Report: Develop cutting-edge tech centers

The University of Wisconsin System should create seven centers to focus on cutting-edge work in areas such as nanowire manufacturing, creation of drugs from fungi and the conversion of paper mill waste into usable products, a task force report recommends, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Research to Jobs Task Force, formed by UW System President Kevin Reilly earlier this year, recommends a technology center at UW-Green Bay that focuses on creating value-added products from waste.

UW-Green Bay Prof. John Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences (Engineering), has forged a partnership with nearby the nearby Feeco and ENCAP corporations to develop usable resources made mostly from waste products. Students gain valuable experience helping turn waste into something of value.

Download the report here.

Green Bay Press-Gazette story.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story.

Associated Press story.

Fox 11 News story.

Here are the seven proposed emerging technology centers:

* UW-Green Bay: Value-added products from waste
* UW-La Crosse: Drugs based on medicinal plants and fungi
* UW-Oshkosh: Super capacity battery storage
* UW-Parkside: Biomedical sciences
* UW-Stout: Plastics and composites (in collaboration with UW-Stevens Point)
* UW-Stevens Point: Nanowire applications and manufacturing
* UW-Whitewater: Interactive media and distance learning


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