UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • College material: UW’s PEOPLE program plants the idea of attending college early Capital Times July 23, 2014 PEOPLE — its full name is another mouthful, Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence — is dedicated to getting students on a path to college early by showcasing possibilities and providing support. “PEOPLE is where the Wisconsin Idea happens,” says DeWalt, referring to the university’s mission of bringing its resources to the citizens of Wisconsin.
  • Gwen Jorgensen: From Accountant to No. 1 Triathlete Wall Street Journal July 23, 2014 Gwen Jorgensen was working as an Ernst & Young accountant when she received an unusual recruiting pitch: Why not try triathlon?
  • Hoofer Sailing Club Celebrates 75 years WKOW-TV 27 July 23, 2014 The Hoofer Sailing Club is celebrating 75 years this weekend. The group, which meets down at U.W. Madison’s Memorial Union, has been around since 1939.
  • UW puts worst-case-scenario planning for biosafety to the test Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 17, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison will simulate a terrorist bombing at Camp Randall Stadium early Thursday — complete with explosive sound effects, billowing smoke and pretend victims — to test its emergency preparedness plan involving everyone from police and fire squads to hospital emergency departments and the FBI.
  • Mixing Experiment Helps Remove Ninety Percent of Invasive Smelt From Crystal Lake WXPR-FM, Rhinelander July 14, 2014 A new way of combating invasive smelt is meeting with mixed success – literally – at the end of a two-year study. The Crystal Lake Mixing Project was able to get rid of most of the smelt in Crystal Lake…but not all of it.
  • UW-Madison scientists seek alternatives to cranberry pollination Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 14, 2014 Cranberries are blooming this month in Wisconsin — each delicate blossom awaiting a visit from a bee to pollinate it before the plants can produce their famously tart, red berries.
  • UWPD to launch resource for students dealing with sexual assault WISC-TV 3 July 10, 2014 Sexual assaults are going unreported on college campuses across the country, and a new study shows not enough students are educated about the seriousness of the incidents.
  • Ellenberg: The Summer's Most Unread Book Is… Wall Street Journal July 7, 2014 It’s beach time, and you’ve probably already scanned a hundred lists of summer reads. Sadly overlooked is that other crucial literary category: the summer non-read, the book that you pick up, all full of ambition, at the beginning of June and put away, the bookmark now and forever halfway through chapter 1, on Labor Day. The classic of this genre is Stephen Hawking’s "A Brief History of Time," widely called "the most unread book of all time."
  • UW-Madison looking to incubate business ideas with new D2P program WisBusiness.com July 7, 2014 A major shift is underway in UW-Madison’s approach to pushing innovations from its campus into the private sector. With its new Discovery to Product Program, or D2P, UW-Madison will incubate about 10 projects until they’re fully prepared to become a startup or be licensed to others. Helping them with funding and mentoring, D2P will be a “finishing school [for the projects], hopefully trying to get them dressed up and ready to go out the door,” said D2P Director John Biondi. D2P marks a much different approach to technology transfer from the university, actively seeking innovations across campus and commercializing them, said UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
  • How scared should we be of lab-created flu outbreaks? New Scientist July 3, 2014 According to articles in the UK press, Yoshi Kawaoka, a virologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has "deliberately created a pandemic strain of flu that can evade the human immune system". Some reports even allege the work recreates the deadly 1918 pandemic flu virus in a form that resists vaccines.
  • Susan West and Timothy Yoshino: UW flu research is important and safe Madison.com July 3, 2014 There is no such thing as zero risk when it comes to the study of pathogenic agents such as influenza. But the research, which has been deemed a priority by both the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, is critical to our ability to forecast, combat and potentially prevent the outbreak of deadly pandemic disease.
  • Mike McCarthy: 'I better maximize this opportunity' ESPN Wisconsin July 3, 2014 Mike McCarthy still hasn’t met his goal of raising $500,000 per year for UW’s American Family Children’s Hospital, but his fundraising efforts are paying off – in far more than just dollars and cents.
  • Response to dictionary survey surges after report Appleton Post-Crescent July 2, 2014 APPLETON – From Milwaukee to Menasha, dozens have dished on their local wordology for the Dictionary of American Regional English re-haul, but researchers are hoping for more.
  • 'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism NPR News July 2, 2014 In How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, University of Wisconsin professor Jordan Ellenberg celebrates the virtues of mathematics, especially when they’re taught well. He writes that a math teacher has to be a guide to good reasoning, and "a math course that fails do so is essentially teaching the student to be a very slow, buggy version of Microsoft Excel. And, let’s be frank, that really is what many of our math courses are doing."
  • Can You Read This? Wine May Help Reduce Vision Loss Wine Spectator July 1, 2014 Wine lovers can feel a bit more confident that the small print on back labels won’t grow too blurry as they age. Research from the University of Wisconsin suggests that moderate wine consumption can lower the risk of long-term visual impairment.
  • How Evolution Gave Some Fish Their Electric Powers Wired June 27, 2014 The electric eel is one of the many creatures Charles Darwin sliced up and examined in his years aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. When he cut it open, he found that 80 percent of the fish’s body was taken up by three organs made of what looked like muscle tissue, but not quite. This is where the animal makes electricity.
  • A new UW-Madison center helps veterans access funding and adjust to campus life Isthmus June 27, 2014 College students with military ties face numerous challenges. They must make the adjustment from active duty to campus life and try to navigate all the complexities of an updated GI Bill, which provides benefits to eligible veterans like assistance with tuition and living expenses. But now student veterans at UW-Madison have a new ally in the Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center, which opened May 15.
  • UW student leaders engage with communities statewide Madison Commons June 27, 2014 The week after finals, a group of incoming student leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison travelled the state by bus to learn more about connecting both to each other and Wisconsin’s communities.
  • On Campus: Electric cars coming to UW-Madison Madison.com June 24, 2014 Four mini-cars will be tooling around UW-Madison for the next year, fueled by electricity and available for short-term checkout by anyone with a university ID, including faculty, staff and students. The university is one of four campuses nationally and the only one in the Midwest to host the cars.
  • Richard Davis: The face of the bass Isthmus June 20, 2014 There are a handful of moments on saxophonist Eric Dolphy’s seminal free jazz album Out to Lunch where the bassist lays down a series of upward-inflected glissandi, as if a question is being asked. He then answers with a descending line. Eventually the rest of the band come back in, providing the ultimate response to the query issued by the bass. The effect is downright Socratic; it’s almost as if the bassist is a music philosopher employing the classic Q&A format to encourage his pupil, the listener, to examine a particular musical problem from a particular angle.
  • Tom Still: UW-Madison professor's project draws fire in Internet age Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 16, 2014 The engineering of a flu virus similar to one that killed 40 million people in 1918 has some scientists sharply criticizing the work of University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka, who generated a virus that differed from its pandemic ancestor by only 3% of the amino acids that make up virus proteins.
  • Blind pianist creates 3D musical score CCTV News June 13, 2014 As part of her doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin, a pianist named Yeaji Kim has come up with a complete 3D musical score that can be used by blind students.
  • Picture perfect: More people hiring professional photographers to document everyday life AP June 10, 2014 But is it possible to present a realistic view of ordinary experiences if a photographer is staging and enhancing each shot? Catalina Toma, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor whose research includes examining emotional well-being and social media, says people tend to construct very flattering images of themselves online.
  • Power of Repetition: Jim Dine Skulls Pack the Chazen Madison Magazine June 9, 2014 Perhaps the best—and nearly unavoidable—way to start an exploration of the new Jim Dine artwork at the Chazen Museum of Art is with the six-foot-tall sculpture of a human skull sitting outside the front doors. Roughly textured, with dark eye hollows, the bronze form serves as a fitting harbinger for the sixty-six prints, paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures of skulls that await inside the museum.
  • Five Free Things in Madison, From Campus to Capitol AP June 6, 2014 Nestled on an isthmus that’s home to both buttoned-up politicians in the state Capitol and more liberal-leaning college students just a short walk away, Madison lives up to its endearing unofficial motto as ‘‘77 square miles surrounded by reality.’’
  • @UWMadison second most influential university on Twitter, study finds Madison.com June 6, 2014 UW-Madison rocks Twitter, a new study found.
  • UW research examines dating, prescription drug mix WKOW TV June 6, 2014 With bold, newspaper ads topped by the question, "Are you DATING?," UW-Madison researchers are recruiting study subjects to delve into the daily lives of young couples, and the potential impact of prescription drug use, and misuse, on their happiness.
  • UW-Madison overhauls recruitment and staff management systems Employee Benefit News June 2, 2014 The University of Wisconsin-Madison is bringing its personnel management system into the 21st century to remain competitive and efficient – a tactic that HR consultants say is being replicated by other higher learning institutions across the nation.
  • Business School, Disrupted New York Times June 2, 2014 Noted: François Ortalo-Magné, dean of the University of Wisconsin’s business school, says fissures have already appeared. Recently, a rival school offered one of his faculty members not just a job, but also shares in an online learning start-up created especially for him. “We’re talking about millions of dollars,” Mr. Ortalo-Magné said. “My best teachers are going to find platforms so they can teach to the world for free. The market is finding a way to unbundle us. My job is to hold this platform together.”
  • Moynihan: The problem at the VA: 'Performance perversity' Los Angeles Times June 2, 2014 The acting inspector general’s investigation into delays at Veterans Health Administration facilities points to problems so systemic that they cannot be attributed to a few bad apples. But the report does not tell us why these problems occurred.