UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Outgoing chancellor a UW fan for life Madison.com July 5, 2011 University of Wisconsin Chancellor Biddy Martin shared a big hug on the Kohl Center stage after he received his diploma in May was a regular visitor to the Badgers’ locker room after games and quickly became a favorite of the players and the coaches. She was the campus boss, which can be unnerving to some, but coaches and players felt comfortable around her.
  • Editorial: Welcome Back Chancellor WISC-TV 3 June 30, 2011 It sure is nice to have a bench of former chancellors so deep that we can just pluck one from the list of globally respected education leaders to fill the temporary void on the Madison campus.
  • UW-Madison seeks stability with David Ward as interim chancellor Wisconsin State Journal June 30, 2011 UW System President Kevin Reilly lured former UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward out of retirement to serve as interim chancellor of the state’s flagship university, an effort to provide an experienced and familiar leader after a period of contentiousness. “He’s someone who can bring people together on campus, who can reach out to the other UW System chancellors and can serve as a very strong advocate for our flagship, land-grant, global institution that is UW-Madison,” Reilly said at a news conference Wednesday at Bascom Hall.
  • Dog found in trash bin makes 'miraculous' recovery Wisconsin State Journal June 28, 2011 Braveheart, the emaciated mutt found in a commercial trash bin in Kentucky with mange and worms and covered with sores, is now strong and healthy and virtually unrecognizable after being treated at the UW Veterinary Care Small Animal Hospital and finding a loving home.
  • Engineer Simon Chen built strong connection to UW Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 29, 2011 With hindsight - and all history is hindsight - it made sense that Simon K. Chen would write a history of his family in retirement.
  • Rob Nixon: Slow Violence Chronicle of Higher Education June 28, 2011 Environmentalists face a fundamental challenge: How can we devise arresting stories, images, and symbols that capture the pervasive but elusive effects of what I call "slow violence"? Climate change, the thawing cryosphere, toxic drift, deforestation, the radioactive aftermaths of wars, oil spills, acidifying oceans, and a host of other slowly unfolding environmental crises confront us with formidable representational obstacles that hinder efforts to mobilize for change.
  • UW System sees some budget benefit Wisconsin Radio Network June 21, 2011 The University of Wisconsin System has gotten some of what it wanted from the state budget. The Madison campus will not be spun off, although the issue will be studied. Michael Spector, President of the UW System Board of Regents, said the campuses will have some long sought flexibilities in areas including budgeting and personnel management. “Not everything we wanted in those areas, but certainly a significant amount. I think, the way legislation works, it’s a good start for the next biennium,” he said.
  • College architects meet to tour UW-Madison Wisconsin State Journal June 20, 2011 Starting Sunday and ending Friday, some 200 university architects from the United States and Canada will make UW-Madison their latest case study. They will explore the interplay between its buildings, communities and natural settings, organizers said, as they share ideas to build better connections on their own campuses. “Ultimately, what we all do as campus architects is build the stage for all of the activities that take place on a campus,” said Daniel Okoli, university architect at UW-Madison for the past six years.
  • Bright, bold Biddy a big loss Wisconsin State Journal June 15, 2011 The UW-Madison chancellor accomplished so much in so little time and will be missed on and off campus.
  • Carolyn Martin to Lead Amherst College New York Times June 15, 2011 Carolyn A. Martin, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a flagship public research university with 42,000 students, is resigning to become president of Amherst College, a prestigious liberal arts college with 1,750 students.
  • UW-Madison Chancellor Announces Resignation WISC-TV 3 June 14, 2011 MADISON, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin has announced her resignation on Tuesday to become president of Amherst College.
  • Chancellor Biddy Martin leaving UW-Madison Wisconsin State Journal June 14, 2011 After suffering a recent defeat in her effort to split UW-Madison from the University of Wisconsin System, Biddy Martin announced Tuesday she will leave the university after three years as chancellor to become president of Amherst College.
  • Campus Connection: In letter, Biddy bids adieu Capital Times June 14, 2011 Biddy Martin is leaving her post as chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become the next president at Amherst College, a highly regarded liberal arts school of 1,600 students located in Massachusetts. Martin made her announcement in an email sent to the campus community Tuesday morning. She started her post in Madison in September of 2008 after serving as provost at Cornell University.
  • Editorial: A First Step For Martin & UW WISC-TV 3 June 8, 2011 It is accurate to say UW Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin did not get everything she wanted with her New Badger Partnership proposal. And that’s too bad because, in fact, she is right.
  • Bousquet: China and the United States, A Tale of Two Views on Education Chronicle of Higher Education June 8, 2011 “We will be hiring dozens of new faculty across disciplines. Would you have some Ph.Ds ready?”
  • UW discussion needs to be thoughtful, deliberative Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 6, 2011 As the Wisconsin Idea has long been a model for public higher education in this country, it is a propitious time to at once reaffirm and replenish our public commitment. Just over a half-century ago, Helen C. White reaffirmed Wisconsin’s motto of public higher education, calling again for a "continual and fearless sifting and winnowing in the pursuit of truth." Now is the time to reaffirm that creed, seize the moment and re-imagine public higher education both in Wisconsin and across our nation. [A column by Geoffrey Mamerow, a doctoral student in higher education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Clifton Conrad is professor of higher education at UW-Madison.]
  • UW-Madison to stay in system, with flexibilities for all campuses Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 3, 2011 The state's flagship university will remain part of the University of Wisconsin System, with all public universities receiving deep cuts but also new flexibilities from state rules, under a proposal coming before lawmakers Friday.
  • Campus Connection: Some freedoms from state oversight to be granted to all UW campuses Capital Times June 3, 2011 University of Wisconsin System campuses will be granted some freedoms from state oversight on budgeting, personnel, construction and purchasing when the Legislature’s Republican-led budget-writing committee meets later Friday.
  • Health Officials: Cell Phones Might Pose Cancer Risk WISC-TV 3 June 3, 2011 Quoted: Local researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that the findings make sense since cell phone radio waves are proven to increase brain activity. But are cell phone users buying it?"It’s radio signals, it’s all radio," said cell phone user Dave Scalia. "We get radio signals all the time. So there’s actually no proof of (health risks). Until there’s definitive proof, I’m not going to really care about it."
  • Michael W. Apple: Why I stay at the UW Capital Times June 2, 2011 As I watch many valued colleagues leave the University of Wisconsin-Madison for other institutions, I react with dismay. Not at them, but at the lack of any substantive educational vision that now seems to pervade the governor’s officer and the Legislature. We do a disservice to any serious understanding of the importance of education if we simply see it as a vocational path to more money and jobs. When the governor said that he didn’t need to finish college because he already had a job, he demonstrated how limited was his view of education as a self-making process.
  • Children of divorce score worse in math, social skills Reuters June 3, 2011 Children of divorced parents often fall behind their classmates in math and social skills and are more likely to suffer anxiety, stress and low self-esteem, according to a new study.
  • With Badger Partnership Out, UW Hopes Other Resources Are In WISC-TV 3 May 31, 2011 MADISON, Wis. -- Under the state’s current proposed budget, the University of Wisconsin-Madison faces more than $125 million in funding cuts.
  • Ask the Weather Guys: What's behind the nationwide outbreak of deadly tornadoes? Wisconsin State Journal May 31, 2011 Quoted: Steven A. Ackerman and Jonathan Martin, professors in the UW-Madison department of atmospheric and oceanic sciences.
  • Marathon-inspired challenges get kids on path to healthy lives Wisconsin State Journal May 31, 2011 Thirty local kids completed a youth marathon Sunday, some at the finish line of the Madison Marathon. Cumulatively, in the last four to 10 months, they completed 26 miles of running, read 26 books and did 26 random acts of kindness. The idea was the brainchild of UW-Madison medical school student Katelin Krystowiak. She started the “Ready, Set, Go! Youth Marathon” this year, modeled after a similar program in St. Louis. Kids from kindergarten through eighth grade were invited to take part.
  • UW-Madison has unique mission, needs Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 25, 2011 I joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a faculty member in 1973, two years after the merger of UW-Madison with the UW System. The merger was met with much apprehension. "The University of Wisconsin: A History, 1945-1971" notes that the 1971 merger was "imposed by state political leaders over the deep misgivings of most UW regents, administrators and Madison faculty members, alumni and students." These misgivings were well-founded. In the 40 years following the merger, UW-Madison has been less than it can be. The reason is straightforward. [A column by Ronald Kalil, a professor of neuroscience in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison.]
  • Expert look at cause of deadly storms WKOW-TV 27 May 24, 2011 MADISON (WKOW) -- Experts say this is probably the most violent year of storms in half a century. That is not necessarily because there have been more storms but because those storms are hitting more populated areas. Greg Tripoli, UW-Madison Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences Professor, says there is a "perfect storm" of factors that explain what is happening.
  • Solon's high school and middle school are National Science Olympiad champs Cleveland Plain Dealer May 24, 2011 SOLON, Ohio -- Take dozens of hard-working students, combine with two committed coaches, and add in a few involved parent-volunteers.
  • Tuba professor inspired by composing, performing and teaching Wisconsin State Journal May 23, 2011 People know me as: John Stevens, UW-Madison professor of tuba and euphonium; tubist with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a university faculty ensemble-in-residence; and a composer, arranger and conductor.
  • Investigating healthy minds: Preschool study seeks to teach kindness Wisconsin State Journal May 19, 2011 At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, a research hub founded in 2008 within the Waisman Center at UW-Madison, researchers probe positive attributes such as compassion and contentment. A Waisman preschool study is attempting to determine whether children can be taught, in a statistically significant way, to be kinder. It is among the main research projects under way at the center, and it has hit a nerve with parents. "They’re wildly enthusiastic," said UW-Madison neuroscientist Richard Davidson, center founder. "I get barraged by requests on a weekly basis from parents wanting to know if they can enroll their children in this program or if we can come to their school."
  • Biddy Martin's Adult Move Madison Magazine May 19, 2011