UW-Madison in the Media

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

  • Seeking happiness at work? Try these simple practices TODAY Show July 7, 2015 A recent Gallup poll found that a mere 13 percent of us actually enjoy the time we spend on the job. And there's a real cost to that, not just to our emotional state, but also to our health, experts say. But we can turn all that around just by adopting some simple practices to make our work lives happier and, as an added bonus, our bodies healthier, experts say. "There's now overwhelming evidence to indicate that happier people are actually healthier," Dr. Richard J. Davidson, a "positive psychologist," professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, told TODAY. "I would say that anyone can learn to be happier at work."
  • College law enforcement administrators hear approach to make Title IX more effective Inside Higher Education July 6, 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The intersection of campus police investigations and college disciplinary investigations into sexual assault is still a confusing mix at many institutions, but Susan Riseling, the chief of police and associate vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has a few ideas about how make the relationship work.
  • The Wheels on Your Car Could One Day Recharge It As They Roll Gizmodo July 1, 2015 Regenerative braking systems are already used in electric cars to help recapture energy that’s wasted while the vehicle is stopping. But researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have also found a way to generate power while a vehicle is actually driving.
  • Tenure at UW System now seen as bellwether by educators across U.S. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 1, 2015 With more voices joining the highly charged debate over tenure protections in the University of Wisconsin System, it has become increasingly clear that at least in education circles, what's happening here is perceived as a bellwether for public universities across the country.
  • How NASA Used X-Rays to Pinpoint a Distant Star TIME June 24, 2015 “It’s really hard to get accurate distance measurements in astronomy and we only have a handful of methods,” says Sebastian Heinz of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, who led the study. “But just as bats use sonar to triangulate their location, we can use the X-rays from Circinus X-1 to figure out exactly where it is.”
  • Fitbit use tied to increase in activity Reuters June 19, 2015 Postmenopausal women who are given an activity level goal for the week end up getting more activity when using a Fitbit than a traditional pedometer, according to a new study.
  • Blank: Why State Lawmakers Must Support Tenure at Public Universities Chronicle of Higher Education June 24, 2015 In the past few weeks, I’ve been in the midst of a debate over tenure for college professors in Wisconsin.
  • Women go behind the scenes of Badgers football for good cause Channel3000.com June 24, 2015 (Video) Football 101 is a fun evening for women to go behind the scenes of Badger football, in the locker room and on the field at Camp Randall Stadium. The event is a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen South Central Wisconsin.
  • Dekker working towards life in NBA WKOW TV June 24, 2015 500 shots a day. That's what former Badgers forward Sam Dekker estimates he's been putting up since he began training for the NBA. "It's been a grind. Time has flown through even since the end of the season," Dekker said.
  • Kathy Cramer: A Wisconsin Idea Isthmus June 22, 2015 For the past seven summers, UW professor Kathy Cramer has visited rural gas stations, small cafes and bait shops on off-the-beaten-path county highways that snake their way around the state. In those places, she interviews the locals who gather on weekday mornings.
  • UW-Madison ranks No. 1 among U.S. colleges and universities for Twitter use Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 19, 2015 The University of Wisconsin-Madison is all over Twitter.
  • Building With LEGO Kit Instructions Makes Kids Less Creative Psychology Today June 17, 2015 A paper in the Journal of Marketing Research by Page Moreau of the Wisconsin School of Business and Marit Gundersen Engeset of Buskerud and Vestfold University in Kongsberg, Norway asks a question we've all pondered at some point: Is it better for kids to free-build with LEGOs or to follow the instructions of kits?
  • Rebecca Blank: UW should have same or better tenure as peers Wisconsin State Journal June 15, 2015 "Recent action by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has the potential to threaten that longstanding commitment to fearless inquiry. I am worried about the risk this creates for UW-Madison, by alienating and demoralizing the faculty who have built this into one of the world’s finest education and research institutions. Abrupt changes to tenure and shared governance — another historic underpinning of UW-Madison — could drive away the people we most need to attract and retain. That these changes are being recommended without public discussion or consultation from those who will be most affected adds to our collective concern."
  • Nicholas family gives $50M for scholarships, 2nd largest gift of its kind at UW-Madison Madison.com June 12, 2015 The UW Foundation announced on Friday that the Nicholas family committed $50 million this week for scholarships to undergraduates, student-athletes and graduate students. The gift is the second-largest household gift in UW-Madison’s history, second only to the $100 million gift from John and Tashia Morgridge in December to help build faculty at the university.
  • Ab and Nancy Nicholas donate $50 million for UW-Madison scholarships Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 13, 2015 The University of Wisconsin-Madison received its largest student-aimed gift from individual donors in its history this week: a $50million donation from Albert "Ab" and Nancy Nicholas, the school’s foundation announced Friday.
  • UW-Madison chancellor vows fast action on tenure protection Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 9, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Monday she will work with faculty to quickly draw up tenure protections for the state's flagship campus "that would be the equivalent of any of our peers."
  • UW-Madison pushing for change in tenure language AP June 10, 2015 The University of Wisconsin-Madison asked state lawmakers on Tuesday to reconsider proposed changes to job protections for tenured faculty that have come under fire from professors and others who see it as putting academic freedom and their jobs at risk.
  • 'Nano-paper' chips end up in compost heaps, not landfills Engadget May 28, 2015 Today’s cast-off gadgets are far more likely to end up in a landfill than they are being responsibly disposed of. In fact, 41.8 million tons of e-waste were scrapped last year alone. To combat this, a team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has invented a radically new kind of ecologically-friendly semiconductor chip made from wood. No, seriously.
  • UW launches initiative to identify and recover missing soldiers Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 21, 2015 A year after using cutting-edge DNA analysis to identify the remains of an American soldier mistakenly buried with the enemy after World War II, the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced Wednesday it will put its expertise in history, archaeology and forensic and genetic analysis behind the U.S. government's tedious efforts to identify and recover other missing service members.
  • Mississippi floods shaped rise, collapse of prehistoric city National Geographic May 19, 2015 Researchers have long debated the reasons behind the rapid rise and swift disappearance of Cahokia, a sprawling, ancient city-state near the modern city of St. Louis. Now an analysis of sediment cores reveals that the city’s ups and downs correspond to the timing of Mississippi River megafloods, according to a recent study<em> </em>from University of Wisconsin geographers Sam Munoz and Jack Williams.
  • The Best Commencement Advice For This Year's Class Of Connected Millennials Fast Company May 19, 2015 The Internet continues to reshape entire industries. Few know this better than journalists like Katie Couric, who has recently shifted from reporting news on television to reporting news online. In her speech to graduates at the University of Wisconson Madison, she talked about the importance of taking risks and failing gracefully.
  • Impressive group of UW athletes to receive their diplomas Saturday State Journal May 14, 2015 There isn’t a handy record book for this activity, but it’s fair to think that the academic year of 2014-15 produced one of the most decorated groups of UW student-athletes-as-graduates.
  • UW-Madison School of Journalism's Curb magazine named Best Student Magazine in nation Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 12, 2015 A print and online magazine produced by students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been named Best Student Magazine in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Doug Moe: A lively look at Forest Hill Cemetery Wisconsin State Journal May 13, 2015 Two decades ago, a Spanish professor at Amherst College named Jim Maraniss took a leave of absence, returned to Madison, the city of his youth, and wrote a series of evocative columns for The Capital Times, the paper that had been edited by his dad, Elliott Maraniss.
  • Video by UW Law School students focuses on officer-involved deaths WISC-TV 3 May 11, 2015 As communities across the country wrestle with emotions associated with officer-involved deaths, several law students at the University of Wisconsin are trying to educate the public on laws regarding the issue.
  • UW professor straddles English, Amish, Mennonite worlds Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 11, 2015 It didn’t seem right that a high-voltage power line would cut a 150-foot swath through an Amish settlement that expressly rejects the use of electricity.
  • Bus ticketing service Tixora wins UW-Madison business plan contest Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 7, 2015 Tixora, a ticketing service for intercity buses started by four University of Wisconsin - Madison students, has won first place and $10,000 in the school's G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition.
  • UW enologist working to improve state's wines, ciders Milwaukee Journal Sentinel May 6, 2015 Enologist Nick Smith and the 2015 vintage are both getting started in Wisconsin.
  • How does your brain tell your heart to beat constantly? State Journal May 5, 2015 Blue Sky Science is a collaboration of the Wisconsin State Journal and the Morgridge Institute for Research. The questions are posed by visitors to Saturday Science events at the Discovery Building, a monthly series that features interactive exploration stations centered around a particular topic. The Blue Sky Science team then sets out to find an expert to answer the questions. Answer from <strong>Lee Eckhardt</strong>, a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm disorders at the Cellular and Molecular Arrhythmia Research Program with the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
  • A Flight to Remember: UW Health MedFlight celebrates 30-year anniversary this month WKOW TV April 30, 2015 This month marks a major anniversary for the prestigious UW Health MedFlight program. It's their 30th anniversary and the medical and aviation service continues to set new standards and soar to new heights, all thanks to their unique approach to patient care. Quoted: Ryan Wubben, clinical associate professor, medicine; medical director, UW Med Flight.