UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • Hold your breath — and nose — Madison's 'stink flower' to bloom Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 31, 2013 More than 130,000 people trekked to the United States Botanic Garden last week to see its stinky titan arum "corpse flower" in bloom.
  • The Coolest College Dorm Room Of 1967 You'll Ever See Buzzfeed July 29, 2013 Is there anything more American than sharing a bag of oranges with your University of Wisconsin friends and geeking out in your Peanuts-themed dorm room?
  • The Humanities Hackathon leads the UW's entry into digital humanities Isthmus July 26, 2013 If a paperback on your summer reading list was published anonymously, you’d probably notice. But if this article lacked a byline, or tonight’s episode of Wilfred didn’t credit a writer, you might not bat an eyelash.
  • The Gear That’s Wasting Your Money Men's Health July 24, 2013 Wrap your head around this: Expensive sports helmets with lots of padding may not offer greater protection, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When researchers recorded the age, price, and brand of 2,000 high school athletes’ football helmets, it appeared that none of those factors had any impact on who got concussions and who didn’t.
  • Odd Wisconsin: Vets in tents swarmed UW Wisconsin State Journal July 24, 2013 After the GI Bill passed in 1944, so many WWII veterans flocked to the University of Wisconsin that they had no place to sleep. Each year from 1946 to 1949, more than 10,000 enrolled, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all students.
  • The 70 Most Popular American Universities on Instagram Nitrogram Blog July 24, 2013 There are plenty of American Universities on Instagram, but which ones are worth following? (UW-Madison is #2.)
  • ‘Lone star’ tick arrives in Wisconsin Wisconsin Radio Network July 23, 2013 There’s a new, potentially troublesome tick to track in Wisconsin. It’s not a deer tick or a wood tick, and this lone star tick has nothing to do with Texas. “Lone star actually reflects the little white spot on the back of the adult female,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison entomology professor Susan Paskewitz.
  • Instagram and self-esteem: Why the photo-sharing network is even more depressing than Facebook. Slate Magazine July 23, 2013 Quoted: “I would venture to say that photographs, likes, and comments are the aspects of the Facebook experience that are most important in driving the self-esteem effects, and that photos are maybe the biggest driver of those effects,” says Catalina Toma of the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “You could say that Instagram purifies this one aspect of Facebook.”
  • New UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank arrives on campus Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 22, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank arrived on campus Monday for her first day on the job and a week of immersion before taking a a long-planned family vacation.
  • New UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank to tackle daunting challenges starting July 22 Isthmus July 22, 2013 When incoming University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank officially enters Bascom Hall on Monday, July 22, she’ll face a steep learning curve.
  • Many expecting success for Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 22, 2013 The chain of events that led to Gary Andersen taking over the Wisconsin football program began on April 1, 2008.
  • Being Legal Doesn’t End Poverty New York Times July 22, 2013 Noted: Over all, unreported income amounts to roughly $2 trillion annually, but cash wages make up only a portion of that estimate, according to Edgar L. Feige, an emeritus professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who has spent decades examining underground and cash economies, in part by using information on how much cash is in circulation at any given time. There is no way of knowing how many workers are earning their salaries in cash, Professor Feige said.
  • Kristof: Was Blind, but Now She Sees New York Times July 18, 2013 Noted: When I first traveled through West Africa, as a student backpacker more than 30 years ago, I was haunted by the beggars disabled by blindness, leprosy and polio. Now I’m on my annual win-a-trip journey with a university student, Erin Luhmann of the University of Wisconsin, and she is encountering a fundamentally improved landscape than the one I saw when I was her age.
  • New Madison Chancellor Has Deep Christian Roots Milwaukee Magazine July 15, 2013 Rebecca M. Blank, the economist stepping down from the post of U.S. Commerce Secretary to become UW-Madison’s next chancellor, is relishing the thought of escaping D.C. for a city as quietly cultured as Wisconsin’s capital. The former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has a sturdy bipartisan reputation (Republican Gov. Scott Walker hailed her appointment) and friends in a lot of high-profile universities, but a third dimension of her background has so far gone overlooked: her Christian faith.
  • Tiny violet a big find for UW-Madison botany legend Wisconsin State Journal July 15, 2013 More than 50 years ago, (now-emeritus UW-Madison botany professor) Hugh Iltis crouched high in the Peruvian Andes to search for a dropped camera filter and found a patch of tiny pinkish violets no bigger than a penny growing in a spot so remote it’s possible no one had seen that type of flower before or since.
  • Can anything be done about online trolling? CNN.com July 12, 2013 In a recent study, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers asked more than 1,000 people to read a blog post about nanosilver technology. Half of the participants were exposed to civilized reader comments on the post, and the other half were subjected to profanity-laden screeds and putdowns.
  • UW-Madison lab celebrates nation's 50 years of newborn screening Wisconsin State Journal July 11, 2013 Before the nearly 70,000 babies born in Wisconsin each year go home from the hospital, five drops of blood are collected from a prick of their heels.
  • 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.