UW In The News

  • Alumni Park opens this fall

    Madison Magazine | July 25, 2017

    University of Wisconsin–Madison graduates will have a space devoted to them on campus when Alumni Park officially opens on Oct. 6. The 1.3-acre green space, located between Memorial Union and the Red Gym, will contain more than 50 museum-like exhibits throughout the gardens.

  • Selig, Kohl, Marcus and others at UW fraternity went on to big things

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 24, 2017

    When Bud Selig steps to the podium next Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y., to deliver his acceptance speech during induction ceremonies for the Baseball Hall of Fame, there will be many familiar faces in what is expected to be an enormous crowd.

  • Big Ideas at UW-Madison

    Madison Magazine | July 20, 2017

    The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a big-idea powerhouse.

  • Energy jolt: UW-Madison to get funding for bioenergy center

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 18, 2017

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday the University of Wisconsin-Madison will receive a new, five-year round of funding for its energy research center that has produced 160 patents and spawned five start-up companies in its 10-year history.

  • UW-Madison Scientist Explains Antarctica's Massive New Iceberg

    Wisconsin Public Radio | July 14, 2017

    A chunk of ice the size of Delaware broke off from the Antarctic Peninsula this week. We’ll learn about why this happened and what it means for climate change around the world and close to home in Wisconsin.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillars That Turned to Cannibalism

    New York Times | July 12, 2017

    If you’re a hungry caterpillar and you’ve got a choice between eating a plant or another caterpillar, which do you chose?

  • Tomatoes Can Turn Plant-Eaters Into Cannibals, Study Shows

    Newsweek | July 11, 2017

    Plants are often seen as taking a passive role in their environments, just hanging out and soaking up the sunlight. But that impression is wrong—plants have many sophisticated ways of influencing their environment, and other plants and animals in it. And this includes leading herbivores down the garden path to cannibalism.

  • There’s Plague on the Prairie, but These Dogs May Be Protected

    New York Times | July 5, 2017

    Prairie dogs with a taste for peanut butter, scientists reported recently, can now be vaccinated against plague — the Black Death that killed much of Europe centuries ago.

  • Summer Reading Books: The Ties That Bind Colleges

    New York Times | July 3, 2017

    At least four schools, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have chosen a best seller written by a young conservative: J. D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” which explores issues of social breakdown among working-class whites, such as drug use and child neglect. The committee that chose “Hillbilly Elegy” had a “vigorous discussion” about it, said Sheila Stoeckel, director for teaching and learning programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries. “We’re picking books there are not easy answers for. If we picked a book that there was an easy answer for, it wouldn’t be as lively of a discussion or exploration.”

  • Wisconsin Eyeball Lab's 56,000 Specimens Aid Vision Research

    NPR News | July 3, 2017

    There is a little room at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that is filled with the eyeballs of animals — everything from the duck-billed platypus to the two-toed sloth to the boa constrictor.

  • New Technology Targeting Fungi Could Speed Up Drug-Discovery Process

    Wisconsin Public Radio | July 3, 2017

    New technology developed in part by UW-Madison researchers is speeding up the discovery time for new molecules from fungi.  We’ll find out how it works and why fungi are a potential-rich place to look for new disease-fighting agents.

  • America’s urban-rural divides

    The Economist | June 29, 2017

    Noted: Kathy Cramer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison followed the same groups of voters in Wisconsin from 2007 to 2012 and wrote about her findings in “The Politics of Resentment”. This is how she describes the atmosphere during a heated recall referendum that was won by Governor Scott Walker: “People stole yard signs from each other. They stopped talking to one another. They spat on each other. They even tried to run each other over, even if they were married to one another. I am not kidding.”

  • How scientists modeled a deadly tornado with an insanely powerful computer

    Popular Science | June 28, 2017

    Supercell thunderstorms are giant tempests with powerful rotating updrafts at their cores—and one out of every four or five spawn tornadoes. Most of these twisters are little, but some can grow fierce. To predict the rare killers, and thus give more targeted warnings, meteorologists need to better understand how tornadoes form. But simulating a supercell thunderstorm and the tornado it produces involves hundreds of terabytes of data—an amount so vast that Leigh Orf, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, had to use a supercomputer to make it happen.

  • What's Next For The Democrats?

    Wisconsin Public Radio | June 27, 2017

    Following Democratic candidate Jonathan Ossoff’s loss for Georgia’s 6th congressional seat, party members are trying to regain their footings and figure out what’s next for the party. University of Wisconsin’s Barry Burden joins us to talk about what the future could hold for the Democrats.

  • Lyme Disease: Inside America's Mysterious Epidemic

    Rolling Stone | June 21, 2017

    Noted: And of course, climate change plays a role. "Any insect-borne disease is very sensitive to climate conditions," says Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute University of Wisconsin. "Warmer temperatures speed up the development of tick larvae and nymphs, and that can influence transmission dynamics. Modeling studies of climate change effects on Lyme disease show a northward expansion of the disease," says Patz. "Lyme is already moving north into Canada."

  • 34 UW faculty named recipients of Vilas professorships

    Wisconsin State Journal | June 20, 2017

    One of the most prominent citizens of Wisconsin's early history continues to recognize excellence in education today.

  • By 2100, Deadly Heat May Threaten Majority of Humankind

    National Geographic | June 20, 2017

    Noted: Heat kills ten times more people in the U.S. than tornados or other extreme weather events, says Richard Keller, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of medical history.

  • Holy cow! Moo-Day Brunch features feasts, facts

    Portage Daily Register | June 19, 2017

    There are about 300 agriculture-related research projects going on at the Arlington Agricultural Research Facility, a part of the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
    But only one of them – the dairy research facility, opened in 2008 – was a focus of Saturday’s event.

  • The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities

    | June 19, 2017

    It’s no secret Donald Trump benefited from rural voters. But Democrat or Republican, they usually tell Katherine Cramer – who has spent a decade visiting residents of small-town Wisconsin – the same thing: it’s the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, too

  • Seeking better use for crops grown in research, program provides free produce at UW-Madison

    Wisconsin State Journal | June 19, 2017

    When Hannah DePorter’s plant breeding and genetics lab at UW-Madison grows beets, only a fraction of what the students harvest winds up being used for research.

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