UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Rose Bowl gives UW positive national exposure in branding, licensing Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 30, 2011 Football may be the primary focus of the Rose Bowl, but UW-Madison officials admit they have ulterior motives when they leave Friday for Southern California.
  • Serial Garage Sales Prompt Local Crackdowns Wall Street Journal Dec. 30, 2011 Quoted: The regulatory crackdown comes amid what some experts say is frothy, if hard-to-measure, growth for garage sales. "There are no scientific systems for measuring it, but absolutely the growth right now is significant," said Alfonso Morales, a University of Wisconsin urban-planning professor who studies street markets. "The publications where these people advertise are getting thicker."
  • Patients donate locally to support medical research for personal connections Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 28, 2011 When Greg Szymanski started raising money for eye research, he decided not to give it to a foundation far away. He donated the money to the lab of Dr. David Gamm, a UW-Madison retina specialist using stem cells to better understand and treat vision loss. "I wanted to help right here, where we have specialists who work on these diseases," said Szymanski, 62, of Madison, who lost most of his sight seven years ago. Unlike government grants that pay for most medical research, Szymanski’s money comes with few restrictions, Gamm said.
  • UW grad Jenison loved her new Peace Corps life Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 28, 2011 In her blog about serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, Lena Jenison of Hartland marveled over things great and small in a country she was growing to know.
  • UW class designs adaptive reuse for historic Spring Green school Isthmus Dec. 27, 2011 Sunday’s reception at the historic White School in Spring Green concluded a semester long project during which UW-Madison interior design students were assigned the task of creating concepts for the adaptive reuse of the historical building.
  • News Analysis: Wukan Revolt Could Be a Harbinger New York Times Dec. 27, 2011 Quoted: “Land sales are where the big money is,” Edward Friedman, a political science professor and a China scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said in a telephone interview. “Every level can see how much better the level above it is doing. And each one wants to live at least that well. The system has within it a dynamic which makes people feel it’s only fair that they get their share of the wealth.”
  • A Conversation With Jack Williams Atlantic Monthly Dec. 22, 2011 In his research, Jack Williams, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, studies the impact climate change had at the end of the last ice age--around 15,000 years ago--when global temperatures rose by 9°F. By analyzing ancient materials trapped in lake beds, he and his colleagues in the field have come to some startling conclusions. For one, small fluctuations in global temperature can cause large-scale biological changes across the planet, including mass migrations and extinctions.
  • The Growing Demand for Global Talent Chronicle of Higher Education Dec. 20, 2011 The following is a guest post by Gilles Bousquet, the dean of the Division of International Studies and vice provost for globalization at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is also chair of the Statewide International Education Council and co-chair of the University of Wisconsin System Task Force on Economic Development and Globalization. At a roundtable discussion last spring in Milwaukee hosted by the Wisconsin International Education Council, the vice president of global human resources at Johnson Controls told educators: “Our talent development and acquisition activities across the organization are the most critical factors for us as a company to grow and to thrive. So, it is all about people.” At a series of meetings I had with business officials in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai in November, executives at several American companies – including giants like 3M and Caterpillar in addition to up-and-coming ones like Madison-based Promega and TrafficCast – vigorously repeated that same message.
  • UW grad forms team of veterans to help after disasters Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 19, 2011 Jake Wood is fairly young to give the commencement speech at his alma mater. It was just six years ago that Wood walked across the stage to receive his University of Wisconsin-Madison diploma. But he has packed in a lot in those few years - he joined the Marines, served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, traveled to Haiti as a civilian to help earthquake victims and helped start a disaster response organization composed mostly of military veteran volunteers.
  • Holiday shoppers pledge to 'Occupy Christmas' and buy American CNN.com Dec. 19, 2011 Quoted: "A lot of consumers believe it’s a way to assist in all the issues we’re dealing with," said University of Wisconsin consumer science professor Cynthia Jasper. "They believe that the money spent is reinvested in the local community in terms of taxes and jobs. Many consumers, because of the economic climate, want to to support their local communities."
  • Looking into the past for a deeper understanding of autism Los Angeles Times Dec. 19, 2011 Quoted: “Those are the people on the doorsteps of the service system,” said Marsha Mailick Seltzer, an autism expert at the University of Wisconsin. “They may not have a diagnosis, but they are there.”
  • Wisconsin couple click at Google Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 15, 2011 Wisconsin’s loss, Google’s gain.Matt and Reena Vokoun grew up here South Milwaukee and Town of Delafield, respectively, graduated from college here, met each other in their mid-20s at a birthday party in San Francisco and are doing very, very well for themselves - in California.
  • Wisconsin's Great Idea Madison Magazine Dec. 15, 2011 There is, arguably, no school in America as connected to an underlying philosophical statement of mission as the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Idea. There are likely very few of the hundreds of thousands of living UW alumni who would not be able to recite the most common definition of the Wisconsin Idea as “the boundaries of the campus [being] the boundaries of the state.
  • Girls are no worse than boys at maths: Study in 86 countries shows differences caused by attitudes to women Daily Mail (UK) Dec. 13, 2011 Scientists have previously believed that the relatively low numbers of women in high-level mathematics could be due to biological differences between men and women. But a new, international study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has cast doubt on the idea that the differences are biological at all.
  • Research at South Pole marks 100 years Badger Herald Dec. 12, 2011 The University of Wisconsin’s IceCube Research Center will be hosting celebrations in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first-ever trek to the South Pole this upcoming Tuesday.
  • UW researchers find new avenue in cancer fight Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 28, 2011 Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a molecular mechanism that could open the door to new approaches to fighting cancer. The research, which was published this week in the journal Nature, focuses on the body’s penchant for producing its own hydrogen peroxide at the site of wounds.
  • $112 million biochemistry complex nears completion at UW-Madison Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 9, 2011 A $112 million biochemistry complex on Henry Mall will be substantially completed this month and occupants are expected to move in over winter break. The complicated project involved gutting several historic buildings, the restoration of 1940s-era murals and a new, six-story research tower.
  • Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing New York Times Dec. 6, 2011 Quoted: “We have this fantastic network of specialists who talk to each other,” said Giulio Tononi, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin. “It focuses our thinking as neuroscientists and guides the thinking of the computer scientists.”
  • UW-Madison could have office in China by June Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 5, 2011 A UW-Madison office in Shanghai could be open as soon as June, according to officials who just returned from a trip to China to explore the possibility of the university’s first foreign outpost. Gilles Bousquet, dean of the division of international studies and vice provost for globalization, said that would be the "ideal" timeline but it hinges on continued support here and getting the necessary permits in China. He said UW-Madison is convening a planning team to determine next actions.
  • UW Students Handing Out Microloans In Madison WISC-TV 3 Nov. 28, 2011 A new group has been formed to try to give a helping hand to people in Madison who may not be able to be helped through traditional lending practices.
  • WID receives highest environmental certification ahead of first anniversary Daily Cardinal Dec. 1, 2011 The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification in time for its one-year anniversary Friday.
  • Scans Reveal Differences in Psychopathic Brains U.S. News and World Report Nov. 30, 2011 Differences seen in the structure and function of psychopaths’ brains could help explain their often callous and impulsive anti-social behavior, U.S. researchers report.
  • Students give back, combat hunger Badger Herald Dec. 1, 2011 For many University of Wisconsin students, the holiday spirit has translated into efforts to team up with local food pantries and combat the growing problem of hunger in the Madison area.
  • Pair loans money to put dent in poverty Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 28, 2011 Taking a cue from the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, two University of Wisconsin-Madison juniors are aiming to lift people out of poverty by lending them money. The Madison Fund, founded by Alex Rosenthal and Andrew Tapper, recently made its first loan to a local man who used the money to apply for U.S. citizenship. The man found the not-for-profit organization by doing a Google search, said Rosenthal, the fund’s co-founder and executive director.
  • Using cutting-edge technology, UW leads the way in weather forecasting Wisconsin State Journal Nov. 27, 2011
  • Chazen offers big city vibe Wisconsin State Journal Nov. 25, 2011 If you haven’t been down to see the new and elaborate Chazen Museum of Art on the UW-Madison campus, it’s well worth the visit. You’ll appreciate not only its diverse and impressive collections of paintings, sculptures and carvings — including some contemporary Wisconsin art — but also its contribution to the urban fabric of our great city. Step inside and you’ll think you’re in Chicago or even New York. The big city vibe is unmistakable and provides another engaging attraction for residents and visitors Downtown.
  • Psychopaths aren't just mentally different - their brains prevent them feeling fear or guilt Daily Mail (UK) Nov. 23, 2011 Psychopaths such as Hannibal Lecter - Anthony Hopkins’ character in the film The Silence of the Lambs - are callous, anti-social and sometimes violent. They are incapable of feeling empathy or guilt.
  • Shop-local movement gains support Wausau Daily Herald Nov. 18, 2011 Noted: Although no comprehensive data exist proving that people are turning to local merchants -- and will continue to do so this holiday shopping season -- Garrett and Cynthia Jasper, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and retail and consumer expert, said the trend is noticeable.
  • Gilles Bousquet: International education is critical Wisconsin State Journal Nov. 17, 2011 International education is more than learning a second language or becoming well-versed in world geography. In today’s new economy, it is all about preparing our young people to live, work, lead and compete in an interconnected, interdependent world. In a word, it is about employability. It also is about making sure that home-grown employers — private, public and nonprofit alike — can locally recruit the talent they need to fuel their growth in today’s increasingly global marketplace.
  • Malaria vs. Mankind: Chemicals, Conservation And An Ancient Arms Race Huffington Post Nov. 17, 2011 Quoted: "New medical interventions, bed net programs, trials of a malaria vaccine -- these are all wonderful developments," Jonathan Patz, director of global environmental health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, tells HuffPost. "But too often we ignore the root causal factors for why we even have malaria in a location."