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  • Bloomberg News Wrestles With Coverage of Candidate Bloomberg

    The New York Times | February 21, 2020

    Quoted: Kathleen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, said she fears less that reporters are being held back internally than externally, where some readers feel the name of their organization speaks more about their independence than the work they do.

  • Is Psychedelic Therapy The Medicine Of The Future?

    Wisconsin Public Radio | February 21, 2020

    Quoted: “Depression is arguably the major health problem in the world,” said Charles Raison, a psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Usona Institute, a medical research group in Madison studying psychedelic therapies.

  • This new device seems to pull electricity out of thin air

    Popular Science | February 21, 2020

    “I think it is very interesting work,” says Xudong Wang, a University of Wisconsin Madison engineer who works with other kinds of non-organic nanowires to harvest energy. “It is always exciting to see new materials and new concepts emerge to provide renewable energy solutions.”

  • ‘Miracle On Ice’ Turns 40: Wisconsin Coach Who Scored 2 Goals Will Attend Team Reunion

    Wisconsin Public Radio | February 21, 2020

    Mark Johnson has led the University of Wisconsin-Madison to five national championships as head coach of its women’s hockey team. As a player, he holds the record for career goals by a Badger. Though he went on to play 11 seasons in the NHL, Johnson’s most famous achievement came as an amateur in Lake Placid, New York.

  • Author Brandon Taylor On His Coming-Of-Age Novel ‘Real Life’

    NPR | February 19, 2020

    CORNISH: What in your scientific training did you bring to how you approached and wrote the book? I mean, as we talked about, you were a student at the University of Wisconsin. You have this science background. What of that did you end up bringing it – to trying to put together a novel?

  • An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics

    The New York Times | February 19, 2020

    Quoted: The evidence “is about as close to conclusive as research on complex human behavior can get,” writes Mark Seidenberg, a cognitive neuroscientist and reading expert at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Pier 1 Imports, the Struggling Home Goods Retailer, Files for Bankruptcy

    The New York Times | February 19, 2020

    “Twenty years ago, you could look at a product and you would really know that it came from Pier 1,” said Hart Posen, a professor of management at the University of Wisconsin School of Business who studies corporate decision-making during technological change. “They were really the only big national firm with that kind of unique identity.”

  • Varsity Blues scandal triggers talk of changing college admissions — don’t hold your breath

    The Washington Post | February 19, 2020

    While elite college admissions grab headlines, speakers also acknowledged that only a small proportion of Americans actually attend such schools. Some 40 percent of undergraduate students attend public two-year or for-profit institutions; only 55 colleges in the country admit fewer than 20 percent of their applicants, noted Nick Hillman, an associate professor in the education school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • How the coronavirus ‘jumped’ to humans is a story as old as evolution

    Philadelphia Inquirer | February 18, 2020

    Quoted: “This has been happening for a long time,” said Tony L. Goldberg, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

  • The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads

    The New York Times | February 18, 2020

    Quoted: A legally loaded semi-trailer truck can produce 5,000 to 10,000 times the road damage of one car according to some estimates, said Benjamin J. Jordan, director of the Wisconsin Transportation Information Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Roads and bridges have not kept up.

  • Madison’s Don Voegeli’s Electronic Switch Influenced The Sound Of Public Radio

    Wisconsin Public Radio | February 14, 2020

    As a public radio listener, you’re probably familiar with the theme song for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” It’s had a few variations over the decades.

    But did you know it was originally composed in Madison in 1971?

    It was written by Don Voegeli, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and the longtime music director at WHA (now known as Wisconsin Public Radio).

  • Scientists find evidence of ‘ghost population’ of ancient humans

    The Guardian | February 13, 2020

    Quoted: “It is always interesting and useful to see researchers applying new methods to try to get a better idea of what ancient populations might have been like,” said John Hawks, an anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who was not involved in the study.

  • Ghost population of humans found in DNA of West Africans, study says

    USA Today | February 13, 2020

    Quoted: John Hawks, an anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told the newspaper that studies like this one, “Open a window showing us that there is much more than we thought to learn about our ancestors.”

  • What’s the Difference Between a Samurai and a Ninja?

    HowStuffWorks | February 12, 2020

    Quoted: Hindsight has a way of glamorizing warfare. Just ask Sarah Thal, a historian of “early modern and modern Japan” who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Coal Shipping In Twin Ports Drops To Lowest Level In Decades While Wind Cargo Surges

    Wisconsin Public Radio | February 11, 2020

    Quoted: The transition is something people would not have thought possible until recently, said Greg Nemet, a public affairs professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches energy and policy.

  • Opinion: Why Are You Still Packing Lunch for Your Kids?

    The New York Times | February 10, 2020

    The solution is right in front of us. When kids eat school lunch, they and their parents are supporting the efforts to improve the national program for current and future generations.

    Jennifer Gaddis is an assistant professor of civil society and community studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of “The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools.”

  • Danez Smith: ‘White people can learn from it, but that’s not who I’m writing for’

    The Guardian | February 10, 2020

    The New Yorker said of Don’t Call Us Dead that Smith’s poems “can’t make history vanish, but they can contend against it with the force of a restorative imagination”. That imagination was honed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Smith studied before going on to form the Dark Noise Collective with other artists including Franny Choi, with whom Smith co-hosts the poetry podcast VS.

  • Nevada Democrats Canceled Their Caucus App. But That Poses Its Own Problems.

    FiveThirtyEight | February 10, 2020

    Quoted: If the number of people who vote early is small, folding the early votes into the process on caucus day should be fairly easy for the volunteers in charge of the caucuses to handle, according to Barry Burden, the director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • What ‘Normal’ Weather Is Will Change

    Wisconsin Public Radio | February 10, 2020

    “Any number of those societal things,” said Jordan Gerth, a research meteorologist who recently left the University of Wisconsin-Madison to join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.

  • OneWeb Launches 34 Satellites as Astronomers Fear Radio Chatter

    The New York Times | February 7, 2020

    Quoted: “It’s very similar to when you have two apartments next to each other,” said Jordan Gerth, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “To some extent, the sound in one unit is confined, but if it gets too loud, it bleeds over.”

  • Morgridges come through again for UW-Madison with up to $70M matching gift for faculty support

    Wisconsin State Journal | February 7, 2020

    Billionaire Badgers John and Tashia Morgridge announced another gift to their alma mater Thursday that will support up to $70 million in matching donations for faculty recruitment and retention at UW-Madison.

  • How each US state is impacting the personal finance IQ of students

    CNBC | February 5, 2020

    Melody Harvey, National Poverty Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty, found in a study she conducted that state-level personal finance education requirements make young individuals significantly less likely to borrow payday loans than peers who were not provided the education, across race, ethnicity and gender.

  • Aerobic exercise limits risk of Alzheimer’s in vulnerable adults

    New Atlas | February 4, 2020

    Previous research has shown us how regular exercise can be beneficial for cognitive function and help stave off the brain degeneration associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s, but scientists continue to learn more about the mechanisms at play. The latest discovery in this area comes courtesy of researchers from the University of Wisconsin (UW), who have published a new study describing a relationship between regular aerobic exercise and a reduced vulnerability to Alzheimer’s among high-risk adults.

  • Mathematicians Prove Batchelor’s Law of Turbulence

    Quanta Magazine | February 4, 2020

    Quoted: “I have to take it all at once, which is what makes it incredibly difficult to model,” said Jean-Luc Thiffeault of the University of Wisconsin, who studies turbulence.

  • Patients Often Get Antibiotics Without a Doctor Visit, Study Finds

    Wall Street Journal | February 4, 2020

    “Everybody knows it’s out there, we just didn’t know how big of a piece of the pie it was,” said Michael Pulia, whose research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focuses on better use of antibiotics. Dr. Pulia wasn’t involved in the study. “It’s very, very problematic.”

  • California Is on the Brink of an Owl War

    Gizmodo | February 4, 2020

    Quoted: “[The barred owl] is larger and more aggressive so it can directly out-compete spotted owls,” Connor Wood, a conservation biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Earther. “And they are also more flexible with what they eat and where they live, so the landscape can support more barred owls.”

  • Bizarre neutrinos detected in Antarctica could open the door to new physics discoveries

    Salon.com | February 3, 2020

    “It’s commonly said that neutrinos are ’elusive’ or ’ghostly’ particles because of their remarkable ability to pass through material without smashing into something,” Alex Pizzuto of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, one of the leads on this paper, said in a press release. “But at these incredible energies, neutrinos are like bulls in a china shop — they become much more likely to interact with particles in Earth.”

  • Read all about it: The ‘reading wars’ are back in America’s education salons

    The Washington Post | January 31, 2020

    Quoted: Calkins’s approach “is a slow, unreliable way to read words and an inefficient way to develop word recognition skill,” Mark S. Seidenberg, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said in a blog post.

  • Prosecution in China of student for tweets he posted while studying in U.S. raises free speech concerns

    Inside Higher Ed | January 31, 2020

    Quoted: Kris Olds, a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert on the globalization of higher education, said on Twitter that the case raises a number of questions for international universities hosting Chinese students.

  • Snow is the only thing keeping some plants and animals from freezing to death

    Popular Science | January 31, 2020

    Quoted: “It’s a warm, stable pocket,” says ecologist Jonathan Pauli, a professor of forest and wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He coined the term along with his colleague Ben Zuckerberg in 2013.

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