UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • Coolest jobs in tech (literally): running a South Pole data center ArsTechnica April 26, 2012 Steve Barnet is hiring, but not for an ordinary IT job. His ideal candidate "will be willing to travel to Polar and high altitude sites."
  • Doug Bradley: The Odyssey of Learning Huffington Post April 26, 2012 "When this old world starts getting me down," as the old song goes, and the usual antidotes -- family, friends, writing, and music -- can’t soothe my soul, I take comfort in knowing there’s one place I can always go that’s akin to being "Up on the Roof." And that’s my annual engagement with the inspiring students enrolled in UW-Madison’s Odyssey Project. While I’m typically there with my colleague and collaborator, Professor Craig Werner, to talk about music and the Vietnam War, I always come away from those evenings awed and stimulated by the students and their insights. My encounter this past week was no exception.
  • Talking to yourself may boost brainpower msnbc.com April 24, 2012 Talking to yourself might not mean you are crazy — it can actually benefit thinking and perception, researchers say.
  • Bo Xilai Scandal a Dilemma for Defense Lawyers American Lawyer April 24, 2012 Quoted: "Any Chinese lawyer would be extremely cautious in handling such a high-profile case," says Sida Liu, a professor of sociology and law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is researching Chinese criminal law and procedure. Courts in China are subservient to the party, and lawyers regarded as politically suspect often face persecution, disbarment, or even imprisonment. China also lacks clear evidentiary rules, and criminal defense lawyers in particular are vulnerable to charges that they have elicited false testimony from their clients.
  • #UWRightNow: Social media project captures 24 hours in the life of the UW campus Isthmus April 20, 2012 On Wednesday, the hottest social media ticket was the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • UW professors win Guggenheim Fellowships for research Badger Herald April 19, 2012 Two University of Wisconsin faculty members were awarded Guggenheim Fellowship Awards for “past work and exceptional promise” for future creative scholarship.
  • 'Parks & Recreation' star Nick Offerman serves up red meat between the laughs Wisconsin State Journal April 19, 2012 Nick Offerman knows how to make an entrance. The “Parks & Recreation” star had to start his show at the Wisconsin Union Theater late Wednesday night because so much of the audience was stuck in a seemingly endless will-call line.
  • How Health Care Is Changing to Emphasize Quality of Life Wall Street Journal April 16, 2012 Noted: As rankings have been released publicly over the past few years, says Patrick Remington, co-director of the program and associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, media coverage of poor rankings "has gotten people to think about the health of their community not just by whether it has a high death rate or short life expectancy but maybe a place where the quality of life is not as good as it could be."
  • Getting a Big Tax Refund Means You're Doing It Wrong Wall Street Journal April 16, 2012 Noted: And what of taxpayers whose refunds end up being larger than expected? They are more likely to open savings accounts or certificates of deposit or to buy U.S. savings bonds, according to an ongoing study of low- to moderate-income taxpayers by J. Michael Collins and Nilton Porto at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Transfers increase in UW System WSAU-AM April 16, 2012 The number of college students transferring into or within the University of Wisconsin System in 2010 hit its highest level in a decade, according to a new report.
  • Making the dream of higher education a reality The Madison Times April 13, 2012 Many low-income adults have an intense yearning for higher education, but often have never been given a chance in life to obtain it. The purpose of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Odyssey Project, now in its 9th year, is to help people overcome obstacles and achieve those educational dreams.
  • State's hygiene lab tests pollutants from major historical sites Wisconsin State Journal April 11, 2012 Most people are familiar with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene because of its routine but important work testing everything from well water for contaminants to blood samples for alcohol levels. But tucked away in various corners of the laboratory on Madison’s Far East Side are hints of a lesser-known and stranger science. Ice cores from the Greenland ice cap, for example. Scrapings from the walls of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Air samples from the refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church in Milan, Italy, home to Da Vinci’s "The Last Supper." Though they may seem connected, these collections have ended up in Madison because of unique and sought-after research skills for which the state laboratory is internationally known.
  • With Instagram, Facebook Gets 'Holy Grail' of Data SmartMoney.com April 11, 2012 Noted: Facebook says Instagram will remain a standalone app separate from the social networking site, but the acquisition could make it easier for marketers, advertisers and the apps and companies one “likes” to access that kind of photo information, says Deborah Mitchell, executive director for the Center of Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.