UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Close call in the ER: How one desperate young doctor became a surgical visionary Slate.com Nov. 8, 2013 Noted: More than a decade after Pugh’s emergency-room heroics at Howard University, I’m in her lab at the University of Wisconsin hospital finishing up a hernia operation. Just about done—all I need to do is put in the last few stitches. The miniature camera attached to the end of the two long needles I’m clumsily manipulating doesn’t lie: I’m a lousy surgeon. Fortunately, the patient isn’t alive. In fact, he never lived—he’s actually a cloth box with different layers of mesh—which look like the internal organs of a human—and laparoscopic tools, all of which sit on a base consisting of two Frisbees.
  • Soda or Pop? Dictionary of American Regional English Getting an Update Time NewsFeed Nov. 7, 2013 In 1965, bands of surveyors drove their Dodge vans every which way out of Madison, Wisc., starting a project that would take nearly a half century to complete. Their work—going door to door and asking what people called that strip of grass between the street and the sidewalk or those delicious round things you put syrup on and eat for breakfast—became the Dictionary of American Regional English, a six-volume catalog of the things that are only said in Maine or Appalachia or Southern Texas.
  • Crowdsourcing Campus Health with Mobile Apps and Data EdTech Magazine Nov. 7, 2013 Tracking the seasonal flu is an onerous task. To accomplish it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiles and analyzes reams of data, including virological surveillance from about 145 laboratories, information on outpatient visits from more than 2,900 healthcare providers, and mortality data from 122 cities.
  • Charlie Trotter Dies at 54 - Chef Made Chicago a Must New York Times Nov. 7, 2013 Charlie Trotter, a chef whose flagship restaurant, Charlie Trotter’s, helped establish Chicago as a serious dining city, died on Tuesday. He was 54.
  • UW-Madison offers first lactose-free ice creams AP Nov. 4, 2013 MADISON — The dairy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has unveiled its first two lactose-free ice cream flavors, catering to customers who may have a hard time digesting milk sugar.
  • Still: Program aims to better link UW System, state economy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 4, 2013 It’s a common question, often voiced inside the Capitol and within Wisconsin’s business community: How can the University of Wisconsin System better align itself with the state’s economic future?
  • Rebecca Blank comes "back home" to UW-Madison Isthmus Nov. 1, 2013 Spend a few moments chatting with Rebecca Blank, UW-Madison’s new chancellor, and you may wind up as dizzy and out of breath as you would be if you followed her around for a day. She talks fast and thinks faster, delivering rapid-fire, perfectly articulated responses while maintaining a cheerful demeanor and welcoming smile.
  • 'Sleep Dealer' Filmmaker Alex Rivera Joins Eco-Minded Film Festival The Hollywood Reporter Nov. 1, 2013 Alex Rivera swept up awards at Sundance in 2008 with his socially-conscious sci-fi film, Sleep Dealer, a dystopian look at the future of Mexican/United States border control. Since then, the filmmaker has taken his time assembling a follow-up. This week, Rivera earns the title of programmer and artist-in-residence for Tales from Planet Earth, a science- and environment-themed festival beginning Nov. 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In its seventh year, Tales from the Earth culls films from across the globe, ranging from factual documentary to speculative future fiction.
  • Online map shows economic development projects Janesville Gazette Oct. 31, 2013 Investments made by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. in Rock County have resulted in 278 new jobs and the retention of nearly 1,200 others in the last two years. That’s according to a new, interactive map online developed in partnership with the UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison.
  • New UW website charts migration in US for past 60 years Madison.com Oct. 31, 2013 The migration of people to and from a community tells a lot about the character of the place, and can be used to plan for future development.
  • Camp Randall crush remembered as frightening call for stadium changes Wisconsin State Journal Oct. 30, 2013 Twenty years ago Wednesday, a UW-Madison freshman and sophomore, sisters from New Jersey and second-generation Badgers, got ready to storm the field with thousands of others to celebrate an epic University of Wisconsin football victory over Michigan.
  • Unmasked: UW researchers reveal what mystery cold virus looks like Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oct. 29, 2013 Turns out the reason why there’s no cure yet for the common cold is that no one knows exactly what the cold virus looks like.
  • The Best Way to Help Your Sense of Smell Men's Health Oct. 28, 2013 Squats can safeguard your sniffer: Regular exercise protects your sense of smell as you age, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • UW course highlights vampire lore Badger Herald Oct. 25, 2013 With the University of Wisconsin’s spring catalog now live, students who want to bite off something different will be able to take a course that explores vampire legends.
  • Senior class officers look toward attracting high profile commencement speaker Badger Herald Oct. 24, 2013 It’s back: Badgers graduating in spring 2014 will be walking across the stage in a single ceremony at Camp Randall.
  • 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.