UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Citizen Dave: LaMarr Billups, a man of integrity and principle Isthmus Nov. 15, 2011 Had he wanted to do it, we would have had a Mayor LaMarr Billups administration over the last eight years instead of mine.
  • A Busy Love Life, Built With a Mother’s Help New York Times Nov. 15, 2011 The muriqui monkeys of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, a highly endangered species numbering only about 1,000, live in an egalitarian society.
  • Money-Saving Strategies for Holiday Shopping Wall Street Journal Nov. 14, 2011 Quoted: "Make your smartphone your shopping buddy," says Deborah Mitchell, executive director for the Center of Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • UW Cinematheque leads a growing downtown film scene Isthmus Nov. 14, 2011 It’s been a good year for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cinematheque, and also for its first director of programming, Jim Healy.
  • Newly Released Transcripts Show a Bitter and Cynical Nixon in ’75 New York Times Nov. 11, 2011 Noted: Stanley J. Kutler, a historian whose years of litigation helped lead to the release of the material, said he expected no shocking revelations from Nixon’s testimony. But the hours of Nixon talking and sparring are a window on the personality of the 37th president.
  • Amid construction, UW-Madison protects 70-year-old works Isthmus Nov. 11, 2011 Murals by celebrated regionalist John Steuart Curry are getting exceptional attention on campus, though the public can’t tell so far.
  • International Turmoil Threatens U.S. Export Boom Wall Street Journal Nov. 11, 2011 Quoted: "There’s a knock-on effect," said Menzie Chinn, an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin. "If you have a big financial conflagration, that has repercussions that are extremely hard to predict."
  • Organic Isn't Always Safer When It Comes To Botulism National Public Radio Nov. 8, 2011 Quoted: "It’s the perfect environment for botulinum to grow," says Eric Johnson, a professor of microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • The rise of an economic superpower: What does China want? Christian Science Monitor Nov. 7, 2011 Noted: Edward Friedman, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, echoes some other observers when he goes so far as to call China’s rise "the greatest challenge to freedom in the world since World War I" aimed at "making the world safe for authoritarianism." But does China really want to overturn the US-led post-World War II international order – the very system that has allowed the country to flourish so remarkably? And if the men at the top of the Chinese Communist Party are indeed so minded, could they, or those who come after them, ever succeed?
  • Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say New York Times Nov. 4, 2011 Quoted: “That’s a big difference,” said Timothy Smeeding, an economist at the University of Wisconsin who oversaw the study in that state. “It’s about time we started counting the programs we use to fight poverty.”
  • Secret To A Long, Healthy Life: Bike To The Store National Public Radio Nov. 3, 2011 What would you say to a cheap, easy way to stay slim, one that would help avoid serious illness and early death? How about if it made your neighbors healthier, too? It could be as simple as biking to the store.
  • San Antonio native, UW student excels in Madison Madison Times Nov. 3, 2011 “It’s quite a bit colder here in Wisconsin than it is in San Antonio,” smiles Mathew Mireles, an outstanding graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music who is in his third year of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree program. “But over the last couple of years I’ve started to get used to it a bit.” Mireles is an award-winning euphonium player and instructor who has been slowly getting accustomed to Madison and Wisconsin.
  • UW researchers to study, address global health problems Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 31, 2011 Mangoes are Haiti’s largest export, but the country imports mango juice."It doesn’t make sense," said Gergens Polynice, a UW-Madison research assistant from Haiti. "How can we process the foods in Haiti and take advantage of the local market?"
  • 'Lost Decades' explains what damaged the U.S. economy USA Today Oct. 31, 2011 More than three years after a global financial near-meltdown ground a decades-long era of prosperity to a halt, the United States economy is still reeling.
  • UW students carry load of Walker's budget cuts Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 28, 2011 In the midst of a crushing economic downturn, our elected state leaders crafted a two-year budget that reflected tough choices, including $250 million in reduced state funding for the University of Wisconsin System. Facing that daunting budget gap, we began the year at UW institutions by confronting tough choices of our own. The funding gap was covered through hundreds of cost-cutting decisions, all of which affect our core educational mission and our UW students. Higher tuition bills, never a desirable option, helped offset less than one-third of the state reductions. [A column by UW System President Kevin Reilley and UW System campus chancellors.]
  • UW, federal scientists identify fungus that's killing bats Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 27, 2011 When bats in northeastern America began dying off in alarming numbers a few years ago, wildlife ecologists were perplexed. They named the disease white-nose syndrome, but until now authorities had no idea what caused the fatal ailment. Researchers in Wisconsin have discovered the culprit is a fungus that’s common in Europe but wasn’t seen in the United States until five years ago. Now that the cause has been determined, officials can turn their attention to stopping the spread of the disease.
  • Are Crackdowns A Turning Point For Occupy Protests? National Public Radio Oct. 27, 2011 Quoted: While video of the confrontation has flooded YouTube, it may do little to settle the question of who did what to whom, says Pamela Oliver, a sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin.How you are going to view the situation is always up for grabs. Police and protesters will both try to shape perceptions in their favor.
  • For Wisconsin’s Bielema, Tough Times Become Motivators to Success New York Times Oct. 26, 2011 The morning after Coach Bret Bielema led Wisconsin to one of the biggest wins in his program’s history, an Oct. 1 blowout of then-No. 8 Nebraska that confirmed the Badgers’ status as a national title contender, he began crying in his office.
  • Chazen Museum supporters celebrate debut of additional art space Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 24, 2011 Five-year-old Sarah Best admitted she was a little scared when she first crossed the new yellow glass walkway over the lobby at the Chazen Museum of Art. "When you look down, it looks like you’re falling," she said. But by the time Sarah had crossed six, eight or 10 times, she seemed quite comfortable with the tempered glass bridge in the newly expanded museum. Sarah and her family were among the crowd that attended Saturday’s open house celebrating the $43 million expansion of the museum on the UW-Madison campus.
  • UW's Go Big Read selection tells a harrowing immigration story Isthmus Oct. 21, 2011 Enrique’s Journey is this year’s Go Big Read selection — the book chosen by the UW-Madison to spark a community-wide discussion. Sonia Nazario’s Pulitzer-winning story is the epitome of long-form enterprise journalism, first published as a 30,000-word Los Angeles Times series. It has since been expanded in book form and translated into eight languages. The book, about a Honduran boy who travels — on top of trains — to reach his mother in the United States, has found a broad audience on both sides of ongoing immigration debates.
  • Selig to retire to Madison to write memoirs on UW campus Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 19, 2011 As the World Series begins, the most powerful man in baseball readies a nest in Madison for retirement. It contains bubble gum, pretzels, a basket of baseballs and a cable connection to Major League Baseball’s TV channel. Allan H. "Bud" Selig has charmed the UW-Madison history department, paid a million-plus for a professor to teach the history of sports and had scholarships created in his honor. His new office in the Humanities Building is cozy and modest. The effect of his presence will be the opposite.
  • UW-Madison nuclear expert sees implications for US in Fukushima disaster Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 18, 2011 The energy policy fallout from the disaster last March at Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant has caused everything from the shutdown of nuclear programs in Germany to re-evaluations of plant designs and disaster plans here in the United States, according to UW-Madison expert Michael Corradini. Corradini, a professor of nuclear engineering, spoke at the annual Engineers' Day seminar in the College of Engineering. He also serves as co-chairman of an American Nuclear Society committee that studied the Fukushima disaster. In the U.S., Corradini said, nuclear plants are being required to review disaster plans. But nuclear energy will remain a part of the nation's energy mix, he added, with older plants such as those in Wisconsin being upgraded to generate more power and a half-dozen new plants being built in the next couple of years.
  • Occupy Wall Street Protest Lacks an Anthem New York Times Oct. 19, 2011 Quoted: Alexander Shashko, who teaches a music history course at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, said that protest songs historically derived power from the social or political movements that adopted them, and that the main political movement to rise from the economic crash had been the Tea Party, the conservative antitax group.
  • Slow Food quickly gaining fans on campus Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 18, 2011 Every Wednesday around lunchtime, crowds line the stairs leading to the basement of the University United Methodist Church. It’s food, not faith, that draws the throng. That said, there’s a distinctly reverent vibe at The Café, where a weekly meal is served to the public by Slow Food UW Madison, a university-based club with a city-approved restaurant license.
  • Editorial: 150 Years Of UW Alumni WISC-TV 3 Oct. 14, 2011 This weekend, the Wisconsin Alumni Association is throwing a little party to celebrate its 150th anniversary. My hunch is if you wanted a ticket to the bash you could still get one, but don’t quote me -- call the WAA. But some 700 or so alumni are planning to don their red party duds at a celebration at the Institutes for Discovery that will among other things raise up to 150-thousand dollars for scholarships. But what this is really about is school pride. It’s about being one of an estimated 380,000 UW alumni around the world who support the UW and its mission, promote the contributions of fellow alumni and work together to do some good in this world.
  • New cell phone app developed at UW helps identify birds Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 12, 2011 Is that the call of a black-capped chickadee, or some kind of a sparrow? The answer may soon be in the palm of your hand. A new smart phone app now in development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison could help the armchair bird watcher identify the calls of many more birds.
  • With extra year as UW chancellor, David Ward is ready to take on big stuff Capital Times Oct. 12, 2011 ....By adding a year, Ward appears to have morphed from a trusty caretaker into a fully empowered leader poised to initiate and guide major changes in UW-Madison’s finances and operations — including its personnel system — in one of the most challenging periods of its 163-year history. To Ward, Reilly and the many UW constituencies eager for Ward to stay longer, this change appears to be a big deal in the labyrinthine culture of campus politics and decision-making.
  • Editorial: UW-Madison gets welcome re-Ward Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 10, 2011 UW-Madison benefited from a promising development last week: David Ward’s appointment as interim chancellor was extended to the summer of 2013.
  • Editorial: A helpful tool Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 11, 2011 Wisconsin has two related problems when it comes to four-year college degrees. It doesn’t have enough people with such degrees. And it takes too long in many instances to get a four-year degree - while students and their families spend too much money.
  • Another great team Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 6, 2011 This is Wisconsin at its best: A team that includes the state’s four largest engineering schools and several large Milwaukee-area employers is working on a new project that aims to make Wisconsin a leader in the creation of "microgrids," energy islands that can function off a main power grid.