UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • UW researchers hope to see into eye of hurricane — from afar Wisconsin State Journal June 5, 2012 In a 15-story building, in the middle of land-locked Wisconsin, a team of scientists waits for hurricane season. That’s when a multi-million dollar, unmanned aircraft will start flying from Wallops Island, Va., loaded up with a UW-Madison-engineered instrument to gather data from tropical storms off the Atlantic coast. "It's sort of a mystery right now in our science community as to why hurricanes intensify or de-intensify," said Chris Velden, a UW-Madison scientist working on the project. "We hope to get some information from this aircraft to be able to answer those questions."
  • America's Brainiest Cities The Atlantic June 6, 2012 In a knowledge economy, we are often told the smartest cities and nations do the best. But economists typically measure smart cities by education level, calculating the cities or metros with the largest percentage of college grads or the largest shares of adults with advanced degrees. Others (like me) do it by charting the kinds of work people do and the occupations they hold, differentiating between knowledge or creative workers and others who do more routine manufacturing and service jobs.
  • The Secrets of the Healthy Mind The Atlantic May 31, 2012 Nearly 20 years ago, the Dalai Lama asked a biologist why the tools of neuroscience couldn’t be used to investigate kindness, compassion and well being. The answer is that neurobiologists rarely choose to investigate these areas. Even though, then as now, they had tools capable of probing the connections. Most everyday experiences change the brain, often for the better. And it’s impossible to learn any new information without changes occurring in the brain. The Dalai Lama’s question made a deep impression on neuroscientist Richard Davidson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, who went on to found the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in 2008. He’s also co-author of a recently published review article detailing the progress investigators worldwide have made in understanding the factors that help and harm the mind’s development.
  • Rites of passage for college-bound kids Chicago Tribune May 31, 2012 Noted: On a more practical level, Patti Lux-Weber, the Parent Program coordinator at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, says that there are some basic topics that parents may want to cover before sending their offspring into an environment where they’ll have significantly more freedom than they had at home.
  • Mind-reading robotic teachers are more... Anyone? Anyone? Attention-grabbing Engadget May 30, 2012 You’d have thought that replacing a human teacher with a swanky robot would be enough to keep the kids interested, but apparently not. The University of Wisconsin-Madison found that supplying a robot teacher didn’t in itself max out concentration.
  • Planned Wolf Hunting Stirs Passions in Midwest Wall Street Journal May 30, 2012 Noted: Some scientists and defenders of the wolves say the Wisconsin rules are too lenient for hunters—and too cruel for the wolves. At up to 4½ months, "the season is too long; it covers too wide of an area and it comes with too many untested methods," including using dogs and allowing night hunts, said Adrian Treves, an associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who studies predator-prey ecology.
  • UW Marching Band stalwart 'Badger Bill' Garvey succumbs to cancer Wisconsin State Journal May 25, 2012 "Badger Bill" Garvey was an icon in both McFarland where he taught music for 31 years and among the UW-Madison community who shared his passion for all things Wisconsin.
  • Does your brain 'dismantle' itself during sleep? Daily Mail (UK) May 25, 2012 Without sleep, humans become irritable, inefficient and accident prone - but HOW sleep heals us still isn’t fully understood.
  • Column: University of Wisconsin-Madison has strong ties to rest of state Appleton Post-Crescent May 23, 2012 I read with interest the recent Post-Crescent editorial declaring that the University of Wisconsin-Madison needed to make a better connection with state residents.
  • Five colleges where students study Washington Post May 22, 2012 A story in today’s Post talks about a generational decline in study time, the number of weekly hours college students devote to actual study. Since the 1960s, the weekly total has dipped from 24 to about 15. College has become, in effect, a part-time job.
  • Kohler native Sachse, father of UW's 'Bucky,' dies at 85 Sheboygan Press May 22, 2012 During more than 60 years of existence, Bucky Badger has put smiles on the faces of thousands of University of Wisconsin-Madison fans at athletic contests, hospitals, parades, weddings and many other types of events.
  • Give a lift to UW volunteers Wisconsin State Journal May 21, 2012 Hey, can you give a well-intentioned college kid a ride? Or, more to the point, can you help pay for the ride that kid needs to do much-needed volunteer work in our community? It’s well documented that volunteerism is one of the important civic threads that bind our community together. What isn’t so well known is that an important piece of that volunteer corps resides on the UW-Madison campus. And many hundreds of those college student volunteers could use a lift. Literally.
  • Citizen Dave: My speech to UW Urban and Regional Planning graduates Isthmus May 21, 2012 A few years ago I was invited to give a commencement speech for Edgewood College graduates. I wasnt invited back. In fact, I was never again asked to give a commencement speech anywhere. I guess word got around.But on Saturday night, I did give a "keynote address" to the graduates of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UW-Madison. Not officially a "commencement speech" and I didnt get to wear a robe or anything, but still close enough. So, I adapted my Edgewood address for that audience.
  • Head 'em up, move 'em out: Thousands of UW students moving out of dorms this week Capital Times May 16, 2012 Spring is here! The birds are chirping, the grass is growing, car horns are blaring and tempers are rising all over the UW-Madison campus. Why? It’s move-out time. This annual rite of spring is like a campus tsunami, with 7,000 students juggling finals and moving boxes at the same time. Add in thousands of family members and friends heading to commencements Friday through Sunday at the Kohl Center, across Dayton Street from the southeast campus complex of dorms, and you can understand why this should be called May Madness.
  • Seahawks' Russell Wilson says 'height's not a factor' NFL.com May 17, 2012 In most rooms, Russell Wilson blends in just fine. At 5-foot-11, he’s by no means a shrimp, but in the buildup to the NFL draft, Wilson’s "height issue" dominated scouting reports. His promising 72.8 completion percentage as a senior at Wisconsin was alluring, but quarterbacks under six feet aren’t usually long for the NFL.
  • MTV Movie Awards: More In Touch Than The Oscars? International Business Times May 17, 2012 Noted: "By that measure, the most popular movies have already won a very big award in the form of lots of cash," Jonathan Gray, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote in an email. "While it may seem elitist and snobbish for other award ceremonies to ’ignore’ popularity, I often find myself wondering why something that got half a billion dollars at the box office needs a little faux-gold statuette for validation."  
  • Reading Pushkin in Brussels New York Times May 14, 2012 Noted: A leading U.S. Pushkinist, David Bethea of the University of Wisconsin, agrees that translations of Pushkin into other languages can be disastrous. Most renderings into English come out like “a pretty good Victorian poet, maybe Tennyson,” he told me by telephone.
  • Could Helium-3 really solve Earth's energy problems? io9 May 14, 2012 Noted: The Helium-3 fusion process is not simply theoretical — the University of Wisconsin-Madison Fusion Technology Institute successfully performed fusion experiments combining two molecules of Helium-3. Estimates place the efficiency of Helium-3 fusion reactions at seventy percent, out-pacing coal and natural gas electricity generation by twenty percent.
  • How Maurice Sendak’s ‘Wild Things’ moved children’s books toward realism Christian Science Monitor May 11, 2012 Quoted: "With Maurice Sendak’s 1963 classic tale of vengeful rebellion, Max and the Wild Things ushered in a new era in children’s literature,” says Kathleen Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Education in Madison.
  • Stiemsma's 'incredible' journey Sioux Falls Argus Leader May 11, 2012 Greg Stiemsma might not be the next Bill Russell, as at least one overly hopeful ex-Boston Celtic predicted. But he has become a regular contributor – and burgeoning cult hero – on a star-studded squad that has designs on a deep run in the NBA playoffs.
  • Hawk Babies Star on University Webcam Converge May 9, 2012 Three baby red-tailed hawks are resting in their nest on a ledge below the roof of the four-story Geosciences building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • A Shindy for 'DARE' Chronicle of Higher Education May 8, 2012 Unless you have several hundred dollars to spare, and a foot of shelf space for five 8¾-by-11¼-inch volumes of a close to a thousand pages each, you aren’t likely to own a copy of the Dictionary of American Regional English. But you might find it worth your while to visit your local public or university library to take a look at the 60,000 rare and unusual words inside.
  • Reilly talks UW System’s future in light of budget cuts Badger Herald May 7, 2012 During the past year, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly has led the UW System in the face of $300 million of funding cuts and budgetary lapses. The Badger Herald sat down with Reilly to discuss the impact of these trends and possible solutions being offered. Here are the highlights in part two of a two-part series.
  • Channel 77: Madison's 'Amazing Race' couple win $1 million, Wisconsin-style Wisconsin State Journal May 7, 2012 It figures that, in the midst of the tropical splendor of Hawaii, the final episode of "The Amazing Race" would come down to two very Wisconsin skills — sledding and bowling. And it was enough to give Madison’s Dave and Rachel Brown the edge — and the million dollars — as they won "Amazing Race 20," the season finale aired Sunday on CBS. It was a commanding win — the Army helicopter pilot and his wife, who works at Epic Systems in Verona, won eight legs of the race, a series record.
  • Marquette, UW-Madison projects win Best in Show at Top Projects 2011 The Daily Reporter May 4, 2012 For the first time in its history, The Daily Reporter declared not one, but two Best in Show winners at its annual Top Projects event Thursday night in Milwaukee.Marquette University Engineering Hall and UW-Madison Union South took top honors at the event, which celebrated the 30 best projects completed in Wisconsin in 2011.
  • UW's top secret guerrilla cookie recipe decoded Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 2, 2012 When the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Association decided to feature iconic foods of the past for their annual Alumni Weekend this spring, high on their list was one food in particular: guerrilla cookies.
  • Did Derrick Rose's Shoes Cause His Knee Injury? Deadspin.com May 1, 2012 Noted: Tim McGuine, a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told the Lower Extremity Review that his ongoing study saw no difference in the incidence of knee injuries between players who wore ankle braces—high-tops taken to the extreme—and those who didn’t.
  • If you talk to yourself, you're not alone - or crazy Minneapolis Star-Tribune April 30, 2012 When you see someone walking down the street yammering to himself, with no Bluetooth in sight, he’s not necessarily out of his mind. He might just be trying to bring something to mind -- and saying it out loud helps, found a study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Daily Cardinal celebrates 120 years Daily Cardinal April 30, 2012 One hundred-twenty years of printing a daily newspaper has generated thousands of loyal writers, contributors and editors for The Daily Cardinal. That loyalty showed strong last weekend as nearly 250 alumni returned to their journalistic roots in Madison for the newspaper’s 120th anniversary celebration.
  • First-round call catches UW's Zeitler off guard Green Bay Press-Gazette April 27, 2012 It was a smaller than expected gathering to watch the NFL draft on Thursday night with former University of Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler.