UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Economist Rebecca Blank a good fit for UW-Madison Wisconsin State Journal March 25, 2013 A little more than a year ago, Rebecca Blank visited the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus to listen to faculty members, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Her topic: What’s working and what’s not when it comes to the role of the university and the economy?
  • University of Wisconsin professor questions efforts to reverse extinction Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 25, 2013 As the buzz grows louder over the science of bringing extinct species back to life, a conservation biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is sounding a note of caution.
  • UW system head likes governor’s budget Wisconsin Radio Network March 22, 2013 University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly testifies before the legislature’s budget committee in favor of the governor’s budget proposal. “If the governor’s proposed budget passes as is, we could see the lowest tuition increases in the UW in a decade, which would clearly be welcome news to our 180,000+ students and their families.”
  • Text mining uncovers British reserve and U.S. emotion Nature.com March 22, 2013 Quoted: “The correlation with mood terms is not altogether surprising, as these longer constructions provide increased opportunity for expressing sentiments,” explains biologist David Krakauer of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who with his colleagues has mined Google Books for changes in literary style.
  • How Healthy Is Your County? ABC News March 20, 2013 Crossing county lines in your state can mean a world of difference for your health, a new report reveals. The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program, a study and website created by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found major differences between state counties close to one another and even some that share borders.
  • Tired of winter? Here's a hint of spring. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 21, 2013 We’re unearthing a piece from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the archives of Aldo Leopold to try to inject a little spring in cold, mid-March.
  • UW-Madison chooses Rebecca Blank as new chancellor Wisconsin State Journal March 18, 2013 UW-Madison on Monday announced it has chosen Rebecca Blank as its new chancellor, turning to a familiar face who also was part of the final field of four in 2008 when Biddy Martin got the job.
  • Rebecca Blank plans to leave Commerce Dept. for University of Wisconsin Politico March 18, 2013 Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has been offered the job of chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the university system announced Monday afternoon.
  • Commerce chief Blank to lead U. Wisconsin The Washington Post March 18, 2013 The acting Commerce secretary, Rebecca Blank, will leave her post in July to become chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Study: For heart, quitting cigarettes outweighs risk of added pounds Wausau Daily Herald March 18, 2013 Quoted: “This gives reassurance to smokers that the benefits of quitting still far outweigh any small health risks that may come with weight gain,” said Dr. Michael Fiore, founder of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
  • UW study is key step toward treating disease with stem cells Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 18, 2013 In a powerful demonstration of reprogrammings potential to treat human disease and injury, scientists at University of Wisconsin-Madison turned a rhesus monkeys skin cells into early brain cells, then implanted them successfully in the monkeys brain.
  • Scientists Implant Monkeys' Cells Back Into Their Own Brains Popular Science March 15, 2013 Scientists have taken cells from rhesus monkeys’ skin, turned them into neural cells, then implanted them successfully into the monkeys’ brains. After six months, the transplanted cells showed no scarring and looked healthy and normal—except that they glowed green, a characteristic the scientists added to the cells so they could find the cells later.
  • Badger Invitational, dairy barn dedication draws crowd Wisconsin State Farmer March 15, 2013 "This is the biggest crowd ever," was the common greeting among attendees at the 16th Bi-annual Badger Invitational Dairy Sale held at the historic Stock Pavilion on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag campus last Saturday, March 9.
  • Becoming Bucky Badger Herald March 13, 2013 Fans go wild when he steps onto the football field. Nearly 80,000 people watch him as he rallies the crowd and represents the University of Wisconsin with pride. The adoration for Bucky, or Buckingham U. Badger, is felt in the stadium throughout the entire game.
  • Deb Archer: Madison proud to be `Championship Capital' Wisconsin State Journal March 13, 2013 We would like to express our sincere appreciation for sports fans and businesses in the greater Madison area that helped us roll out the red carpet for the visiting student athletes, families and fans in Madison recently for WIAA wrestling, hockey and boys basketball tournaments.
  • 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.