UW In The News

  • 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.

  • Honoring UW mega-donor John Morgridge

    Wisconsin State Journal | June 19, 2017

    Every summer, about 60 graduate students with diverse backgrounds and interests come together at the UW-Madison School of Business for a week of intensive schooling about what it takes to start a tech-based company.

  • Perfectly healthy produce grown in UW-Madison labs often gets tossed. One student has an idea to change that.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 19, 2017

    Every day while working in a university lab, biology student Hannah DePorter sees produce grown for research wasting away in compost piles.

  • Compound From Chickens Being Used To Improve Growth, Survival At Fish Farms

    Wisconsin Public Radio | June 19, 2017

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using oil that comes from a gland on chickens’ tails to improve survival at fish farms. The discovery could have global implications for the Atlantic salmon industry.

  • UW-Madison student's Food Shed idea to offer fresh produce while cutting food waste

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 16, 2017

    Every day while working in a research lab, Hannah DePorter sees produce wasting away in compost piles. "There were just hundreds of pounds (of vegetables) left there," DePorter said. "I would just come home with a ton of vegetables and my friends would take it within three seconds and it would all be gone." That put the University of Wisconsin-Madison student’s wheels in motion to develop Food Shed, an initiative to support local farmers and reduce food waste.

  • Burden: Wisconsin's retirement system is a competitive advantage

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 16, 2017

    The state’s retirement system was one of the things that brought me to Wisconsin.

  • UW study looks at issues with online dating

    WISC-TV 3 | June 15, 2017

    There's an online dating site for nearly everybody, but can too many choices be problematic? Live at Four talks with professor Catalina Toma, one of the authors of a recent University of Wisconsin study, that reveals choice overload can raise the stakes.

  • Medical College and UW scientists seek to illuminate early stages of Alzheimer's disease

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 15, 2017

    Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are seeking to do what has only become possible in recent years: use imaging technologies to illuminate the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and its effect on the still-living brain.

  • A Wisconsin grad is using art to educate about the school’s prairie past

    Big Ten Network | June 14, 2017

    A native of the Midwest, Liz Anna Kozik spent much of her childhood surrounded by prairies. Yet it wasn’t until Kozik left her home in Naperville, Illinois, for her undergrad studies in Rhode Island that she began to appreciate their beauty. She opted to go to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – not just so she could be close to the prairie again, but also to study the grassy habitat’s history.

  • UW-Madison archaeologists excavating Aztalan Park pits

    Jefferson Daily Union | June 14, 2017

    “It’s always exciting to be here,” said Schroeder as she watched members of her team check the measurements on the westernmost pit. “This is the third consecutive summer on this project to discover and explore what daily life at Aztalan was like 900 to 1,000 years ago.”

  • Madison professor archiving podcasts, making sure the audio form never disappears

    NBC-15 | June 13, 2017

    A UW-Madison professor says it’s the golden age for podcasts, but he’s worried some of those podcasts may soon disappear.

  • This Summer Promises To Be A Big One For Ticks

    Wisconsin Public Radio | June 13, 2017

    Interviewed: Susan Paskewitz talks about the upcoming tick season, and ways we can protect ourselves from getting bitten.

  • Pardeeville twins carry on family legacy in Marines

    Portage Daily Register | June 13, 2017

    For twin brothers Cogan and Cole Kirchenwitz, joining the U.S. Marine Corps continues a family legacy, but the road ahead is the result of decisions they made entirely on their own.The Pardeeville brothers, 22, received their commissioning certificates in May in a ceremony after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Reserve Officers Training Corps. They were among 35 graduates who completed ROTC training, and in the military they will follow in the footsteps of their father and grandfather.

  • The science behind a perfectly-toasted marshmallow

    The Verge | June 12, 2017

    Noted: But take the marshmallow out of the heat, and it’ll deflate — although the stretched out gelatin doesn’t bounce back. “It shrinks to a shriveled mass,” Richard Hartel, a food scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tells The Verge in an email. “Don’t get me started on Peeps jousting.”

  • The Benefits of Talking to Yourself \

    New York Times | June 8, 2017

    Noted: “The idea is, if you hear a word, does that help you see something?” said Gary Lupyan, a researcher and psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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