UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • UW Alumni Park will bring gardens, picnic spots to east Mendota lakeshore Wisconsin State Journal Sept. 24, 2013 A 3-acre lakeside park with picnic spots, gardens, broad grassy plazas and an outdoor classroom-in-the-round will sprout by 2015 in a patch of UW-Madison land now occupied by a parking lot, officials with the school’s alumni association announced Friday.
  • An early homecoming as U.S. Army Reservist makes surprise return from Afghanistan Madison.com Sept. 21, 2013 When U.S. Army Reserve Captain Jane Renee "JR" Lund of Madison began her six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in April, she knew what would make it the most challenging.
  • Rate My Professors ranks UW-Madison No.5 on list of best professors Daily Cardinal Sept. 20, 2013 Rate My Professors ranked the University of Wisconsin-Madison No. 5 on a list of universities with the best professors published this week.
  • The Measure of Our Poverty New York Times Sept. 20, 2013 Quoted: “They think of social isolation and cultural poverty,” said Timothy M. Smeeding, who heads the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. “If you get further and further from the median, you get socially isolated.”
  • Wis. chief: School shooters often telegraph intent AP Sept. 18, 2013 School shooters almost always telegraph their violent plans ahead of time, a tendency that could help authorities prevent assaults as long as those close to the person plotting an attack come forward in time, panelists said Tuesday at a summit for the nation’s attorneys general.
  • Free bacon makes UW-Madison research project sizzle Capital Times Sept. 18, 2013 If you cook the bacon, they will come. That’s what a team of food science researchers at UW-Madison learned Tuesday, when their bacon tasting drew more samplers in a matter of hours than similar events usually draw in days.
  • Tom Oates: Badgers football coach Gary Andersen handles adversity with class Madison.com Sept. 17, 2013 Kelly Sheffield had a tough act to follow Monday. The University of Wisconsin volleyball coach was next up at the athletic department’s weekly news conference, taking the microphone from Gary Andersen after UW’s first-year football coach had spent nearly a half-hour fielding questions about the officiating debacle that likely cost the Badgers a victory Saturday night at Arizona State.