UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Soyeon Shim wants to see UW-Madison solve big problems Capital Times Dec. 30, 2013 On a frigid, snowy morning last week, the UW-Madison campus is nearly deserted and Dean Soyeon Shim is using the rare silence in Nancy Nicholas Hall to do some thinking about a paper she’s planning to write. As might be expected for the building that houses the university’s interior architecture program, the space is bright, comfortable and exquisitely designed.
  • African storyteller professor left imprint on students Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 30, 2013 Looking back, Harold Scheub sees nothing in his urban northern Indiana boyhood that prepared him for a decade of tramping around the African continent, tape recorder in hand, gathering thousands of spoken stories.
  • Kevin Reilly ending chapter as UW System president Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 30, 2013 It’s been a high-profile year for Kevin Reilly, who will leave his job as president of the University of Wisconsin System on Dec. 31.
  • To Smoosh Peas Is to Learn New York Times Dec. 27, 2013 Noted: The psychologists who did this research were interested in the question of how babies learn about “nonsolid” objects. “We had noticed in our lab work before that children are much better at learning names for new solid objects that they didn’t know before,” said Lynn Perry, now a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and lead author of the study.
  • Peaceful Christmas welcome after open heart surgery during pregnancy Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 26, 2013 The ordeal came as Dr. Nick Haun worked long shifts as an internal medicine resident at Meriter, UW Hospital and Madison’s Veterans Hospital. He’ll be chief resident next year, imparting lessons to less experienced doctors.
  • UW DNA facility may help bring final member of WWII unit home WISC-TV 3 Dec. 26, 2013 MADISON, Wis. -They were like family. Young men who went to war, they fought together, they spilled blood together, and some died together. When World War II ended most came home.
  • IT expert says US could have safer credit/debit cards WKOW-TV 27 Dec. 26, 2013 As America continues to deal with the Target cyber-security breach that compromised the financial information of 40 million people, several IT security experts are pointing out that the technology exists to avoid such problems.
  • To UW-Madison professor, there's nothing ordinary about vanilla Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 20, 2013 To Ken Cameron, vanilla is a lot sexier than its name implies.The worlds leading expert on the biology of vanilla orchids sees the popular spice, not as plain or ordinary, but as a beautifully complex and valuable commodity produced from the worlds largest family of plants.
  • Blum: Fashion at a Very High Price New York Times Dec. 20, 2013 From cheerful red handbags to festive green belts, colored accessories are often mandatory for the style-conscious during the holiday season. But what many fashionistas don’t know is that many of these products may be tainted with high levels of lead — and the brighter and shinier they are, the greater the risk.
  • Jignesh Patel’s Big Data Revolution Madison Magazine Dec. 19, 2013 "It’s kind of like finding a needle in a haystack."Jignesh Patel is sitting in a Madison café talking about big data. Between sips of coffee, the University of Wisconsin computer sciences professor uses the familiar expression to explain just what this buzzy tech phrase is all about before launching into a remarkable story about Madison’s connection to its past, present and future.
  • Wisconsin basketball is unchanged, but its success is unparalleled USA Today Dec. 17, 2013 When high school coaches across this state visit Wisconsin to watch practice every winter, the same sequence occurs: They see the Badgers pair up – just two players and a ball – and engage in the most rudimentary activity, monotonously passing and catching a basketball.
  • Madison Initiative for Undergraduates enters fifth year The Badger Herald Dec. 13, 2013 A tuition surcharge for an undergraduate initiative allows University of Wisconsin to provide services that state and other funding cuts would have otherwise eliminated.
  • #UWSecretSanta leaving gifts for UW-Madison students WISC-TV 3 Dec. 13, 2013 It is something very simple that is having a positive impact on students during a trying time. During finals week on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, students spend long hours studying in the libraries.
  • Who Made Those Cop Shows? New York Times Dec. 13, 2013 Noted: In contrast to today’s cop shows, the early programs were very pro-police, without much moral ambiguity, says Michele Hilmes, a University of Wisconsin historian of television and radio.
  • Poverty conditions may hinder early brain development, UW-Madison study suggests Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 13, 2013 Poverty may have direct implications for important, early steps in the development of the brain, according to newly published research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Entomologist Names Wisconsin 'Bug Of The Year' Wisconsin Public Radio News Dec. 12, 2013 No two years are the same, and while insects are always around, some stand out as particularly interesting or surprising. Phil Pellitteri, an entomologist and head of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab, said that when he assessed this year, he realized that while he exceeded the previous year in number of specimens submitted to the lab, 2013 “didn’t seem that buggy.”
  • Winter Weather, Holidays Pose Risks To Pets Wisconsin Public Radio News Dec. 11, 2013 Dr. Sandi Sawchuk, a professor of veterinary medicine at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, shared that all pets aren’t the same when it comes to dealing with the snow and cold.
  • Susan Boyle among those who find autism diagnosis a relief TODAY.com Dec. 10, 2013 Quoted: The diagnostic criteria for autism has changed dramatically, even in the last 20 years, explained Megan Farley, a psychologist at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Until the mid-1990s, there wasn’t an autism "spectrum" — there was just autistic disorder. "It was this very strict type of diagnostic category," Farley says. That captured the "classic" cases of autism, but people with more subtle signs of the disorder slipped by unnoticed until 1994, when Asperger’s syndrome was introduced. (Asperger’s syndrome is no longer an "official" diagnosis, and what used to be Asperger’s is now the mildest level of autism spectrum disorder.) 
  • Experience: I discovered a new species up my nose The Guardian Dec. 9, 2013 It was about three days after I’d left Africa that the pain in my nose became too severe to ignore. Starting as a dull ache niggling at the edge of my consciousness, it had gradually built in intensity to the point at which I had to stop what I was doing to investigate further.
  • The next civil rights fight: Gloria Ladson-Billings believes African American students deserve better Isthmus Dec. 6, 2013 Gloria Ladson-Billings travels the world, speaking and teaching about racial disparities in education. A professor in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her books -- including the bestseller The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children -- are considered part of the canon for teacher educators. Ivy League schools have tried to lure her away, but she has turned down offers from Harvard and Stanford, where she got her Ph.D.
  • More UW schools developing flex programs WISC-TV 3 Dec. 6, 2013 Four more University of Wisconsin System schools are developing flex option programs.
  • UW, UWM scramble to ward off suitors for top professors Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 5, 2013 Top professors in the state’s two public doctoral universities are attracting significantly more job offers than a decade ago, and those universities are scrambling to pony up "market pay" to keep them from leaving and taking federal research dollars with them.
  • Wisconsin Idea: Past and Future WXPR-FM, Rhinelander Dec. 4, 2013 The Wisconsin Idea is a guiding principle of the University of Wisconsin System, that says the university should have an impact in all parts of the state. The University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to make its presence felt throughout the state. Kate VandenBosch is Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison. 
  • Lodi grad awarded prestigious scholarship; Bulovsky to study politics in London Portage Daily Register Dec. 4, 2013 It’s Lodi to London — again — for Andrew Bulovsky, a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.
  • Upward Bound: Two decades ago Wisconsin Football changed direction Kenosha News Dec. 4, 2013 Twenty years ago today everything came up roses for the University of Wisconsin, its football program and Badgers fans. That it happened on the other side of the world only added to the wonder of it.
  • On Wisconsin Diversity: Chancellor Rebecca Blank Capital City Hues Dec. 3, 2013 Dr. Rebecca Blank, who took on the reins of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in March 2013 is no stranger to Big 10 schools. Blank received her economics degree from the University ofMinnesota before earning her Ph.D. in economics from MIT. She held positions at Michigan and Northwestern University.
  • Great World Texts program puts spotlight on Common Core standards Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 2, 2013 When Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk arrives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Monday, he’ll be greeted by hundreds of high school students who have spent weeks grappling with the themes of his book "Snow."
  • Andy Baggot: UW seniors give their all off the field, too Madison.com Nov. 29, 2013 Of all the achievements ascribed to the 26 seniors on the University of Wisconsin football team, one speaks louder to me than all the others.
  • Badgers women's basketball: UW's Morgan Paige shares hoops dream with entire family Madison.com Nov. 29, 2013 Basketball has always been at the heart of the Paige family.
  • 'Ghost Particles' In Antarctica Offer Glimpse Of Deep Space NPR Nov. 27, 2013 A new kind of telescope buried deep beneath the ice of Antarctica has, for the first time, seen a signal from distant, violent events. In doing so, it is beginning to paint a picture of a part of our cosmos that has never been observed before.