UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • UW search panel to rely on interim chancellor David Ward's know-how Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 16, 2012 As UW-Madison starts public meetings Tuesday on who should be its next chancellor, the university can depend on one well-placed person to sell the job: David Ward, who’s been interim chancellor since 2011. He said that the relationship between the flagship campus and the University of Wisconsin System has improved since former chancellor Biddy Martin unsuccessfully sought to split UW-Madison from the UW System.
  • UW-Madison ranks high in research worldwide, study says Capital Times Oct. 16, 2012 UW-Madison has been ranked in the top 25 of universities worldwide when it comes to the quantity and quality of research studies published. The 2012 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities puts UW-Madison at No. 22 out of 500 research universities included in the study produced by National Taiwan University.
  • On, Wisconsin! Readers rank Madison best college football town USA Today Oct. 12, 2012 When Madison mayor Paul Soglin attended the University of Wisconsin during the 1960s, he wasn’t a big Badger football fan.
  • Author Lauren Redniss explores love, history and radiation Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 11, 2012 In a narrative that spans more than 100 years, Lauren Redniss uses scientific papers, historic photos, and vibrant, at times unsettling, drawings that come to brilliant life on the pages of “Radioactive,” the book selected by UW-Madison for its Go Big Read program. On Monday, Redniss will talk at Union South about her experiences researching and creating her work.
  • Networks Like Split-Screens in Debates, Even if Candidates Don’t New York Times Oct. 10, 2012 Quoted: Dietram A. Scheufele, a communications professor at Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin whey muscles its way to global food importance Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 9, 2012 Got whey? From infant formula and protein supplements to sports drinks and nutrition bars, whey - the nursery rhyme food that was once a ditch-dumped byproduct of cheese making - is taking on growing clout as a global food ingredient. And food scientists, including researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are seeking even more uses for the protein-dense product that can help build muscle and lean bodies.
  • Conditions just right for box elder bugs Baraboo News Republic Oct. 3, 2012 Noted: University of Wisconsin-Madison entomologist Phil Pellitteri said 2012 has been one of the worst years for box elder bugs since 1988 when Wisconsin endured drought-like conditions during the spring and summer months.
  • Madison ranked second-best small city for college students Badger Herald Oct. 2, 2012 The American Institute for Economic Research declared Madison the second-best small city in the United States for college students on Monday, moving up four spots from last year.
  • Susanna Daniel reflects on Madison, Wisconsin Newsweek and The Daily Beast Oct. 1, 2012 I came to Madison, Wis., for the first time in 2001, intending to stay a year but privately hoping to find a home of the heart, since otherwise I had no particular place to go. I’d lived most of my life in Miami and New York City, and couldn’t envision a future in either place. I was in my late 20s, torn between wanting to romp around on unspecified adventures and wanting to build the kind of life—spouse, kids, writing career—that benefits from a home base.
  • U.S. kids exposed to 4 hours of background TV daily Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Oct. 1, 2012 Quoted: Heather Kirkorian, an assistant professor of human development and family studies a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has published studies on background television’s impact on both parent-child interaction and children’s play patterns, says "until now we could only guess at the extent of the impact in children’s day-to-day lives." The new study "documents just how great the real-world impact may be, particularly for very young children."
  • Hundreds run for Zimmermann's memory, justice WISC-TV 3 Oct. 1, 2012 Brittany Zimmermann was just 21 years old when her murdered body was found in an apartment near the UW-Madison campus in the spring of 2008.
  • Women play larger role in science at UW Badger Herald Sept. 26, 2012 Recent studies are finding that the number of women participating in science-related fields has increased at the University of Wisconsin after years of male domination. 
  • On the Court with Bobbie Kelsey WISC-TV 3 Sept. 25, 2012 At first glance, Bobbie Kelsey is a laid-back Southern girl who reels people in with her down-home charm. But spend a chunk of time with the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball coach and you’ll discover a ferocious intensity that knows no bounds.
  • Your detour to a stress-free life CNN.com Sept. 25, 2012 Noted: "Our brains are constantly being shaped, most often unwittingly," says Richard Davidson, director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "But there are things we can do to purposefully shape them and reduce anxiety."
  • Campus Connection: Madison voted America’s best college football town Capital Times Sept. 21, 2012 Madison earned the top spot in a USA Today reader survey that asked participants to vote for the country’s best college football town. USA Today reports that the survey generated more than 50,000 votes. Blacksburg, Va., -- the home of Virginia Tech – placed second among a list of 15 finalists nominated by five sportswriters and broadcasters. Columbus, Ohio -- home of the Big Ten’s Ohio State Buckeyes -- placed third.
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson measured by more than just height ESPN.com Sept. 20, 2012 When nobody was watching, a little quarterback practiced for his day in front of the cameras. He used a hairbrush for a microphone. His dad did the interviewing, prepping him in the hopes that one day a roomful of people would listen. Anything in his control, the kid would be prepared for it. The tightest spiral? He was up at 6 a.m. to work on that. The smartest guy in the locker room? He once drove 17 hours straight, from Richmond, Va., to the University of Wisconsin just to get a copy of the playbook so he could become one with it over the Fourth of July weekend.
  • Ecologists convert wildlife professor's notes into soundscape of 1940s Wisconsin Wired Sept. 20, 2012 Two ecologists have scoured through meticulous birdsong notes taken 70 years ago by conservation pioneer Aldo Leopold and transformed them into a soundscape of an ecosystem that no longer exists.
  • Pacifiers may stunt boys' emotional growth, UW study says Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sept. 18, 2012 Parents who don’t want their baby boys to grow up emotionally stunted may want to pocket their pacifiers during the daytime. A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests frequent pacifier use during the day may disrupt the emotional development of baby boys because it limits their opportunity to mimic the facial expressions of others - a tool that may help them better understand emotions and learn empathy.
  • UW, GE Healthcare partner for new imaging research facility WISC-TV 3 Sept. 14, 2012 The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and GE Healthcare on Thursday announced a major partnership for creating a new imaging research facility. The aim of the project is to ultimately improve health care with better diagnostic tools, specifically imaging technology. "This represents a remarkable opportunity to put UW-Madison at the very next cutting-edge frontier of diagnostic imaging and radiology research," said Dr. Bob Golden, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
  • Stress Disrupts Short-Term Memory Function, Research Suggests Huffington Post UK Sept. 17, 2012 Scientists believe that stress could have a direct impact on short-term memory. In a recent study, a group of psychologists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison noted a link between stress and the mind’s ability to ‘remember’ information.
  • Chinese River Turns Red, And Nobody Is Quite Sure Why International Business Times Sept. 10, 2012 Noted: Scientists are looking to a natural cause for the river’s change in color. Emily Stanley, who researches limnology (the study of inland waters) at the University of Wisconsin, believes it is possible microorganisms could be behind the sudden change, but that it is probable there is a much better explanation for it.
  • UW-Madison, Madison College to pilot test e-textbooks Capital Times Sept. 6, 2012 UW-Madison, Madison College and more than two dozen other institutions of higher education are taking part in a pilot project to evaluate digital learning materials as an alternative to the more traditional — but costly and bulky — textbooks students have relied on for as long as most can remember. “By working as part of a community like this where numerous other institutions are involved, this gives us more leverage with the publishers than if we were working alone on examining e-texts,” says Bruce Maas, UW-Madison’s vice provost for information technology.
  • The Baffling Nexus of Climate Change and Health New York Times Sept. 7, 2012 Noted: But predicting the future is never easy. Tony Goldberg, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who studies the ecology and evolution of infectious disease, said the introduction of West Nile into the United States showed how challenging it can be to forecast new public health risks.
  • Citizen Dave: Welcome to Madison, and to the rest of your life Isthmus Sept. 5, 2012 For about 6,000 eighteen-year-olds, the boot camp of adulthood has just started.
  • UW students dropping cell phones in favor of smartphones Wisconsin State Journal Sept. 4, 2012 Mobile computing has gone viral at UW-Madison while regular cell phones are going the way of the land line, according to the university’s 2012 Student Computing Survey.
  • UW-Madison earns $57 million on licensing research AP Aug. 31, 2012 A new survey shows the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its alumni foundation have earned more than $57 million in fiscal 2011 from licensing research innovations.
  • Der Stiftskeller murals to be reconstructed after Memorial Union renovation Isthmus Aug. 30, 2012 UW-Madison officials know how attached students and alumni are to anything related to Der Rathskeller and Der Stiftskeller -- the murals, the German beer steins and the wooden tables, inlaid with decades of carved graffiti.
  • U.S. cases of West Nile virus set record, deaths rise: CDC Reuters Aug. 30, 2012 Quoted: "Higher temperatures foster faster reproduction of both the mosquito and the virus," said Tony Goldberg, professor of epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who has studied urban outbreaks of West Nile since shortly after the virus arrived in the Midwest.
  • Ice Age Melt Offers Future Climate Clues Voice of America Aug. 30, 2012 When the climate began to warm during the last Ice Age about 23,000 years ago, much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered in ice. University of Wisconsin geologist Anders Carlson studies ice sheet melt from land and ocean sediment cores.  His study describes what prehistoric Earth was like in North America and Northern Europe some 140,000 years ago.  
  • Board of Regents Okay UW-Madison Dairy Facility Upgrades Wisconsin Ag Connection Aug. 27, 2012 A proposed $75-million remodeling project for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Babcock Hall has receiving the blessing of the UW Board of Regents. Last week, the panel gave its approval to a plan that would provide half of the funding for remodeling and expanding the dairy research and teaching space and ice-cream and cheese-making facilities in Babcock Hall. The project also includes building a new livestock and poultry products laboratory.