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  • Denisovan face and body reconstruction uses DNA methylation

    The Washington Post | September 20, 2019

    Quoted: University of Wisconsin anthropologist John Hawks, who was not involved with this research, endorsed this group’s investigation of ancient DNA methylation and called them pioneers of the technique. “It’s a line of investigation that I want to see people pursue,” he said.

  • This is almost certainly not what Denisovans looked like

    New Scientist | September 20, 2019

    Quoted: “Today we cannot predict very much about a person’s bone morphology,” says John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • The (Not So) Secret Lives Of City-Dwelling Coyotes And Foxes

    Wiscontext | September 20, 2019

    Led by wildlife ecologist David Drake at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, these researchers have observed behavior that suggests the critters may be more prone to peaceful coexistence than are their highly competitive peers in the state’s hinterlands.

  • How Imelda’s Prolific Rain, Flooding Compares to Harvey in East Texas

    The Weather Channel | September 20, 2019

    Quoted: According to an analysis by Shane Hubbard from the University of Wisconsin, Harvey’s 20-inch-plus rainfall footprint was about 13 times larger than Imelda, a whopping 28,949 square miles. That’s an area slightly smaller than the entire state of South Carolina.

  • Is Reversing Baldness Really As Easy As Wearing a Hat?

    Geek.com | September 20, 2019

    Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a noninvasive, low-cost hair-growth-stimulating technology unobtrusive enough to fit under a cap.

  • A hat that zaps the scalp with electricity helps reverse male balding

    New Scientist | September 19, 2019

    To overcome this hurdle, Xudong Wang at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his colleagues have developed a wireless patch that sticks to the scalp and generates electric pulses by harnessing energy from random body movements.

  • Jacqueline Woodson Transformed Children’s Literature. Now She’s Writing for Herself.

    The New York Times | September 19, 2019

    In 1985, of the estimated 2,500 children’s books published in the United States, only 18 were by black authors or illustrators, according to research by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Moving plants indoors for winter? Ease them into it gently

    AP | September 17, 2019

    Quoted: Quarantine houseplants for a time after bringing them indoors, said Diana Alfuth, an Extension horticulture educator with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • What Is The Ketamine-MDMA Drug Cocktail In Hustlers?

    Refinery29 | September 17, 2019

    Quoted: Both MDMA and ketamine can lead to memory loss, meaning that the Hustlers storyline makes sense. But according to Lucas Reichart, Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and author of Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs, the women wouldn’t be able to count on the mixture working the same every time.

  • Paul Ingrassia, Prizewinning Auto Industry Reporter, Dies at 69

    The New York Times | September 17, 2019

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • The Seeds Of Tomorrow: Defending Indigenous Mexican Corn That Could Be Our Future

    Wisconsin Public Radio | September 16, 2019

    The potential has also attracted the interest of American researchers, including those at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of California, Davis, and at the private company Mars Inc., who have studied the corn.

  • Nuclear could be the clean energy source the world needs (opinion)

    CNN | September 16, 2019

    CEM is not alone in reconsidering the role nuclear energy could play. In fact, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in partnership with Idaho National Lab and the University of Wisconsin, have gone so far as to say nuclear energy is “essential” to expand energy access and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • What Does Magnesium Actually Do for You?

    Outside Online | September 12, 2019

    Magnesium is abundant in the body. Hundreds of biological processes, including the creation of new proteins, energy production in cells, and DNA synthesis, depend on it, explains Colin MacDiarmid, a senior nutrition scientist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

  • Telehealth program boosts diabetic eye screening

    WISC-TV 3 | September 12, 2019

    Patients at Mile Bluff Center in Mauston can walk in and have a retinal photograph taken in a matter of minutes. Dr. Yao Liu is an assistant professor of opthalmology at the UW School of Medicine.

  • We Know It Harms Kids to See Smoking on TV. What About Rape?

    New York Times | September 12, 2019

    Quoted: Karyn Riddle, a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches the effects on children and adolescents of viewing violent media, echoes Ms. Murphy’s concerns. “Watching sexual violence could be traumatizing,” she explains, “and that fear could stay with you for many years.”

  • A Beautiful Sight: ‘Huge Wave’ Of Monarch Butterflies Prepare To Migrate

    Wisconsin Public Radio | September 12, 2019

    Quoted: “What people are seeing when they are looking into their backyards and along the shores of Lake Michigan, they are seeing a part of a huge wave of monarchs that are moving south right now,” said Karen Oberhauser, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arboretum.

  • Wisconsin Crops Continue To Lag Behind As Harvest Nears

    Wisconsin Public Radio | September 11, 2019

    Quoted: “Usually we’re (harvesting silage) pretty heavily by about the middle of September,” said Joe Lauer, agronomist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It’s going to be delayed a week or two due to not only some of the cool weather we had in the spring but also due to the fact that there’s a lot of corn that was just planted late.”

  • Kids Are Now Being Taught About 9/11 As Part Of History

    Daily Wire | September 11, 2019

    Quoted: Another study, led by professor Jeremy Stoddard of the University of Wisconsin/Madison School Of Education, found that “the most popular method of teaching about 9/11 and the War on Terror was showing a documentary or ‘similar video,’” TIME reported.

  • Uber Could Save Billions in Taxes With This Little-Noticed Move

    Fortune | September 10, 2019

    Quoted: The new IP value generated a big set of “deferred tax assets”—like pre-paid tax payments or credits—in the Netherlands of $6.1 billion, according to Dan Lynch, an associate professor of accounting and information systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who read the quarterly filing. The taxes would be calculated through multiplying profits by the tax rate. The rate could be either 25% or 7%, the lower number reserved for profits from IP “innovation” developed in the Netherlands, according to Dudley.

  • The profound perspective of geoscience can unite students

    The Conversation | September 10, 2019

    It’s 1 p.m. and students gather in long lines as they wait to enter the lecture hall, a spacious wood-adorned auditorium at the top of Henry Mall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It’s a charismatic octagonal space that is 116 years old and the largest lecture hall on campus.

  • With States and the Feds Investigating Google and Facebook, the Legal Pressure Is Ramping Up

    Fortune | September 10, 2019

    Quoted: “The nightmare for the companies is having 50 different state proceedings, which could indeed wind up commanding different results,” said Peter Carstensen, a former attorney at the antitrust division of the DOJ and a professor of law emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

  • Dane County inmates record audio books for kids

    Spectrum News 1 | September 10, 2019

    A special partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison ?Jail Library Group, the Dane County Library Service and the Dane County Jail gives inmates a unique chance to share quality time with their kids through special audio book recordings.

  • Why school cafeterias should be the front lines of policy change

    The Guardian | September 9, 2019

    Across the country millions of children are returning to school with the promise that school lunch will be “great again”. – Jennifer E Gaddis is an assistant professor in the department of civil society and community studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the author of the forthcoming book The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows no sign of slowing down amid health scares

    The Hill | September 9, 2019

    Quoted: Ryan Owens, a professor of political science and affiliate faculty at the University of Madison-Wisconsin law school, told The Hill that while Ginsburg’s travel is not unusual, it is consistent “with her desire to let people know she is still out there and doing her thing.”

  • Opinion: The future of high school students with autism

    Los Angeles Times | September 9, 2019

    Quoted: Currently, mostly families from higher incomes are able to help their autistic high school students succeed. According to an article by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Adityarup “Rup” Chakravorty, “Children living in census tracts with lower socioeconomic development [are] less likely to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder than children living in areas with higher socioeconomic indicators.”

  • Lynda Barry Explores the Language of Art

    Publishers Weekly | September 9, 2019

    Making Comics is Barry’s latest collage of comics and instruction, drawn from the course that she teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison art department, where she’s an associate professor.

  • Can Vape Pens Cause Lung Disease? Symptoms, Deaths Reported

    Bloomberg News | September 9, 2019

    Quoted: The lung illness “gets worse really quickly,” said Jeffrey Kanne, a radiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which has had patients. On scans, “these are like what you see with acute lung injuries,” such as inhaling toxic substances in an industrial accident.

  • Tips for surviving — and thriving during — school transitions

    CBC News | September 9, 2019

    The transition from elementary to middle school is “extraordinary,” according to Geoffrey Borman, a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, because students are leaving behind what’s become a comfortable, “caring” environment for an unknown school, which can often seem “imposing.”

  • Superfans: A Love Story

    The New Yorker | September 9, 2019

    At the time, Henry Jenkins was a twenty-eight-year-old doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He had grown up reading Famous Monsters of Filmland and bonded with his wife, Cynthia, over “Star Trek.” (He explained to me that the preferred term is Trekkers, not Trekkies.)

  • UW-Madison rank rises to 13th best public college in America, report says

    Wisconsin State Journal | September 9, 2019

    The bump in rank comes after several years of slight drops. The university fell out of the top 10 public schools two years ago to No. 12 and dropped down to the No. 15 spot last year.

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