UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • Minocqua Native Receives Prestigious UW-Madison Scholarship WSAW-TV, Wausau Oct. 28, 2014 A Minocqua resident is the recipient of the University of Wisconsin- Madison Bascom Hill Society Scholarship. Each year, the Bascom Hill Society offers a full scholarship to a junior or senior who has a solid academic record, has demonstrated leadership capability and has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and/or his or her community.
  • Federal And State Officials At Odds Over Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Here & Now Oct. 28, 2014 Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin Law School, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the ethics and impact of quarantining people who may have had contact with Ebola patients.
  • UW researchers look at fruit flies to study traumatic brain injury Badger Herald Oct. 27, 2014 Collaborations are underway at University of Wisconsin to probe questions about the long-term consequences of, and potential therapies for, traumatic brain injury in humans.
  • This Scientist Opened A New Era In Astronomy Business Insider Oct. 23, 2014 In order to catch something very small, sometimes you have to build something very big.
  • UW-Madison scientist Kawaoka on front lines in fight against Ebola Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 18, 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist Yoshi Kawaoka was researching influenza viruses that were killing chickens in the mid-’90s when he picked up a new bestseller, "The Hot Zone."
  • Talk of the Town - UW-Madison School of Business Talk of the Town, CW57 Oct. 16, 2014 Interview with Dean François Ortalo-Magné.
  • UW explores science behind Wisconsin supper clubs AP Oct. 13, 2014 MILWAUKEE (AP) — The signature dishes served at supper clubs that long served as Wisconsin’s culinary and social backbone will be under the microscope during next week’s statewide science festival.
  • Homeland Security Funds Software Security Initiative InformationWeek Oct. 9, 2014 The DHS contributes $23.5 million toward the Software Assurance Market Place to enable software developers to test open source programs and improve software analysis tools.
  • These growers like pumpkins jacked up to giant proportions Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 9, 2014 Noted: Goldman and UW-Madison horticulture professor James Nienhuis have grown giant pumpkins for several years — though theirs top out at only 400 pounds, which they use for a giant pumpkin regatta for their students on Lake Mendota.
  • New state map takes shape in Madison WLUK-TV, Green Bay Oct. 6, 2014 An effort is underway to update the land cover map for the State of Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources and cartographers at UW-Madison are teaming up to create the new map. Another goal is to help create better management of the deer population throughout the state.
  • Acquisition of rare lichen collection lands Wisconsin in world's top tier Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 6, 2014 They have been stepped on and ignored for millennia, but at the Wisconsin State Herbarium, lichens are loved. So well-liked, in fact, when herbarium director Ken Cameron had a chance to acquire a rare and valuable collection of 60,000 lichen specimens from a German collector recently, he snapped them up.
  • Tom Still: Stagnant federal spending on R and D could lead to big problems later Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 6, 2014 The trend is worrisome for leaders in some of Wisconsin’s leading research institutions, which starts with UW-Madison. In 2012, according to the NSF, UW-Madison ranked third among all U.S. universities in total academic R&D spending at $1.17 billion. Half of that investment ($581 million) came from federal sources ... “Federal research dollars are an investment in our nation’s economic future,” UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank wrote recently. “Cutting these dollars in the short-run may seem easy, but the long-term effects are large and negative. … If federal support for basic research declines, our opportunities for economic growth through innovation will decline.”
  • Trauma, poverty damaging to kids, doctor says Des Moines Register Sept. 30, 2014 Scientists increasingly understand that children’s brain growth can be stunted by a lack of stimulation and by childhood traumas, such as violence and sexual abuse, said Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician and expert on child development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.