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  • Climate change may aggravate more than half of human pathogens

    USA Today | August 10, 2022

    Even after sounding warnings about the impacts of climate change on human health for more than 25 years, Jonathan Patz, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute, was still surprised at the many ways researchers found climate hazards affect disease.

    “They found over 1,000 unique pathways,” said Patz, who participated as a co-author. “That to me was striking.”

  • Stormy Weather And Dogs – 4 Things You May Have Overlooked

    Forbes | August 10, 2022

    Steve Ackerman and Jon Martin are respected meteorology professors at the University of Wisconsin who have a long-running series called “The Weather Guys.” On their website, they discussed another way dogs “detect” storms changes. They write, “Thunder, the loud noise that accompanies lightning, gives this nimbostratus cloud the name thunderstorm. Some dogs don’t like loud sounds, whether from a thunderclap or fireworks.”

  • Are monarch butterflies endangered in the US?

    Popular Science | August 9, 2022

    “This is an assessment by an international scientific body that looked at all of the data and said monarchs are endangered,” says Karen Oberhauser, an expert on monarch butterfly biology and conservation and the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. “That means they’re in danger of their population going so low that it wouldn’t be able to recover.”

  • Climate hazards have worsened risks of most infectious diseases, study finds

    Associated Press | August 9, 2022

    “If climate is changing, the risk of these diseases are changing,” said study co-author Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Injectable hydrogel fills surgical cavities to keep brain cancer at bay

    New Atlas | August 9, 2022

    Glioblastoma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, often returning with a vengeance after surgery to remove it. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have now developed an immunity-boosting hydrogel that can be injected into the brain after surgery to clear out remaining cancer stem cells.

  • Could learning algebra in my 60s make me smarter?

    The Guardian | August 8, 2022

    Carol D Ryff at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute of Ageing told me about stereotype embodiment theory, which was proposed by the Yale psychologist Becca Levy. It says that the culture presents older people as moving slowly, being hard of hearing, talking too loud, and unable to read small print. These depictions are funny when we’re young; then we grow old and enact them, and they undermine a person’s sense of wellbeing.

  • A look at new UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin’s first day on the job

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 5, 2022

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  • Jennifer Mnookin begins term as UW-Madison’s 32nd Chancellor

    Wisconsin Public Radio | August 5, 2022

    On her first day as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jennifer Mnookin said she is working to build a “bold vision” for the state’s flagship campus by connecting with stakeholders, including state lawmakers who opposed her chancellorship.

  • The Mysterious Dance of the Cricket Embryos

    The New York Times | August 5, 2022

    Dr. Donoughe contacted Christopher Rycroft, an applied mathematician now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and showed him the dancing nuclei. ‘Wow!’ Dr. Rycroft said. He had never seen anything like it, but he recognized the potential for a data-powered collaboration; he and Jordan Hoffmann, then a doctoral student in Dr. Rycroft’s lab, joined the study.

  • More scientists are studying pediatric cancer

    The Washington Post | August 5, 2022

    “These changes in recent years have prompted approaches that are beginning to make a real impact on improving the care and outcome of children with diseases thought incurable 10 years ago,” says Paul Sondel, the Reed and Carolee Walker professor of pediatric oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a pediatric oncologist for more than 40 years. “Nevertheless, while we are seeing new progress, we know there is still a long way to go to be able to cure all children with cancer.”

  • Tuition, state funding and diversity: New UW-Madison chancellor’s agenda has familiar ring

    Wisconsin State Journal | August 5, 2022

    Jennifer Mnookin spent her first day on campus meeting with students, faculty and campus leaders as she takes on the role as UW-Madison’s 30th chancellor.

    Mnookin, who comes to Madison from her previous role as dean of the UCLA School of Law, said her primary goal is to have conversations with UW-Madison students and staff and community and state leaders to discuss ways to keep UW-Madison affordable, while also addressing challenges like accessibility, funding and diversity.

  • New UW-Madison chancellor meets with students, staff on first day on campus

    Channel 3000 | August 5, 2022

    New University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin met with students and staff members Thursday during an ice cream social to mark her first day on campus.

  • Invasive insect that feeds on plants in the carrot family reported for first time in Minnesota

    CBS Minnesota | August 4, 2022

    Scientists identified the moth with the help of the University of Wisconsin Diagnostic Lab.

  • Coyotes are here to stay in North American cities – here’s how to appreciate them from a distance

    The Conversation | August 3, 2022

    Coyotes have become practically ubiquitous across the lower 48 United States, and they’re increasingly turning up in cities. The draws are abundant food and green space in urban areas.

    -David Drake, Bret Shaw, Mary Magnuson

  • Beyoncé to Replace Lyric on ‘Renaissance’ After Backlash From Disability-Rights Advocates

    Wall Street Journal | August 3, 2022

    Lizzo’s lyric change in June primed people to recognize the language in Beyoncé’s album, said Sami Schalk, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of the upcoming book “Black Disability Politics.”“The important thing is that it was brought up again and slowly over time, we will hopefully see more people thinking differently about this word,” Dr. Schalk said.

  • Vanilla is anything but ordinary: Here are 5 unexpected products that contain this spice

    Fox News | August 3, 2022

    “It’s literally the most popular flavor and fragrance in the world, and it’s a multimillion-dollar industry,” University of Wisconsin botany professor and vanilla expert Ken Cameron said recently to On Wisconsin, the UW-Madison alumni magazine.

  • At UW-Madison, Grandparents University crosses generations

    The Capital Times | August 2, 2022

    At Grandparents University, the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s intergenerational education program, learners young and old enroll for a taste of campus life, the chance to learn from college instructors and an opportunity to spend time with their loved ones. 

  • A Navajo scientist couldn’t translate his work to his family. Now, because of a UW-Madison project he co-founded, he can.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 29, 2022

    That’s when Martin and his colleagues — Joanna Bundus, a biology post-doctoral fellow at UW-Madison, and Susana Wadgymar, an assistant professor of biology at Davidson College in North Carolina — founded Project ENABLE (Enriching Navajo As a Biology Language for Education), an online dictionary of biology terms translated from English to Diné Bizaad, a Navajo language.

  • International Talent: Ripe Silicon Valley Conditions That Are Changing Remote Work

    Forbes | July 28, 2022

    Silicon Valley is the perfect example of the international hiring phenomenon. Researcher Sarah Edwards from the University of Wisconsin-Madison explains that “the expansion of Silicon Valley into increasingly intimate and global spaces” will result in the decentralization of the Valley as the leading startup city. Other cities like Miami are thriving in the industry thanks to digital nomads and increased job mobility (as was shown during the Great Resignation.)

  • Omicron BA.5 Surge: 5 Ways to Stay Safe

    The New York Times | July 26, 2022

    Talk to your family and friends as well as other members of your community to find out whether they’ve had Covid recently or know anybody who has or recently had Covid, Ajay Sethi, an epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said. Because you’re more likely to interact with people in your network, you may get a better sense of incidence in your community and what your own risk of getting sick may be.

  • This Smart Necklace Soaks Up Your Sweat to Track Health

    The Daily Beast | July 26, 2022

    Now, engineers at The Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed battery-free sweat sensors that can measure several chemicals and give accurate readouts at a range of concentrations. Their sensors can be worn like a necklace or even implanted into the skin, where they would work throughout a user’s lifetime.

  • UW Alzheimer’s doctor, researcher inspired by father’s diagnosis with the disease

    Wisconsin State Journal | July 25, 2022

    Dr. Nathaniel Chin, who grew up in Watertown and got undergraduate and medical degrees from UW-Madison, planned to specialize in infectious diseases. But during his internal medicine residency at the University of California-San Diego, his father — a family medicine doctor in Watertown — was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Monarch butterflies have been declared endangered. What can we do to save them?

    NPR | July 25, 2022

    OBERHAUSER: If you see it, you report it. So in the United States, you can report it to a program called Journey North, which is something that we run out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. And the final thing that people can do now that you’ve heard this interview, you are an expert on monarchs, so you can spread the word.

    RASCOE: That’s Karen Oberhauser. She directs the arboretum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is the founder and director of the Monarch Lava Monitoring Project. Thank you so much for talking with us.

  • Unless we act soon, this heatwave is just a taste of things to come

    The Guardian | July 22, 2022

    Written by Andrea Dutton, an international expert on climate change and sea level rise who is a MacArthur Fellow and a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Ohio rape shows how a story can spread faster than facts

    The Washington Post | July 15, 2022

    A named source like Bernard is a good start, said Kathleen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin. If the Star had other sources, it may not have wanted to provide them at the risk of identifying the victim, she said.

  • Doctors worry that online misinformation will push abortion-seekers toward ineffective, dangerous methods

    CNN | July 14, 2022

    Even before the Supreme Court decision, there was evidence that some people tried to self-manage abortions with things like herbs, physical trauma and uterine trauma, said Jenny Higgins, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • The BA.5 Wave Is What COVID Normal Looks Like

    The Atlantic | July 14, 2022

    Ajay Sethi, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, still works at home, and avoids eating with strangers indoors. He masks in crowded places, but at home, as contractors remodel his bathrooms, he has decided not to—a pivot from last year. His chances of suffering from the virus haven’t changed much; what has is “probably more my own fatigue,” he told me, “and my willingness to accept more risk than before.”

  • First Full-Color Image From NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Unveiled by Biden

    Wall Street Journal | July 12, 2022

    “They’re not just going to be pretty pictures necessarily,” said Dr. Michael Maseda, an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “There’s going to be scientific information that is probably fundamentally new.”

  • Epilepsy patients turn to unregulated CBD market for treatment

    Washington Post | July 11, 2022

    “I’m not anti-CBD,” said Barry Gidal, a professor of pharmacy and neurology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who co-wrote the study and worked as a consultant for the Epidiolex manufacturer. “There needs to be oversight so that patients know what they are getting.”

  • On Conservative Radio, Misleading Message Is Clear: ‘Democrats Cheat’

    The New York Times | July 5, 2022

    “Liberals or even most moderates never listen to it, they don’t pay attention to it, they don’t see it, they don’t hear it,” said Lewis A. Friedland, a professor who studies radio at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “So you don’t know it exists, you don’t know how widespread and how powerful it really is.” In Wisconsin, he said, local radio stations play “extreme right-wing propaganda” five or six hours a day.

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