Science Writing


Strain game: Leveraging imperfections to create better-behaved quantum dots

For understanding turbulence, the sky is the limit

Homegrown green energy with wood-based electric materials

Mature RFID technology could drive fledgling smart cities

Strained materials make cooler superconductors

Improved catalysts could help widespread solar power see the light of day


Relatives of Zika Virus Could Infect Fetal Tissue

Penetrating Protein Battles Drug-Resistant Bacteria

One Mutation Makes Zika Virus Cause Severe Microcephaly

Personalized Precision Immunotherapy Tested in Brain Tumors

Noninvasive Imaging Gets to the Heart of Cardiac Disease Risk

Studies Open Up Possibility of Immunotherapy for More Cancer Patients

Trading Microscopes for Microphones: Science Comedy is no Laughing Matter

Carl June: Forging New Frontiers in Cancer Therapies

Cool Nanotechnology Keeps Cryopreserved Tissues Intact


Four UW-Madison projects to speed up NSF’s advanced wireless research initiative

Making massive materials data sets and tools accessible to all

Following the rules for faster integrated circuit design

Game-changing computational approach takes the guesswork out of materials design

Innovative tabletop device tracks electron movement with unprecedented accuracy

Among an ocean of materials possibilities, hidden treasure could make more powerful electron beams

Strategies for synthesizing hydrogen peroxide in a single step

Strained relationships: Using the forces that shape living cells to design new materials

New material combines useful, typically incompatible properties

Tweaking text in the book of life: What engineering genomes means for science and society

Auto antennas: exploiting the metal in military vehicles to broadcast radio signals

Come together, right now—Melih Eriten receives NSF CAREER award to study dissipative properties of interfaces

UW-Madison engineers create custom tuning knobs to turn off any gene

Published TALE-DNA crystal structure

Tunable materials clear the way for advanced optics

Minuscule, flexible compound lenses visualize vast fields of view

Researchers settle long-standing debate about fundamental behavior of shaking particles

Floating gardens protect Cherokee Marsh’s sensitive shores

3D-printed parts could be hot new technology for keeping power plants cool


Educational innovation:

Educational innovation: Free online course empowers STEM instructors to improve their teaching through research on student learning

Educational innovation: showcasing past triumphs and planning for the future

Massively open online course teaches excellence in teaching

Pedagogy and pastries: local learning community met in person to complete online teaching course

Educational innovation: I-LEaP pedagogy bootcamp prepares new professors for teaching


Peer-reviewed publications:


Million-weaver S, Samadpour AN, Merrikh H. Replication Restart after Replication-Transcription Conflicts Requires RecA in Bacillus subtilis. J Bacteriol. 2015;197(14):2374-82.

Million-weaver S, Samadpour AN, Moreno-habel DA, et al. An underlying mechanism for the increased mutagenesis of lagging-strand genes in Bacillus subtilis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2015;112(10):E1096-105.

Paul S, Million-weaver S, Chattopadhyay S, Sokurenko E, Merrikh H. Accelerated gene evolution through replication-transcription conflicts. Nature. 2013;495(7442):512-5.



Million-weaver S, Camps M. Mechanisms of plasmid segregation: have multicopy plasmids been overlooked?. Plasmid. 2014;75:27-36.

Million-weaver S, Alexander DL, Allen JM, Camps M. Quantifying plasmid copy number to investigate plasmid dosage effects associated with directed protein evolution. Methods Mol Biol. 2012;834:33-48.


Science blogging:

Progress and patents, a CRISPR news roundup

Lost in translation? Rare codons as synbio tools

CRISPR at a crossroads


What the heck is a GMO? (the tale of the Simplot Potato)

#KSDNA Plenary Speaker Stephen Jackson: PARP Inhibitors, Synthetic Lethality & Lynparza

#KSDNA: Genome editing workshop (CRISPRs in Wonderland)

Highlights from #KSDNA 2015 (part one)

Highlights from #KSDNA, part two

Why I believe in labeling GMO foods (hint: it isn’t because of health risks)

The Arctic Apple


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