UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Holocaust survivor Gerda Lerner 'found a home' at UW as women's studies historian Wisconsin State Journal April 28, 2013 By all accounts, Gerda Lerner was a serious scholar with a fierce intellect. She was also a trailblazing feminist, a mentor to generations of graduate students, a taskmaster, a poet, a nature lover.
  • University of Wisconsin grad Louis Uccellini leads National Weather Service Milwaukee Journal Sentinel April 28, 2013 Even though it’s been decades since Louis Uccellini was a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, he vividly remembers the state’s weather and quickly rattles off details of three blizzards that hit his senior year.
  • Janesville double amputee finishes Crazylegs in support of Boston Madison.com April 28, 2013 Marty Pomplun walked across the Crazylegs Classic finish line with a huge grin and prosthetic legs emblazoned with John Deere logos.
  • Deborah Blum on science writing: I'm a neurotic over-researcher Guardian (UK) April 25, 2013 Our series to accompany the 2013 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize asks top science writers about their craft. Today we talk to author, blogger and professor of journalism Deborah Blum
  • Worm therapy: Why parasites may be good for you BBC News April 23, 2013 Jim Turk initially put his symptoms down to stress. The self-described "health nut" who was in training to run marathons suddenly found himself unable to jog for more than a couple of minutes before coming to a gasping, staggering halt. His speech began to slur. Turk, then in his early thirties, blamed the combined pressures of juggling a full-time job, studying for a masters degree and his parenting responsibilities. When he collapsed in the middle of a baseball field one sunny afternoon in 2008 while coaching his son’s team, he realised it was time to seek help.
  • UWPD to attend memorial for fallen Boston officer Badger Herald April 23, 2013 Two members of the University of Wisconsin Police Department traveled to Massachusetts Monday to attend a memorial service for a campus police officer killed in the line of duty as officers pursued the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
  • Human Stem Cells Restore Memory, Learning in Mice Voice of America April 23, 2013 Scientists have successfully transplanted human stem cells into brain-damaged mice and helped them recover their memory and learning skills.
  • Across UW System, undergraduate research is emerging tool for growth Wisconsin State Journal April 21, 2013 A young crowd outfitted with posters, placards and a zeal for reaching out to state legislators crowded into the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday and wouldn’t budge for hours.
  • UW theater professor Patrick Sims urges Madison to confront issues of race, culture and class Isthmus April 19, 2013 UW theater professor Patrick Sims can’t resist playing around with his students. While helping them organize a field trip, he sees an opportunity for a laugh. It’s a gamble, though. The subject at hand is a veritable powder keg: how "driving while black" can get a person into some serious trouble.
  • Cancer-screening software wins Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Prize Milwaukee Journal Sentinel April 19, 2013 A software program that allows people with limited medical training to scan Pap smear slides and provide nearly immediate results to patients has won first place in the Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Prize competition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Restoring Iraq's Garden of Eden New York Times April 19, 2013 Quoted: Still, Joy Zedler, a University of Wisconsin wetlands restoration biologist, is optimistic. “If I had to restore a wetlands with a gun pointed to my head, I’d pick the Mesopotamian wetlands,” she said in a phone interview last month. That’s because the dominant tall reed there, Phragmites australis, is an aggressive invader in restoration efforts elsewhere. “That’s the kind of native plant you want in a restoration site,” said Ms. Zedler, who was a co-author of the Mesopotamian marsh restoration plan.
  • #UWRightNow - Shared, Curated, Community Inside Higher Education April 18, 2013 Last year, more than 1,000 stories, photos, videos or tweets were collected and curated during #UWRightNow. Framed as a "multimedia project designed to capture the breadth, depth and spirit of the University of Wisconsin-Madison during a 24-hour period," the 2012 version of #UWRightNow was a crowdsourced social media masterpiece. Combining "staff-produced and user-generated content," the day-long project provided a snapshot of what it meant to be a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community.
  • UW Outreach Event Coming To Burlington Kenosha News April 15, 2013 All things UW will be highlighted at a University of Wisconsin Outreach Day April 26 at Burlington High School, 400 McCanna Parkway. UW-Madison and UW-Extension are inviting the public to see what the system offers as part of a statewide effort to bring UW research and resources to communities across Wisconsin.
  • Restaurant flips for UW students’ burger Milwaukee Journal Sentinel April 15, 2013 While classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison can be rigorous with long hours of study, a group of UW students spent much of this semester eating hamburgers.
  • What makes good a good kids' book? Publishers say the great ones share common traits Southern California Public Radio April 15, 2013 Noted: “As a whole, the books being published just don’t reflect who we are as a nation in terms of diversity,” said Megan Schliesman, a children’s librarian in the University of Wisconsin’s School of Education. The university’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center complies the annual statistics on the number of kids’ books by and about people of color."
  • UW pharmacy dean says school poised to help business WisBusiness.com April 12, 2013 The UW-Madison School of Pharmacy has experts at every level of drug development – from the lab bench to clinical testing to use in the real world. And those experts are available to help companies large and small, the school’s dean told a state bioscience industry meeting of the trade group BioForward on Wednesday.
  • Map of the internet could make it stronger New Scientist April 12, 2013 Noted: Previous attempts to map the internet have been from within, using "sniffer" software to report the IP addresses of devices visited along a particular route, which, in theory, can then be translated into geographical locations. But this approach doesn’t work, says Paul Barford at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "After 15 years nobody can show you a map of the internet," he says.
  • New Candidate for Our Most Immediate Ancestor National Geographic April 12, 2013 Quoted: Paleoanthropologist John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison points out that the dental details are the best evidence for a possible connection between the Malapa hominins and early Homo. "The new papers really spell out the shared features in the mandibles and teeth in a way that supports their position with A. africanus as a sister taxon to Homo."
  • Wisconsin coach Ryan receives Coaches vs. Cancer Award WLUK-TV, Green Bay April 9, 2013 ATLANTA - Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan has received the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award.
  • UW researcher prepares to study new Chinese bird flu strain Milwaukee Journal Sentinel April 9, 2013 A University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist is awaiting access to an avian influenza virus that has killed at least seven people in central-eastern China over the past week so his research team can unlock the virus’ secrets by infecting mice and ferrets with it.
  • U.S. renews funding for biofuels research centers The Detroit News April 5, 2013 Washington — The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it wants to extend funding for three bioenergy research centers for another five years as part of a $125 million proposal.
  • UW's DesignLab helps students thrive in a digital world WISC-TV 3 April 4, 2013 In 1969, an early incarnation of what’s now the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison opened.
  • How Meditation Might Boost Your Test Scores New York Times April 4, 2013 Quoted: Richard J. Davidson, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who has studied brain function in long-term and novice mindful meditators, offered this analogy: “You can improve the signal-to-noise ratio by reducing the noise. Decreasing mind-wandering is doing just that.”
  • The Effects of Stress on Work Performance and How to Relieve Stress Men's Fitness April 4, 2013 Ever place your keys in your pocket, only to start looking for them a half-second later? According to a study performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it’s not because you’re going crazy—it’s because you’re stressed.
  • See imagery of the Earth from the first weather satellite, taken 53 years ago The Verge April 4, 2013 The first weather satellite to successfully report global weather data from space was launched 53 years ago this week. An institute within the University of Wisconsin’s has surfaced two of the first images sent back, though there’s some debate as to which of the two came first. The pictures show the earth in grainy black-and-white, but it’s easy to make out the cloud covering that NASA and NOAA used as proof that such satellites could be useful in making meteorological predictions.
  • Review of 'Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style & the 1960s' Inside Higher Ed April 3, 2013 Noted: Caroline Levine’s essay “The Shock of the Banal: Mad Men’s Progressive Realism” provides an especially apt description of how the show works to create a distinct relationship between past and present that’s neither simply nostalgic nor a celebration of how far we’ve come. The dynamic of "Mad Men" is, in her terms, “the play of familiarity in strangeness” that comes from seeing “our everyday assumptions just far enough removed from us to feel distant.” (Levine is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.)
  • Badgers relish sessions with Donovan Wisconsin Soccer Central March 31, 2013 For most college soccer teams, the spring season is full of hard work and low-key exhibitions intended to prepare for the fall season – hardly the stuff of memories.
  • UW-Madison campus projects clear first hurdle The Country Today March 30, 2013 MADISON — A $32-million addition to Babcock Hall and a $42.8-million Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory were among the UW-Madison projects given preliminary approval by the State Building Commission March 20 at a meeting in Madison.
  • Bob Teague WNBC Reporter Who Helped Integrate TV News, Dead at 84 New York Times March 29, 2013 Bob Teague, who joined WNBC-TV in New York in 1963 as one of the city’s first black television journalists and went on to work as a reporter, anchorman and producer for more than three decades, died on Thursday in New Brunswick, N.J. He was 84.
  • Students put their social media skills to work benefiting UW journalism school Isthmus March 27, 2013 Most students see spring break as a chance to get away from doing work, maybe apply some sunscreen or at least try to find somewhere to have fun that requires sunscreen. UW-Madison students Alex Kowalsky and Josh Lieberthal, founders of AJ&Beyond, however, are not most students.Instead of hightailing it out of Madison this week, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication seniors are offering up their digital and social media expertise for the week, and they are doing it to help their school.