Chuck Quirmbach

Innovation Reporter

Chuck Quirmbach joined WUWM in August, 2018, as Innovation Reporter, covering developments in science, health and business.

Prior to that, he worked for Wisconsin Public Radio in Milwaukee and Madison, covering the environment, energy, and Milwaukee news of statewide interest.

He is a graduate of the UW-Madison.

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Wisconsin scientists have made two breakthroughs that may help hydrogen become a bigger player in renewable energy production and storage. While the researchers say there's still a long way to go with their work, it's a step toward the "hydrogen economy" some were predicting nearly 20 years ago.

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The Milwaukee Brewers are in the playoffs. The team last made it to the Major League Baseball playoffs in 2011. One thing that's changed since then is Milwaukee's increased use of analytics, or data analysis.

Analytics, or sometimes called sabermetrics in baseball, has been around for decades. But it came to more prominence in the 2000s. In the 2011 movie "Moneyball," an economist played by Jonah Hill explains one of the concepts: "I believe there is a championship team that we could afford, because everyone else undervalues them. Like an island of misfit toys."

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The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-1, on Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The contest ended game 163 and was held to break a tie for the National League Central Division crown.

The Brewers broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth inning, with run-scoring singles by Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun. Other batting stars were Orlando Arcia, who had four hits and scored two runs, and Christian Yelich, who had three hits, and the other Brewers RBI.

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Plans for a multimillion-dollar Data Science Institute in Milwaukee are moving forward. The update on the project was announced at a forum held in Wauwatosa by the Tech Council Innovation Network. Originally announced in June, the institute involves a collaboration between Northwestern Mutual, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. 

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The state of Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee are promising more than $60 million in financial incentives to help the Komatsu Mining Corporation move from West Milwaukee to land along Miwaukee’s inner harbor.

Komatsu, which took over the former Joy Global and P&H plant in West Milwaukee about two years ago, says its $285 million South Harbor Campus will include new offices, manufacturing and training facilities, a company museum and store, and a public RiverWalk along the Kinnickinnic River.

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Hundreds of local governments around the U.S. have started using a 911 system that does a better job of pinpointing the location of someone who calls from a smartphone. One of them is Waukesha County.

Typically, emergency responders have only been able to narrow the location of a 911 call from a smartphone to a radius of between six and 600 meters. And, the narrowing process has taken about 30 seconds. At the Waukesha County Communications Center, officials say they now have a better system.

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A proposal to try to make Milwaukee streets safer will be introduced to the Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The so-called "Complete Streets" package is in response to an increase in pedestrian deaths over the last few years and the perception that more people are driving recklessly. Better street engineering is included in the safety package.

State officials say there were about 60 pedestrian deaths in Wisconsin last year — a 20 percent increase from the year before. Nationally, pedestrian deaths have nearly doubled in the last decade.

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With few exceptions, the legal drinking age in Wisconsin and the rest of the United States is 21.

Social scientists already know there's a sizable increase in alcohol-related deaths and violent crime when people reach that age.

But UW-Madison researcher Jason Fletcher wanted to focus on other problems that crop up when people start drinking legally. So, he looked at data from Add Health, a long-term national study covering adolescent to adult health.

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More than 100 students turned out for a Foxconn career fair on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus Monday. Foxconn says it's currently looking to hire a variety of people, including accountants, business analysts, sales and marketing professionals, and engineers. 

A number of students shared with WUWM's Chuck Quirmbach reasons why Foxconn should hire them:

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In recent years, a number of organizations that promote business growth have set their sights on the high-tech sector and start-up firms that take innovative ideas to market.

Some believe Milwaukee could become a technology center. In fact, local business groups estimate 76,000 jobs in the region now qualify for the tech category.

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About an hour northwest of Milwaukee, there's an innovative wrinkle in Wisconsin's ongoing experiment  to create a self-sustaining flock of whooping cranes in the Eastern United States. A family of cranes is living at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, after two chicks in the family were born in captivity in Florida, and all the birds were flown there by jet.

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Harley-Davidson is still a billion dollar company, and by far, sells more motorcycles in the U.S. than any other firm. It's been expanding its international sales. But earnings for the second quarter were down, the Kansas City plant is closing, and some financial analysts are wondering if Harley's heyday has passed.

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Foxconn has pledged $100 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a research institute in Racine County and for innovation research on the Madison campus.

While the company continues to build its electronics factory complex in Mount Pleasant, Foxconn says it wants a strong university partner to help develop a statewide environment for research and development in medical science, computers and materials science. Under agreements signed Monday, the UW-Madison will be that collaborator.

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Northridge Mall was one of several large suburban malls built in the 1960s and '70s. It was at the far northwestern edge of Milwaukee — at 76th Street and Brown Deer Road. But the glory days didn’t last. The mall closed 15 years ago and has gone into extended limbo. 

Most of the buildings remain, but they're empty. It's a big-box ghost town with a chain link fence around it.

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Tuesday is primary election day in Wisconsin.

With races for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices, turnout is expected to be the highest since the presidential election in November 2016. Donald Trump's win in that election spurred a lot of national concern over election tampering. While some voters still aren’t sure the system is secure, Wisconsin officials say the public shouldn't be worried about ballot security.

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