UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Science, Faith and Politics Clash Over Wolves in Wisconsin New York Times March 13, 2012 The original goal, set once it was clear that wolves were coming back in the state, on their own, was 350 wolves. With protection, the wolf population has grown to about 800. Adrian Treves, an associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says that the carrying capacity of the state is probably about 1,000.
  • Louisiana dialects preserved in Dictionary of American Regional English New Orleans Times-Picayune March 12, 2012 It was 1967. August Rubrecht, 26, had just finished his course work for his graduate degree in Medieval English at the University of Florida. He was casting about for a thesis topic when Fred Cassidy, an English professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, offered him a chance to become a field worker for a project, then in its infancy, to create a dictionary of dialects of American English.
  • Neutrinos could help explain missing antimatter New Scientist March 12, 2012 Neutrinos produced by a nuclear reactor in China are changing from one flavour to another more rapidly than expected. The result means physicists could soon explain why the universe is filled with matter instead of featureless radiation.
  • Crippled Japanese Reactors Face Decades Of Work NPR March 12, 2012 Quoted: "It’s a large impact economically, but given how large the whole event is, it’s a small part of it, only a few percent," says Michael Corradini, a professor of engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin. It’s in the range of 5 to 10 percent, he says.
  • When Gaming Is Good for You Wall Street Journal March 6, 2012 Quoted: "Videogames change your brain," said University of Wisconsin psychologist C. Shawn Green, who studies how electronic games affect abilities. So does learning to read, playing the piano, or navigating the streets of London, which have all been shown to change the brain’s physical structure.
  • Dictionary covers regional dialects from A to Z AP March 6, 2012 Order a sloppy Joe in North or South Dakota, and the waiter may give you a blank stare. The popular beef-on-a-bun sandwich is known to some there as a slushburger. People from parts of the West and Midwest call theirs a Spanish hamburger. And in northwest Iowa? It’s a tavern.
  • The Genetic Ripple Effect of Hardship Wall Street Journal Feb. 29, 2012 Our experiences in life dont just affect how we learn and behave, they can also mark our genes and influence our children, a growing body of research suggests. "We want to know how experiences really influence the brain," says Marilyn Essex, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin's school of medicine and public health in Madison. "What are some of the underlying biological mechanisms that can help us understand how we get from the early stress to the later health outcomes?"
  • Dictionary of American Regional English Reaches Last Volume New York Times Feb. 26, 2012 Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English, still remembers the day back in the late 1990s when she typed “scrid” into Google.
  • Facebook Posts Can Offer Clues of Depression New York Times Feb. 24, 2012 Last year, researchers examined Facebook profiles of 200 students at the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some 30 percent posted updates that met the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for a symptom of depression, reporting feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, insomnia or sleeping too much, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Frog Hair to Woolies: Dust Bunnies by 173 Other Names Wall Street Journal Feb. 23, 2012 That we can identify these words today is largely a testament to the vision of one man: Frederic Cassidy, a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison who conceived the Dictionary of American Regional English known as DARE in a 1962 speech to the American Dialect Society.
  • UW Researchers Study Yoga As Treatment For PTSD WISC-TV 3 Feb. 23, 2012 A new treatment program for post-traumatic stress disorder is under way at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that doesn’t involve drugs or traditional therapy.
  • Friends, Alumni Establish Anthony Shadid Memorial Fund at University of Wisconsin-Madison Reuters Feb. 20, 2012 In light of the tragic death and heroic work of former New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid, who died in Syria last week, friends and alumni have set up an endowment in his honor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • For University of Wisconsin, a 7-Block Front Door New York Times Feb. 15, 2012 A century after it was first proposed, a broad pedestrian corridor that will serve as a new gateway to the University of Wisconsin here is close to its final form. A seven-block pedestrian corridor links the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison to rental apartments and businesses. The corridor, called the East Campus Gateway, includes private developments, university buildings and two public gathering places, one owned by the university and the other by the city. A recent burst of construction has given students a new services center and a shopping mall geared to their needs called University Square.
  • Plenty find love online, where lies abound: Study The Times of India Feb. 14, 2012 Half of American adults know someone who found love online, and while the internet plays a more important role than before in starting relationships it is also a forum for cheating and lies that ends them, according to a survey released on Monday.
  • University issues 246 voter ID's in first three weeks Daily Cardinal Feb. 14, 2012 While the less than 250 voter ID cards issued in the last three weeks seems like a small amount on a campus of 40,000 students, one student leader said it is a decent turnout considering major elections are still nine months away.
  • UW scientists at forefront in search of elusive 'God Particle' Wisconsin State Journal Feb. 14, 2012 Sometime this year, physicists could very well announce they have confirmed the existence of a particle so important it has been dubbed the "God Particle." Its discovery would fill in a crucial missing piece of a model that, despite a few quirks, has been used for decades to explain the fundamental structure of the universe and all that it contains, including us. Standing with the scientists making that announcement will be some familiar faces to many here in our corner of the universe: researchers from UW-Madison. "We have a long history," said Francis Halzen, the physicist who leads another groundbreaking UW-Madison effort to build a neutrino detector in the Antarctic ice. "And I think a distinguished history." But the word "distinguished" hardly captures the fizz and pop, the headines and the historical reach of some of the physics that has gone on here.
  • The dictionary of tahn tawk Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb. 9, 2012 We’ve all heard of, if not ventured across, the soda/pop divide. In Pittsburgh, we’re close enough that it’s a day trip and doesn’t even require the wagon trains of old.
  • Engineering a floating concrete canoe Daily Cardinal Feb. 9, 2012 Just off the coast of Sunset Beach in Cape May, N.J. lies an empty concrete shell. These are not the remains of a pier or other building lost to the seas, but of a ship that once traversed the Atlantic Ocean in a time of war. The final resting place of the S.S. Atlantis is both a curiosity and important part of U.S. history. In her life, she was a transport ship in the World War I Emergency Fleet. Now she intrigues tourists, often raising the question "how did a concrete ship manage to float?" Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison spend their nights shut in at the Engineering Centers Building answering this question year after year. These students are members of the UW-Madison Concrete Canoe Team (UW-CCT) and are tasked each year with designing and building a canoe out of concrete.
  • Beloved engineering dean reveals plans for retirement Badger Herald Feb. 9, 2012 University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Dean Paul Peercy will leave a 13-year tenure at UW behind when he retires in the coming months, he announced Wednesday.
  • Are Mexican Voters Ready For Their First Presidenta? Forbes Feb. 7, 2012 Quoted: “Women will be important given they are just over half the population,” adds Christina Ewig, Ph.D., an associate professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Women in Mexico have historically tended to support the PRI, but in recent elections some women have shifted to the PAN.  Getting more women to shift to the PAN may be part of the strategy of nominating Vásquez Mota.”
  • Give UW the freedom to manage its own affairs Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 6, 2012 The furor that erupted a year ago over who should control the state’s flagship University of Wisconsin campus has given way to sober realism about how best to fund and manage the state’s universities. That discussion resumes this week in Madison, and this time, with any luck, a reasonable solution will emerge that gives the state’s two largest campuses more freedom to run their own affairs as state funding dwindles. The shame of last year’s implosion of a plan advanced secretly by former UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin was not that the plan was scotched. It deserved to be scotched. The shame was that cuts to the university system were put in place without giving the campuses the degree of flexibility they needed to manage those cuts.
  • A degree in nonprofits from UW-Madison and Madison College Isthmus Feb. 2, 2012 The days of just getting together with friends to put on a show or sell a few burgers for charity are on their way out. In these tough financial times, nonprofits have to become increasingly professional to survive.
  • White House office studies educational benefits of video games USA Today Feb. 1, 2012 If you’re training for a new job someday soon with a video game controller in your hands, thank Constance Steinkuehler. Steinkuehler is on an 18-month assignment at the White House, studying the civic potential of video games.
  • Whoopensocker dictionary of American dialect completed after 50 years Guardian (UK) Feb. 1, 2012 From whoopensocker to upscuddle, strubbly to swivet, 50 years after it was first conceived the Dictionary of American Regional English is finally about to reach the end of the alphabet.
  • Stiemsma's battle with depression, and the man who saved him New England Cable News Jan. 31, 2012 The curtains were drawn and the door was shut, blocking out the rest of the world. Inside, Greg Stiemsma lay in bed while the TV flickered, the noise falling on deaf ears as he watched the monitor without processing the program.
  • Ask the Weather Guys: What is Groundhog Day and do the forecasts work? Wisconsin State Journal Jan. 30, 2012 A. Long before computers, the Weather Channel and the Internet, humans needed weather forecasts. Farmers and sailors particularly needed to know if storms were approaching. Over time, various folklore forecasts, often in the form of short rhymes, were devised and passed down through the generations. Although memorable, the folklore forecasts are of uneven quality — some good, others bad. Groundhog Day is an example of predicting the weather based on folklore. If the groundhog comes out of its hole and sees its shadow, we are in store for 40 more days of winter.
  • Gains in DNA Are Speeding Research Into Human Origins New York Times Jan. 31, 2012 Quoted: John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whose lab is examining the archaic genomes, visited the cave in July. It has a high arched roof like a Gothic cathedral and a chimney to the sky, he said, adding that being there was like walking in the footsteps of our ancestors.
  • UW student's 'It Gets Better' video goes viral Wisconsin State Journal Jan. 27, 2012 A UW-Madison student and filmmaker wants bullied teens to know that life gets better after high school. UW-Madison senior Colton Boettcher unveiled a music video on Thursday, Jan. 26, that promotes the message of the "It Gets Better" Project, an Internet-based support group for LGBT teens that arose after a series of gay teen suicides in 2010.
  • Women’s hockey draws record-setting crowd to ‘Fill the Bowl’ Badger Herald Jan. 30, 2012 In front of a record-setting crowd, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team continued to make plain why it’s considered the nation’s best week in and week out.
  • 'Bridesmaids' Gets Two Oscar Nominations, Comedy Pros Weigh In International Business Times Jan. 26, 2012 Quoted: "It’s a pity how comedy is often seen as culturally suspicious when awards season comes around," Jonathan Gray, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, wrote in an email. "I’m pleased to see comedies nominated, but under no illusion that Hollywood and The Oscars won’t simply go back to business as usual."