UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • UW-Madison overhauls recruitment and staff management systems Employee Benefit News June 2, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison is bringing its personnel management system into the 21st century to remain competitive and efficient – a tactic that HR consultants say is being replicated by other higher learning institutions across the nation.
  • Business School, Disrupted New York Times June 2, 2014 Noted: François Ortalo-Magné, dean of the University of Wisconsin’s business school, says fissures have already appeared. Recently, a rival school offered one of his faculty members not just a job, but also shares in an online learning start-up created especially for him. “We’re talking about millions of dollars,” Mr. Ortalo-Magné said. “My best teachers are going to find platforms so they can teach to the world for free. The market is finding a way to unbundle us. My job is to hold this platform together.”
  • Moynihan: The problem at the VA: 'Performance perversity' Los Angeles Times June 2, 2014 The acting inspector general’s investigation into delays at Veterans Health Administration facilities points to problems so systemic that they cannot be attributed to a few bad apples. But the report does not tell us why these problems occurred.
  • Ellenberg: The Wrong Way to Treat Child Geniuses Wall Street Journal June 2, 2014 When I was a child, I was a "genius"—the kind you sometimes see profiled on the local news. I started reading at 2. I could multiply two-digit numbers in my head when I was 5. One of my earliest memories is working out a way to generate Pythagorean triples. In third grade, I commuted to the local junior high to take geometry. Kids on the playground would sometimes test me by asking what a million times a million was—and were delighted when I knew the answer.
  • Evjue Foundation distributes $1.1 million to UW and area nonprofits Capital Times May 28, 2014 Checks totaling nearly $1.1 million have been sent to 83 area nonprofits and to 25 project managers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times.
  • Group applauds UW medical schools for focus on primary care Wisconsin Public Radio May 27, 2014 The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is doing a good job graduating primary care physicians at time when the role is in high demand.
  • Weighing the debate over Net Neutrality Wisconsin Radio Network May 27, 2014 Federal communications officials are considering proposed rules that are aimed at the ongoing debate over net neutrality. Supporters argue they will give businesses a chance to make sure their products get to consumers quickly, but critics argue they would create an internet fast lane that shuts out companies who can’t afford to pay.
  • Winichakul: Thailand on the brink of civil war Al Jazeera America May 23, 2014 Thailand’s Senate, the country’s only functioning legislative chamber, convened an informal meeting last week to deliberate on ways to end that country’s six-month-old political stalemate.
  • On Campus: UW-Madison veterans get own space Wisconsin State Journal May 20, 2014 Students who are military veterans using the federal GI Bill have more than quadrupled in enrollment at UW-Madison since 2005.
  • Jump around and take a selfie: #UWGrad drives UW-Madison commencement on social media Capital Times May 19, 2014 The strong social media community on the UW campus is exhibited in full force in the weeks leading up to graduation — and this year, for the first time, it will play a part in the atmosphere of the day itself.
  • Autism is growing up CNN.com May 21, 2014 Noted: In her conference keynote address, Marsha Mailick, director of the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shared data gleaned from 10 years of following the lives of more than 400 people with autism, starting in 1998. This study was prescient; adults are vastly underrepresented in autism research, and longitudinal studies into old age are badly needed.
  • Hiring expected to increase for college graduates WISC-TV 3 May 16, 2014 Commencement calls for celebration, but it can have young adults asking what’s next?
  • UW-Madison scholars offer a map to the net neutrality debate Isthmus May 16, 2014 Maybe you’ve spotted it in your daily news feed in the last few weeks. Net neutrality -- the idea that the Internet should remain an open, democratic, free-market medium for all people, regardless of how much they pay -- is getting mainstream attention.
  • Hurricanes reaching peak strength farther north as globe warms, tropics expand Washington Post May 14, 2014 As the Earth’s oceans have warmed over the last three decades, the grounds for destructive hurricanes have crept northward finds a new study, published by three of the world’s leading tropical weather experts. Two are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • UW's 'accidental professor' seeks scientific insight through cartoons Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 8, 2014 John Brennan was deeply engrossed in organic chemistry, studying for an exam last week, when he absent-mindedly began drawing goofy cartoon fish with conversation bubbles explaining mechanisms behind chemical reactions.
  • UW Athletics joins "You Can Play" project supporting athletes of all sexual orientations WKOW-TV 27 May 8, 2014 The University of Wisconsin has joined "You Can Play", a project dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.
  • Poverty drops, but not to pre-recession levels, study finds Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 8, 2014 The poverty level continued to drop in Wisconsin in 2012, thanks to increases in jobs and earnings, according to a new study released by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.
  • Odyssey Project sets returning students on a path to a new future Capital Times May 7, 2014 Michael Martin says he is a different person than he was in September when he walked into the Odyssey Project. He’s more self-aware, more at peace with himself and the world.
  • Sociologist chronicles tenuous lives of fugitives Philadelphia Inquirer May 5, 2014 For a sociologist, the value of field notes can’t be overstated. Yet Alice Goffman felt deep relief at destroying hers - shredding the notebooks, then disposing of the hard drive kept in a safe-deposit box under someone else’s name.
  • Flynn Elementary students sport their Badger best for Skype session WQOW-TV, Eau Claire May 1, 2014 A sea of smiling students sporting red clothes and painted faces washed over Flynn Elementary in Eau Claire. The reason: a Skype session with some special southern Wisconsin students.
  • A Beautiful Lawn Can Also Be Healthy, Sustainable Wisconsin Public Radio April 28, 2014 Lawns can be the frame around a home or a colorful garden. To keep them looking good and thriving however, they take a fair amount of attention. That means more chemical treatments and watering than some homeowners feel comfortable using.
  • Fieldwork of Total Immersion New York Times April 30, 2014 <p style="font-weight: normal;">When newly minted Ph.D.s go on the job market, they usually have questions about the teaching load, research money and tenure prospects. Alice Goffman, now an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had another query, too: Would she be allowed to get arrested and go to prison?</p>
  • Today Show financial editor Jean Chatzky brings savings mantra to Madison Wisconsin State Journal April 29, 2014 Now financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, a blogger, magazine columnist, and author of eight books about personal finance, Chatzky returned to Madison last week to meet with students, faculty members and others as business writer in residence for the UW-Madison School of Business.
  • 40 years of striking up the UW band WISC-TV 3 April 25, 2014 The image of the University of Wisconsin is bolstered by a number of contributors including, we hope, life-changing research, renowned and respected scientists, record numbers of Peace Corps volunteers and more. But there is no question Badger athletics and Bucky Badger himself are part of that image. And more often than not, where there are Bucky and Badger sports teams there too is the UW Varsity band…usually more memorable than all.
  • UW Madison students invent high-tech bandage NBC-15 April 25, 2014 When you put 4 engineers in a room, theyre certain to get to work. Sarah Sandock, Mehdi Shokoueinejad, Yei Hwan Jung and Akshay Kumar are all engineering students at UW Madison... and all part of a successful team.
  • Marriage can cause depression, study finds The Telegraph (UK) April 28, 2014 After years of advice from experts telling us that marriage helps keep us happy, healthy and longer-lived, a study has found that it can also lead to depression.
  • Q&A: What Is Feminist Biology? Popular Science April 23, 2014 <span style="font-weight: normal; color: #000000;">The University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking for a particular kind of biologist: a feminist one. The university has set up a fellowship, administered by its women's studies department, for life sciences research. And interview with UW psychologist Janet Hyde.</span>
  • Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' NPR News April 17, 2014 A group of scientists and food activists is launching a Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They’re releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that’s intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.
  • Your Brain Has No Idea Where It’s Going TIME.com April 15, 2014 The direction you’re moving can play tricks with your mind. That can mean trouble not only for travel but for human relations too
  • To Save Neighborhoods, Get Creative With the Law New York Times April 14, 2014 Lisa T. Alexander is a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is the author of "Hip Hop and Housing: Revisiting Culture, Urban Space, Power and Law" and the forthcoming "Occupy the Right to Housing."