UW In The News

  • Science doesn’t explain tech’s diversity problem — history does

    The Verge | August 17, 2017

    All of this adds up to a perfectly good explanation for the bizarre gender skew in Silicon Valley. It might be a personally discomfiting one to some, but that’s not a good reason to dismiss the long history of women contributing to tech and instead turn to bad science. “It’s almost strange to have to rationally refute it, because it is just so wrong,” says tech historian Marie Hicks, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of the book Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing

  • Behind the lens

    Madison Magazine | August 16, 2017

    Filming my third short documentary, “Voices,”was a transformative experience. “Voices” is a 10-minute documentary chronicling the inception of the first Afro-American Cultural Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1973 and the opening of the newly minted Black Cultural Center in 2017. It tells the erased narratives of black students at UW–Madison.

  • UW to meet Notre Dame at Lambeau Field in 2020 and at Soldier Field in 2021

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 15, 2017

    Although officials from Wisconsin and Notre Dame began talking more than a decade ago about seeing their football programs meet on the field, the final push toward a successful two-game agreement was UW’s 2016 opener against LSU at Lambeau Field.

  • UW professor appointed Joint Chiefs of Staff historian

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 14, 2017

    When an opening for a historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff opened a few months ago, applicants needed a unique set of qualifications.

  • Coming full circle at UW-Madison

    Madison Magazine | August 11, 2017

    Jo Handelsman had numerous options when she changed jobs this past January. Part of that was because of the position she was leaving: advising former President Barack Obama on science. Not many jobs take you into the Oval Office.

  • World War II veteran from Madison recognized for weather satellite research

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 10, 2017

    Noted: A few years after retiring as an Air Force colonel in 1968, Haig came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become executive director of the Space Science and Engineering Center, where he was instrumental in the development of the first global meteorological system.

  • UW-Madison researchers: Types of smiles send different messages in social situations

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 9, 2017

    A smile, like a picture, is worth a thousand words. Although most commonly associated with happiness, smiles can indicate nervousness, embarrassment and even misery. To add to their mystique and versatility, smiles can express sophisticated messages that influence the behavior of others in social situations.

  • UW cornerback Derrick Tindal plays role of superhero in mentoring kids at risk

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 8, 2017

    Derrick Tindal loves comic book superheroes.

  • The original TV chef

    Madison Magazine | August 4, 2017

    Ever since I can remember, food has fascinated me. When I was a young child, my parents frequently took me out to eat—to the kinds of places you didn’t take kids. I collected menus and received a subscription to Gourmet magazine on my 10th birthday. It was inevitable that I would want to learn how to cook. My father instigated it when he gave me a meat thermometer and a dollar and told me to take out the Sunday roast before my mother overcooked it. But what would become a lifelong passion began with Carson Gulley and his TV show.

  • UW Campus Food Shed Gives Produce To Community For Free

    Wisconsin Public Radio | August 3, 2017

    College students notoriously rely on cheap, easy food like ramen noodles. But a new program on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is trying change that by making fresh produce an easy option for students, too. It’s called the UW Campus Food Shed.

  • 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.

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