UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Diverse Students Go Digital Chronicle of Higher Education June 11, 2013 It’s early on a Thursday afternoon, and I’m preparing to teach two interdisciplinary humanities courses. I’ll spend the next three hours working closely with about 50 undergraduates, and I need to get my ducks in a row. When I started my teaching career, more than two decades ago, this last-minute prep might have entailed reviewing handwritten lecture notes or scrawling something profound on the chalkboard. Today, however, I’m hunkered down at a state-of-the-art podium that will allow me to engage my students in ways I couldn’t have imagined in the early 1990s.
  • Experts predict a stronger mosquito season in Wis. Green Bay Press-Gazette June 10, 2013 A snowy winter and a rainy spring have helped breed more mosquitoes in Wisconsin.University of Wisconsin-Madison entomologist Phil Pelliterri said standing water in flooded ditches and other spots is just what mosquitoes like. Green Bay has seen more than three-quarters of an inch of rain in June after having about three-quarters of an inch above normal rainfall in May and April.
  • UW doc on MLB’s PED problem Wisconsin Radio Networks June 10, 2013 What’s the appeal of performance enhancing drugs for big-name athletes? Allegations have been made about Major League Baseball players and the owner of a Florida-based anti-aging clinic. Greg Landry, professor of pediatrics and orthopedics at UW Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, was asked why players like Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez would feel the need to – allegedly – take performance enhancing anabolic steroids.
  • On, Wisconsin! What happens when you try to kick a nonprofit journalism center off campus? Nieman Journalism Lab June 10, 2013 And once again there is a nation full of journalists wondering what’s going on in Wisconsin’s state legislature.This week, a legislative committee approved a measure that would not only evict the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from its offices on the University of Wisconsin campus, but also bar any university staff from working with the center.
  • Move to quash Wisconsin journalism center bashed by conservatives AP June 7, 2013 A conservative radio talk show host and a moderate Republican state senator on Thursday both bashed a move to quash an investigative journalism center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • How Much Consciousness Does an iPhone Have? The New Yorker June 7, 2013 What has more consciousness: a puppy or a baby? An iPhone 5 or an octopus? For a long time, the question seemed impossible to address. But recently, Giulio Tononi, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin, argued that consciousness can be measured—captured in a single value that he calls ?, the Greek letter phi.
  • How Carrie Coon went from the Rathskeller to the red carpet Capital Times June 7, 2013 For those who knew her as a hardworking grad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carrie Coon’s red carpet debut at the Tony Awards on Sunday may feel like watching a local girl make good.
  • Editorial: Don't boot center from campus Wisconsin State Journal June 6, 2013 The Legislature’s petty attempt to evict the Center for Investigative Journalism from the UW-Madison campus has quickly backfired.
  • Cap Times' Evjue Foundation distributes $1 million to UW, area nonprofits Capital Times June 5, 2013 Checks totaling more than $1 million have been sent to 74 area nonprofits and to 17 project managers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times.
  • Reich: Innovation And Investment Dollars Turn To A New Region: The Midwest Forbes June 5, 2013 There are, however, accelerator programs that are trying to change that. One program that I’m intimately familiar with, given my ties to UW-Madison, is called gener8tor and it is launching its third class of startup companies. The program is based in Madison, Wisconsin and is drawing companies from Austin, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and the Twin cities.
  • Candy Crush Saga: Why Millions Can't Stop Crushing Candy on Facebook, Phones ABCNEWS.com June 5, 2013 "The human visual system is primed for pattern detection, which is a key component of this game," Heather Kikorian, an assistant professor of human development and family development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told ABC News. With Candy Crush, that pattern- solving strategy is core and becomes more and more challenging as the game goes on.
  • Say yes to the dress: UW-grad Carrie Coon turns to local expert for Tonys outfit Capital Times June 4, 2013 This Sunday, the girl who wore shin guards to her first theater audition swaps her cleats and uniform for gold heels and a vintage gown on the Radio City red carpet.
  • Speaking Out: Hip Hop Takes its Place in Academia NEA Arts June 4, 2013 In 2004, Willie Ney brought a team of high school students from Madison, Wisconsin, to the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in Los Angeles. Ney, who was working in an outreach capacity for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was enthralled by the creativity, talent, and passion that he witnessed, calling it a "transformative experience." But he was also struck by the realization that he was the only university-level representative in attendance. "There was no integration of higher education with these students, who were brilliant writers and thinkers," he said. "There are thousands of poets out there, but universities are not recruiting them. They’re recruiting athletes."
  • UW researchers find another way to ease arthritis knee pain Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 4, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers treating pain have found a way to sweeten up therapy by injecting sugar water into the knees of arthritis sufferers.
  • Feeling Down? Looking at Your Facebook Profile for 5 Minutes Might Help ABC News June 3, 2013 When you think of things to do to improve your self-esteem or self-image, you probably don’t think about heading to Facebook. It might actually be the last place you think of, given that a percentage of people leave Facebook because of the negativity on the social network.
  • UW-Madison study finds no substantial skills gap The Business Journal of Milwaukee June 3, 2013 Another Wisconsin study has emerged that concludes the state does not face a substantial skills gap.
  • Cartoonist Lynda Barry Helps College Students Tap Innate Creativity NPR May 30, 2013 Like most of her work, cartoonist Lynda Barrys class at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is unorthodox. "No artistic talent required," the course description states. The course is described as a "writing and picture-making class with focus on the basic physical structure of the brain."
  • Reading Gains Lag Improvements in Math New York Times May 30, 2013 Quoted: “Your mother or father doesn’t come up and tuck you in at night and read you equations,” said Geoffrey Borman, a professor at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin. “But parents do read kids bedtime stories, and kids do engage in discussions around literacy, and kids are exposed to literacy in all walks of life outside of school.”
  • Dandelions more numerous this spring WISC-TV 3 May 29, 2013 Experts say it’s a banner spring for dandelions because of last year’s drought. Dr. Doug Soldat, with the University of Wisconsin Department of Soil Science, said last summer’s dry weather means grass is thinner, leaving more room for weeds.
  • UW scientists reprogram cells to study Down syndrome Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 29, 2013 Researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison have reprogrammed cells from people with Down syndrome and used them to seek greater understanding of what goes wrong in the disorder.
  • Our weird weather may be linked to rapid melting of Arctic sea ice Arizona Daily Star May 28, 2013 One theory is that sea ice loss alters atmospheric patterns that cause the jet stream to swing north or south for prolonged periods, creating warm or cold spells that last days or weeks. In short, Arctic warming "essentially loads the dice" in favor of more wavy, erratic jet stream patterns, said professor Stephen Vavrus, a University of Wisconsin researcher who has worked on some of the studies.
  • Brain cells give insight into Down's syndrome BBC News Online May 28, 2013 Brain cells have been grown from skin cells of adults with Down’s syndrome in research that could shed new light on the condition.
  • From Quarry to Temple Science May 28, 2013 Two thousand years after the Kizilburun shipwreck, excavating archaeologists have figured out exactly where it came from, where it was headed, and why. Sometime between 100 B.C.E and 25 B.C.E., a wooden ship carrying almost 60 tonnes of stone foundered in Aegean waters just off the coast of Turkey. It went down bearing its entire cargo, including eight massive drum-shaped blocks of white marble. Those blocks fit together to form part of a tapering column that likely stood more than 11 meters tall, plus a square uppermost piece: a Doric column.
  • Wisconsin Looks to Take Next Step RugbyMag.com May 28, 2013 The Wisconsin Rugby Club returns to the USA Rugby DII Club semifinals looking to earn a National Championship that they missed out on last year.
  • Wheelchair lift out of Wis. promises more access AP May 24, 2013 An elementary school principal has inspired the University of Wisconsin-Madison to create a new wheelchair lift that could help make more places wheelchair accessible.
  • 10 Most Popular Business Schools U.S. News and World Report May 23, 2013 The School of Business at University of Wisconsin—Madison edged out the top-ranked private school, enrolling 90.4 percent of accepted students in fall 2012 to Harvard Business School’s 89.3 percent, according to data reported by the schools in an annual U.S. News survey.
  • Jordan Friedman: For Some Professors, Twitter Is a Tool for Fostering Discussion Huffington Post May 22, 2013 Rather than only using social media sites in their spare time, the students in lecturer Shawn Peters’ "Narratives of Justice and Equality in Multicultural America" class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison use Twitter as soon as they enter the classroom.
  • App aims to change grocery shopping LaCrosse Tribune May 22, 2013 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students worked with a UW-Madison student on a mobile app that could reinvent the way people shop for groceries.
  • For UW, it’s row, row, row the boat Beloit Daily News May 22, 2013 For an athlete valuing teamwork the way Beloit’s Margo Grover does, competitive crew — rowing — may well be the perfect collegiate sport.
  • The Dark Side of Liberation New York Times May 21, 2013 Quoted: “I could not believe what I was reading,” Ms. Roberts, a professor of French history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, recalled of the moment she came across the citizen complaints in an obscure archive in Le Havre. “I took out my little camera and began photographing the pages. I did not go to the bathroom for eight hours.”