UW-Madison in the Media

A selection of media coverage about the university and its people.

  • Hundreds gather at UW-Madison to protest racial inequality Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 15, 2014 Cries for racial equality disrupted finals week preparation across UW-Madison as hundreds of people, mostly students, marched through campus Sunday evening in response to a string of high-profile police and civilian killings of unarmed black men.
  • Morgridges' $100 million gift to UW-Madison among Top 10 largest in nation Capital Times Dec. 15, 2014 A $100 million gift from John and Tashia Morgridge to help build faculty at UW-Madison is among the year’s Top 10 largest philanthropic gifts, Wealth-X reports.
  • Sleep Problems May Spur Development Of Amyloid Plaques, Leading To Alzheimer's Medical Daily Dec. 9, 2014 In case you didn’t know, sleep is critical to proper functioning. It gives our brains a moment to rest, allowing neurons to reconnect or make new connections, thus consolidating memory, and improving focus, attention, and vigilance the next day. Studies have shown that losing sleep can even lead to the destruction of brain cells, and that’s not including the effects of lost sleep on the immune system and the heart. Now, a new study shows that getting a poor night’s rest might also encourage the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • New ideas, city support will be key to mall's survival Wausau Daily Herald Dec. 9, 2014 Quoted: Malls that haven’t done anything to change their appeal struggle today, said Jerry O’Brien, director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
  • Adult smoking rate in Wisconsin all-time low Wisconsin Radio Network Dec. 9, 2014 Dr. Michael Fiore is the founder and director of the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention UW-CTRI. He says the state’s efforts to prevent kids from lighting up in the first place and to help adult smokers quit successfully are paying off. “We’re seeing the results of that.” Fiore says, “The $5 million per year investment for the whole state has been shown to be a very good investment for Wisconsin’s health.”
  • Tom Still: Public perceptions of science, tech often filtered through values versus data Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 1, 2014 A leading researcher on the interface between science communications and politics is Dietram Scheufele of the UW-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication. In a recent paper for the National Academy of Sciences, Scheufele said the “knowledge deficit model” of science communications misses the boat.
  • Lynda Barry’s fantastic course materials available in cartoon festooned new book Capital Times Dec. 2, 2014 If the syllabus is any indication, Lynda Barry’s class at UW-Madison, The Unthinkable Mind, must be fantastic.
  • UW-Madison CALS commemorating 125th anniversary The Country Today Dec. 2, 2014 Kate VandenBosch realizes that as dramatic as changes have been at the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences since the college was founded in 1889, they are likely to be equally as dramatic as the college moves into the next 125 years of its existence. In fact, VandenBosch has witnessed significant change on the campus even since she took over as the CALS dean in March of 2012.  
  • New computer better than humans at cataloguing science Business Standard Dec. 2, 2014 A new computer system is better than scientists at the complex task of extracting data from scientific publications and placing it in a database that catalogues the results of thousands of individual studies.
  • How People Make Summer Hotter Scientific American Nov. 26, 2014 A recent study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison offers one of the most detailed records of the variation in temperature between cities and the surrounding rural areas, known as the urban heat island effect.
  • For Pianist Christopher Taylor, Two Are Better Than One Wall Street Journal Nov. 26, 2014 At the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently, Christopher Taylor was practicing Bach ’s “Goldberg Variations,” his fingers dancing over 164 keys and two stacked keyboards.
  • After Fans Jump Around, Wisconsin’s Band Keeps the Place Hopping New York Times Nov. 24, 2014 Before there was “Jump Around,” there was “You’ve Said It All.”
  • UW-Madison Vice Chancellor Reacts To Speaker’s ‘Ancient Mating Habits’ Comment Wisconsin Public Radio Nov. 24, 2014 A University of Wisconsin-Madison vice chancellor says the university needs to do a better job of explaining how academic research benefits the state after the state Assembly speaker suggested changes might be needed.
  • Scientists using social media to track air pollution in China CBS News Nov. 21, 2014 China has some of the world’s worst pollution. But tracking it in all but the biggest cities can be impossible since local governments don’t release any data to the public.
  • UW-Madison deans say Morgridges’ $100 million gift is a ‘game changer’ Capital Times Nov. 20, 2014 The donation of $100 million to support development of UW-Madison faculty was big, blazon-it-on-the-Camp-Randall-scoreboard news. But its long-term impact will be even bigger, say University of Wisconsin-Madison deans.
  • Rebecca Blank on A Stronger Civic Sector Ford Foundation Nov. 20, 2014 Capitalism has created tremendous wealth and opportunity, but markets alone can’t solve social problems, says Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and former acting U.S. secretary of commerce. Here Blank makes the case that strong institutions can improve the functioning of markets and  protect social goods.
  • UW-Madison ranks in top 10 for students studying abroad Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 18, 2014 For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked among the top 10 U.S. universities and colleges in the number of students who study abroad in the latest annual Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released Monday.
  • UW-Madison announces largest gift ever: $100 million Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 15, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced Saturday a $100 million gift from John and Tashia Morgridge, the largest single contribution from individual donors in the flagship’s history.
  • U. of Wisc. Gets $100-Million Gift Chronicle of Philanthropy Nov. 15, 2014 Philanthropists John and Tashia Morgridge have given $100-million to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, they announced Saturday.
  • Wisconsin research institutions want to collaborate more, panelists say www.wisbusiness.com Nov. 14, 2014 UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank doesn’t have much patience for talk about any academic rivalries between UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. “We have to get past this whole discussion about competition between these two cities,” she said during a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, held Wednesday and Thursday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.
  • UW-Madison's Henry Sapoznik among 2014 Forward 50 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 12, 2014 Henry Sapoznik, who heads the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is featured in the Jewish Daily Forwards 2014 list of newsworthy and notable American Jews.
  • UW to OK in-state tuition for non-resident vets Madison.com Nov. 12, 2014 The University of Wisconsin System’s regents are planning to approve in-state tuition rates for non-resident veterans and their families.
  • Chancellor works to demystify UW-Madison's budget in hopes of increasing it Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 10, 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank arrived in July 2013 amid an uproar at the Capitol over hundreds of millions in cash balances carried over by the state’s public universities without full disclosure, including sizable tuition balances that amassed alongside annual tuition hikes during a recession.
  • Evolution: Nuclear reaction The Economist Nov. 7, 2014 When David Baum was an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, he pondered, as students are wont to in the small hours after the bar has closed, one of biology’s most basic questions. It was this: how did eukaryotic cells the complex sort that make up every plant and animal as well as lots of unicellular creatures like amoebas evolve from prokaryotic ones bacteria and their kin which are much simpler?
  • Saved from the woodpile — to ignite ideas Wisconsin State Journal Nov. 7, 2014 What if you took the idea of a chair and stood it on its head?You might be inside the brain of Tom Loeser, professor of art at UW-Madison and considered to be one of the finest art-furniture makers in America.
  • Rethinking the Spread of Invasive Species WXPR-FM, Rhinelander Nov. 5, 2014 A UW Madison researcher says close to forty percent of the state’s lakes could contain invasive species.
  • After football, new careers bring Mark Tauscher home Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 5, 2014 Noted: When he was released nine months later by the Green Bay Packers, it marked the end of one of the great football stories and careers of anyone to come out of the state of Wisconsin, after three years of varsity at Auburndale High School, five years at the University of Wisconsin after walking on, and 11 years with the Packers as a seventh-round draft pick.
  • 3 Academics Forced to Seek Safety in the United States Chronicle of Higher Education Nov. 3, 2014 Lèse-majesté isn’t a concept that many Americans can pronounce, much less explain, but it’s a significant part of what brought Yukti Mukdawijitra back to the University of Wisconsin at Madison as a refugee scholar seven years after he earned his Ph.D. in anthropology there.
  • Voter turnout hard to nail down Wisconsin Radio Network Nov. 4, 2014 Noted: UW-Madison political scientist Barry Burden says midterm elections can be a little odd when it comes to who shows up at the polls. You have some highly engaged voters, but others who tend to only tune-in during presidential years. There’s also less buzz around a race for governor. Burden says “there are, believe it or not, fewer ads and there are actually fewer ads this time than in the last midterm election. There’s also less of the phone calls and door knocking that go along with a presidential year.”
  • UW Health to stop selling sugary drinks NBC-15 Oct. 31, 2014 If you're craving a Pepsi or sweet tea, it may be more difficult to find one Many schools and businesses across the country have chosen to stop selling sugar-sweetened beverages. Now UW Health plans to do the same.