Articles by Rob Ferrett

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With the need for COVID-19 tests exceeding their availability, alongside shortages in testing supplies, health systems and hospitals are seeking to fill in the gaps. Dr. Bobbi Pritt, the director of the clinical parasitology laboratory at Mayo Clinic, discusses how it developed its own test.
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The availability of tests for COVID-19 continues to be an issue in Wisconsin and across the United States, particularly given a shortage of testing supplies. WisContext associate editor Wil Cushman discusses what it means for the outbreak in the state.
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Much of the public health conversation about COVID-19 has centered on a concept called "flattening the curve," but what does that mean and what would it look like in Wisconsin? WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses the challenges the state faces in the pandemic.
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The Wisconsin Elections Commission is threatening to shame several local governments in the state that have not kept up with cybersecurity best practices. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how county websites in the state do and don't follow two common practices.
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In a place with long winters like Wisconsin, people tend to make use of one of its most visible seasonal resources: ice.
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Many of the first African Americans to live in the Beloit moved there as part of the Great Migration in the early decades of the 20th century. Blackhawk Technical College academic advisor and local historian Linda Fair discusses this history of the city.
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PFAS "forever chemicals" have become a fixture of public attention and policymakers are taking steps to address their use. UW-Madison civil and environmental engineering professor Christy Remucal discusses what is known about PFAS and the risks associated with them.
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One factor central to policy debates of livestock siting and other agricultural policies in Wisconsin is the state's "right-to-farm" law. National Agricultural Law Center attorney Rusty Rumley discusses Wisconsin's version of the law and similar laws across the nation.
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Over the last few years, bridges and roads have washed away during flash floods across Wisconsin. But how can engineers tackle the problem in order to prevent this kind of infrastructure damage in the future?
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How can livestock odors be measured and quantified in a systematic and fair way? Is it even possible to break down an odor into its component parts, or to identify an acceptable odor threshold? It turns out these questions are the subject of rigorous scientific research.