UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • Gerda Lerner, Historian, Dies at 92 New York Times Jan. 3, 2013 Gerda Lerner, a scholar and author who helped make the study of women and their lives a legitimate subject for historians and spearheaded the creation of the first graduate program in women’s history in the United States, died on Wednesday in Madison, Wis. She was 92.
  • Video: Stanford, Wisconsin Fans Pack Food for Disadvantaged San Marino, Calif. Patch.com Jan. 2, 2013 About 100 Stanford and Wisconsin fans met at Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles in Van Nuys to package food for Los Angeles-area needy.
  • South Pole Badgers re-create a Rose Bowl memory Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jan. 2, 2013 Apparently there are badgers at the South Pole. And they’re football fans.
  • Sales of UW gear set record, generate $1.8M in financial aid The Business Journal of Milwaukee Dec. 28, 2012 Sales of Bucky Badger gear set a new record in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, generating $3.75 million in royalties, half of which provides financial aid to University of Wisconsin-Madison students.
  • UW-led project called second biggest scientific breakthrough of 2012 The Capital Times Dec. 28, 2012 If it wasn’t for finding the God particle, work by UW-Madison researchers and others on why the universe has virtually no anti-matter would have been the biggest scientific breakthrough of the year, according to Science Magazine.