UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • 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.
  • UW students use smart technology in football helmets to detect injuries Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 18, 2014 Imagine a football helmet with brain wave probes and a device that measures acceleration forces to detect concussions on the field and directly communicate the information to medical staff.
  • Hundreds gather at UW-Madison to protest racial inequality Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 15, 2014 Cries for racial equality disrupted finals week preparation across UW-Madison as hundreds of people, mostly students, marched through campus Sunday evening in response to a string of high-profile police and civilian killings of unarmed black men.
  • Morgridges' $100 million gift to UW-Madison among Top 10 largest in nation Capital Times Dec. 15, 2014 A $100 million gift from John and Tashia Morgridge to help build faculty at UW-Madison is among the year’s Top 10 largest philanthropic gifts, Wealth-X reports.
  • Sleep Problems May Spur Development Of Amyloid Plaques, Leading To Alzheimer's Medical Daily Dec. 9, 2014 In case you didn’t know, sleep is critical to proper functioning. It gives our brains a moment to rest, allowing neurons to reconnect or make new connections, thus consolidating memory, and improving focus, attention, and vigilance the next day. Studies have shown that losing sleep can even lead to the destruction of brain cells, and that’s not including the effects of lost sleep on the immune system and the heart. Now, a new study shows that getting a poor night’s rest might also encourage the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • New ideas, city support will be key to mall's survival Wausau Daily Herald Dec. 9, 2014 Quoted: Malls that haven’t done anything to change their appeal struggle today, said Jerry O’Brien, director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing Excellence at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
  • Adult smoking rate in Wisconsin all-time low Wisconsin Radio Network Dec. 9, 2014 Dr. Michael Fiore is the founder and director of the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention UW-CTRI. He says the state’s efforts to prevent kids from lighting up in the first place and to help adult smokers quit successfully are paying off. “We’re seeing the results of that.” Fiore says, “The $5 million per year investment for the whole state has been shown to be a very good investment for Wisconsin’s health.”
  • Tom Still: Public perceptions of science, tech often filtered through values versus data Wisconsin State Journal Dec. 1, 2014 A leading researcher on the interface between science communications and politics is Dietram Scheufele of the UW-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication. In a recent paper for the National Academy of Sciences, Scheufele said the “knowledge deficit model” of science communications misses the boat.
  • Lynda Barry’s fantastic course materials available in cartoon festooned new book Capital Times Dec. 2, 2014 If the syllabus is any indication, Lynda Barry’s class at UW-Madison, The Unthinkable Mind, must be fantastic.
  • UW-Madison CALS commemorating 125th anniversary The Country Today Dec. 2, 2014 Kate VandenBosch realizes that as dramatic as changes have been at the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences since the college was founded in 1889, they are likely to be equally as dramatic as the college moves into the next 125 years of its existence. In fact, VandenBosch has witnessed significant change on the campus even since she took over as the CALS dean in March of 2012.  
  • New computer better than humans at cataloguing science Business Standard Dec. 2, 2014 A new computer system is better than scientists at the complex task of extracting data from scientific publications and placing it in a database that catalogues the results of thousands of individual studies.
  • How People Make Summer Hotter Scientific American Nov. 26, 2014 A recent study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison offers one of the most detailed records of the variation in temperature between cities and the surrounding rural areas, known as the urban heat island effect.
  • For Pianist Christopher Taylor, Two Are Better Than One Wall Street Journal Nov. 26, 2014 At the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently, Christopher Taylor was practicing Bach ’s “Goldberg Variations,” his fingers dancing over 164 keys and two stacked keyboards.
  • After Fans Jump Around, Wisconsin’s Band Keeps the Place Hopping New York Times Nov. 24, 2014 Before there was “Jump Around,” there was “You’ve Said It All.”
  • UW-Madison Vice Chancellor Reacts To Speaker’s ‘Ancient Mating Habits’ Comment Wisconsin Public Radio Nov. 24, 2014 A University of Wisconsin-Madison vice chancellor says the university needs to do a better job of explaining how academic research benefits the state after the state Assembly speaker suggested changes might be needed.
  • Scientists using social media to track air pollution in China CBS News Nov. 21, 2014 China has some of the world’s worst pollution. But tracking it in all but the biggest cities can be impossible since local governments don’t release any data to the public.