James Watrous Gallery Features Beautiful Beading Culture Exhibition

Iroquois Raised Beadwork Tradition Carries Powerful Historical Significance

by Katrin Brendemuehl, age 13 and Callan Bird Bear, age 12

The gorgeous artwork crafted by Native American tribes known as beadwork can be as intricate as the wings of a dragonfly. The allure of colorful glass beads against a dark, rich fabric is enough to catch nearly anyone’s eye. This fall, the James Watrous Gallery, a gallery at the Overture Center with a focus on contemporary Wisconsin artists, features these culturally significant, powerful works.

The exhibit, which runs through November 6, showcases the raised beadwork of Oneida artists from Wisconsin who hope to maintain the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, tradition. The exhibit was founded in collaboration with the Oneida Arts Program and Oneida Nation Museum. [Read More]

New Fuel-Efficient Engines Need Help to Sound Powerful

Manufacturers Use Pipes and Speakers to Meet Car Buyer Expectations

by Jacqueline Zuniga Paiz, age 16

Technology in cars has advanced throughout the decades, with improvements in fuel-efficiency and design. But the evolution of car engines has brought about a controversial enhancement: fake engine noise.

Car enthusiasts love the classic, throaty, gas-guzzling rumble of an engine. But car companies depend on engine sound enhancements for two big reasons: pedestrian safety and the car-buyer paradox.

Fake engine noise is becoming more of a necessity for electric and hybrid cars. In fact, federal safety officials passed a rule in 2015 requiring electric and hybrid cars to play fake engine sounds to alert a passerby of their presence, thereby preventing pedestrian accidents. [Read More]

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The Battle to Protect Gray Wolves Continues in the Midwest

Ranchers and Conservation Groups Struggle to Reach Agreement

by Sergio Perez, age 16

Gray wolves, a mighty canidae species that roam the vast territories of North America, are currently facing an uncertain future.

In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (USDOI) removed the federal protections for gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region. They argued that the roughly 6,000 wolves that lived in the region constituted a large enough population for the species not to need protection. With federal protections lifted, states took on the responsibility of managing wolf protections and hunting laws. States such as Minnesota and Wisconsin immediately authorized hunting. [Read More]

Two College Basketball Players Decide to Finish School Before Joining NBA Draft

by Armond Garcia-Harper, age 12

Two well-known and talented college basketball players have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school. Nigel Hayes of Wisconsin and Malik Pope of San Diego State will return to their college teams. Both players will add firepower to two of the best basketball programs in the NCAA.

Nigel Hayes and Malik Pope tested the NBA waters by exploring their draft possibilities. Only the very best college players get drafted by the NBA. Hayes and Pope are excellent players. Ordinarily, flirting with the idea of joining an NBA team would have been a big risk. This is because those who go through the draft are no longer eligible to play for their college team. New rules in effect this year allowed underclassmen to try out an NBA franchise without jeopardizing their eligibility. [Read More]

Fish Species Could Unlock Mystery of Human Bipedalism

by Virginia Quach, age 15

Humans have inhabited the Earth for millions of years, but how did we gain the ability to stand on two feet? Many would think the answer to “human bipedalism” – our ability to walk and stand on two feet – lies in the study of feet. Shockingly, however, recent research actually suggests that the trait may connect back to a tiny fish known as the threespine stickleback.

In early 2016, biologist at Stanford University David Kingsley and his team of researchers analyzed DNA of the threespine stickleback. They found a genetic enhancer coded within the fishes' DNA that helps to make the bony plates that scale the stickleback. This enhancer regulates the amount of GDF6, a bone-related protein, that is released in the body of the fish based on its environment. [Read More]

College Textbooks Don't Have to Put You in the Red

by Enjoyiana Nururdin, age 17

Today's average college student spends up to $1,000 a year on textbooks. Most students also cover other expenses such as room, board, phone bill, laundry, and car payments; tuition alone can cost an additional $10,000 to $70,000 a year. So while it can be tempting not to pay for a bunch of glossy pages you may never use again, purchasing a textbook is a smart investment. It's just how you make the purchase that makes all the difference.

A recent study completed by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group showed that seven out of 10 college students “had not purchased a textbook at least once because they found the cost too high.” These students understand that textbooks are an important part of college, but they cite textbooks as too big of a financial burden, especially when already struggling to pay for college on their own. [Read More]