UW In The News

  • In Hunter Biden’s career from Ukraine to China, his father is often nearby 

    The Washington Post | July 23, 2019

    Quoted: Yoshiko M. Herrera, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who is an expert in Russia and Eurasian policy, said in an interview that Hunter Biden’s service with Burisma is a serious issue.

  • Recall Campaigns Against State Lawmakers Are On The Rise?

    Huffington Post | July 23, 2019

    Quoted: Growing partisanship has made both Republicans and Democrats willing to embrace once unthinkable political tactics, such as recalls, said Howard Schweber, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Opinion | The Vicious Fun of America’s Most Famous Literary Circle

    New York Times | July 23, 2019

    This year is the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the Algonquin Round Table, one of the 20th century’s most famous literary gatherings.

    Dr. Ratner-Rosenhagen is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Opinion | McConnell Doesn’t Want the Senate to Talk About Trump’s Tweets. Here’s a Way Around Him.

    New York Times | July 23, 2019

    Whether Republican senators would rise to the occasion is debatable. With John McCain and Jeff Flake now gone from the Senate, it seems less likely that many of their Republican colleagues will take a stand against this racist tilt to our politics. But the only way we can know is to get them on record. A round robin would give them just such an opportunity.

    -John Milton Cooper is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • A Piece of IceCube Arrives at the Smithsonian

    Air & Space Magazine | July 18, 2019

    Kael Hanson, IceCube’s director of operations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says that some 200 collaborators were in Madison the day the sensor was sent to D.C., so it turned into a farewell ceremony.“It’s a great honor,” Hanson says. “It’s the Smithsonian. It’s an invite-only club.”

  • Taking Advantage of Aloha

    Hawaii Business Magazine | July 18, 2019

    Financial abuse is often paired with domestic violence. A study by the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicated that economic abuse occurs in 99 percent of domestic violence cases. This can take the form of an abuser managing family funds, preventing a victim from working, hiding assets or otherwise asserting financial dominance in the relationship.

  • Wisconsin and Minnesota Are Waging an Extremely Friendly War Over Who Has More Lakes

    Atlas Obscura | July 18, 2019

    Quoted: For all their poetry, these definitions are turbid, according to Jake Vander Zanden, the director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Viewpoint: Why CRISPR-edited crops should be allowed in organic agriculture

    Genetic Literacy Project | July 18, 2019

    Quoted: Bill Tracy, an organic corn breeder and professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, says, “Many CRISPR-induced changes that could happen in nature could have benefits to all kinds of farmers.” But, the NOSB has already voted on the issue and the rules are unlikely to change without significant pressure. “It’s a question of what social activity could move the needle on that,” Tracy concludes.

  • Finally, Scientists Know Why Toxoplasma Has Sex in Cats

    Laura Knoll | July 12, 2019

    Now Laura Knoll of the University of Wisconsin at Madison has thrown her fellow researchers a lifeline. Her team finally worked out why Toxo only has sex in cats.

  • To unlock the youth vote in 2020, Democrats wage legal fights against GOP-backed voting restrictions

    Washington Post | July 12, 2019

    Quoted: “We know from long-standing research that young people are more sensitive to changes in election law,” said Barry Burden, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “Young people haven’t established a voting habit yet. So these things either get in the way or enable them to get that habit started.”

  • In a first, AI created from sheet of ‘smart’ glass without using any machinery

    Business Recorder | July 12, 2019

    Scientist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a way to generate AI-enabled smart glass that is able to identify images without the need for any kind of sensors, circuits or a power source.

  • Mass layoffs: a history of cost cuts and psychological tolls

    Quartz | July 12, 2019

    Charlie Trevor of University of Wisconsin–Madison and Anthony Nyberg of University of South Carolina found that downsizing a workforce by 1% leads to a 31% increase in voluntary turnover the next year.

  • Piece of skull found in Greece ‘is oldest human fossil outside Africa’

    The Guardian | July 11, 2019

    Quoted: John Hawks, a palaeontologist at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, voiced similar doubts: “Can we really use a small part of the skull like this to recognise our species?” he said. “The storyline in this paper is that the skull is more rounded in the back, with more vertical sides, and that makes it similar to modern humans. I think that when we see complexity, we shouldn’t assume that a single small part of the skeleton can tell the whole story.”

  • Rush for the exits? After Swalwell drops out, Democratic field unlikely to shrink soon

    Washington Examiner | July 11, 2019

    Quoted: Barry Burden, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Elections Research Center, predicted many of the hopefuls would be stubborn and persist because “the race appears to be in flux.”

  • Female Soccer Players Suffer Concussions More Often Than Men, And Researchers Are Paying Attention

    Wisconsin Public Radio | July 11, 2019

    Quoted: In fact, high school and college-age girls and women who play soccer get concussions at a higher rate, and in some cases three times more likely, than their male counterparts, said Snedden, who is also an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Wisconsin Farmers Facing More Pests, Higher Costs After Late Spring Planting

    Wisconsin Public Radio | July 11, 2019

    Quoted: “Usually we say (corn is) ’knee high by the Fourth of July’ but most of the time, corn is chest high or more by the Fourth of July in many areas of Wisconsin. That’s just not the case this year,” said Joe Lauer, agronomist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • UW team helps rewrite evolution of birds with new discovery

    Wisconsin State Journal | July 11, 2019

    The fossil, known as Lori, was found in 2001 and shows a deeper evolution of when birds gained the ability to fly as well as confirmed that feathered dinosaurs did exist in North America, according to a report released Wednesday, led and co-authored by UW-Madison researchers.

  • Indoor carbon dioxide levels could be a health hazard, scientists warn

    The Guardian | July 9, 2019

    Quoted: “There is enough evidence to be concerned, not enough to be alarmed. But there is no time to waste,” said Dr Michael Hernke, a co-author of the study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, stressing further research was needed.

  • Believing in Fairies: Marie Kondo and Our Oriental Attachments

    Avidly | July 9, 2019

    Japan’s “floating world” has long provided the West with fantasies of both attachment and detachment, with the promise of refashioning our lives by “decluttering” and surrounding ourselves with only the most exquisite objects. Marie Kondo offers us a dream of minimalist Japanese beauty not unlike the dream of Japan that first enchanted the West in the Victorian period.

  • To Improve Care, Veterans Affairs Asks Patients Their Life Stories

    Wall Street Journal | July 8, 2019

    Some Madison VA medical departments, such as the heart-and-lung transplant unit, recommend providers read patients’ stories to develop a bond before major procedures. One primary-care doctor sends his patients a note to let them know he has read their story. And the University of Wisconsin medical school now offers an elective for students to staff the program as part of preparing for their medical careers.

  • Bud Selig: By the Book

    The New York Times | July 8, 2019

    I was a history major in school at the University of Wisconsin and had planned to become a history professor.

  • One Thing You Can Do: Beat the Heat Efficiently

    The New York Times | July 8, 2019

    Quoted: “They exacerbate climate change by increasing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants as well as some direct leakage of HFCs,” said David Abel, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was referring to hydrofluorocarbons, chemical coolants that are also powerful greenhouse gases.

  • Blue-Green Algae Blooms Frequent On Madison’s Lakes This Summer

    Wisconsin Public Radio | July 8, 2019

    Quoted: Emily Stanley, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology and Department of Integrative Biology, said although they haven’t yet seen large blooms she describes as “epic” in Madison’s lakes, they are seeing frequent blooms. She said people should stay away from water that looks like it has white, blue or green foam floating on the top.

  • This spray-on nanofiber ‘skin’ may revolutionize wound care

    Fast Company | July 8, 2019

    Nanomedic joins other researchers attempting to reimagine the wound healing process. Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for example, created a new kind of protective bandage that sends a mild electrical stimulation, thereby “dramatically” reducing the time deep surgical wounds take to heal.

  • Simple ‘smart’ glass can tell images apart without needing power

    Daily Mail Online | July 8, 2019

    ’We’re using optics to condense the normal setup of cameras, sensors and deep neural networks into a single piece of thin glass,’ says UW-Madison electrical and computer engineering professor Zongfu Yu.

  • AI made from a sheet of glass can recognise numbers just by looking

    New Scientist | July 8, 2019

    It’s the smartest piece of glass in the world. Zongfu Yu at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his colleagues have created a glass artificial intelligence that uses light to recognise and distinguish between images. What’s more, the glass AI doesn’t need to be powered to operate.

  • Was the Mexico hailstorm due to climate change? Scientists say it’s not that simple

    Mic.com | July 3, 2019

    Quoted: “This is a very unusual event,” says Jonathan Martin, an atmospheric and oceanic scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Indeed, Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro Ramírez said in a video posted to Facebook that the storm was “one we haven’t seen before,” a statement that leads Martin to theorize that that kind of event happens in Guadalajara at most only once every 60 to 100 years.

  • Why Do We Sleep? Neuroscientists Reveal “Rebalancing” Effect on Brain

    Inverse | July 3, 2019

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison study focused on synapses, the spaces between two connected neurons. To communicate with one another, neurons release neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that nerve cells use to communicate, into synapses. In the mouse experiment at the heart of the study, the authors found that synapses shrink during sleep and expand during wakefulness.

  • How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly

    Wired | July 3, 2019

    Quoted: The deadly European heat wave of 2003 is a cautionary tale. The first to die were manual laborers, such as roofers, says Richard Keller, a medical historian at the University of Wisconsin Madison who wrote a book on the extreme event called Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003. “It’s always easy to rationalize those deaths away, but they may be a harbinger of things to come,” he says.

  • Some Democrats Talk About Cosmetic Surgery Insurance. It Doesn’t Exist.

    The New York Times | July 3, 2019

    Quoted: “It’s taking people who are basically normal and would like to look better and feel better about themselves, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” said James Grotting, a plastic surgeon on the clinical faculty at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “But there might be no end of what patients might request if it’s covered by a third party.”

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