The right solvent not only dissolves biomass but also drives the efficiency of the entire conversion process, resulting in higher yields and a lower bottom line.

| Mark Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas — Building on the success of 10 years of investigation into the production of renewable fuels from plants, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, recently embarked on a new mission: to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum.