UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Dane County farmer gives coach Gary Andersen his biggest welcome yet Madison.com Aug. 15, 2013 A Dane County farmer is giving the University of Wisconsin’s new football coach, Gary Andersen, a big welcome. Really big.
  • Lead poisoning's impact: Kids suspended more at school USA Today Aug. 15, 2013 Scientists have long known that children with high levels of toxic lead in their bloodstream are more likely than others to behave impulsively, have shorter attention spans and lower IQs and do poorly in school.
  • With Thousands Of Students Moving In Or Out, UW Tries To Minimize Waste Wisconsin Public Radio News Aug. 15, 2013 UW Moving Days took place again in Madison to keep items that can be reused or recycled out of landfills, as thousands of students move in or out of their apartments this week.
  • Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools Education Week Aug. 13, 2013 Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are convinced the tests of the future will look like Crystals of Kaydor, a role-playing video game about aliens.
  • Divining the Regulatory Goals of Fed Rivals New York Times Aug. 14, 2013 Noted: Mr. Summers and Ms. Yellen were academic stars before entering public service. Menzie Chinn, an economist and professor of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin, said that both were “at the forefront” of research undermining the idea that markets were self-correcting. By contrast, the former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan frequently argued that government regulation did more harm than good.
  • Still: Baldwin’s visit illustrates value of R&D to human health, economy wisbusiness.con Aug. 13, 2013 Tammy Baldwin readily admits she has a soft spot for academic researchers and the federal dollars that often help to support them. Her grandfather was a UW-Madison biochemist who worked at the Institute for Enzyme Research for decades.
  • Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn New York Times Aug. 12, 2013 Quoted: “The era of the lawn in the West is over,” said Paul Robbins, the director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. “The water limits are insurmountable, unless the Scotts Company develops a genetically modified grass that requires almost no water. And I’m sure it’s keeping them up at night.”
  • In Madison, Wisconsin, chill out on a terrace by a lake The Dallas Morning News Aug. 12, 2013 At the hour when Texans dash from air-conditioned office to air-conditioned car to air-conditioned home, couples and children are twirling on Memorial Union Terrace’s lakefront promenade. Everybody’s welcome at the University of Wisconsin’s sea of tables circled by bright yellow, orange and green chairs, each graced with a stamped-metal sunburst pattern.
  • Fake Web Traffic Is Costing Advertisers Billions Advertising Age Aug. 9, 2013 Fake web traffic has long plagued the online publishing world, but Dr. Paul Barford, computer science professor at the University of Wisconsin, is claiming the problem might be worse than suspected. And it’s costing some of the top online advertisers millions in wasted ad impressions.
  • Program hopes to train pilots and medics together for med flight WKOW-TV 27 Aug. 9, 2013 Aeromedical evacuation is one of the world’s riskiest professions and accident rates are going up. But, the UW College of Engineering Flight Simulation Lab is working to reverse that trend. 
  • Scott Walker: Renovations to proceed at UW dairy, meat science buildings Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 8, 2013 Before auctioning off cattle, pigs and sheep at the governor’s annual blue ribbon livestock auction at the Wisconsin State Fair, Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday that proposed renovations of University of Wisconsin-Madison buildings for dairy and meat science research will go forward as planned.
  • UW-Madison receives high marks The Business Journal of Milwaukee Aug. 8, 2013 The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been recognized in a number of recent college rankings, including the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) survey, "Fiske Guide to Colleges," and Livability.com’s top college towns.
  • Camp Randall unveils renovations, upgrades WISC-TV 3 Aug. 2, 2013 Football season starts in just about a month, and if you’re headed to a UW game, you’ll see some pretty big changes at Camp Randall.
  • Stinky corpse flower “Dennis” in bloom at UW-Madison WITI-TV, Milwaukee Aug. 2, 2013 The Titan Arum plant began blooming inside UW-Madison’s D.C. Smith Greenhouse around noon on Thursday, August 1 and should reach full bloom sometime Thursday evening.
  • Trout Bog focus of UW-Madison researchers WAOW-TV, Wausau Aug. 1, 2013 It’s a peaceful morning on Trout Bog, just outside Boulder Junction in Vilas County. And though the sound of oars splashing into the still water provides the ambience of a typical Northwoods boat ride, the voyage Ben Crary and Matt Bodin are on is anything but average.
  • Helping Others Makes Us Happier At Work, Research Finds Huffington Post July 31, 2013 Here’s a good reason to help your coworkers with an upcoming project or presentation: Altruists in the office are more likely to be committed to their work and are less likely to quit their jobs, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But beyond all that, researchers found perhaps the biggest benefit of office altruism: Those who help others are happier at work than those who don’t prioritize helping others.
  • Hold your breath — and nose — Madison's 'stink flower' to bloom Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 31, 2013 More than 130,000 people trekked to the United States Botanic Garden last week to see its stinky titan arum "corpse flower" in bloom.
  • The Coolest College Dorm Room Of 1967 You'll Ever See Buzzfeed July 29, 2013 Is there anything more American than sharing a bag of oranges with your University of Wisconsin friends and geeking out in your Peanuts-themed dorm room?
  • The Humanities Hackathon leads the UW's entry into digital humanities Isthmus July 26, 2013 If a paperback on your summer reading list was published anonymously, you’d probably notice. But if this article lacked a byline, or tonight’s episode of Wilfred didn’t credit a writer, you might not bat an eyelash.
  • The Gear That’s Wasting Your Money Men's Health July 24, 2013 Wrap your head around this: Expensive sports helmets with lots of padding may not offer greater protection, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When researchers recorded the age, price, and brand of 2,000 high school athletes’ football helmets, it appeared that none of those factors had any impact on who got concussions and who didn’t.
  • Odd Wisconsin: Vets in tents swarmed UW Wisconsin State Journal July 24, 2013 After the GI Bill passed in 1944, so many WWII veterans flocked to the University of Wisconsin that they had no place to sleep. Each year from 1946 to 1949, more than 10,000 enrolled, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all students.
  • The 70 Most Popular American Universities on Instagram Nitrogram Blog July 24, 2013 There are plenty of American Universities on Instagram, but which ones are worth following? (UW-Madison is #2.)
  • ‘Lone star’ tick arrives in Wisconsin Wisconsin Radio Network July 23, 2013 There’s a new, potentially troublesome tick to track in Wisconsin. It’s not a deer tick or a wood tick, and this lone star tick has nothing to do with Texas. “Lone star actually reflects the little white spot on the back of the adult female,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison entomology professor Susan Paskewitz.
  • Instagram and self-esteem: Why the photo-sharing network is even more depressing than Facebook. Slate Magazine July 23, 2013 Quoted: “I would venture to say that photographs, likes, and comments are the aspects of the Facebook experience that are most important in driving the self-esteem effects, and that photos are maybe the biggest driver of those effects,” says Catalina Toma of the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “You could say that Instagram purifies this one aspect of Facebook.”
  • New UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank arrives on campus Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 22, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank arrived on campus Monday for her first day on the job and a week of immersion before taking a a long-planned family vacation.
  • New UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank to tackle daunting challenges starting July 22 Isthmus July 22, 2013 When incoming University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank officially enters Bascom Hall on Monday, July 22, she’ll face a steep learning curve.
  • Many expecting success for Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 22, 2013 The chain of events that led to Gary Andersen taking over the Wisconsin football program began on April 1, 2008.
  • Being Legal Doesn’t End Poverty New York Times July 22, 2013 Noted: Over all, unreported income amounts to roughly $2 trillion annually, but cash wages make up only a portion of that estimate, according to Edgar L. Feige, an emeritus professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who has spent decades examining underground and cash economies, in part by using information on how much cash is in circulation at any given time. There is no way of knowing how many workers are earning their salaries in cash, Professor Feige said.
  • Kristof: Was Blind, but Now She Sees New York Times July 18, 2013 Noted: When I first traveled through West Africa, as a student backpacker more than 30 years ago, I was haunted by the beggars disabled by blindness, leprosy and polio. Now I’m on my annual win-a-trip journey with a university student, Erin Luhmann of the University of Wisconsin, and she is encountering a fundamentally improved landscape than the one I saw when I was her age.
  • New Madison Chancellor Has Deep Christian Roots Milwaukee Magazine July 15, 2013 Rebecca M. Blank, the economist stepping down from the post of U.S. Commerce Secretary to become UW-Madison’s next chancellor, is relishing the thought of escaping D.C. for a city as quietly cultured as Wisconsin’s capital. The former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has a sturdy bipartisan reputation (Republican Gov. Scott Walker hailed her appointment) and friends in a lot of high-profile universities, but a third dimension of her background has so far gone overlooked: her Christian faith.