UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Susan Boyle among those who find autism diagnosis a relief TODAY.com Dec. 10, 2013 Quoted: The diagnostic criteria for autism has changed dramatically, even in the last 20 years, explained Megan Farley, a psychologist at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Until the mid-1990s, there wasn’t an autism "spectrum" — there was just autistic disorder. "It was this very strict type of diagnostic category," Farley says. That captured the "classic" cases of autism, but people with more subtle signs of the disorder slipped by unnoticed until 1994, when Asperger’s syndrome was introduced. (Asperger’s syndrome is no longer an "official" diagnosis, and what used to be Asperger’s is now the mildest level of autism spectrum disorder.) 
  • Experience: I discovered a new species up my nose The Guardian Dec. 9, 2013 It was about three days after I’d left Africa that the pain in my nose became too severe to ignore. Starting as a dull ache niggling at the edge of my consciousness, it had gradually built in intensity to the point at which I had to stop what I was doing to investigate further.
  • The next civil rights fight: Gloria Ladson-Billings believes African American students deserve better Isthmus Dec. 6, 2013 Gloria Ladson-Billings travels the world, speaking and teaching about racial disparities in education. A professor in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her books -- including the bestseller The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children -- are considered part of the canon for teacher educators. Ivy League schools have tried to lure her away, but she has turned down offers from Harvard and Stanford, where she got her Ph.D.
  • More UW schools developing flex programs WISC-TV 3 Dec. 6, 2013 Four more University of Wisconsin System schools are developing flex option programs.
  • UW, UWM scramble to ward off suitors for top professors Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 5, 2013 Top professors in the state’s two public doctoral universities are attracting significantly more job offers than a decade ago, and those universities are scrambling to pony up "market pay" to keep them from leaving and taking federal research dollars with them.
  • Wisconsin Idea: Past and Future WXPR-FM, Rhinelander Dec. 4, 2013 The Wisconsin Idea is a guiding principle of the University of Wisconsin System, that says the university should have an impact in all parts of the state. The University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to make its presence felt throughout the state. Kate VandenBosch is Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison. 
  • Lodi grad awarded prestigious scholarship; Bulovsky to study politics in London Portage Daily Register Dec. 4, 2013 It’s Lodi to London — again — for Andrew Bulovsky, a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.
  • Upward Bound: Two decades ago Wisconsin Football changed direction Kenosha News Dec. 4, 2013 Twenty years ago today everything came up roses for the University of Wisconsin, its football program and Badgers fans. That it happened on the other side of the world only added to the wonder of it.
  • On Wisconsin Diversity: Chancellor Rebecca Blank Capital City Hues Dec. 3, 2013 Dr. Rebecca Blank, who took on the reins of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in March 2013 is no stranger to Big 10 schools. Blank received her economics degree from the University ofMinnesota before earning her Ph.D. in economics from MIT. She held positions at Michigan and Northwestern University.
  • Great World Texts program puts spotlight on Common Core standards Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 2, 2013 When Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk arrives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Monday, he’ll be greeted by hundreds of high school students who have spent weeks grappling with the themes of his book "Snow."
  • Andy Baggot: UW seniors give their all off the field, too Madison.com Nov. 29, 2013 Of all the achievements ascribed to the 26 seniors on the University of Wisconsin football team, one speaks louder to me than all the others.
  • Badgers women's basketball: UW's Morgan Paige shares hoops dream with entire family Madison.com Nov. 29, 2013 Basketball has always been at the heart of the Paige family.
  • 'Ghost Particles' In Antarctica Offer Glimpse Of Deep Space NPR Nov. 27, 2013 A new kind of telescope buried deep beneath the ice of Antarctica has, for the first time, seen a signal from distant, violent events. In doing so, it is beginning to paint a picture of a part of our cosmos that has never been observed before.
  • Editorial: Boosting Entrepreneurism WISC-TV 3 Nov. 26, 2013 Cities seeking to be hubs of innovation – in other words cities where smart, creative people want to be in the 21st century – require collaborative partnerships. And if those partnerships include a major research institution and a world renowned patenting, licensing and investing organization all the better.
  • UW-Madison senior Drew Birrenkott 'elated' to win 2014 Rhodes Scholarship Daily Cardinal Nov. 25, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison senior Drew Birrenkott is the recipient of the 2014 Rhodes Scholarship and will be invited to spend two or three years of study, all-expenses paid, at Oxford University in England.
  • UW-Madison DNA center may help solve mystery of WWII soldier Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 25, 2013 The DNA Sequencing Facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center expects to play a key role in the final analysis of remains buried with those of German soldiers to determine whether they may belong to U.S. Army Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon.
  • An Icy Observatory Detects Neutrinos From Far, Far Away New York Times Nov. 22, 2013 At the bottom of the world, an observatory embedded in ice and designed to catch bountiful but elusive subatomic particles could give astronomers a brand-new look at the universe.
  • Toxic blue-green algae caused by lack of nitrogen, UW researchers say Madison.com Nov. 21, 2013 Why does some blue-green algae found in lakes and streams turn toxic? It’s because of a lack of nitrogen, according to a study by researchers at the UW-Madison Sea Grant Institute.
  • Living in: Great university towns BBC News Nov. 20, 2013 Madison, WisconsinWith its downtown on a narrow isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, and the college campus of University of Wisconsin-Madison spread along the lakeshore, Madison is perhaps one of the loveliest college towns in the US Midwest.
  • Underwood: Celebrate great public schools, and make them available to all Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 19, 2013 If you are paying attention to legislative debates or media reports, you may get the impression that our schools are failing and that many people have turned their backs on this uniquely American public institution.
  • Thankful for affordable turkey Wisconsin Radio Network Nov. 18, 2013 The centerpiece of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner should be “affordable.” Turkey prices are expecting to be stable, according to University of Wisconsin poultry expert Ron Kean. He says we should be paying about what we paid last year.
  • UW-Madison Ranked 6th In Nation For Students Abroad Wisconsin Public Radio News Nov. 14, 2013 A new report ranks UW-Madison as sixth among U.S. universities and colleges in the number of students studying abroad for academic credit.
  • MGE Innovation Center: 12 Business Incubators Changing The World Forbes Nov. 14, 2013 Madison, Wis.Started in 1984, this park hosts more than 126 companies that employ 3,500 people. Graduates include Madison’s Exact Sciences, which is developing a non-invasive DNA test for detecting colon cancer. Exact Sciences trades on the Nasdaq and boasts a recent $160 million market cap.
  • UW-Madison launches $3.2 million program to encourage entrepreneurship Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 13, 2013 Seeking to push more of the results of its vast research efforts into the marketplace, the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday announced a $3.2 million program to encourage both dorm-room and faculty-driven entrepreneurship.
  • Wisconsin professor, Sesame Workshop helping kids Big Ten Network Nov. 13, 2013 Helping children process their parent’s incarceration is an issue University of Wisconsin Professor Julie Poehlmann has been grappling with for more than 15 years. And for the last few years, she has been developing a unique way of communicating with children about some tough life questions.
  • UW experiments with flipped classroom structure Badger Herald Nov. 13, 2013 The University of Wisconsin has experimented with new learning methods recently by “flipping” classrooms, changing the traditional structure of large lectures.
  • 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.