UW In The News

  • 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.

Featured Experts

James Conway: World Health Organization

President Donald Trump will end U.S. involvement with the World Health Organization. Conway, associate director of UW–Madison's Global Health Insititute… More

Pamela Oliver: National protests about the death of George Floyd

Pamela Oliver, an expert on social movements and racial disparities in criminal justice, is available to talk about the spread… More

Ralph Grunewald: Race and criminal justice

The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have once again sparked conversations about race and the criminal justice system. Ralph Grunewald, an assistant professor… More

Anuj Desai: President Trump's executive order on social media companies

Anuj Desai is a professor of law with particular expertise in free speech and communication as it relates to IT… More

Matthew Hora: The impact of lost summer internships

Matthew Hora, an expert on internships and college to workforce transitions, is available to discuss the impact of internships lost… More

Laura Albert: Sports and coronavirus

Major League Baseball's owners and players are negotiating a possible return to the diamond. Laura Albert, an expert on modeling… More

Richard Monette: South Dakota tribal checkpoints

Richard Monette, law professor and director of the Great Lakes Indian Law Center, is available to discuss the dispute over… More

Christopher Zahasky: Underground CO2 storage

A new study led by University of Wisconsin–Madison geoscience professor Christopher Zahasky shows that underground reservoirs currently have capacity to store enough… More

Ryan Poe-Gavlinski: Domestic violence during isolation

Ryan Poe-Gavlinski, an expert on domestic violence and legal services for victims of crimes, can talk about the rise of… More

Jerry O'Brien: Retail struggling

U.S. retail sales plunged by more than 16 percent in April, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Census… More

Marianne Smukowski: Challenges facing dairy manufacturers

Marianne Smukowski, outreach program manager for the Center of Dairy Research (CDR), is well versed in assisting dairy manufacturing facilities… More

Jeff Sindelar: Meat supply chain challenges

Jeff Sindelar, associate professor and extension meat specialist in the UW–Madison Department of Animal Sciences, is an expert on meat… More

Andrew W. Stevens: Impacts on supply and demand

Agricultural markets and food supply chains are complex and vary from product to product. Understanding how the supply of and… More

Ron Kean: Poultry production systems

Ron Kean, faculty associate and extension poultry specialist in the UW–Madison Department of Animal Sciences, is an expert in poultry… More

Daniel Schaefer: Beef production systems

Dan Schaefer, emeritus professor in the UW–Madison Department of Animal Sciences, is an expert in beef production systems, meat quality… More

Patrick Liesch: 'Murder hornets'

Asian giant hornets, also known as "murder hornets," are making headlines after being spotted in Washington state. But good news.… More

Sharon Dunwoody: How should journalists cover coronavirus preprint studies?

When a story in the Los Angeles Times recently claimed that the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 had mutated into a… More

Rebekah Pare: The job market for graduates in the era of COVID-19

Rebekah Pare, executive director of UW–Madison's Letters & Science Career Initiative and Career Services, is available to discuss the waiting… More

James Kossin: Hurricanes getting stronger

In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger. That is according… More

John Lucey: Dairy industry challenges

John Lucey, UW–Madison professor of food science and director of the Center for Dairy Research (CDR), has expertise in dairy… More

Michael Wagner: Fact-checking and conspiracy theories during the pandemic

Wagner, an expert on political communication, media and American politics, can discuss the role of fact-checking in the media, who… More

Vicki Bier: The risks and benefits of re-opening

Vicki Bier is a risk analyst with a background in pandemic preparedness. She is available to talk about the decisions likely… More

Ian Coxhead: Coronavirus impact on global and domestic markets

Economist Ian Coxhead is available to talk about the impact of the coronavirus on global and domestic economies. According to Coxhead:… More

R. Alta Charo: COVID-19 medical ethics

Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics, can discuss medical ethics related to COVID-19. She is a member of… More

Sigan Hartley: Helping children with autism

Sigan Hartley, an expert on neurodevelopmental conditions and family, can offer tips related to families of children with autism and developmental disabilities related to… More

Dominique Brossard: Risk communication

Dominique Brossard is an expert in public opinion dynamics related to risk issues, such as pandemics. She can discuss public… More

Thomas Friedrich: Coronavirus, from the perspective of a virologist who studies it

Thomas Friedrich, a professor of pathobiological sciences, is a coronavirus researcher. He is available to talk about how the virus is… More

David Drake: Wildlife response to coronavirus quarantines

David Drake, an urban wildlife specialist, is available to talk about how wildlife is a responding to a world with… More

Tim Osswald: 3-D printing to fill the gap in crucial medical equipment

Tim Osswald is a professor of mechanical engineering and an expert on 3D printing. The technique, Osswald says, can be used to help fill… More

Monica Theis: Food safety

Monica Theis can discuss food safety concerns related to grocery shopping as well as restaurant carry-out, curb-side pickup and delivery.… More

Karen Smith: Loneliness and self-isolation

Karen Smith, an expert on how people respond to stress and a post-doctoral student in psychology, can discuss why some… More

Menzie Chinn: The economic impact of coronavirus

Menzie Chinn, an expert on international finance and monetary policy, is available for analysis on the economic impact of coronavirus,.… More

Mark Stephenson: Impacts on dairy markets and policy 

Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis with the UW–Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and UW–Madison Division of… More

Mary Hayney: Use of chloroquine hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

Mary Hayney, a professor in the School of Pharmacy, is available to discuss the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in… More

Bret Shaw: Strategic communication and behavior change

Bret Shaw, an expert in strategic communication designed to encourage behavior change related to environmental and health-related issues, can discuss the role… More

Jordan Ellenberg: Using mathematical models to forecast the pandemic

Jordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics and the author of the book, “How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical… More

R. Bradley Pierce: Air pollution response to human retreat during pandemic

Bradley Pierce, director of UW–Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center, and Ankur Desai, a professor atmospheric and oceanic sciences, can talk about global air… More

Sarah Halpern-Meekin: Poverty and the pandemic

Sarah Halpern-Meekin, an expert on poverty and social and welfare policy, can talk about the impact the coronavirus epidemic is… More

Dietram Scheufele: Information, misinformation and public understanding of the pandemic

COVID-19 is a “new” type of crisis for science. Much of the scientific facts about the virus and the likely… More

Experts Guide