UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • City proclaims Friday John "Vietnam" Nguyen Day Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 28, 2013 The city of Madison has proclaimed Friday to be John “Vietnam” Nguyen Day, which marks the one-year anniversary of the death of the 19-year-old UW-Madison student and Chicago-raised hip-hop artist who drowned in Lake Mendota.
  • Hearing can make 'invisible' objects appear The Conversation Aug. 28, 2013 Words that make objects appear from thin air are generally the stuff of the magical worlds of Harry Potter or The Hobbit. But a new experiment (by Gary Lupyan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison) has been shown that words can make objects easier to recognise, as our sense of vision can be altered by other sensory inputs.
  • A Time to Return to and Reflect on the March on Washington New York Times Aug. 23, 2013 Noted: When people talk about that day, they tend to go in one of two directions, said William P. Jones, author of “The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights” and a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Andrew McCuaig: PEOPLE Program provides hope in difficult political climate Capital Times Aug. 22, 2013 This summer I had the opportunity to teach an English class on the UW-Madison campus to a group of high school juniors in the PEOPLE Program. The purpose of the PEOPLE Program (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) is to mentor and provide scholarships to students who belong to historically under-represented groups at the UW.
  • New chancellor Rebecca Blank talks D.C., faculty pay, tuition and global education Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 22, 2013 After touring Milwaukee last week, new UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank spent this week reaching out to various groups in Madison. Below are comments from her Monday conversation with the State Journal at her Bascom Hall office, which still contains many unopened bankers boxes as she tries to get things arranged after moving with her husband and daughter from the Washington, D.C., area.
  • 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities In America Prevention.com Aug. 22, 2013 8. Madison, WI ... Happiness hub: The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, which includes prairies, savannas, and 20 miles of trails
  • Paul Fanlund: A first take with Rebecca Blank Capital Times Aug. 21, 2013 Rebecca Blank jokes that if she really sought the biggest public relations boost possible for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she would have stayed longer in her old job.
  • Doug Bradley: Start Me Up Huffington Post Aug. 21, 2013 As I seated myself among more than 100 established or would-be entrepreneurs at the Badger Startup Summit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday, I began to conduct my own unscientific poll. Motivating me was an article in The Wall Street Journal two days earlier about a recent study by Ross Levine and Yona Rubenstein indicating that entrepreneurship seems to be linked with mischievous tendencies such as shoplifting, marijuana use, skipping school, etc. as a teenager.
  • Susan C. Cook writes a new tune for the UW music school Isthmus Aug. 21, 2013 The UW School of Music will have a new leader as it begins the fall 2013 semester. Though she’s just stepping up to the helm, her face is familiar to students who study subjects ranging from viola to Victorian poetry.
  • Blum: Is There Danger Lurking in Your Lipstick? New York Times Aug. 16, 2013 A soft pink, a glowing red, even a cyanotic purple — millions of women and girls apply lipstick every day. And not just once: some style-conscious users touch up their color more than 20 times a day, according to a recent study. But are they also exposing themselves to toxic metals?
  • Bacteria-Powered Light Bulb Is Electricity-Free Discovery News Aug. 16, 2013 Bacteria is experiencing a boon as of late. Just recently, microorganisms have been used to make a better sunscreen. Another bright idea comes from scientists who are using bacteria as the key ingredient in a biological light bulb that requires no electricity.
  • Fourth and State: UW's Rebecca Blank Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 15, 2013 An interview by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
  • 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.