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Mary Sussman

Mary Sussman is a freelance writer who specializes in science and medical writing. She is a frequent contributor to the Shepherd Express. Her articles and blogs have been published in the Isthmus, Bay View Compass, Riverwest Currents, Oregonian, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Inside Science (American Institute of Physics) and the website of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. She has written on antibiotic resistance, epigenetics, astrophysics, urban agriculture, bees, educational gaming, violence prevention, technology and many other subjects. She received a M.A. in journalism with a specialty in science communication from UW-Madison.

Mary enjoys the rich and varied cultural offerings, people, parks and climate of Milwaukee, as well as the changeable beauty of Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee’s Victory Garden Initiative has, in nine years, installed some 4,000 raised beds, and its farm—and now new farmhouse—seek to respond to concerns about inner-city Milwaukee health, nutrition and food justice issues. more

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Though Will Allen’s Growing Power didn’t turn into the thriving business he had hoped it might eventually become, Allen remains very busy in Milwaukee’s urban agriculture scene. more

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Urban agriculture continues to boom in its many forms in Milwaukee as witnessed by the growing number of community, backyard and commercial gardens in the city. How can you get involved? more

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With President Donald Trump’s aggressive anti-immigrant rhetoric, the travel ban and heated talk in Washington, D.C., about tariffs and possible immigration restrictions for students—particularly from China—international student administrators in ... more

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More than 5,400 people gathered for On the Table—a community conversation event that recently took place at some 200 locations throughout the four-county Southeastern Wisconsin region. more

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Nationally known scholars and activists will gather in Milwaukee at St. John’s on the Lake to discuss the spirituality and technology of aging and death. more

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Joining the zebra mussel and other unwanted invaders in the Great Lakes region is the New Zealand mudsnail; it has recently been discovered in Wisconsin rivers. more

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Except at peak times, Milwaukeeans hardly realize that they are sharing their city with millions of tourists who outnumber them 10 to one. more

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When it comes to adopting widespread use of second-generation biofuels in Wisconsin, farmers are essentially ready to go, but when it comes to moving away from ethanol production, there is still fear of change. more

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Milwaukee has made great progress in recent years on seeding high-tech start-up firms. But, while local universities deserve much of the credit for providing the city with the human material, will capital investment follow? more

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Urban beekeeping is growing in popularity in Milwaukee, where it is fostered by several community organizations and supported by UW-Milwaukee-Extension, Marquette University and city government. more

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Recently, Milwaukee has developed a 21st-century industrial identity as the “Water Capital of the World," almost overnight becoming a go-to destination for companies and countries that want to solve their water problems. more

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Milwaukee Farmers Union is seeking ways to make urban farming more efficient, sustainable and profitable. more

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A Smartphone app recently developed through collaboration between Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital and the UWM App Brewery Lab will help speed patient diagnoses in medical emergencies. more

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Urban farmers from diverse organizations and backgrounds are transforming Milwaukee. more

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More than 100 years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational rays. Now, astrophysics working the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which has a branch at UW-Milwaukee, have been able to detect b... more

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