UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Doug Moe: A passion for patents Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 24, 2013 Howard Bremer never knew what was coming when he answered his phone across half a century at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).
  • Herpes virus genome traces the ancient path of human migration NBC News.com Oct. 22, 2013 To confirm the theory that humans spread out from Africa tens of thousands of years ago, all you have to do is follow the cold sores. Or, to be more precise, follow the mutation patterns encoded in the genome of the virus that causes those cold sores.
  • Our view: UW chancellor sets proper tone La Crosse Tribune Oct. 21, 2013 Rebecca Blank, the new chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, isn’t afraid to concede that her institution hasn’t done a very good job of educating the people of our state about the positive impact of its flagship university.
  • Menzie Chinn: American Debt, Chinese Anxiety New York Times Oct. 21, 2013 Last week, the United States once again walked up to the precipice of a debt default, and once again the world wonders why any country, much less the world’s largest economy, would endanger its financial reputation and thus its ability to borrow.
  • The Mystery of the Migrating Fishes: Swimming the Gauntlet to Green Bay National Geographic Oct. 21, 2013 The ice and snow of early spring in northern Wisconsin had come and gone. Also departing with the frigid weather were the adult northern pike our team had been tracking as the fish migrated inland from Green Bay to spawn. Now we were looking for evidence of the next generation to find out if they could successfully navigate the many challenges on their migration to the safer waters of Green Bay.
  • Chancellor: UW-Madison impacts entire state LaCrosse Tribune Oct. 17, 2013 The top official at University of Wisconsin-Madison wants people to know how the university impacts communities across the state.
  • Barry Alvarez picked for national playoff panel Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 17, 2013 Knowing that football has been a fundamental part of his life for more than five decades, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez wasnt about to turn down the opportunity to be part of college footballs first ever playoff committee.
  • VandenBosch: Pioneers of bioengineering deserve their recognition Star Tribune Oct. 16, 2013 This week, leaders from around the world will gather in Des Moines, Iowa, to honor the recipients of the World Food Prize. University of Minnesota alumnus Norman E. Borlaug, the celebrated crop breeder and Nobel Prize Laureate for Peace in 1970, envisioned the prize as a way to recognize creative individuals who have advanced the availability of safe and nutritious food for the world’s people. Since 1987, the prize has paid tribute to scientists, humanitarians, and leaders in politics, business and nongovernmental organizations.
  • UW economist warns of uncertainty at edge of default Wisconsin Radio Network Oct. 16, 2013 A UW Madison economist says even the threat of default by the federal government will stress financial markets. Professor Menzie Chinn said, with U.S. Treasuries used as collateral for a lot of short term lending, edging up to the precipice of default is bound to lead to uncertainty.
  • Could NFL concussion questions be solved by fly swatters? Los Angeles Times Oct. 15, 2013 Could a spring-loaded fly swatter save NFL football players and Iraq war veterans from the effects of concussions and traumatic brain injuries?
  • UW-Madison Will Track Flu Using Social Media Wisconsin Public Radio News Oct. 14, 2013 People can catch the flu almost anywhere – on campus, an outbreak can spread quickly because students often live in close quarters. Ajay Sethi, an associate professor with UW-Madison’s Department of Population Health Sciences, is going to track illness with a smartphone application called OutSmart Flu where sick people report symptoms.
  • Justin Doherty: Division 1 athletes are also students first Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 14, 2013 The presidents of St. Norbert and Ripon colleges recently wrote a column, “True student-athletes are in Division III,” extolling the virtues of NCAA Division III student-athletes who are “students first, athletes second.”
  • UW-Madison campus tech pursuits on upswing Isthmus Oct. 11, 2013 Well, this is a big breakthrough for young Madison techies. A New York venture capital firm is pledging to invest up to $500,000 over the next three years in early-stage UW-Madison startups.
  • How climate change will affect Wisconsin winters Wisconsin Public Radio News Oct. 11, 2013 Most climate projection models show Wisconsin winters becoming warmer and shorter with more rain and less snow, with the exception of some big snowstorms. Michael Notaro, the associate director of the Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, predicts that winter will be warmer by several degrees by mid-century, reducing the severity of the season.
  • UW-Madison Marching Band inspires local high school students Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune Oct. 11, 2013 WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School band members still are tooting their horns about hanging out with the University of Wisconsin Madison Marching Band.
  • Newly Funded Research May Help Squash Major Cranberry Pest Wisconsin Public Radio News Oct. 10, 2013 Researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison have been studying insects that affect cranberries for years, and have found that the flea beetle is becoming more and more problematic.
  • Diamonds may be hiding on other planets CNN.com Oct. 10, 2013 Move over, Lucy: Researchers say Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus may also be in the sky, with diamonds. The atmospheres of these gas-ball planets have the perfect temperature and pressure conditions to host carbon in the form of diamond, say Mona Delitsky of California Specialty Engineering in Pasadena, California, and Kevin Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Aaron Rodgers, campus groups host ‘Rally for Congo’ Daily Cardinal Oct. 8, 2013 Amid the mixed chants of “Congo is the key to our humanity” and “Go Pack Go,” Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined campus organizations to raise awareness of the Congolese mineral conflict on the Memorial Union Terrace Monday.
  • School nurses have a new resource on chronic issues Madison.com Oct. 7, 2013 Unlike a clinic or hospital setting, school nurses aren’t surrounded by their peers. In addition, some may not have had a lot of course work on kids with chronic health conditions, said Lori S. Anderson, assistant professor at the UW-Madison School of Nursing.
  • UW pioneers Hmong American Studies program Badger Herald Oct. 7, 2013 University of Wisconsin established the first tenure-track teaching position in Hmong American Studies in the nation earlier this year, pioneering the new area of study.
  • Shutdown creates big mess for UW System, officials say Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 4, 2013 Federal financial aid, funding for academic research and Veterans Administration benefits to students will all be affected if the federal government shutdown continues, University of Wisconsin System officials said Thursday.
  • UW-Madison freshman class is largest in history Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 3, 2013 The freshman class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall is the largest in school history and includes the most Wisconsin residents in 12 years, university officials announced Wednesday.
  • UW students help draft state map of economic development initiatives Badger Herald Oct. 3, 2013 With help from University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation released an economic development impact map Tuesday to demonstrate individual investments made by WEDC across the state.
  • Comment Ban Sets Off Debate New York Times Oct. 3, 2013 Noted: To justify its ban, Popular Science turned to science, citing a recent study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggesting that people’s perceptions of the riskiness of a scientific advance can become more entrenched and polarized after reading comments written in an uncivil tone.
  • Saving Wild Places in the ‘Anthropocene’ NPR's Science Friday Sept. 30, 2013 We’re living in the epoch some scientists call the “Anthropocene”—an age in which human influence touches nearly everything on the planet. Forty years after the signing of the Endangered Species Act, and nearly 50 years after the Wilderness Act, do we need to rethink how we protect nature? Environmental historian William Cronon and environmental geographer Paul Robbins discuss protecting wild places in the age of climate change.
  • UW-Madison reaches out to students amid crime concerns WISC-TV 3 Sept. 30, 2013 The University of Wisconsin-Madison is reaching out to its students in an attempt to help keep them safe.A week of online chats led to Sunday night’s town hall meeting, set up so students could question campus leaders over recent crime.
  • Colleges deploy social media in scramble to recruit best students Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sept. 30, 2013 Today's high school juniors and seniors still get phone calls and piles of brochures in the mail from colleges and universities across the country, but social media and technology are changing the recruiting game.
  • Making UW Library Mall a "destination" again Isthmus Sept. 27, 2013 If you’re tired of the mess that is Library Mall, get used to it. It’s going to remain a construction zone for at least four more years.
  • Go Big Read: Meet Ruth Ozeki, author of 'A Tale for the Time Being' Daily Cardinal Sept. 26, 2013 Ruth Ozeki shared her challenges and inspiration behind the 2013 Go Big Read book, “A Tale for the Time Being” with The Daily Cardinal Tuesday.
  • Military Reunion Surprise CNN.com Sept. 27, 2013 A heartwarming military reunion college football fans won’t forget.