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  • Q&A: Leslie Orrantia forges relationships between UW-Madison and community

    Capital Times | November 20, 2017

    Leslie Orrantia was not yet director of community relations for UW-Madison in April 2016, when leaders of Madison’s communities of color demanded accountability from Chancellor Rebecca Blank and then-Police Chief Susan Riesling for what they felt was poor treatment of minority students on campus.

  • Know Your Madisonian: UW-Madison professor examines abrupt ecosystem changes

    Wisconsin State Journal | November 20, 2017

    In the summer of 1978 when Long Island native Monica Turner was an undergraduate at Fordham University, she volunteered as a naturalist in Yellowstone National Park.

  • FCC Rule Rollback Makes It Easier To Buy And Sell Media Outlets

    NPR News | November 20, 2017

    NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks with University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Lewis Friedland about the FCC’s decision to roll back rules that aim to curb single media companies’ control of local news.

  • Q&A: Leslie Orrantia forges relationships between UW-Madison and community

    Capital Times | November 20, 2017

    Leslie Orrantia was not yet director of community relations for UW-Madison in April 2016, when leaders of Madison’s communities of color demanded accountability from Chancellor Rebecca Blank and then-Police Chief Susan Riesling for what they felt was poor treatment of minority students on campus.

  • A pleasant picture for baby boomers: Lower risk of macular degeneration

    Wisconsin State Journal | November 17, 2017

    “It may have something to do with the cumulative impact of a lot of gains in health care, in terms of preventing and treating childhood infections, and improved maternal and child health,” said Karen Cruickshanks, a UW-Madison epidemiologist who led the study, published Thursday in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

  • Republicans used to support free trade. Then Trump happened.

    Vox | November 17, 2017

    Quoted: “These shortcuts can be political ideology; it could be religiosity, deference to scientific authority,” says Dominique Brossard, a psychologist who studies public opinion at the University of Wisconsin. “People don’t see themselves as being irrational doing this.”

  • We may know why Jupiter's Great Red Spot is red instead of white

    New Scientist | November 17, 2017

    Noted: The red material Carlson made “has optical properties that are an excellent match to the spectrum of the Great Red Spot,” says Larry Sromovsky of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. By adjusting particle size and concentration, their model could match the visible spectra of other reddish clouds on Jupiter, unlike Loeffler’s material.

  • How a Wisconsin undergrad is introducing the world to astrobotany

    Big Ten Network | November 17, 2017

    Fictional astronaut Mark Watney’s creatively old-fashioned method of growing nutritious, life-sustaining potatoes in the soil of another planet in the film The Martian was for most people their first exposure to elements of the field of astrobotany.

  • Leckrone's Legacy at Camp Randall Stadium

    WKOW-TV 27 | November 17, 2017

    Over the past 100 seasons at Camp Randall Stadium, few people have had as much of a lasting impact on the game day atmosphere as UW marching band director Mike Leckrone. After 49 years at the university, he has helped create traditions and familiar sights and sounds for Badgers fans attending a home football game.

  • WARM Program attracts doctors-in-training to rural areas

    WFRV-TV, Green Bay | November 16, 2017

    As the aging population continues to rise, the demand for doctors goes up along with it. Smaller areas around the country are most effected by the doctor shortage.

  • EatStreet co-founders named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 15, 2017

    Co-founders of Madison-based startup EatStreetMatt Howard and Alex Wyler were named to the Forbes 2018 30 Under 30, released Tuesday. Howard and Wyler were selected in the consumer technology category. Their company, an online and mobile food ordering and delivery service, started in 2010 in a dorm room at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Pioneering UW-Madison professor teaches forgiveness

    WiSC-TV | November 10, 2017

    MADISON, Wis. - Think back to a time you felt wronged by someone. Does the memory still cause you pain? A professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison is teaching classes in the practice of forgiveness to students at the UW School of Education.

  • Gwen Jorgensen Training for Marathons

    Runner's World | November 8, 2017

    There’s nothing unusual about wanting to make a pivot in your professional life. But when an Olympic gold medalist feels compelled to make a career change while at the top of her game, it can come as a surprise.

  • Cancer Doctors Cite Risks of Drinking Alcohol

    New York Times | November 8, 2017

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology, which represents many of the nation’s top cancer doctors, is calling attention to the ties between alcohol and cancer. In a statement published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the group cites evidence that even light drinking can slightly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer and increase a common type of esophageal cancer.

  • Why So Many People Choose the Wrong Health Plans

    New York Times | November 6, 2017

    Noted: Simply providing consumers with good options doesn’t ensure that they will choose wisely. Three economists, Saurabh Bhargava and George Loewenstein of Carnegie Mellon University and Justin Sydnor of the University of Wisconsin, examined the problem in a 2017 paper. They studied an anonymous, large company that gave employees many choices.

  • End of a 'whoopensocker': UW's famed dialect dictionary closing after 54 years

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | October 30, 2017

    “A dictionary is never done,” said George Goebel, the third and, it turns out, final editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English, also known as DARE.

  • Randy Jackson: Agriculture can indeed fix our food system — if we reimagine it

    The Washington Post | October 27, 2017

    A recent article by Tamar Haspel argues that the local and organic food movement can’t fix our food system. If this movement were solely focused on “buy fresh, buy local” at farmers markets and upscale restaurants, we would agree. However, bigger changes are underway for sustainable agriculture. Farmers and others in the sustainable food movement pursue a broader vision of change in agriculture.

  • Why Doing Good Is Good for the Do-Gooder

    New York Times | October 26, 2017

    Noted: Dr. Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has been studying the effects of positive emotions, such as compassion and kindness, on the brain since the 1990s. He said the brain behaves differently during an act of generosity than it does during a hedonistic activity.

  • How Beets Became Beet-Red

    New York Times | October 25, 2017

    Noted: Plants modify tyrosine by adding other molecules to create an enormous array of useful substances. This is how morphine is made in the opium poppy, and mescaline in cactuses. Intrigued by this process, Hiroshi Maeda, a professor at University of Wisconsin and senior author on the paper, collaborated with beet experts to study how the plants make betalains from tyrosine.

  • Banner night for Bonner

    Madison Magazine | October 23, 2017

    The admiring crowd swirling around the guest of honor last Thursday night at the Pyle Center’s Alumni Lounge was so thick that I could only get within a few feet of her as she stood near the entrance and surveyed the room.

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