UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • The 'Nasty Effect': How Comments Color Comprehension NPR Talk of the Nation March 13, 2013 At its best, the Web is a place for unlimited exchange of ideas. But Web-savvy news junkies have known for a long time that reader feedback can often turn nasty. Now a study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication suggests that rude comments on articles can even change the way we interpret the news.
  • Online learning: Campus 2.0 Nature March 13, 2013 Noted: The companies acknowledge that completion rates are a concern and that their platforms are still works in progress. And to observers such as David Krakauer, that is as it should be. “There are two ways to make something new,” says Krakauer, a biologist who directs the Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “You can design something that’s perfect on paper, and then try to build it. Or you can start with a system that’s rubbish, experiment and build a better one with feedback. That’s the Silicon Valley style — but it’s also the scientific way.”
  • UW, Madison College sign reverse transfer agreement Badger Herald March 12, 2013 Officials from the University of Wisconsin and Madison Area Technical College will sign a reverse transfer agreement Monday, allowing credits to transfer between both of the higher education institutions. 
  • UW research hurt by federal cuts, system president says Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 8, 2013 The University of Wisconsin-Madison stands to lose about $35 million in research funding in the next year, or 3.5% of its roughly $1 billion research base, through automatic cuts to the federal budget, UW System President Kevin Reilly said Thursday.
  • Badgers football: Practice has new look, feel under Andersen Madison.com March 11, 2013 The changes in the University of Wisconsin football team’s first practice under Gary Andersen on Saturday could be seen and heard inside the McClain Center.
  • Wisconsin colleges and universities make national honor roll for student civic engagement Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 8, 2013 Students typically make honor roll by earning good grades. Universities and colleges make this national honor roll for the service role they play in solving community problems and placing students on a path of civic engagement. UW-Madison is on the service honor roll.
  • Moynihan: A central agency is crucial for disaster response Nature March 8, 2013 Superstorm Sandy did more than rock the eastern coast of the United States last year. It also damaged Mitt Romney’s chances in the presidential election. Quotes from Republican primaries, where Romney called for responsibility for disaster response to shift from the federal government to state and local authorities, suddenly looked foolish as those local authorities were quickly overwhelmed. Yet, even as the aftermath of Sandy demonstrates the need for federal help, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in New York is losing US$1.3 billion — roughly 5% of its budget — in government cutbacks.
  • Factors Behind Some Women's Falling Life Span: Q&A Wall Street Journal March 6, 2013 A study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs suggests life span for women in some parts of the country is actually falling, a finding that generated a lively discussion among Wall Street Journal readers. On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal spoke with the authors of the study—David Kindig, a health-sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, and Erika Cheng, a Ph.D candidate at the university—about what factors may be behind the result. Here is an edited excerpt:
  • Chasing the Higgs: How 2 Teams of Rivals Searched for Physics’ Most Elusive Particle New York Times March 5, 2013 MEYRIN, Switzerland — Vivek Sharma missed his daughter.A professor at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Sharma had to spend months at a time away from home, coordinating a team of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider, here just outside Geneva. But on April 15, 2011, Meera Sharma’s 7th birthday, he flew to California for some much-needed family time. “We had a fine birthday, a beautiful day,” he recalled.
  • UW chancellor candidates head to campus WISC-TV 3 March 4, 2013 Madison community leaders and the public will get their first chance to meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s chancellor candidates starting this week.
  • David Ward: Online courses will extend UW-Madison to more students Wisconsin State Journal March 4, 2013 For hundreds of years, the experience of higher education has essentially been the same: Students have gathered at places of higher learning, been instructed by faculty and received their degrees after completing a designated course of study.
  • Brossard and Scheufele: This Story Stinks New York Times March 3, 2013 IN the beginning, the technology gods created the Internet and saw that it was good. Here, at last, was a public sphere with unlimited potential for reasoned debate and the thoughtful exchange of ideas, an enlightening conversational bridge across the many geographic, social, cultural, ideological and economic boundaries that ordinarily separate us in life, a way to pay bills without a stamp.
  • UW alum to make NFL history USA Today March 1, 2013 Regardless of how her tryout goes, Lauren Silberman will make history Sunday at the NFL Regional Scouting Combine in Florham Park, N.J.
  • Doug Moe: Recalling a UW chef who was a cut above Wisconsin State Journal March 1, 2013 The first time they honored Carson Gulley on the UW-Madison campus — by putting his name on a building — it was 1966, and Gulley, a celebrated chef, had been dead four years.
  • Dance marathon to raise money for hospital Daily Cardinal Feb. 28, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison students can show off their best dance moves at the fifth annual Wisconsin Dance Marathon Friday to raise money for the American Family Children’s Hospital.
  • Study: When it comes to online dating, everyone’s a little bit of a Catfish Salon.com Feb. 28, 2013 Quoted: Other research has found that around 81 percent of people misrepresent some aspect of their real identity in their profiles. But according to a study led by Catalina L. Toma, an assistant professor in the department of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the lies usually tend to be small. (You are, after all, going to meet in person soon enough.)
  • Jane Goodall to be keynote speaker at Earth Day conference in Madison Madison.com Feb. 28, 2013 Jane Goodall will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Nelson Institute Earth Day conference April 15 at Monona Terrace, UW-Madison said in a news release.
  • UW System president praises Walkers budget proposals WISC-TV 3 Feb. 25, 2013 The University of Wisconsin Systems president says Gov. Scott Walkers budget proposals would keep tuition costs down and improve economic development programs at various campuses across the state.
  • UW researchers’ breakthrough could lead to better cancer treatment Badger Herald Feb. 26, 2013 University of Wisconsin researchers have discovered a new way to detect and quantify proteins, which could potentially lead to more efficient cancer research and diagnosis.
  • Doug Moe: Journeys continue for UW student Wisconsin State Journal Feb. 22, 2013 It’s a long way from a village in Kyrgyzstan with no running water to a table in the Memorial Union’s Rathskeller on the UW-Madison campus.But our story today connects them, through Erin Luhmann, a UW-Madison graduate student of journalism from Minnesota.
  • UW-Madison to offer free public online courses starting in fall Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 21, 2013 The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced Wednesday it’s joining the MOOC movement, piloting four courses to the masses via the web that anyone in the world with a computer can take for free.
  • UW-Madison economist Donald Nichols lived the Wisconsin Idea Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 21, 2013 Donald A. Nichols was a professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than 40 years, shaping economic policy as an adviser to Wisconsin governors and a president.
  • Here’s the scoop: Researchers at UW-Madison study ice cream Medill Reports Feb. 20, 2013 It’s a familiar story. You buy a scoop of ice cream, only to find it dripping down to a puddle after just a few licks. Few consider the science behind this phenomenon, but researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are getting beyond the cone to study how ice cream melts.
  • Walker to invest $181M in System Badger Herald Feb. 19, 2013 Gov. Scott Walker announced a $129 million investment in public education and an additional $181 million in funding for the University of Wisconsin System would be included in his upcoming budget announcement on Monday.
  • Eric Sandgren: Cat research, after all the drama Wisconsin State Journal Feb. 18, 2013 Eric Sandgren, director of the Research Animal Resource Center, writes about allegations by PETA in a guest column in the Wisconsin State Journal.
  • Paul Fanlund: David Ward on what confronts the next UW chancellor Capital Times Feb. 18, 2013 David McDonald, the Russian history professor who chairs the search committee to find the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s next chancellor, says he’s happy to be handing off the top five names to a committee of the UW Board of Regents this week.David Giroux, the top spokesman for the UW System, says the identities of those finalists might be publicly disclosed by midweek.
  • Distinguished economist, professor Don Nichols dies Madison.com Feb. 18, 2013 Donald Nichols, whose tenure leading the UW-Madison’s acclaimed graduate school of public policy helped shape economic development in the state, and who served as an economic adviser to two governors and a president, died Friday at age 72.
  • Violent Television Affects Children’s Behavior, Study Says New York Times Feb. 18, 2013 Quoted: Children watch a mix of “prosocial but also antisocial media,” said Marie-Louise Mares, an associate professor of communications at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “Merely being exposed to prosocial media doesn’t mean that kids take it that way.”
  • New technology furthers carpal tunnel research at UW campus Badger Herald Feb. 13, 2013 Researchers at the University of Wisconsin are one step closer to finding a cure for carpal tunnel syndrome through the use of video technology to record and analyze workers’ upper body movements.
  • Parents not sleep deprived? We beg to differzzzz Today.com Feb. 13, 2013 A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has some eye-opening findings for tired parents: We’re not actually as sleep deprived as we think. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, looked at parents of kids ages 0 to 18 and evaluated how much sleep they were losing at different stages. It’s no big shock that the younger the kids were, the more sleep deprivation parents experienced.