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  • How Do You Decide if Children Can Play Together Again?

    The New York Times | June 1, 2020

    If you are contemplating a play date, taking into account all these risks, you will need good communication with the other parents. “A start would be, hi, our kids have been asking about getting together, and as you know, this is a complicated conversation right now,” said Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. A parent could continue, “I wanted to start with an open conversation, see where you are, tell you where I am, and see if it’s possible to send a consistent message to our kids.”

  • George Floyd protests: Extremists causing riots, Minn. officials say

    USA Today | June 1, 2020

    Pamela Oliver, a sociology expert from the University of Wisconsin-Madison specializing in protests, said politicians sometimes blame outsiders for causing trouble as a way of pretending there’s no real problem within a community. That’s not what’s happening here, she said: Political leaders acknowledge Floyd’s death focused sharp attention on longstanding problems.

  • To prevent pandemics, bridging the human and animal health divide

    Salon.com | June 1, 2020

    Sandra Newbury, director of the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, worked with the shelters to contain the virus. Thanks to the private donor, they were able to offer free testing and medical care for the adopted cats, eventually isolating hundreds that had been infected. “We were really aggressive in our efforts to not let it spread,” Newbury said. She believes identifying such a large number of infected animals and quarantining them allowed the authorities to eradicate the virus. According to Newbury, no positive tests have been reported since March 2017.

  • Live Coronavirus News and Updates

    The New York Times | May 29, 2020

    “It worries us,” said Dr. Nasia Safdar, the medical director for infection prevention at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. “We wonder if this is a trend in an unfavorable direction.”

  • Why Amy Cooper’s Use of ‘African-American’ Stung

    The New York Times | May 29, 2020

    Patrica G. Devine, a social psychologist at the University of Wisconsin who studies unintended bias, argues that there has been little rigorous evaluation of the training strategies deployed to combat it, and as a result we simply don’t know enough about what makes a difference.

  • Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Fundamental Link Between Energy and Order

    Quanta Magazine | May 29, 2020

    But other researchers stress that these findings do not constitute an outright proof of the weak gravity conjecture. Gary Shiu, a theoretical physicist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, said the belief that entropy should always increase when you take quantum gravity into account is “an intuition that some might have, but it’s not always true.”

  • As They Reopen, Small Retailers Grapple With New Expenses, Uncertainty

    Wisconsin Public Radio | May 28, 2020

    Tessa Conroy, an expert in small businesses and economic development at UW-Madison, said it’s a risky time for small businesses.

  • Wisconsinites Aren’t Staying Home But Researchers Hope Health Precautions Will Continue

    Wisconsin Public Radio | May 28, 2020

    Cell phone mobility data shows Wisconsin residents started traveling more during the first week of May. And that movement continued to increase after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state’s ’Safer at Home’ order on May 13, according to Oguzhan Alagoz, a University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering professor who specializes in modeling the spread of infectious diseases.

  • Weekly initial jobless claims hit 2.1 million

    NBC News | May 28, 2020

    Around 40 percent of all workers could earn more while unemployed than by returning to their previous job, according to a recent study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Why Parts Of Rural America Are Pushing Back On Coronavirus Restrictions

    NPR | May 28, 2020

    “This has become a rural versus urban issue,” said Kathy Cramer, a University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist.Cramer recently wrote a book called The Politics of Resentment, focusing on her state’s urban-rural divide. Cramer said there’s general mistrust toward government regulations in rural America. And now coronavirus restrictions are being written that look to some like they were crafted only with city folks in mind.

  • No, this isn’t Europe’s ‘Hamiltonian moment’

    The Washington Post | May 27, 2020

    One should never underestimate how small steps and “failing forward” can lead to major institutional change within the European Union. But it’s also wise not to overstate the significance of last week’s proposal. Perhaps the Merkel/Macron proposal will prove to be a watershed moment in European integration. But if the “Frugal Four” position is one pole of the bargaining among the 27 E.U. members and the Merkel/Macron proposal is the other, then Thomas Jefferson and James Madison have already won the political debate, and the eventual Compromise of 2020 will look absolutely nothing like that of 1790.

    Mark Copelovitch is professor of political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. He is the author (with David A. Singer) of “Banks on the Brink: Global Capital, Securities Markets, and the Political Roots of Financial Crises”

  • Hurricanes are growing stronger as climate warms, new NOAA study shows

    Fox News | May 26, 2020

    “The main hurdle we have for finding trends is that the data are collected using the best technology at the time,” James Kossin, a NOAA scientist and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor, said in a statement. “Every year the data are a bit different than last year, each new satellite has new tools and captures data in different ways, so in the end we have a patchwork quilt of all the satellite data that have been woven together.”

  • The Pandemic Prom: Tuxedos, Corsages and Dancing at Home Alone

    Wall Street Journal | May 26, 2020

    Prom, short for “promenade,” has its roots in debut balls and coming-of-age parties. By the post-World War II era, the dances were a fixture of teenage culture and considered a rite of passage, says William Reese, a professor of education and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Another Casualty of the Coronavirus: Summer Internships

    The New York Times | May 22, 2020

    “You pick up a lot of subtle clues about how to behave in that profession, how to communicate like an engineer, how to work in teams like a nurse,” said Matthew Hora, an education professor at the University of Wisconsin who has studied internships. “Students are going to be missing that.”

  • Dispute over South Dakota tribal checkpoints escalates after Gov. Kristi Noem seeks federal help

    NBC News | May 22, 2020

    Tribal law expert Richard Monette, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the Supreme Court’s line of cases have supported the concept of tribal sovereignty, but this issue could quickly unravel should Trump decide to get involved in favor of Noem and compel federal law enforcement to descend on the checkpoints.

  • NOAA sees busy hurricane season, as pandemic strains emergency services

    POLITICO | May 22, 2020

    The outlook for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season also comes as researchers at NOAA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison identified a link between the growing intensity of tropical storms and human-driven climate change, mapping out the growing strength of hurricanes and typhoons over the past four decades.

  • Urban Wildlife Habits Change With Humans Staying At Home

    Wisconsin Public Radio | May 22, 2020

    To find out more about how wildlife is reacting to the enormous change in human habits, WPR’s Melissa Ingells talked to David Drake, a professor and wildlife specialist in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Wisconsin reopening decision boosts bars; many people still quarantine

    USA Today | May 21, 2020

    Nasia Safdar, an infectious disease expert with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said factors such as improved weather and the end of at-home schooling in some districts probably contributed to a general trend of increased movement.

  • What We Lose When We Hide Our Smiles Behind a Mask

    Time | May 21, 2020

    According to Paula Niedenthal, a psychologist who heads up the Niedenthal Emotions Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has studied facial expression extensively, there are three types of smiles: those that express pleasure at a reward or surprise, like when you get to see your friends in person after a prolonged separation (soon, please); those that convey a desire to be friendly, or at least non-threatening, which she calls smiles of affiliation; and those that show dominance, like the one Dirty Harry gives when he asks a certain punk if he feels lucky.

  • Visualizing Science: How Color Determines What We See

    Eos | May 21, 2020

    “When people approach a visualization, they have expectations of how visual features will map onto concepts,” said Karen Schloss, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Schloss and her team are working to tackle these implementation issues and understand trade-offs between deeply ingrained, communal familiarity and the next generation of color tools.

  • Global warming is making hurricanes worse, study finds

    The Washington Post | May 20, 2020

    The study, by a group of researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, builds on previous research that found a trend, though not a statistically robust one, toward stronger tropical cyclones.

  • Coronavirus vaccine trials have their first results — but their promise is still unclear

    Nature | May 20, 2020

    Still, the early data offer clues as to how coronavirus vaccines might generate a strong immune response. Scientists say that animal data will be crucial for understanding how coronavirus vaccines work, so that the most promising candidates can be quickly identified and later improved. “We might have vaccines in the clinic that are useful in people within 12 or 18 months,” says Dave O’Connor, a virologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “But we’re going to need to improve on them to develop second- and third-generation vaccines.”

  • Climate Change Is Making Cyclones Stronger, Researchers Find

    The Weather Channel | May 20, 2020

    Climate change is making tropical cyclones more intense with stronger maximum sustained winds, according to a new study led by scientists at NOAA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), who analysed nearly 40 years of enhanced infrared satellite imagery.

  • In a World ‘So Upside Down,’ the Virus Is Taking a Toll on Young People’s Mental Health

    The New York Times | May 20, 2020

    “Not every kid can be online and have a confidential conversation about how things are going at home with parents in earshot,” said Seth Pollak, director of the Child Emotion Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Global warming is making hurricanes worse, study finds

    The Washington Post | May 19, 2020

    The study, by a group of researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, builds on previous research that found a trend, though not a statistically robust one, toward stronger tropical cyclones

  • ‘Immunity passports’ won’t reopen America

    POLITICO | May 18, 2020

    “There are a lot of other things to do to change the workplace” to make it safer, said Alta Charo, a bioethics expert at the University of Wisconsin Law School who has served on several national and state ethics advisory panels.

  • Wisconsin: Images of the Badger State

    The Atlantic | May 18, 2020

    Students and visitors enjoy the sunset on the campus of University of Wisconsin–Madison, along Lake Mendota, in July 2018. #

  • Beware This COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Study’ From an 80s Teen Tech Titan and a Carnivorous Plant Smuggler

    | May 18, 2020

    Dr. Ajay K. Sethi, an infectious disease epidemiologist and associate professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, cautioned that there is no evidence Gold and his co-investigators “used a scientific approach to test their hypothesis that ‘different exposure to vaccines between younger and older people may account for this different morbidity rate [in COVID-19].’”

    But Dr. Jim Conway, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said readers “need to be cautious when people are trying to draw associations that don’t have a lot of biological plausibility.”

  • How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic

    The New York Times | May 18, 2020

    Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and neuroscientist at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has demonstrated that “when individuals engage in generous and altruistic behavior, they actually activate circuits in the brain that are key to fostering well-being.”


  • How To Eat For A Healthy Gut

    Wisconsin Public Radio | May 18, 2020

    For years, people with irritable bowel syndrome symptoms were told the issues were related to stress, it was in their heads or they needed to exercise more, said Melissa Phillips, a clinical nutritionist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Health System’s Digestive Health Center.

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