UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Local tennis legend John Powless finds training sanctuary at UW-Madison turf center Wisconsin State Journal July 11, 2013 For years, John Powless tried cutting and watering grass in his Middleton backyard to simulate playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
  • Leaf-cutter ants may reveal secrets to creating biofuels Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 9, 2013 Madison — Look at a leaf-cutter ant colony, and it’s a bustle of activity, with ants bringing pieces of leaves in, spreading them around on a honeycomb-like bed of fungus, and weeding the garden to remove waste and pests.
  • Schultz Farm holds final International Day Cottage Grove Herald-Independent July 9, 2013 After five years of hosting curious students from across the globe, Martha Querin-Schultz and her husband Steve have decided to end International Day on their farm in the Town of Cottage Grove. 
  • Qaeda Rebels Are Gone. Death Isn’t. New York Times July 8, 2013 TIMBUKTU, Mali — IT’S time for my annual win-a-trip journey, in which I take a university student with me on a reporting trip to Africa. So I’m here in Timbuktu, the ancient crossroads of the Sahara, with Erin Luhmann, a journalism student from the University of Wisconsin, navigating roadblocks and jittery soldiers in a city that Islamist militants ruled until early this year.
  • UW-Madison Will Contribute To Federal Study On Link Between War Trauma, Alzheimer's Wisconsin Public Radio News July 8, 2013   It’s thought that traumatic brain injury may play a role in whether someone develops Alzheimer’s. Scientific advances are allowing researchers to test this idea with willing Vietnam veterans. Sterling Johnson is a neuropsychologist at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health who is collaborating on the national study.
  • Opinion: Tweeting to the Top The Scientist Magazine July 2, 2013 Research by UW-Madison's Dominique Brossard, Dietram A. Scheufele and Sara Yeo shows that scientists who interact more frequently with journalists on Twitter have higher academic impact (using h-index) than peers, as do scientists whose work was mentioned on Twitter.
  • How the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism won Capital Times July 2, 2013 Greg Downey, director of the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, “breathed a long sigh of relief” on Sunday when Gov. Scott Walker vetoed a provision of the biennial budget that would have prohibited collaboration between his department and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
  • Archaeologists seek to unearth mysteries at Aztalan State Park Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 1, 2013 Aztalan State Park is deceptively bucolic. On a sunny day, it’s a field of green grass on sculpted mounds of earth. The sweltering silence carries whispers of wind and the nearby Crawfish River. Occasionally, a cry of a peacock from a nearby farm pierces the air.
  • UW-Madison PEOPLE Program profile of success grows in for Milwaukee students Milwaukee Courier July 1, 2013 If their teachers ask what they did for summer vacation, several hundred Wisconsin high school students could answer “opened the door to the University of Wisconsin- Madison.”  The summer between their junior and senior years is a capstone project for the long-term goal of preparing to attend the University of Wisconsin- Madison with the help of the PEOPLE program.
  • UW-Madison researchers discuss procedure that helped boy hear WKOW June 25, 2013 Professor and Waisman Center scientist Ruth Litovsky talks about Waisman research underpinning advancements in technology allowing deaf children to hear, following a day-long Waisman event on Sunday for families who may benefit from new therapies. [Includes video.]
  • As Demographics Shift, Kids Books Stay Stubbornly White NPR June 25, 2013 A report by the Cooperative Childrens Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that only 3 percent of childrens books are by or about Latinos — even though nearly a quarter of all public school children today are Latino.
  • Lacking Definitive Ruling on Affirmative Action, Both Sides Claim Victory New York Times June 25, 2013 Noted: “Prior to this particular ruling, every university in the country was already thinking about all of the alternatives, depending on the outcome of the case, and about how to prove whether a policy is working,” said Joanne E. Berg, vice provost for enrollment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I don’t think that should change, and I don’t think it will.”
  • Paul Fanlund: UW’s David Ward tries to clear the decks for Rebecca Blank Capital Times June 24, 2013 Incoming chancellor Rebecca Blank is in Madison this week for two days of advisory meetings, but the next leader of the University of Wisconsin-Madison won’t start here full-time until the end of July.
  • Andy Baggot: UW sends its best to U.S. women's hockey camp Wisconsin State Journal June 21, 2013 Unless you count some of his last-minute forays into training for Ironman triathlons, Mark Johnson is no masochist. But the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey coach would be happy if some pain came his way next week.
  • Study: Latinos Learn English Faster Than Many German Immigrants Did ABCNEWS.com June 20, 2013 Many who oppose high levels of Latino immigration argue that these new immigrants don’t learn English as quickly as prior waves of European immigrants did.
  • UW needs to rebuild trust with Legislature, Ward says WisBusiness.com June 20, 2013 Outgoing UW-Madison chancellor David Ward said Wednesday he believes the university was “rightfully dinged” by the Legislature for not being forthcoming about a $650 million surplus.
  • The mystery of dying bees: Madison beekeepers, UW researchers look for answers Isthmus June 18, 2013 Enjoy a nice crisp apple recently? Chances are you can thank a honeybee for that. Like to snack on almonds or perhaps sip a glass of orange juice in the morning? Those foods were also made possible by bees.
  • Dan Flannery: Creating qualified job candidates only goes so far for UW Appleton Post-Crescent June 18, 2013 Once upon a time, we were told that Wisconsin was all about job creation.“Wisconsin is open for business,” said the bumper stickers, the signs on the Wisconsin-Illinois border, the press releases, the elected officials and the actions of state government since January 2011.
  • Editorial: Mark Bugher hit all the right notes Wisconsin State Journal June 17, 2013 They don’t seem to make ‘em like Mark Bugher anymore. And that’s really too bad.
  • Dave Black: Why So Down on Millennials? Radio World June 17, 2013 Most, if not all, of us have been to conferences, workshops and seminars where the topic of “millennials” (those born between 1983 and 2010) has been addressed at great length, generally by way of a lecture of some sort, with PowerPoint slides citing data indicating that today’s generation of college students is the laziest, least motivated, least socialized and most self-involved generation the Earth has ever seen.
  • Andy Baggot: Ed Nuttycombe leaves large shoes to fill Madison.com June 17, 2013 Ed Nuttycombe’s favorite memory from 30 years as men’s track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin just so happens to be the ideal metaphor for his amazing career.
  • How Do UW Experts Judge Today's Supreme Court Ruling On Gene Patenting? Wisconsin Public Radio News June 14, 2013     Legal and ethical experts on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus give today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on genetic patents mixed reviews. The court ruled unanimously that patents on naturally occurring genetic material are not allowable.
  • Kim Tschudy: Cutting UW System will cost more in the long run Wisconsin State Journal June 14, 2013 The current state budget as proposed makes no sense. The Legislature, in a desperate effort to make themselves look good, plans to give back hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts that will cost the taxpayers dearly in the future.
  • PETA’s Mixed Martial Assault on Scientists Speaking of Research June 13, 2013 Video games have had their fair share of controversies over the past few decades. Games like Manhunt, Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 have all caused some measure of public outrage for their depictions of violence. However all three games had two things in common – they do not suggest they are anything but pure fiction, and the violence means the games have a mature rating, suitable only to those 17 or more years old,
  • Touring UW-Madison's Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Class of 1918 Marsh Isthmus June 12, 2013 Not far from the University of Wisconsin Hospital, tucked behind the Goodman Diamond softball complex, a sea of green cattails shuffles in the breeze and a red-winged blackbird peevishly chases a couple of sparrows in the Class of 1918 Marsh, an often-overlooked part of the UW-Madison’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve. The area is a quiet, scenic escape from the hustle of the nearby campus and city, and its history is unique and endearing.
  • American Family Children's Hospital among top 50 in six specialties Wisconsin State Journal June 11, 2013 UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital is among the nation’s top 50 pediatric hospitals in six specialties, according to this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking.
  • Blum: Journalism and Democracy in Wisconsin Wired June 11, 2013 For the last four years, I’ve taught an investigative reporting class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Not typical, you might say, for a long-time science writer who spends most of her time telling stories about our chemical world.
  • Diverse Students Go Digital Chronicle of Higher Education June 11, 2013 It’s early on a Thursday afternoon, and I’m preparing to teach two interdisciplinary humanities courses. I’ll spend the next three hours working closely with about 50 undergraduates, and I need to get my ducks in a row. When I started my teaching career, more than two decades ago, this last-minute prep might have entailed reviewing handwritten lecture notes or scrawling something profound on the chalkboard. Today, however, I’m hunkered down at a state-of-the-art podium that will allow me to engage my students in ways I couldn’t have imagined in the early 1990s.
  • Experts predict a stronger mosquito season in Wis. Green Bay Press-Gazette June 10, 2013 A snowy winter and a rainy spring have helped breed more mosquitoes in Wisconsin.University of Wisconsin-Madison entomologist Phil Pelliterri said standing water in flooded ditches and other spots is just what mosquitoes like. Green Bay has seen more than three-quarters of an inch of rain in June after having about three-quarters of an inch above normal rainfall in May and April.
  • UW doc on MLB’s PED problem Wisconsin Radio Networks June 10, 2013 What’s the appeal of performance enhancing drugs for big-name athletes? Allegations have been made about Major League Baseball players and the owner of a Florida-based anti-aging clinic. Greg Landry, professor of pediatrics and orthopedics at UW Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, was asked why players like Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez would feel the need to – allegedly – take performance enhancing anabolic steroids.