UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • UW-Madison geologists go deep to predict earthquakes Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 11, 2014 To understand earthquakes, scientists have hatched an audacious plan — go straight to the source.
  • Column: Trout Unlimited chapter learns on UW campus Appleton Post-Crescent Aug. 6, 2014 For the past three years, we have been members of a new student Trout Unlimited organization on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • Next round of MOOCs shorter, more Wisconsin focused Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 4, 2014 By conventional education standards, UW-Madison’s first round of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, had an extremely rough start.
  • DNA changes linked to health effects of childhood abuse Reuters Aug. 1, 2014 Trauma has lasting effects on mental and physical health that may stem from changes to DNA which undermine a person’s ability to rebound from stress, according to new research.
  • Highly Educated Women Aren’t Doomed to Divorce New York Magazine July 29, 2014 Good news for women interested in #havingitall: New research shows that women who are more highly educated than their husbands are not at higher risk for divorce, reversing a decades-old trend. The paper, published online last week in American Sociological Review, takes a look at (heterosexual) couples who married in the 1950s through the first decade of the new millennium, and found that the tendency for couples in which the wife had more education to split up actually disappeared in the 1990s.
  • University of Wisconsin student has sights set on curing colon cancer USA Today July 29, 2014 Keven Stonewall isn’t your average 19-year-old college student. Sure, he likes to hang out with his friends, loves music — everything from Beethoven to Kanye West — and is involved in campus activities. But he also might cure colon cancer one day.
  • Ellenberg: Don’t Teach Math, Coach It New York Times July 25, 2014 People ask me all the time how they can get their kids excited about math. That ought to be a softball for me, because I teach math for a living. I wake up excited about math.
  • College material: UW’s PEOPLE program plants the idea of attending college early Capital Times July 23, 2014 PEOPLE — its full name is another mouthful, Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence — is dedicated to getting students on a path to college early by showcasing possibilities and providing support. “PEOPLE is where the Wisconsin Idea happens,” says DeWalt, referring to the university’s mission of bringing its resources to the citizens of Wisconsin.
  • Gwen Jorgensen: From Accountant to No. 1 Triathlete Wall Street Journal July 23, 2014 Gwen Jorgensen was working as an Ernst & Young accountant when she received an unusual recruiting pitch: Why not try triathlon?
  • Hoofer Sailing Club Celebrates 75 years WKOW-TV 27 July 23, 2014 The Hoofer Sailing Club is celebrating 75 years this weekend. The group, which meets down at U.W. Madison’s Memorial Union, has been around since 1939.
  • UW puts worst-case-scenario planning for biosafety to the test Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 17, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison will simulate a terrorist bombing at Camp Randall Stadium early Thursday — complete with explosive sound effects, billowing smoke and pretend victims — to test its emergency preparedness plan involving everyone from police and fire squads to hospital emergency departments and the FBI.
  • Mixing Experiment Helps Remove Ninety Percent of Invasive Smelt From Crystal Lake WXPR-FM, Rhinelander July 14, 2014 A new way of combating invasive smelt is meeting with mixed success – literally – at the end of a two-year study. The Crystal Lake Mixing Project was able to get rid of most of the smelt in Crystal Lake…but not all of it.
  • UW-Madison scientists seek alternatives to cranberry pollination Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 14, 2014 Cranberries are blooming this month in Wisconsin — each delicate blossom awaiting a visit from a bee to pollinate it before the plants can produce their famously tart, red berries.
  • UWPD to launch resource for students dealing with sexual assault WISC-TV 3 July 10, 2014 Sexual assaults are going unreported on college campuses across the country, and a new study shows not enough students are educated about the seriousness of the incidents.
  • Ellenberg: The Summer's Most Unread Book Is… Wall Street Journal July 7, 2014 It’s beach time, and you’ve probably already scanned a hundred lists of summer reads. Sadly overlooked is that other crucial literary category: the summer non-read, the book that you pick up, all full of ambition, at the beginning of June and put away, the bookmark now and forever halfway through chapter 1, on Labor Day. The classic of this genre is Stephen Hawking’s "A Brief History of Time," widely called "the most unread book of all time."
  • UW-Madison looking to incubate business ideas with new D2P program WisBusiness.com July 7, 2014 A major shift is underway in UW-Madison’s approach to pushing innovations from its campus into the private sector. With its new Discovery to Product Program, or D2P, UW-Madison will incubate about 10 projects until they’re fully prepared to become a startup or be licensed to others. Helping them with funding and mentoring, D2P will be a “finishing school [for the projects], hopefully trying to get them dressed up and ready to go out the door,” said D2P Director John Biondi. D2P marks a much different approach to technology transfer from the university, actively seeking innovations across campus and commercializing them, said UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
  • How scared should we be of lab-created flu outbreaks? New Scientist July 3, 2014 According to articles in the UK press, Yoshi Kawaoka, a virologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has "deliberately created a pandemic strain of flu that can evade the human immune system". Some reports even allege the work recreates the deadly 1918 pandemic flu virus in a form that resists vaccines.
  • Susan West and Timothy Yoshino: UW flu research is important and safe Madison.com July 3, 2014 There is no such thing as zero risk when it comes to the study of pathogenic agents such as influenza. But the research, which has been deemed a priority by both the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, is critical to our ability to forecast, combat and potentially prevent the outbreak of deadly pandemic disease.
  • Mike McCarthy: 'I better maximize this opportunity' ESPN Wisconsin July 3, 2014 Mike McCarthy still hasn’t met his goal of raising $500,000 per year for UW’s American Family Children’s Hospital, but his fundraising efforts are paying off – in far more than just dollars and cents.