UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • Kleinman and Suryanarayanan: Honey bees under threat, a political pollinator crisis Guardian (UK) May 8, 2013 The recent revival in controversies surrounding dying honey bees has brought global attention to issues farmers, beekeepers, politicians and environmental campaigners have long been aware of. Honey bees are in danger. Honey bees play a critical role in pollinating the crops people eat and, as such are both part of the big business of agriculture and a big business in their own right. Bees are important, environmentally and economically.
  • UW announces Go Big Read 2013-14 selection Isthmus May 7, 2013 Reading is typically a solitary activity, but it doesnt have to be. Just ask the organizers of the UWs Go Big Read program. They know books are social media in its purest form, tools for bringing people together and helping them connect, converse and learn from each other.
  • Evil Brains: Can Science Understand Them? Time May 6, 2013 “I don’t think there’s any kind of neurological condition that’s 100% predictive,” says neuroscientist Michael Koenigs of the University of Madison-Wisconsin. “But even when psychopaths know that what they’re doing is a crime, that doesn’t mean they’re in control of their behavior when they offend.”
  • 'Jeopardy!' tournament latest pitstop for Oshkosh native Appleton Post-Crescent May 6, 2013 It took a few more steps than is usual for most contestants for Julia Sprangers to cross “compete on ‘Jeopardy!’” off her bucket list.
  • 22 years with UW Band started with just a hem Beaver Dam Daily Citizen May 3, 2013 Lois Levenhagen didn’t know it when she hemmed that first pair of marching band pants, but she started a relationship with a band director and his students that has lasted decades.
  • Richard Florida: The World's Leading Science Cities The Atlantic Cities May 2, 2013 Science and technology are key drivers of economic growth. But where are the world’s leading science cities? A new study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports ranks the top cities for physics research around the world.
  • UW experts talk LGBT sports Badger Herald May 1, 2013 When former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins came out on Monday, he became the first active athlete from the United States in professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey to be publicly gay.
  • Four finalists selected for Letters and Science dean Badger Herald April 30, 2013 Three University of Wisconsin professors and a former UW faculty member are the finalists set to compete for the position of dean of the College of Letters and Science, the largest college at UW.
  • UW-Madison students create a better hamburger for Gilly's Sheboygan Press April 29, 2013 Even Abbey Thiel admits when she thought of Gilly’s, she thought of its famous frozen custard. Now she, and others, have another reason to like the burgers as well.
  • Study: sea squirt solves crystal mystery Wired UK April 29, 2013 Studying sea squirts has revealed the crystal structure of the mineral vaterite -- a mystery which had spanned almost a century.
  • Ask the Experts: Should Small Business Owners Seek Venture Capital Financing? Cardhub.com April 22, 2013 Quoted: Jon Eckhardt, Executive Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin School of Business.
  • 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.