UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • Wisconsin faculty object to idea that shared governance should change Inside Higher Education Sept. 9, 2013 A meeting between the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and state legislators last week to find common ground in the wake of recent disputes over cash reserves. But discussions during the meeting about rethinking shared governance had some faculty feeling like they were left holding the bag for administrators’ actions – and that their decision-making authority within the system was under threat.
  • UW art department exhibit a vibrant blend of visual styles Badger Herald Sept. 13, 2013 As the fall semester gets off to a busy start, graduate students working toward their MA and MFA degrees have begun to exhibit their latest artworks. This year’s review show is called “///Some.” In it, 18 graduate students in the art department showcase one piece that best represents their progress in two years of study.
  • UW Madison an 'ideas factory' benefiting Oshkosh, state The Oshkosh Northwestern Sept. 13, 2013 The new chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is promoting her campus as a partner, as opposed to a competitor, with other universities and communities across the state.
  • UW-Madison has nation's top real estate program: U.S. News The Business Journal of Milwaukee Sept. 11, 2013 The University of Wisconsin-Madison has the best real estate education program in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? New York Times Sept. 11, 2013 Noted: Depending on our personalities, and how we’re raised, the ability to reframe may or may not come easily. Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, notes that while one child may stay rattled by an event for days or weeks, another child may rebound within hours. (Neurotic people tend to recover more slowly.)
  • How to Decode the Universe Using an Antarctic IceCube Slate Magazine Sept. 9, 2013 Call it a telescope, call it a detector, or call it an observatory -- it’s all the same to the University of Wisconsin scientists at the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, which is now the world’s largest neutrino research array. Constructed between 2005 and 2010, the IceCube array consists of 86 identical holes, drilled 1.5 miles deep, scattered throughout the ice and filled with extremely sensitive particle physics monitoring equipment.
  • Get moving: Lakeshore Nature Preserve Wisconsin State Journal Sept. 9, 2013 It’s a valuable natural resource right in the middle of Madison — the Lakeshore Nature Preserve on the UW-Madison campus. The area protects 300 acres of undeveloped land along Lake Mendota, including Picnic Point, Lakeshore Path and Muir Woods.
  • Editorial: New Chancellor brings new ideas and diverse experiences WISC-TV 3 Sept. 4, 2013 While new UW Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank seems genuinely thrilled to be back on a college campus after five years in Washington DC, it seems clear to us her perspective on her new job extends well beyond Bascom Hall and environs.
  • UW improves vets’ grant aid Badger Herald Sept. 4, 2013 Before the start of this school year, University of Wisconsin Veteran Services Coordinator Joe Rasmussen encouraged out-of-state veterans to look at other Big 10 schools because enrolling in Madison was too expensive. 
  • Sleep 'boosts brain cell numbers' BBC News Sept. 4, 2013 Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep - it replenishes a type of brain cell.
  • Humans Would Be Better Off If They Monkeyed Around Like the Muriquis Smithsonian Magazine Aug. 30, 2013 It’s 9 o’clock on a June morning in a muggy tropical forest not far from Brazil’s Atlantic coast and brown howler monkeys have been roaring for an hour. But the muriquis—the largest primates in the Americas after human beings, and the animals that the anthropologist Karen Strier and I have huffed uphill to see—are still curled high in the crooks of trees, waiting for the morning sun to warm them.
  • Chancellor Rebecca Blank urges new Badgers to explore, help each other -- and her -- out Madison.com Aug. 30, 2013 Calling herself a "fellow newbie," UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank told thousands of freshman and transfer students at a convocation Friday to leave their comfort zone as they enter college by embracing the diversity of their classmates, taking classes that intrigue them even if they’re not required and asking for help when things get rough.