UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Google boggling our brains? Study says humans use internet as their main 'memory' Daily Mail (UK) Jan. 25, 2012 The Internet is becoming our main source of memory instead of our own brains, a study has concluded. In the age of Google, our minds are adapting so that we are experts at knowing where to find information even though we don’t recall what it is.
  • Disability center tailors missions Badger Herald Jan. 23, 2012 Despite having recently moved to a new location in a more populated and accessible area on campus, the McBurney Disability Center and its staffers behind the scenes are still mysteries to a sizeable population at the University of Wisconsin.
  • UW women's hockey: Ammerman's brilliant career has gone largely unnoticed Madison.com Jan. 20, 2012 Brooke Ammerman is one of the most accomplished players in the history of the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey program, but you’ve never seen the senior right winger on its marquee. She scored the winning goal in two NCAA championship games — in 2009 vs. Mercyhurst and in ’11 vs. Boston University — but has never been an All-American. She is closing in on 200 points for her career — a plateau only three players in program history occupy — but has never been a first-team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
  • Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited New York Times Jan. 20, 2012 Quoted: In an interview, Molly Jahn, a plant breeder at the University of Wisconsin, said the research also needs to focus on ways to help the poorest people, who will not necessarily come out as winners if agricultural systems in developing countries become more sophisticated. Virtually everywhere it has happened, that transition has involved larger farms, more capital — and fewer farmers.
  • Algonquin late bloomer now a Rhodes scholar Chicago Daily Herald Jan. 19, 2012 When English major Alexis Brown realized there was no place where she could submit her undergraduate essays for publication, she decided there was only one solution — create one from scratch.
  • Pilot E-Textbook Program at Five Universities Focuses on Bulk Savings, not iBooks New York Times Jan. 20, 2012 There is a revolution brewing in the way college students buy and read textbooks. And, perhaps surprisingly, it does not center entirely on Apple’s announcement on Thursday about new textbook technology on iBooks 2.
  • San Francisco backup quarterback Scott Tolzien gets 49ers ready Los Angeles Times Jan. 20, 2012 In the last two weeks, Scott Tolzien of the San Francisco 49ers has thrown for more than 10,000 yards. And he’s never taken a snap in an NFL game.
  • Doug Moe: Famous geneticist James Crow remained engaged until his death at 95 Wisconsin State Journal Jan. 17, 2012 The note came early last month, and I couldn’t have been happier. "Hi Doug," the email began. "On the small chance that you missed it, today’s New York Times reports Awonder Liang just won the 8-year-old world chess championship. I remember your playing with him some time ago. "It was signed, "Jim." I was happy because I was always happy to hear from Jim Crow. This in no way made me unique. James F. Crow was known around the world as a great scientist, tops in his field — genetics. But his wide circle of friends knew him as a warm, generous, humorous man with many and varied interests. You couldn't ask for better company.
  • Stressed? Call Mom, Researchers Conclude ABCNEWS.com Jan. 13, 2012 Moms feed us, read to us, clap the loudest, cry the hardest, sit front row at recorder recitals, write notes in our lunchboxes and promise that the hole in our hearts after a break-up won’t stay there forever.
  • University of Wisconsin brings hip-hop from the street to the classroom USA Today College Jan. 14, 2012 Imagine learning to beatbox and breakdance in a college class. Imagine watching lectures and performances by hip-hop artists like Chuck D and Janelle Monáe as program requirements. Students studying as a part of the University of Wisconsin’s First Wave program don’t have to imagine. It’s what they do.
  • Texans’ J.J. Watt Makes Play as Big as His Dreams New York Times Jan. 11, 2012 HOUSTON — Only three years ago, J. J. Watt was delivering pizzas, mopping floors and being picked at like a leftover pepperoni pie by doubters who scoffed at his football dreams.
  • Q&A: UW-Madison seeks to improve student advising services Capital Times Jan. 9, 2012 When students are asked to rate various aspects of UW-Madison, its academic and career advising services consistently rank as a problem area. "It’s typical across the country that students will rate advising lower than other things," says UW-Madison’s Wren Singer. "So we’re not alone in that but the university is committed to addressing this issue."
  • UW scientists hope to unlock cosmic secrets with dynamo experiment Wisconsin State Journal Jan. 9, 2012 Scientists could better understand how solar flares disrupt cellphone calls, wipe out power grids and knock out satellites, thanks to an aluminum sphere at UW-Madison that resembles the Death Star from "Star Wars." The 11,000-pound hollow vessel, built to stir gas at 500,000 degrees Fahrenheit and replicate the process that creates the sun’s magnetic field, was installed this week in Sterling Hall.
  • Susie Earley: UW's Young, Crow fondly remembered Wisconsin State Journal Jan. 9, 2012 Former UW-Madison Chancellor Edwin Young and professor James Crow died a few days apart this week. For those of us who grew up in a post-World War II neighborhood on the West Side near Hoyt Park, when Sunset Point looked out at farms, they were the last of our fathers. We have been reminiscing via the Internet. Growing up, we all knew the UW faculty was working hard to revive and make this a great university. We all salute the contributions of these two great men.
  • Bowl ad deftly boosts UW-Madison to nation Capital Times Jan. 3, 2012 A sophisticated new ad about the University of Wisconsin-Madison to air during the Rose Bowl telecast is a cutting-edge effort, featuring UW’s development of disease-resistant crops, the first micro motor and research in Antarctica.
  • 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.