UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Poverty drops, but not to pre-recession levels, study finds Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 8, 2014 The poverty level continued to drop in Wisconsin in 2012, thanks to increases in jobs and earnings, according to a new study released by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.
  • Odyssey Project sets returning students on a path to a new future Capital Times May 7, 2014 Michael Martin says he is a different person than he was in September when he walked into the Odyssey Project. He’s more self-aware, more at peace with himself and the world.
  • Sociologist chronicles tenuous lives of fugitives Philadelphia Inquirer May 5, 2014 For a sociologist, the value of field notes can’t be overstated. Yet Alice Goffman felt deep relief at destroying hers - shredding the notebooks, then disposing of the hard drive kept in a safe-deposit box under someone else’s name.
  • Flynn Elementary students sport their Badger best for Skype session WQOW-TV, Eau Claire May 1, 2014 A sea of smiling students sporting red clothes and painted faces washed over Flynn Elementary in Eau Claire. The reason: a Skype session with some special southern Wisconsin students.
  • A Beautiful Lawn Can Also Be Healthy, Sustainable Wisconsin Public Radio April 28, 2014 Lawns can be the frame around a home or a colorful garden. To keep them looking good and thriving however, they take a fair amount of attention. That means more chemical treatments and watering than some homeowners feel comfortable using.
  • Fieldwork of Total Immersion New York Times April 30, 2014 <p style="font-weight: normal;">When newly minted Ph.D.s go on the job market, they usually have questions about the teaching load, research money and tenure prospects. Alice Goffman, now an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had another query, too: Would she be allowed to get arrested and go to prison?</p>
  • Today Show financial editor Jean Chatzky brings savings mantra to Madison Wisconsin State Journal April 29, 2014 Now financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, a blogger, magazine columnist, and author of eight books about personal finance, Chatzky returned to Madison last week to meet with students, faculty members and others as business writer in residence for the UW-Madison School of Business.
  • 40 years of striking up the UW band WISC-TV 3 April 25, 2014 The image of the University of Wisconsin is bolstered by a number of contributors including, we hope, life-changing research, renowned and respected scientists, record numbers of Peace Corps volunteers and more. But there is no question Badger athletics and Bucky Badger himself are part of that image. And more often than not, where there are Bucky and Badger sports teams there too is the UW Varsity band…usually more memorable than all.
  • UW Madison students invent high-tech bandage NBC-15 April 25, 2014 When you put 4 engineers in a room, theyre certain to get to work. Sarah Sandock, Mehdi Shokoueinejad, Yei Hwan Jung and Akshay Kumar are all engineering students at UW Madison... and all part of a successful team.
  • Marriage can cause depression, study finds The Telegraph (UK) April 28, 2014 After years of advice from experts telling us that marriage helps keep us happy, healthy and longer-lived, a study has found that it can also lead to depression.
  • Q&A: What Is Feminist Biology? Popular Science April 23, 2014 <span style="font-weight: normal; color: #000000;">The University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking for a particular kind of biologist: a feminist one. The university has set up a fellowship, administered by its women's studies department, for life sciences research. And interview with UW psychologist Janet Hyde.</span>
  • Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' NPR News April 17, 2014 A group of scientists and food activists is launching a Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They’re releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that’s intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.
  • Your Brain Has No Idea Where It’s Going TIME.com April 15, 2014 The direction you’re moving can play tricks with your mind. That can mean trouble not only for travel but for human relations too
  • To Save Neighborhoods, Get Creative With the Law New York Times April 14, 2014 Lisa T. Alexander is a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is the author of "Hip Hop and Housing: Revisiting Culture, Urban Space, Power and Law" and the forthcoming "Occupy the Right to Housing."
  • Are Touchscreens Melting Your Kid’s Brain? Wired April 15, 2014 Quoted: An app that teaches your kid his ABCs isn’t the same as a television cartoon, but the AAP is probably right to be conservative with its advice. “Researchers know almost nothing about the impact of touchscreen technology on young children,” says Heather Kirkorian, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is trying to find some answers. “Our society is running a large-scale experiment with real children in the real world, and we won’t know the impact, if any, for many years to come.”
  • Cities with Trees Have Happier Residents Outside Magazine April 15, 2014 If you’ve been looking for a natural pick-me-up, get like Thoreau and move to the woods. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that people who live in communities with more green space reported feeling lower levels of depression and anxiety.
  • Tim Metcalfe: Winning the Wisconsin way Madison.com April 11, 2014 I was one of the lucky fans who went to Dallas to see our Wisconsin Badgers take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Final Four.
  • D2P’s Biondi On Getting UW-Madison More for its ($1.2B) R&D Money Xconomy.com April 11, 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the top-spending schools when it comes to research, but university administrators think its faculty and students could use a boost to turn their ideas into thriving companies.
  • UW-Madison student project honors soldiers killed in WWII Milwaukee Journal Sentinel April 7, 2014 A University of Wisconsin professor and her students have researched the lives of American soldiers for volunteers in France who are tending to the soldiers’ graves.
  • Tim Eisele: UW professor celebrates passenger pigeon, laments its extinction Madison.com April 7, 2014 Stan Temple, emeritus professor of wildlife at the University of Wisconsin and fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, is helping people remember the extinction of passenger pigeons during this anniversary year.
  • Wisconsin vs. Kentucky is most-watched college basketball telecast in cable TV history Milwaukee Journal Sentinel April 7, 2014 The Wisconsin vs. Kentucky telecast Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament was the most-watched college basketball telecast in cable television history.
  • Fans use social media to connect for Final Four WISC-TV 3 April 3, 2014 Michelle Li meets the people behind the UW social media accounts that connect fans of the Badgers.
  • Wisconsin Badgers fans dig deep for dream trips to Final Four Milwaukee Journal Sentinel April 3, 2014 Mindful that it's been awhile since Wisconsin won the national championship — the same year Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese — and 14 years since UW last played in the Final Four, quite a few Badger alums and fans are shelling out big bucks to see the game.
  • For Wisconsin, Student-Athlete Is Not an Oxymoron in N.C.A.A. Tournament New York Times March 31, 2014 ANAHEIM, Calif. — On the eve of their West Regional final Saturday against Arizona, the Wisconsin players were ensconced in a hotel down the street from Disneyland, in a meeting room with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • UW logistics plan could save millions for US military Madison.com March 28, 2014 The U.S. military could save millions of dollars in transport and logistics costs when equipment returns from Afghanistan, based on a plan developed by a center headquartered at UW-Madison.
  • Fighting addiction? There’s an app for that WISC-TV 3 March 28, 2014 The concept came decades ago. David Gustafson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison published his first paper in 1973 after asking people with suicidal thoughts to sit down at computers and speak their minds.
  • Walker appoints UW-Madison non-traditional student as Board of Regents representative Daily Cardinal March 27, 2014 Gov. Scott Walker announced the appointment of Nicolas Harsy as a non-traditional student representative on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents in a March 26 release.
  • LaBelle takes over at UW-Madison's Office of Corporate Relations WisBusiness.com March 25, 2014 Susan LaBelle wasn’t seeking a job when she heard about the opening for a new head of the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations. But the more she thought about it, the more the post intrigued her.
  • The robot tricks to bridge the uncanny valley New Scientist March 20, 2014 IF A robot bleeped and squeaked with personality like R2D2 from Star Wars, would you like it better? What if it glanced into the distance when you asked it a question, as though pondering its response?
  • Driver distraction a ‘leading cause’ of accidents The Irish Times March 20, 2014 Noted: Professor John D Lee, of the University of Wisconsin, made his comments ahead of an Road Safety Authority (RSA) conference on driver distraction taking place in Dublin today.