Associate Professor Dave Anderson, Archaeology & Anthropology, leads a group of UWL archaeology students at a site near Holmen, Wisconsin. The site contains refuse pits from the Oneota culture, A.D.1450-1600.
At UW-La Crosse, drones aren’t just a techy toy, they’re a tool to meet business needs. Working with Assistant Professor Niti Mishra, Senior Jackson Radenz flew a drone over a local rock quarry earlier this summer to generate 3D maps of space and stockpiles. Later, he’ll do another to determine rock lost through image analysis. This helps the company manage assets easier instead of using time-consuming, manual ground surveys.
“Nobody in our student-run theater company has ever worked on a project of this nature before, but we face each new challenge together with a positive attitude and an open mind,” says Carly Boles, UWL student and co-producer. The theatre production is an actor-collaborative and gender-neutral production of Shakespeare's, ‘Macbeth.’ The production’s famous role of Macbeth is played by a woman and multiple other male characters are played by women and vice versa. Actors will play more than one role throughout the show. The student-run company is composed of eight actors and four designers. “This project pushes students outside of their comfort zone by requiring them to take an active role in all aspects of a theatrical production,” says Boles. The project is funded by a UWL Undergraduate Research Grant.
As a person ages, muscles weaken and lose their ability to contract like they once could. A group of UWL researchers led by student Alex Steil, are studying muscles at the cellular level. Muscle contractions are reactions to changing calcium concentrations. An important player in this process is the protein Calmodulin. Calmodulin is responsible for detecting changing calcium concentrations and subsequently telling the cell to behave a certain way. The students are trying to understanding how an “aged” Calmodulin mishandles calcium and leads to weakened muscles. They have also used gene-editing techniques to develop a mutant Calmodulin that is resistance to aging – which may be useful as a gene-therapy intervention for degenerative muscle disorders.