UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Scott Walker wants to end funding for renewable energy program Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 2, 2015 In an about-face from his first term, Gov. Scott Walker wants to eliminate funding for a University of Wisconsin-Madison renewable energy research center that has played a key role in helping land one of its biggest government grants ever.
  • UW Hospital emergency clinic to double in size, thanks to large gifts Madison.com Feb. 27, 2015 The UW Hospital emergency clinic in Madison will double in size to meet patient demand, with the expansion possible thanks to gifts totaling over $13 million from four prominent supporters of UW-Madison.
  • Mark Johnson: The unsung Magic man of the Miracle on Ice NY Daily News Feb. 23, 2015 MADISON, Wis. — For Mark Johnson, the guy many believe to be the best of a group of 20 kids who shocked the hockey world 35 years ago today in Lake Placid, heaven comes on a sheet of ice measuring 32’ x 58’ just a few yards off his back patio. It’s his own man-made rink, the one he started building 12 years ago when he moved to this edge of Madison, the home of the University of Wisconsin.
  • Caledonia native is UW-Madison's 'bug guy' Racine Journal-Times Feb. 23, 2015 MADISON — It may be subject matter that some can find annoying and even creepy. But PJ Liesch keeps pretty busy fielding questions about the little critters in the insect world that bug us.
  • Internet Of Things 101: Inside The Latest Trend In Higher Education Forbes Feb. 19, 2015 The Internet of Things will connect everyone and everything like never before. Through an innovative new education lab in America’s heartland, the University of Wisconsin is preparing the next generation of engineers to harness it.
  • The Wisconsin Idea in practice Isthmus Feb. 18, 2015 The UW-Madison has long wanted to have a permanent, physical presence in south Madison, a neighborhood that has experienced more than its fair share of struggles and outside assumptions.
  • Conroy: Cuts to UW System could seriously hurt state's economic growth Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 16, 2015 Wisconsin is in a fight to create good-paying jobs for the 21st century economy. Wisconsin’s trend of declining household incomes only will be offset if we can generate new, good-paying jobs and stop the exodus of college graduates to other states. The recent proposal to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System’s budget, in the absence of a concrete plan to ensure that our standards of excellence remain intact, will strike a blow to a key source of potential economic growth and undercut a major opportunity to translate the system’s scientific research into new, high-growth companies and jobs.
  • Bo Ryan Is Weaned to Win in Wisconsin New York Times Feb. 16, 2015 PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — As one approaches this town of 11,000 in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, the largest letter M in the world looms to the north. Made of 400 tons of whitewashed limestone, measuring more than 200 feet in each direction and symbolizing the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s mining tradition, it is peaked on the kind of hill not ordinarily seen in the northern Midwest.
  • Hall: Letter to the Assembly on the importance of the UW System Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 11, 2015 I am writing to thank you for your commitment to preserving the excellence and integrity of the University of Wisconsin System. As a native Wisconsinite, I have always felt tremendous pride that our humble, decent state has created and sustained one of the world’s premier institutions of higher learning and a state system that is the envy of the rest of the nation.
  • Jeffrey S. Russell: UW-Madison is responding to needs for flexible education Madison.com Feb. 9, 2015 Between today and 2020, Wisconsin will have approximately 75,000 job openings that require educational credentials beyond the bachelor’s degree. These include 12,000 jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, plus 22,000 jobs in managerial and professional office work, according to a Georgetown University study.
  • Researchers putting radio collars on coyotes, foxes on UW-Madison campus Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Feb. 5, 2015 Theres no shortage of foot traffic on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • Mirer: Scott Walker thinks my university has fat to trim. Yet my department is barely scraping by The Washington Post Feb. 5, 2015 You might think that one of the nation’s leading academic communication programs would be a good place to make a long-distance phone call.
  • Walker Backs off Removing 'Wisconsin Idea' From UW Mission AP Feb. 5, 2015 Gov. Scott Walker abruptly backed off Wednesday from a contentious plan to eliminate the University of Wisconsin System’s public service mission statement known as the "Wisconsin Idea" and replace it with the charge of meeting the state’s workforce needs.
  • Wisconsin gets big bang for recruiting buck Appleton Post-Crescent Feb. 5, 2015 College coaches nationwide find out Wednesday if long plane rides and courting high school players and their parents will pay off in landing top football recruits.
  • Don't shortchange state's future economy Wisconsin State Journal Jan. 30, 2015 The Republican governor’s plan to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System is troubling. Allowing UW campuses more flexibility from state bureaucracy to save money is fine. But the governor wants the System to absorb what would amount to a 13 percent cut in state funding while maintaining a tuition freeze for two more years. No amount of efficiency, short of damaging layoffs, is going to offset that in the short run. Moreover, tuition hikes after a freeze expires could price some in-state students out of a Wisconsin school.
  • Just another day at the office for former commissioner Bud Selig Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jan. 28, 2015 Noted: Selig will spend time teaching classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University, a diversion for which he has a passion, but quitting baseball cold turkey was never an option. That void would have been impossible to fill.
  • Brain injuries could be reduced with ski, snowboard helmets, UW doctors say Madison.com Jan. 28, 2015 Skiers and snowboarders should wear helmets if they want to reduce their chances for a traumatic brain injury, but the practice isn’t very widespread, UW Health officials say.
  • Just Ask Us: How many buildings make up UW-Madison's campus? Wisconsin State Journal Jan. 26, 2015 Since UW-Madison’s founding in 1848, the university has grown to include 388 buildings spread across 936 acres, said Gary Brown, director of campus planning and landscape architecture.
  • This Professor Says Learning To Be Happy Is 'No Different Than Learning The Violin' Huffington Post Jan. 23, 2015 Richard Davidson, professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, touted the importance of being mindful, especially in the workplace.
  • Channel bridges student cultural divide China Daily Jan. 23, 2015 How would it feel for two people to live under the same roof but move in different worlds? My "Foreign" Roommate, a short film on Channel C on You Tube to be released Friday, demonstrates that having a Chinese student as a roommate can quickly answer that question.
  • Offill Wins Charlotte Zolotow Award for 'Sparky!' Publishers Weekly Jan. 21, 2015 Sparky!, written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans, is the winner of the 18th annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and will be presented in Madison this spring. In a release, the committee said: “The marvelous humor is never overplayed as Offill skillfully maintains a measured, evenhanded tone and perfect pacing.”
  • Digging Deeper: UW Research team starts revolutionary study during bad flu season WKOW-TV 27 Jan. 9, 2015 Madison WKOW-- A bad flu season in Wisconsin continues to be problematic for health officials statewide. According to UW researchers, the number of hospitalizations this season is now up 1,813 people.
  • Where has all the funding gone? Federal cuts threaten research at UW-Madison Isthmus Jan. 9, 2015 University of Wisconsin researchers are laying the groundwork to make it possible to "print" new transplant-ready organs, grown from cells cultured from a patient’s blood sample. This project, which merges research in biotechnology and nanotechnology, is under way today thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health NIH.
  • Free UW online course focuses on conservation, hunting Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jan. 8, 2015 To attract interest in a class on conservation and hunting, it’s helpful to invoke the name of Aldo Leopold. To reach the largest audience, a free, online course has virtually unlimited potential. The University of Wisconsin in Madison will put those concepts to work later this month when it offers "The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold and Conservation."
  • Take a class, make a buck -- or, in this case, $30,000 Wisconsin State Journal Jan. 5, 2015 Generally, taking a college course costs money. But a group of students at UW-Madison wound up making money — $30,000, or theoretically, enough to pay annual tuition and fees for three in-state students — when they took an introductory class on entrepreneurship for non-business majors this fall and had to run a business of their own.
  • Gym plans in the New Year? Economists think otherwise Marketplace.org Jan. 2, 2015 Noted: The result is that about half the people with health club memberships are no-shows, according to Justin Sydnor, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • UW Scientist Says 2014 Was Year Marked By Climate Change Wisconsin Public Radio Dec. 31, 2014 The year 2014 offered many significant weather events, including twin tornadoes in Nebraska, the extreme amount of lake-effect snow in Buffalo, N.Y., and drought conditions from California to Brazil.
  • Doug Moe: UW grad Shannon Strader leaves school with more than a diploma Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 26, 2014 This is the story of a rare disease that was diagnosed in a rare young woman, and what happened before, and after.
  • UW joint venture provides computer tools to mine Alzheimers data for clues Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 23, 2014 For more than a decade, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have tracked hundreds of state residents with a family history of Alzheimers disease, collecting information about everything from their dietary and exercise habits to whats inside their brains, blood and genes.
  • Badger City: How Becky and Bucky will shape Madison's future Madison Magazine Dec. 19, 2014 UW–Madison had already been a full-time resident for eight years when Madison incorporated as a city. But since that day in 1856, the two have been joined at the hip, inseparable entities essential to any definition of either.