UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Physical abilities no match for UW-Madison researcher's dreams Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 26, 2012 In spring 2011, UW-Madison researcher Craig Schuff had a lot going for him — not the least of which was his work in the College of Engineering where he was on the verge of perfecting a much-anticipated device that can be used to detect explosives and even nuclear material in suspicious packages. Today, after an accident in Lake Monona, Schuff is paralyzed from the neck down.
  • Barry Alvarez, Ex-Wisconsin Coach, Climbs Back Into the Hot Seat New York Times Dec. 20, 2012 MADISON, Wis. — Two squares of sticky tape remained where Bret Bielema’s nameplate had been. Barry Alvarez moved back into the head football coach’s office overlooking Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin this month for convenience, but he has no plans to settle in. Alvarez took only one significant thing from his athletic director’s office with him: a glass candy jar filled with gumballs of assorted colors.
  • Everett Mitchell: Building community relationships The Madison Times Dec. 14, 2012 As community relations director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Everett Mitchell builds strong bonds between the university and the many members of the Madison and Dane County communities.
  • Freedom of the press: Students and established artists thrive at Tandem Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 12, 2012 As Superstorm Sandy barreled toward the East Coast in late October, it became more urgent for Paula Panczenko, the executive director of Tandem Press, to get to New York. So she jumped on a plane before the start of the 2012 International Fine Print Dealers’ Association Print Fair, an important event in the art world — and the most significant sales venue of the year for the artwork that’s created by UW-Madison’s Tandem Press....Sales for Tandem at that show, Panczenko said, were “very good.” The tale illustrates Tandem’s entrepreneurial spirit and the broad reach that Tandem Press, founded 25 years ago, now has across the country. More than 300 university students and 63 early-career and well-established artists have worked at the fine art press, whose very name — Tandem — is about the collaboration between artists and master printers.
  • Video: Wisconsin's Brianna Decker with two dangles on way to goal CBSSports.com Dec. 11, 2012 Pulling off a great dangle that sends a defenseman to the ice like a first-time skater is one thing. Pulling off two in a row and finishing with a goal is a whole other matter.
  • Curiosities: If there was life on Mars, what was it like? Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 10, 2012 Q: NASA’s Curiosity rover was rumored to have found something exciting in Martian soil samples. If there really is — or was — life on Mars, what kind of life forms are we talking about? A: Despite fanciful early descriptions of elaborate "canals" crisscrossing the Martian surface, exhaustive imaging of the Red Planet has revealed no signs of any advanced civilization. Instead, any extraterrestrial life is most likely to be microbial, said UW–Madison geoscientist Clark Johnson.
  • Fan interest in Rose Bowl travel up after Alvarez announcement WKOW-TV 27 Dec. 7, 2012 While a third straight trip to the Rose Bowl might not bring out record numbers of fans, Barry Alvarez could bring a bigger crowd to Pasadena than expected.
  • Jimmy Anderson Won't Let Personal Tragedy Dictate His Life State Bar of Wisconsin Dec. 5, 2012 Dec. 5, 2012 – Two-and-a-half years ago, Jimmy Anderson went golfing with his best friend on a summer day in California. In the evening, he hopped in the car with his parents and his little brother, his only sibling, and the Anderson family drove off for dinner. Now, he recalls the tragedy that happened next.
  • The Kind of Energy Research I'd Like to See More Of The Atlantic Dec. 4, 2012 Energy needs a Nate Silver. Perhaps Gregory Nemet of the University of Wisconsin is that guy.
  • Chancellor Search and Screen Committee meets with local businesses Badger Herald Nov. 30, 2012 The University of Wisconsin’s Chancellor Search and Screen Committee met with members of the city’s business community Wednesday as the group reaches a transitional point in its process to find a replacement for Interim Chancellor David Ward.
  • Sports Illustrated poll shows ‘Jump Around’ to be best college football gameday tradition in nation Daily Cardinal Nov. 29, 2012 Sports Illustrated announced Tuesday that fans voted the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s “Jump Around” as the greatest in the nation, following a season-long campaign to find the best gameday tradition in college football. UW-Madison students and fans alike have celebrated the Badgers by “jumping around” before the fourth quarter of every home football game since a 1998 game against Purdue.
  • MLB commissioner lectures campus on ethics lessons MLB.com Nov. 28, 2012 As a grand kickoff to the University of Wisconsin’s Ethics Week festivities, the commissioner of Major League Baseball presented UW students with a lecture on ethics and integrity in the workplace.
  • Deborah Blum, Master of Reinvention Huffington Post Nov. 26, 2012 Deborah Blum, never shy about reinventing herself, entered college to become a scientist before switching majors and colleges to pursue a journalism degree, later quit her journalism job to study science writing, came back to newspaper reporting as a science writer, then left journalism again to devote herself full-time to book writing and teaching journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • John Berg: Leckrone deserves thanks from UW community Wisconsin State Journal Nov. 26, 2012 As Badger fans during the Thanksgiving season, let’s ask UW-Madison to give thanks for having Mike Leckrone for nearly 44 years as UW band director.
  • Family donates skin cells for eye disease research Daily Herald Nov. 23, 2012 Tim Reese and his sister, Theresa Selzer of Woodstock, recently donated skin cells in a University of Wisconsin laboratory. The cells were turned into stem cells and then used to create retina tissue. It is the first time research like this has been done to create a model of the eye disease.
  • New census calculation finds higher rate of poverty in U.S. AP Nov. 15, 2012 "We’re seeing a very slow recovery, with increases in poverty among workers due to more new jobs which are low-wage," said Timothy Smeeding, a University of Wisconsin-Madison economist who specializes in poverty. "As a whole, the safety net is holding many people up, while California is struggling more because it’s relatively harder there to qualify for food stamps and other benefits."
  • WIAA, UW extend football and boys basketball tournament agreements through 2020 Madison.com Nov. 16, 2012 The WIAA and University of Wisconsin have agreed to hold the state tournaments for football, boys basketball and three other sports in Madison through the spring of 2020, the organizations announced in a media conference Friday morning at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • UW System works to ease veterans' transition from war to classroom Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 12, 2012 Life after war leads many veterans to college. The number of student-veterans served by the University of Wisconsin System has increased over 200% since the Wisconsin GI Bill was enacted in 2005. But the more than 5,000 veterans now on UW campuses still account for less than 3% of the total student population, according to UW officials.
  • Infant stress may alter brain function of girls, study says Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 12, 2012 Stress during infancy can predict symptoms of anxiety and depression in female adolescents, according to a study published online Sunday and in the journal Nature Neuroscience on Monday. Stress in female children is related to higher levels of the hormone cortisol, which may lead to altered brain function in adolescence, according to the study, written by a group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Montee Ball and Wisconsin Back to Their Old Selves New York Times Nov. 12, 2012 The room was quiet, his teammates hanging on his every word, when Montee Ball apologized for what he had not seen coming. Someone had called his name, he turned, saw a fist, then nothing. He awoke in a hospital bed with a concussion and a face swollen from five men kicking his head.
  • UW Law opens legal clinic for veterans Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 9, 2012 Military veterans in the Madison area have a new resource available starting Thursday -- a free legal clinic run by the University of Wisconsin’s law school.
  • Oh, what a night! UW grad talks about Tony-winning 'Jersey Boys' Wisconsin State Journal Nov. 8, 2012 There are stories of people who have seen “Jersey Boys,” the 2005 blockbuster musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a half-dozen times. At its Chicago opening in 2007, the boys got three standing ovations — one before intermission — and enjoyed a successful run for two-and-a-half years. The year before, the show won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. None of this is particularly surprising to Marshall Brickman.
  • Seely on Science: UW weather scientists at forefront of Sandy forecasts Wisconsin State Journal Nov. 2, 2012 Once again, as a huge storm churned across the Atlantic Ocean, UW-Madison researchers were right in the middle of it — sort of. As Hurricane Sandy barreled its way toward the East Coast Sunday and an appointment with the history books, about 20 scientists toiled in front of computer screens on the UW-Madison campus at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. Their behind-the-scenes work — providing startling satellite images as well as detailed analysis of what those images were telling us — helped the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service provide forecasts that proved remarkably accurate. “This is evidence of a revolution that’s been going on quietly here for 20 years,” said Jonathan Martin, a professor and chairman of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
  • Morgridge Institute lands cybersecurity grant Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 2, 2012 Scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and three other institutions have received a five-year, $23.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity.
  • UW-Madison grad organizing relief effort to help Superstorm Sandy victims WTMJ-TV Milwaukee Nov. 2, 2012 You may know him as number 78 or Badger Jake, but one University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate founded an organization that’s helping folks outside the borders of our state.
  • Wisconsin's Zach Bohannon on devastating injury to Badgers teammate CBS Sports Nov. 1, 2012 There are seven letters, two words, and one phrase that no athlete, but more specifically, no basketball player, ever wants to hear over his entire career: Torn ACL.
  • UW-Madison Scientists Share Critical Satellite Images NBC-15 Oct. 30, 2012 Images compiled at UW-Madison are helping track Hurricane Sandy, in almost real-time.
  • Computers, Pinch Of Art Aid Hurricane Forecasters NPR Oct. 29, 2012 Quoted: "Sometimes there’s what we call the ’Model of the Year,’ " says Christopher Velden, a senior researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center.
  • Campaigns bombard ad-weary Wisconsinites Green Bay Press Gazette Oct. 29, 2012 Quoted: “You can’t take a breath without seeing a political ad right now,” said Michael Wagner, a political expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “If you haven’t seen a political ad in Wisconsin, you must not own a TV set.”
  • Fiscal issues take center stage at UW-Madison debate Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 26, 2012 While President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have traded barbs about Big Bird and big government, two of the nation’s foremost economic advisers were at UW-Madison Thursday to speak to students about the role of economic issues in the upcoming election.