UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • New insect expert taking over at UW-Madison lab WISC-TV 3 Sept. 25, 2014 P.J. Liesch takes a vial or two with him when he goes for a walk outdoors.
  • Climate change called public health threat by medical journal CBC News Sept. 23, 2014 Climate change poses risks to human health just as pollution and lack of sanitation did a century ago, says a medical journal editorial that details the potential harmful health effects and the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "Evidence over the past 20 years indicates that climate change can be associated with adverse health outcomes," Dr. Jonathan Patz of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his colleagues concluded.
  • UW-Madison’s outreach efforts aim to reinforce the value of research Capital Times Sept. 17, 2014 DIY Science is just one of an array of programs at UW-Madison designed to inform the public about scientific research on campus. Roughly 375 academic staff members work in science outreach, which helps fulfill the Wisconsin Idea, UW-Madison’s guiding principle to share the university’s resources to improve the lives of state citizens.
  • Hawks and UW-Madison students dig up crucial remnants of early hominids Isthmus Sept. 18, 2014 Despite being from Kansas, Dr. John Hawks had never seen storms like he experienced in South Africa.
  • UW's School of Human Ecology focuses on problems of life Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sept. 18, 2014 Madison — It is perhaps the least understood school on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • On Campus: Census data center coming to UW-Madison Wisconsin State Journal Sept. 16, 2014 Starting next fall, researchers at UW-Madison will have access to a bigger and deeper pool of data about people’s jobs, salaries, educational levels and other factors.
  • Yogic breathing offers hope for vets suffering from PTSD CBS News Sept. 15, 2014 Post-traumatic stress disorder continues to wreak havoc on the lives of veterans, but a new study suggests yoga could provide relief.
  • UW business partnerships could help state's economy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sept. 15, 2014 Rebecca Blank has become an evangelist for her institution’s key role in Wisconsin’s economy during her short time as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • UW's School of Human Ecology focuses on problems of life Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sept. 15, 2014 It is perhaps the least understood school on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • California biotech firm to hire 100-plus to make cancer drugs in University Research Park Wisconsin State Journal Sept. 12, 2014 A California biotech consulting firm that pledged to create at least 103 local jobs by 2017 will get a $1 million low-interest loan from the state to help it buy an under-used pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in University Research Park where it plans to make cancer-fighting and other types of drugs for other companies.
  • Why Your Old iPhone Suddenly Seems Terrible NBC News.com Sept. 9, 2014 Noted: "The research shows that just a hint of something better out there makes us devalue what we already have," said Amber Epp, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Video: Chancellor Rebecca Blank hails UW's student-athlete program Madison.com Sept. 8, 2014 In a meeting with the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank talks about the success of UW’s "student-athlete" program in putting the emphasis on student while still winning games.
  • Steve Carpenter is optimistic about solving Madison's water quality problems Capital Times Sept. 8, 2014 Steve Carpenter, director of UW-Madison’s renowned Center for Limnology, took his first water sample from Lake Mendota in 1974.
  • To Save A Bird, Scientists Try An Egg Bait-And-Switch National Public Radio Sept. 3, 2014 Quoted: "Ravens, crows, jays – they’re really, really smart," says Elena West, a researcher with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s at a nearby campsite, where she’s attaching a small leg band to a blue and black Steller’s jay as part of a study.
  • UW-Madison student’s cancer research lights up social media Capital Times Sept. 3, 2014 A short Vine loop that features a headline about sophomore Keven Stonewall in the New York Daily News received more than a half-million views last week. But the microbiology student’s research on a colon cancer vaccine has been attracting media attention for a while.
  • Proactive Relations: Everett Mitchell Helps UW-Madison Interface with Madison Capital City Hues Aug. 29, 2014 Since coming to Madison in the early 2000s, Everett Mitchell, the UW-Madison director of community relations, has seen many sides to the Madison-Dane County community. Through his work at Madison-area Urban Ministry, Mitchell worked with ex-offenders and inmates housed at Oakhill as well as with their children. He also saw the other side of the community through his work with United Way of Dane County, 100 Black Men of Madison and as an assistant district attorney.
  • Madison co-workers compete on "The Amazing Race" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 29, 2014 Noted: Their CBS bio lists them as PhD students in food science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Madison in 100 objects: 'Sifting and Winnowing' plaque Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 27, 2014 Bucky Badger gets the smiles and high-fives. Abe Lincoln draws legions of photo-seeking graduates.
  • How Students Learn From Games The Chronicle of Higher Education Aug. 26, 2014 Kurt Squire first recognized the learning potential of games in 1987 in his history class in high school. When his teacher asked the students if they knew the differences between English and Spanish colonization strategies in the Caribbean, he was the only one who knew the answer (the Spanish sailed galleons and held forts across the Caribbean for transporting gold, while the English sought to establish permanent settlements). But Squire hadn’t been reading ahead in the textbook: He had inadvertently learned the history of Caribbean colonization from spending countless hours playing a video game called Sid Meier’s Pirates! on his Commodore 64 computer.
  • Olver looks to future growth as he preps to helm Madison's University Research Park WisBusiness.com Aug. 26, 2014 Aaron Olver, who will take over as head of University Research Park next month, says he’ll be working over the next year on an updated strategic blueprint as URP’s new site gears up for business.
  • UW System regents approve $95.2 million request for new state funding Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 22, 2014 The University of Wisconsin System can no longer just be organized as a system of campuses; it must actively improve the well-being of state residents and bridge the talent gap that’s holding back Wisconsin’s economy, UW System President Ray Cross said Thursday.
  • East State Street in Madison gets a facelift Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 22, 2014 Photo gallery of construction.
  • Study: Brand, age of helmet doesn't impact concussion risk WKBT-TV, LaCrosse Aug. 20, 2014 More than 40,000 high school athletes suffer concussions each year and while many think the newest or most expensive helmet will reduce the risk a new UW-Madison study suggests otherwise.
  • Madison nursing program expansions could help offset forecasted shortage Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 18, 2014 The $53 million building, to be dedicated Saturday and open for classes next month, won’t only teach students differently. It will teach more of them, in an effort to help offset a projected shortage of nearly 23,500 nurses in Wisconsin by 2035.
  • O'Kane: What the Sparrows Told Me New York Times Aug. 18, 2014 To be honest, I never cared about birds. Then, almost nine years ago, Hurricane Katrina swallowed half the city of New Orleans, and something began to change.
  • Vernon County residents pay tribute to World War II casualty Vernon County Broadcaster Aug. 14, 2014 Noted: The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a private lab on the East Coast both were involved in verifying the remains as belonging to Gordon.
  • Madison in 100 objects: Bascom Hill's Honest Abe Madison.com Aug. 14, 2014 They climb on him, sit on his shoulders, kiss his cheek — all without asking.
  • Alfalfa mosaic virus, phytophthora plaguing soybeans Agri-View Aug. 13, 2014 UW-Madison field crops pathologist Damon Smith has been getting calls, photos and plant samples of soybeans showing abnormal growth and leaves with varying degrees of interwoven green and yellow areas, symptoms indicative of alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV).
  • Why isn't there a Shazam for bird songs? Technology Tell Aug. 13, 2014 Quoted: We spoke to one of the preeminent researchers in this area, Dr. Mark Berres, assistant professor of avian biology with the Department of Animal Sciences at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, about the Shazam-like app he’s been developing for a few years, called WeBIRD.
  • Native artist takes creative spark in new directions Billings Gazette Aug. 11, 2014 Noted: Spang is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher who lives in Billings and exhibits his work all over the world. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University Billings, Spang earned a master’s in fine arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996.