UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Dandelions more numerous this spring WISC-TV 3 May 29, 2013 Experts say it’s a banner spring for dandelions because of last year’s drought. Dr. Doug Soldat, with the University of Wisconsin Department of Soil Science, said last summer’s dry weather means grass is thinner, leaving more room for weeds.
  • UW scientists reprogram cells to study Down syndrome Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 29, 2013 Researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison have reprogrammed cells from people with Down syndrome and used them to seek greater understanding of what goes wrong in the disorder.
  • Our weird weather may be linked to rapid melting of Arctic sea ice Arizona Daily Star May 28, 2013 One theory is that sea ice loss alters atmospheric patterns that cause the jet stream to swing north or south for prolonged periods, creating warm or cold spells that last days or weeks. In short, Arctic warming "essentially loads the dice" in favor of more wavy, erratic jet stream patterns, said professor Stephen Vavrus, a University of Wisconsin researcher who has worked on some of the studies.
  • Brain cells give insight into Down's syndrome BBC News Online May 28, 2013 Brain cells have been grown from skin cells of adults with Down’s syndrome in research that could shed new light on the condition.
  • From Quarry to Temple Science May 28, 2013 Two thousand years after the Kizilburun shipwreck, excavating archaeologists have figured out exactly where it came from, where it was headed, and why. Sometime between 100 B.C.E and 25 B.C.E., a wooden ship carrying almost 60 tonnes of stone foundered in Aegean waters just off the coast of Turkey. It went down bearing its entire cargo, including eight massive drum-shaped blocks of white marble. Those blocks fit together to form part of a tapering column that likely stood more than 11 meters tall, plus a square uppermost piece: a Doric column.
  • Wisconsin Looks to Take Next Step RugbyMag.com May 28, 2013 The Wisconsin Rugby Club returns to the USA Rugby DII Club semifinals looking to earn a National Championship that they missed out on last year.
  • Wheelchair lift out of Wis. promises more access AP May 24, 2013 An elementary school principal has inspired the University of Wisconsin-Madison to create a new wheelchair lift that could help make more places wheelchair accessible.
  • 10 Most Popular Business Schools U.S. News and World Report May 23, 2013 The School of Business at University of Wisconsin—Madison edged out the top-ranked private school, enrolling 90.4 percent of accepted students in fall 2012 to Harvard Business School’s 89.3 percent, according to data reported by the schools in an annual U.S. News survey.
  • Jordan Friedman: For Some Professors, Twitter Is a Tool for Fostering Discussion Huffington Post May 22, 2013 Rather than only using social media sites in their spare time, the students in lecturer Shawn Peters’ "Narratives of Justice and Equality in Multicultural America" class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison use Twitter as soon as they enter the classroom.
  • App aims to change grocery shopping LaCrosse Tribune May 22, 2013 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students worked with a UW-Madison student on a mobile app that could reinvent the way people shop for groceries.
  • For UW, it’s row, row, row the boat Beloit Daily News May 22, 2013 For an athlete valuing teamwork the way Beloit’s Margo Grover does, competitive crew — rowing — may well be the perfect collegiate sport.
  • The Dark Side of Liberation New York Times May 21, 2013 Quoted: “I could not believe what I was reading,” Ms. Roberts, a professor of French history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, recalled of the moment she came across the citizen complaints in an obscure archive in Le Havre. “I took out my little camera and began photographing the pages. I did not go to the bathroom for eight hours.”
  • Marine reunited with K-9 who served by his side Des Moines Register May 20, 2013 333 days. That’s how long Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach had been separated from Casey, a Labrador retriever with whom he had forged a bond in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, sweeping roads for bombs.
  • Tips For Spotting A Liar During A Negotiation Business Insider May 21, 2013 A practiced liar can be extremely difficult to detect, which can have a big impact on negotiations that goes unnoticed until it’s too late. In a recent paper written up at Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, the University of Wisconsin’s Lyn M. Van Swol and Michael T. Braun, and Harvard Business School’s Deepak Malhotra took a look at whether there were any telltale language clues that can help detect a liar. 
  • UW-Madison grad, 27, ready to play with the universe as Berkeley physics PhD Madison.com May 17, 2013 Jessie Otradovec showed promise in post-high school jobs at Papa John’s and Cost Cutters in Green Bay. But she wanted to play with the universe.
  • Doug Moe: Graduation all in the family Madison.com May 17, 2013 It is a familiar scene in Madison this week. A father and daughter, at a table outside a coffeehouse, talking graduation logistics.
  • Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris honored in Madison The Capital Times May 17, 2013 Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris is back in Madison this week, presenting his film "The Fog of War" Thursday. He’ll receive an honorary doctorate from the UW-Madison Friday.
  • Bucky Badger makes a cameo on Fox's New Girl Madison.com May 16, 2013 For weeks, Foxs "New Girl" had hyped that its season finale would feature Taylor Swift. But the show kept another surprise guest star a secret: Bucky Badger.
  • Badger football players help make-over Madison boy's bedroom WKOW-TV 27 May 16, 2013 MADISON – On Wednesday, May 15, fourteen-year-old Darien Moran of Madison received his wish to have a personalized bedroom makeover. The Make a Wish Foundation and members of the Wisconsin football team teamed up to give Darien a football themed room.
  • Dalai Lama, in ninth visit to Madison, stresses altruism and compassion Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 16, 2013 Madison - Ethics education that stresses altruism and compassion, taught from an early age, is one key to addressing the world’s greatest problems, from environmental degradation to the nuclear arms race, the 14th Dalai Lama told a sold-out crowd at Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts on Wednesday.
  • Neutrinos from the cosmos hint at new era in astronomy BBC News Online May 15, 2013 An experiment buried beneath the ice of the South Pole has for the first time seen the particles called neutrinos originating outside our Solar System.
  • Broncos' Ball stays humble as rookie Boulder Daily Camera May 14, 2013 ENGLEWOOD -- Montee Ball no longer is the celebrity of State Street, the big man on the University of Wisconsin campus.
  • Richard J. Davidson: What Does Science Teach Us About Well-Being? Huffington Post May 13, 2013 As we finalize our preparations to receive His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a dialogue on Global Health and Well-being, an event co-sponsored by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the Global Health Institute, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it is appropriate to reflect on what science is teaching us about well-being. There are four things we can now say that science has taught us about well-being.
  • Editorial: Research to the rescue Wisconsin State Journal May 13, 2013 On his trip to Wisconsin last week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a prime example of the kind of smart investment the federal government should make to confront climate change and support the economy.
  • $2 trillion underground economy aids recovery USA Today May 13, 2013 Quoted: Estimates are that underground activity last year totaled as much as $2 trillion, according to a study by Edgar Feige, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Rush of funding rescues Dictionary of American Regional English Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 10, 2013 Three months ago Joan Houston Hall, editor for 38 years of the Madison-based Dictionary of American Regional English, sat down to write what seemed likely to be her publication’s obituary: layoff letters for all six longtime staff. Then one for herself.
  • School Spotlight: Sherman Middle School Nature Club explores Warner Park Wisconsin State Journal May 10, 2013 Every Wednesday after school in the spring and fall, Sherman Middle School students make the trek on foot to nearby Warner Park — a diverse, natural playground full of teaching possibilities.
  • We’re Doing a Lousy Job of Getting Poor Kids to College TIME.com May 10, 2013 The relatively small amount spent on TRIO represents a “paltry” investment for such seemingly important goal, said Tim Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We could spend five or 10 billion on this,” he said. “The payoff is obviously very high.”
  • Harrison H. Schmitt and William Happer: In Defense of Carbon Dioxide Wall Street Journal May 10, 2013 Of all of the world’s chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That’s simply not the case. Contrary to what some would have us believe, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit the increasing population on the planet by increasing agricultural productivity.
  • Loss of snow cover puts some species in jeopardy, UW scientists say Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 10, 2013 Snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere - and especially along the edge of the Snow Belt, as in Wisconsin - has been shrinking.