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2014-04-11 11:39:34

When the Earned Income Tax Credit was expanded in 1993, supporters hoped it would reward poor parents for working while critics feared that it might discourage single mothers from marrying or incentivize women to have more children to boost their tax refund. A new collaborative study done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University reveals the EITC has helped the working poor but hasn't affected personal choices. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, assistant professor of human...

2014-04-10 23:01:22

Leaders from academe met recently in Indianapolis at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference to explore the intersection of learning analytics and open learning, open technologies, and open research. The Summit will next convene in 2015 at Marist College, in New York's historic Hudson River Valley. (PRWEB) April 10, 2014 With learning analytics poised to become a mainstream technology, higher education leaders from around the world came together following the Learning...

aerial view of a conservation corridor experiment
2014-02-26 07:56:50

David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison MADISON, Wis. — Field ecologists go to great lengths to get data: radio collars and automatic video cameras are only two of their creative techniques for documenting the natural world. So when a group of ecologists set out to see how wind moves seeds through isolated patches of habitat carved into a longleaf pine plantation in South Carolina, they twisted colored yarn to create mock seeds that would drift with the wind much like native...

2014-02-13 23:03:34

Theresa Islo Joins Division of Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning as Program Manager after nearly two decades in the health and wellness industry. Madison, WI (PRWEB) February 13, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Extension welcomes Theresa Islo as the new manager for its online Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management program. Islo joins the UW-Extension’s Division of Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning (CEOEL) from the Wellness Council of...

2014-02-04 11:51:19

As many American public school districts adopt single-sex classrooms and even entire schools, a new study finds scant evidence that they offer educational or social benefits. The study was the largest and most thorough effort to examine the issue to date, says Janet Hyde, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "We looked at 184 studies, representing the testing of 1.6 million students in grades K-12 from 21 nations, for outcomes related to science and mathematics...

Renewable Chemical Upgraded Into Biofuels
2014-01-17 10:25:37

University of Wisconsin-Madison Using a plant-derived chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that's ripe with possibility for biofuels. "With the sugar platform, you have possibilities," says Jeremy Luterbacher, a UW-Madison postdoctoral researcher and the paper's lead author. "You've taken fewer forks down the conversion road, which leaves you with more end destinations, such as cellulosic ethanol and...

2013-12-03 23:31:47

Officials warn that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is “especially dangerous” because of drunk drivers. This year, a powerful virtual training simulation by SIMmersion, developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), will help doctors reach out to patients before their risky drinking makes the holidays tragic. Columbia, MD (PRWEB) December 03, 2013 Whether it’s beer...

High-energy Neutrinos Recorded By IceCube Particle Detector In Antarctica
2013-12-02 09:48:39

SPIE Achievement heralds 'the dawn of a new age of astronomy' Scientists at a massive underground particle detector in Antarctica called the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory have detected high-energy neutrinos, ideal for the future of "extreme astronomy" because they can be used to detect the sources of cosmic rays and provide information about our universe's most violent and least-understood phenomena. "This is the first indication of very high-energy neutrinos coming from...

2013-11-26 23:30:39

“The Nineteenth Century Flora of Dane County, Wisconsin: A Twenty-First Century Update” by Mark K. Leach and Alexandra Zelles lists over 1400 species of plants and lichens along with historical information on each. Conservationists and native plant enthusiasts will find this work particularly useful. Menomonie, Wisconsin (PRWEB) November 26, 2013 Fundamental to wise environmental decision-making is knowledge of what originally lived in a place. A soon-to-be released e-book (Economo...

Discovery Of Cosmic Neutrinos Signals New Era Of Astronomy
2013-11-21 14:57:06

[ Watch the Video: Cosmic Neutrinos Observed By IceCube Observatory ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers working with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica have announced that they have, for the first time, observed 28 very high-energy particle events, leading them to conclude that "the era of neutrino astronomy has begun.” Cosmic neutrinos are nearly massless particles that stream to Earth at the speed of light from outside our solar system....