UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • Wisconsin scientists help search for alien life AP Feb. 13, 2013 MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are helping search for evidence of alien life not by looking into outer space, but by studying some rocks right here on Earth.
  • Early Alzheimer’s detection research at UW Badger Herald Feb. 13, 2013 Alzheimer’s disease researchers at the University of Wisconsin identified the first signs of brain function decline, bringing them closer to winning the battle against the disease.
  • Tom Still: Waisman Center's four decades of research changes lives Wisconsin State Journal Feb. 11, 2013 The telegram from President John F. Kennedy to University of Wisconsin President Fred Harrington was both eerie and visionary. Eerie because it was delivered Nov. 20, 1963 — just two days before Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas — and visionary because it seemed to anticipate the challenges confronting science in its quest to explore the human brain.
  • Retraining the brain: Army joins forces with celebrity, university for research The Frederick, Md. News-Post Feb. 11, 2013 The Army hopes a small plastic mouthpiece developed by the University of Wisconsin -- Madison might help treat injured soldiers, including those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
  • Princeton Review ranks UW No. 7 best value in nation Badger Herald Feb. 6, 2013 Despite statewide talks of rising tuition and cuts to state funding, The Princeton Review has again named University of Wisconsin as one of the best values in higher education in the nation.
  • UW-Madison provides third-most volunteers for Peace Corps in 2012 Daily Cardinal Feb. 6, 2013 The University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked third on the Peace Corps’ annual list of top volunteer-producing, large U.S. universities for the second consecutive year.UW-Madison has 103 graduates currently working overseas in 47 countries around the globe, according to a university press release. University of Washington and the University of Florida top the list this year, each sending 107 volunteers to serve abroad.
  • UW-Madison study links lead exposure to lower test scores Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 4, 2013 Lead exposure may be linked to lower test scores among Wisconsin fourth graders, and exposure rates among African-American and Hispanic children are roughly double those of white children, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Seeing Darwin Through Christians’ Eyes New York Times Feb. 4, 2013 Quoted: Ronald L. Numbers, a science historian at the University of Wisconsin, said that many evangelical Protestants were once willing to accept the theory, as long as it was applied only to animals, not to humans.
  • Preserving Science News In An Online World NPR Feb. 4, 2013 How can journalists and bloggers avoid some of the pitfalls of communicating science in an online world? Should a website’s comments section be moderated, or removed altogether? How has social media changed the blogosphere? A panel of experts joins Ira Flatow to discuss. Dominique Brossard is lead author of the Science paper, which was titled "Science, New Media and the Public." She is a professor at the Department of Life Science Communication at the University of Madison - University of Wisconsin in Madison, and she joins us from Madison. Welcome to the program.
  • A Special Tribute to the Unsung Athletics Directors of College Sports Diverse Issues in Higher Education Jan. 30, 2013 In the second installment of a four-part series, the Diverse editors sought to recognize those current and former athletics directors across the country who have blazed the trails and opened doors for minorities in sports. Included: Sean Frazier. Promoted to deputy athletic director in 2011, Sean T. Frazier also served as senior associate athletic director for operations at the University of Wisconsin. Frazier came to Wisconsin in 2007 after serving as director of athletics at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
  • Spring Career Fair expects to draw unusually large crowds Badger Herald Jan. 30, 2013 Students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin are gearing up for the biannual career and internship fair next week. 
  • Debt and depression: New research shows debt and depression parallels Chicago Tribune Jan. 29, 2013 Lawrence Berger, a University of Wisconsin at Madison associate professor of social work, has found that when the dollar amount of a person’s debt increases by 10 percent, depressive symptoms — like not being able to shake the blues, feeling lonely, or having trouble eating or sleeping — increase by 14 percent.
  • Remaking the UW: David Krakauer calls for a new campus to lead a new world Isthmus Jan. 25, 2013 You know the standard model for a university administrator: polite, unflappable, professionally groomed, able to recite policy in long or short form, kind of boring, skilled at disguising true feelings and, of course, intent on keeping a lid on things.
  • UW-Madison seeks war veterans for PTSD research AP Jan. 24, 2013 Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are being invited to participate in a Wisconsin study designed to help soldiers adjust to life after combat.
  • Straus, Brottem: Looking Ahead in Mali New York Times Jan. 18, 2013 Chances are that French air power combined with superior numbers and equipment on the ground in Mali will prevail and force the jihadis to retreat in some fashion to the Sahel. That, however, will hardly be the end.
  • Spring flowers blooming much earlier, based on Leopold, Thoreau records Madison.com Jan. 18, 2013 How do scientists know spring flowers are blooming much earlier than they did years ago? By looking at meticulous records kept by American naturalists Henry David Thoreau and Wisconsin’s own Aldo Leopold.
  • New Brain Monitor Aims to Alert Doctors When Patients Wake During Surgery ABC News Jan. 18, 2013 Dr. Giulio Tononi, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, believes that the electrical signals – sight, sound and pain – spreading across the brain create consciousness. During surgery, anesthesia stops the signals from spreading, making a person completely unconscious.
  • Vertical farm building to be named for late UW-Madison professor Kaufman Madison.com Jan. 15, 2013 Jerry Kaufman, a longtime UW-Madison urban planning professor and pioneer in the urban agriculture movement, will have a new five-story building in Milwaukee hosting a vertical farm named for him, it was announced today.
  • UW Graduate Tiffany Jones: Wisconsin Experienced The Capital City Hues Jan. 11, 2013 When Tiffany Jones, a UW PEOPLE Program scholar, entered UW-Madison aftergraduating from Madison Memorial High School, she had thoughts of pursuing a careerin writing or fashion design. But after the Wisconsin Experience which academicallychallenged her as well as exposed her to the broader world community, she turned hersights to science and medicine with purpose and resolve.
  • Advances in night vision from cow country Fox News Jan. 11, 2013 Breakthroughs in flexible semiconductors may lead to better and easier night vision for the military and law enforcement, thanks to the University of Wisconsin.
  • Madison and Dane County announce 28th annual MLK Holiday Observance activities The Madison Times Jan. 10, 2013 MADISON — The Madison/Dane County King Coalition is pleased to announce that the official City of Madison & Dane County observance of the 2013 King Holiday will feature Reverend Everett Mitchell of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church as this year’s Master of Ceremonies along with a performance by The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community.
  • Why you shouldn't read the comments The New Statesman Jan. 10, 2013 A new study has worked out the effect online comments have on readers - and it’s surprisingly large.The study hails from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and concentrates on layman reports of science stories (appearing in regular newspapers and magazines). It found that content in the reports were very easily undermined by the comments below - even when it was a simply a matter of tone.
  • UW a great value in public education, survey says Madison.com Jan. 4, 2013 If Wisconsin students and parents are looking for one of the best values in the country in higher education, stay at home.
  • UW football program valued at $296.1 million Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jan. 8, 2013 An academic has put together a list of what each Football Bowl Subdivision program is worth, and the University of Wisconsin program is valued at $296.1 million.
  • Motorbike activism helps Kenyans Appleton Post-Crescent Jan. 3, 2013 MADISON, Wis. — For Araceli Alonso, something great began with a simple pen pal relationship.