UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Humans Would Be Better Off If They Monkeyed Around Like the Muriquis Smithsonian Magazine Aug. 30, 2013 It’s 9 o’clock on a June morning in a muggy tropical forest not far from Brazil’s Atlantic coast and brown howler monkeys have been roaring for an hour. But the muriquis—the largest primates in the Americas after human beings, and the animals that the anthropologist Karen Strier and I have huffed uphill to see—are still curled high in the crooks of trees, waiting for the morning sun to warm them.
  • Chancellor Rebecca Blank urges new Badgers to explore, help each other -- and her -- out Madison.com Aug. 30, 2013 Calling herself a "fellow newbie," UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank told thousands of freshman and transfer students at a convocation Friday to leave their comfort zone as they enter college by embracing the diversity of their classmates, taking classes that intrigue them even if they’re not required and asking for help when things get rough.
  • City proclaims Friday John "Vietnam" Nguyen Day Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 28, 2013 The city of Madison has proclaimed Friday to be John “Vietnam” Nguyen Day, which marks the one-year anniversary of the death of the 19-year-old UW-Madison student and Chicago-raised hip-hop artist who drowned in Lake Mendota.
  • Hearing can make 'invisible' objects appear The Conversation Aug. 28, 2013 Words that make objects appear from thin air are generally the stuff of the magical worlds of Harry Potter or The Hobbit. But a new experiment (by Gary Lupyan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison) has been shown that words can make objects easier to recognise, as our sense of vision can be altered by other sensory inputs.
  • A Time to Return to and Reflect on the March on Washington New York Times Aug. 23, 2013 Noted: When people talk about that day, they tend to go in one of two directions, said William P. Jones, author of “The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights” and a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Andrew McCuaig: PEOPLE Program provides hope in difficult political climate Capital Times Aug. 22, 2013 This summer I had the opportunity to teach an English class on the UW-Madison campus to a group of high school juniors in the PEOPLE Program. The purpose of the PEOPLE Program (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) is to mentor and provide scholarships to students who belong to historically under-represented groups at the UW.
  • New chancellor Rebecca Blank talks D.C., faculty pay, tuition and global education Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 22, 2013 After touring Milwaukee last week, new UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank spent this week reaching out to various groups in Madison. Below are comments from her Monday conversation with the State Journal at her Bascom Hall office, which still contains many unopened bankers boxes as she tries to get things arranged after moving with her husband and daughter from the Washington, D.C., area.
  • 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities In America Prevention.com Aug. 22, 2013 8. Madison, WI ... Happiness hub: The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, which includes prairies, savannas, and 20 miles of trails
  • Paul Fanlund: A first take with Rebecca Blank Capital Times Aug. 21, 2013 Rebecca Blank jokes that if she really sought the biggest public relations boost possible for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she would have stayed longer in her old job.
  • Doug Bradley: Start Me Up Huffington Post Aug. 21, 2013 As I seated myself among more than 100 established or would-be entrepreneurs at the Badger Startup Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday, I began to conduct my own unscientific poll. Motivating me was an article in The Wall Street Journal two days earlier about a recent study by Ross Levine and Yona Rubenstein indicating that entrepreneurship seems to be linked with mischievous tendencies such as shoplifting, marijuana use, skipping school, etc. as a teenager.
  • Susan C. Cook writes a new tune for the UW music school Isthmus Aug. 21, 2013 The UW School of Music will have a new leader as it begins the fall 2013 semester. Though she’s just stepping up to the helm, her face is familiar to students who study subjects ranging from viola to Victorian poetry.
  • Blum: Is There Danger Lurking in Your Lipstick? New York Times Aug. 16, 2013 A soft pink, a glowing red, even a cyanotic purple — millions of women and girls apply lipstick every day. And not just once: some style-conscious users touch up their color more than 20 times a day, according to a recent study. But are they also exposing themselves to toxic metals?
  • Bacteria-Powered Light Bulb Is Electricity-Free Discovery News Aug. 16, 2013 Bacteria is experiencing a boon as of late. Just recently, microorganisms have been used to make a better sunscreen. Another bright idea comes from scientists who are using bacteria as the key ingredient in a biological light bulb that requires no electricity.
  • Fourth and State: UW's Rebecca Blank Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 15, 2013 An interview by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
  • Dane County farmer gives coach Gary Andersen his biggest welcome yet Madison.com Aug. 15, 2013 A Dane County farmer is giving the University of Wisconsin’s new football coach, Gary Andersen, a big welcome. Really big.
  • Lead poisoning's impact: Kids suspended more at school USA Today Aug. 15, 2013 Scientists have long known that children with high levels of toxic lead in their bloodstream are more likely than others to behave impulsively, have shorter attention spans and lower IQs and do poorly in school.
  • With Thousands Of Students Moving In Or Out, UW Tries To Minimize Waste Wisconsin Public Radio News Aug. 15, 2013 UW Moving Days took place again in Madison to keep items that can be reused or recycled out of landfills, as thousands of students move in or out of their apartments this week.
  • Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools Education Week Aug. 13, 2013 Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are convinced the tests of the future will look like Crystals of Kaydor, a role-playing video game about aliens.
  • Divining the Regulatory Goals of Fed Rivals New York Times Aug. 14, 2013 Noted: Mr. Summers and Ms. Yellen were academic stars before entering public service. Menzie Chinn, an economist and professor of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin, said that both were “at the forefront” of research undermining the idea that markets were self-correcting. By contrast, the former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan frequently argued that government regulation did more harm than good.
  • Still: Baldwin’s visit illustrates value of R&D to human health, economy wisbusiness.con Aug. 13, 2013 Tammy Baldwin readily admits she has a soft spot for academic researchers and the federal dollars that often help to support them. Her grandfather was a UW-Madison biochemist who worked at the Institute for Enzyme Research for decades.
  • Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn New York Times Aug. 12, 2013 Quoted: “The era of the lawn in the West is over,” said Paul Robbins, the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. “The water limits are insurmountable, unless the Scotts Company develops a genetically modified grass that requires almost no water. And I’m sure it’s keeping them up at night.”
  • In Madison, Wisconsin, chill out on a terrace by a lake The Dallas Morning News Aug. 12, 2013 At the hour when Texans dash from air-conditioned office to air-conditioned car to air-conditioned home, couples and children are twirling on Memorial Union Terrace’s lakefront promenade. Everybody’s welcome at the University of Wisconsin’s sea of tables circled by bright yellow, orange and green chairs, each graced with a stamped-metal sunburst pattern.
  • Fake Web Traffic Is Costing Advertisers Billions Advertising Age Aug. 9, 2013 Fake web traffic has long plagued the online publishing world, but Dr. Paul Barford, computer science professor at the University of Wisconsin, is claiming the problem might be worse than suspected. And it’s costing some of the top online advertisers millions in wasted ad impressions.
  • Program hopes to train pilots and medics together for med flight WKOW-TV 27 Aug. 9, 2013 Aeromedical evacuation is one of the world’s riskiest professions and accident rates are going up. But, the UW College of Engineering Flight Simulation Lab is working to reverse that trend. 
  • Scott Walker: Renovations to proceed at UW dairy, meat science buildings Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 8, 2013 Before auctioning off cattle, pigs and sheep at the governor’s annual blue ribbon livestock auction at the Wisconsin State Fair, Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday that proposed renovations of University of Wisconsin-Madison buildings for dairy and meat science research will go forward as planned.
  • UW-Madison receives high marks The Business Journal of Milwaukee Aug. 8, 2013 The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been recognized in a number of recent college rankings, including the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) survey, "Fiske Guide to Colleges," and Livability.com’s top college towns.
  • Camp Randall unveils renovations, upgrades WISC-TV 3 Aug. 2, 2013 Football season starts in just about a month, and if you’re headed to a UW game, you’ll see some pretty big changes at Camp Randall.
  • Stinky corpse flower “Dennis” in bloom at UW-Madison WITI-TV, Milwaukee Aug. 2, 2013 The Titan Arum plant began blooming inside UW-Madison’s D.C. Smith Greenhouse around noon on Thursday, August 1 and should reach full bloom sometime Thursday evening.
  • Trout Bog focus of UW-Madison researchers WAOW-TV, Wausau Aug. 1, 2013 It’s a peaceful morning on Trout Bog, just outside Boulder Junction in Vilas County. And though the sound of oars splashing into the still water provides the ambience of a typical Northwoods boat ride, the voyage Ben Crary and Matt Bodin are on is anything but average.
  • Helping Others Makes Us Happier At Work, Research Finds Huffington Post July 31, 2013 Here’s a good reason to help your coworkers with an upcoming project or presentation: Altruists in the office are more likely to be committed to their work and are less likely to quit their jobs, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But beyond all that, researchers found perhaps the biggest benefit of office altruism: Those who help others are happier at work than those who don’t prioritize helping others.