The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy invites postdocs at UW-Madison to write a short
article (10 pages or fewer) that describes their UW-Madison research to the general public.

To participate in this program, postdocs should:

  • Send an email to to express your interest in writing an article.
  • Indicate your department and the subject of your research.

This article is one way to enable sharing of research with family, friends, neighbors, community groups, funding agencies, state legislators, members of the U.S. Congress, and others. Approved articles will be posted here on the WISL website.

To craft these articles, WISL offers postdocs the same support they have been providing PhD students for over a decade:

  • A set of guidelines to assist in communicating your research to the general public. 
  • The assistance of an editor to help hone your article for general readership.  
  • An award of $250 for each approved article.

It is crucial to connect UW-Madison's research with the public. This is an important professional responsibility that is both rewarding and consequential.


The dual mission of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy is to promote literacy in science, mathematics and technology among the general public and to attract future generations to careers in research, teaching and public service.




Dr. Blaise Manga Enuh

Researching the invisible world of microbes with computer tools:
Insights into improving wastewater treatment and
producing bioenergy from agricultural waste

Dr. Chloe Fouilloux

Beyond the Plate: The Wider Impact of Antibiotic Use in Salmon Farming

Dr. Kyungdoe Han

Harvesting Both Wealth and Sustainability:
The Lucrative Promise of Agrivoltaics

Dr. Wasikul Islam

Navigating Anomalies in the Pursuit of New Physics

Dr. Sagar Rathod

Environmental side effects of using ammonia to power global shipping

Dr. Parisa Sarzaeim

Are Tribal Water-Climate-Environment Nexus Databases FAIR and CARE?

Dr. Shoshana Shapiro

Investigating the Possible Existence of Human Services Deserts

Dr. Umar Ahmad Sheikh

Beyond Color and Beauty: Atomizing the Hidden Role of Skin in Our Body

Dr. Yang Yeh

Let the Mice Eat – Understanding Aging Through Dietary Research in Animals

Dr. Ambreen Hamadani

Shepherding the Digital Revolution: Smart Sheep Breeding