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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Many pro football fans are mourning the death of one of the sport's icons of the 1960s. Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr passed away Sunday at the age of 85.

Starr thrived under the guidance of Packers coach Vince Lombardi, and the team won five NFL titles in the '60s, plus the first two Super Bowls. Perhaps Starr's most famous play was scoring the winning touchdown in the 1967 NFL Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys, a contest known as the Ice Bowl.

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The Milwaukee Bucks season is over. The Bucks lost to the Toronto Raptors 100-94 Saturday night, in Toronto, in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto won the series 4-2, and will face the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, beginning Thursday.

Despite the Bucks' loss, some in the crowd of thousands watching the game on video monitors outside Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee saw positives for the city, and the Bucks' chances in the years ahead.

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Put the civic celebrations for the Milwaukee Bucks on hold.

The Bucks lost Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals to the Toronto Raptors Thursday night at the Fiserv Forum, by a score of 105-99.  The Raptors now lead the best of seven series three games to two, meaning Milwaukee must win both Saturday night in Toronto and Monday night in Milwaukee to advance to the NBA Finals.

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Officials from the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Found say changes are underway that could help the public bring medical inventions to the marketplace. The ideas were outlined at a recent startup and technology forum in Milwaukee.

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A federal program scheduled to spend $60 million in Wisconsin continues to try to get people to share their health and lifestyle information, plus their DNA. The effort known as All of Us has the ambitious goal of enrolling 1 million people nationally, and 33,000 in the greater Milwaukee area. 

The promised reward is a $25 enrollment payment and eventually, specialized disease prevention and treatment. 

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A series of metal sculptures taking shape in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley honors the men and women who worked at a now-lost transportation giant. The "People of the Road” monument is a tribute to the thousands who labored for a passenger and freight-rail service best known as the Milwaukee Road.

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Wisconsin scientists are working on new ways to protect drinking and surface water from pollutants. They’re also investigating better methods of cleaning water that's already contaminated. But researchers say success may cost taxpayers more money.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Preston Cole has been promising to place a higher priority on good science when crafting policy. For example, he hopes better research will lead to cleaner drinking water. 

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The Milwaukee Bucks are moving on to the NBA Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 18 years. The Bucks completed their conference semi-final series against the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, with a 25-point victory before a sellout crowd at the Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks started to pull away from the Celtics just before halftime, and by late in the third quarter the nearly 18,000 fans were sensing victory. They cheered loudly.

Milwaukeean Tyrone Daniels says the Bucks are overdue for a championship.

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Researchers continue to gather data from social media and other sources to assess information for businesses, universities and maybe public policy. And guess what? Some of the data may be about you. 

A forum Wednesday in Milwaukee looked at whether enough ethical standards are in place to protect the public.

Nearly two years ago, President Trump stood in the East Room of the White House and announced that Taiwan-based Foxconn — a major supplier of Apple technology — was going to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility, outside Milwaukee.

"This is a great day for American workers, and manufacturers, and for everyone who believes in the concept, and the label, 'Made in the USA,' " the president boasted.

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There was plenty of sports action over the weekend, with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brewers playing games. Another intense battle took place Sunday at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where teams from MSOE, Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee competed in esports — playing team-oriented video games on computers.

Esports has been growing nationally, and that's true locally, as well. 

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Milwaukee officials are keeping  a close eye on the census case being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Mayor Tom Barrett says if the Trump administration gets its way, it'll be tougher to get an accurate count when the census begins next year. 

The census case is about whether the Census Bureau can ask people if they are U.S. citizens. President Donald Trump says his administration wants more citizenship data to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.

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It's fitting that Fox Point resident Trish Mousseau reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series that answers your questions about Milwaukee and the region — with a question about bubblers.

No, her question wasn't about why Wisconsinites call bubblers, bubblers. (That's the very first question Bubbler Talk ever answered.)

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People who live near the Foxconn project in Racine County peppered local officials with questions at a meeting Monday night in Mount Pleasant. Part of the focus was Monday's announcement that Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou will reduce his role at the company.

Another topic was a proposed road widening to serve Foxconn. 

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Many scientists who invent products and form a company need financial help to get their creation to market. So, the UWM Foundation and Medical College of Wisconsin hold an annual event called "First Look Forum," which aims to connect researchers and venture capitalists.

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