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  • Why Are We Still Isolating Vaccinated People for 10 Days?

    The Atlantic | December 7, 2021

    “It’s clear that vaccination will reduce infectiousness,” Ajay Sethi, an epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, told me. And fully vaccinated folks who repeatedly test negative “are probably not a risk to anybody anymore,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan, told me.

  • Can depression worsen Covid-19 and other infections? And can a virus make you depressed?

    Vox | December 2, 2021

    It appears that something in the body, something biological associated with these disorders, may be at play. “That suggests there’s a physiologic vulnerability there in these folks,” said Charles Raison, a psychiatrist and researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

  • Millennials are facing high inflation for the first time

    Marketplace | December 2, 2021

    OK, this can seem a little dramatic. But millennials have met economic woes as they’ve aged into life’s milestones — like when they entered the job market around the Great Recession, said Cliff Robb, who teaches consumer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • What a Giant Map of Fungus Tells Us About Climate Change

    AP | December 1, 2021

    “When you talk about carbon cycles you really want to start thinking carefully about decomposers,” said Anne Pringle, a professor of botany and bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “A massive and coordinated effort to collect biodiversity data on a global scale is badly needed and will be very welcome”, she added, saying “there are good reasons to include all kinds of fungi in that effort.”

  • Loyalty to family — instead of CNN — puts Chris Cuomo at risk

    AP | December 1, 2021

    While people can relate to wanting to help a family member, his primary obligation as a journalist is to CNN’s viewers, said Kathleen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin. These revelations can damage CNN’s reputation, and all journalists, at a time people are already suspicious of the profession, she said.

  • US tracking of virus variants has improved after slow start

    AP | November 30, 2021

    University of Wisconsin AIDS researcher David O’Connor noted: “We don’t have the sorts of interstate travel restrictions that would make it possible to contain the virus in any one place.”

  • ‘Sad and angry and frustrated’: Black moms on the Rittenhouse verdict

    NBC News | November 29, 2021

    “He was 17 at the time of the offense,” said Steven Wright, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin. “Having someone who looks like a child there might make some jurors see their younger selves in him or their children in him, and they might think, ‘What would my younger self have done or my son or daughter have done in his position?’”

  • Millennial Money: It’s OK to not buy stuff on Black Friday

    AP | November 24, 2021

    “This time of year, there is a lot of pressure to consume happiness — to show your love through products,” says Christine Whelan, a clinical professor in the department of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • That Product Will Work Well for You. But for Me? Not So Much.

    Wall Street Journal | November 24, 2021

    In the end, it’s useful to remember that it’s simply not possible for everyone to be correct in believing that products work better for others, yet our studies show that people reach this conclusion. We buy books for the pleasure or knowledge we expect them to impart, creams for the lines they will hopefully erase, and cooking classes to acquire new skills. Do these products work? When we buy them for ourselves, we hope so. When we buy them on behalf of others, we know so. If this sounds discouraging, take comfort in the abiding truth that when you believe others will benefit more from these products, everyone else feels exactly as you do.

    -Dr. Polman is an associate professor of marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Can a Machine Learn Morality?

    New York Times | November 23, 2021

    Joseph Austerweil, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tested the technology using a few simple scenarios. When he asked if he should kill one person to save another, Delphi said he shouldn’t. When he asked if it was right to kill one person to save 100 others, it said he should. Then he asked if he should kill one person to save 101 others. This time, Delphi said he should not.

  • Darrell E. Brooks’s low bail in case before Wisconsin parade attack draws backlash

    The Washington Post | November 23, 2021

    Michele LaVigne, a former director of the Public Defender Project at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, told The Post that setting Brooks’s cash bail at $1,000 is not necessarily unusual and that bail amounts can vary between jurisdictions and courtrooms. When Brooks was arrested earlier this month, she said, officials weighing what bail to request probably considered the seriousness of the charges and the fact that he was already out on bail in the earlier case and had continued showing up for court appearances.

  • One Historic Black Neighborhood’s Stake in the Infrastructure Bill

    New York Times | November 22, 2021

    “There’s the recognition that driving these highways through the communities in the first place was wrong,” said Chris McCahill, managing director of State Smart Transportation Initiative, a transportation think tank based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “And so now the question becomes, what to do about it now?”

  • How Roundabouts Help Lower Carbon Emissions

    The New York Times | November 22, 2021

    Andrea Bill, associate director of the Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said roundabouts sometimes led to more fender-benders and sideswipes, but saved people from paying a greater price.

  • Ion Meyn: Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty verdict reveals the true value of life in Wisconsin

    NBC News | November 22, 2021

    By Ion Meyn, assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin

    On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five counts, including reckless homicide, attempted intentional homicide and recklessly endangering safety.

  • Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted in Bombshell End to Vigilante Murder Trial

    The Daily Beast | November 22, 2021

    “There is a significant risk that there is going to be unrest regardless of the outcome. Simply because the case is so politicized and whichever side prevails, the folks who support the other side are going to feel a grave injustice has occurred,” Keith A. Findley, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin, told The Daily Beast ahead of the verdict.

  • Fact check: Sneezing doesn’t cause temporary death

    USA Today | November 22, 2021

    “While the heart rate may slow down, the heart continues beating and does not really stop,” Dr. Nizar Jarjour, a professor of medicine and radiology at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, said in an email. “Right after the sneeze is over, the heart rate goes back to normal. You really do not die for a second when you sneeze!”

  • Rittenhouse acquittal and Arbery killing raise questions on ‘vigilante justice’

    NBC News | November 22, 2021

    The flood of more gun owners could prove a dangerous mix in certain situations and furthermore, Rittenhouse’s acquittal can be taken as a win for gun owners and advocates, said Ion Meyn, an assistant law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madiso

  • Why the Kyle Rittenhouse ‘not guilty’ verdict is not a surprise to legal experts

    NPR | November 22, 2021

    The defense had a “very disciplined message” throughout the trial, said Steven Wright, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin. They consistently emphasized Rittenhouse’s stated intentions that night — acting as a medic and protecting private property — and the threats to his safety, Wright said.

  • Could Kyle Rittenhouse face civil penalties despite acquittals in Kenosha deaths?

    NBC News | November 22, 2021

    “He’s a public figure now, and money might come in,” said Ion Meyn, who teaches law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I’m not convinced there’s nothing there.”

  • The Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Exposes America’s Divide Over Who Gets to Carry a Gun

    POLITICO | November 22, 2021

    “There’s no way to get around … the intimidating factor of white men dressed in paramilitary garb with automatic weapons,” said Steven Wright, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • After Rittenhouse: Will deadly clashes multiply as the right to self-defense expands?

    The Washington Post | November 22, 2021

    To win their claim of self-defense, Rittenhouse’s lawyers had to convince jurors only that the teen had a reasonable fear that he might be killed or seriously injured, said Keith Findley, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin.

  • America’s Decline Started at Home

    The Nation | November 22, 2021

    One thing is becoming quite clear, however. The environmental destruction in our future will be so profound that anything less than the emergence of a new form of global governance—one capable of protecting the planet and the human rights of all its inhabitants—will mean that wars over water, land, and people are likely to erupt across the planet amid climate chaos. Absent some truly fundamental change in our global governance and in energy use, by mid-century humanity will begin to face disasters of an almost unimaginable kind that will make imperial orders of any sort something for the history books.

    -Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A TomDispatch regular, he is the author of In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power and Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State.

  • How COVID shots for kids help prevent dangerous new variants

    ABC News | November 22, 2021

    David O’Connor, a virology expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, likens infections to “lottery tickets that we’re giving the virus.” The jackpot? A variant even more dangerous than the contagious delta currently circulating.

  • Jury in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Has Deliberated for 23 Hours With No Verdict

    The New York Times | November 19, 2021

    “You can’t read anything into it in terms of the length of the deliberations other than it’s so intensely stressful for the parties,” said Ion Meyn, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

  • Rittenhouse Jury Enters 24 Hours of Deliberation, Likely to Worry Defense, Experts Say

    Newsweek | November 19, 2021

    “Like the Chauvin and Zimmerman cases, this case raises tough issues of self-defense,” Ion Meyn, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, told Newsweek. “Unlike those cases, this case involves four separate incidents, each requiring a complex set of considerations. Given how many people were shot or shot at, I think this case is even more complicated.”

  • Kyle Rittenhouse jury returns for second day of deliberations as Kenosha braces for verdict

    USA Today | November 18, 2021

    Keith Findley, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, called the lack of decision “odd.”

    “The only reason I can think of for waiting is perhaps he wants to give the jury a chance to acquit so he doesn’t have to, but that’s speculation on my part,” Findley, co-founder of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, said.

  • EU seeks to block import of commodities that drive deforestation

    The Washington Post | November 18, 2021

    The proposal is “very promising,” said Holly Gibbs, a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an expert on deforestation.

  • Welcome To A True American Bloodsport: Redistricting

    POLITICO | November 18, 2021

    “It’s something the average member of the public thinks about, and is often unhappy about, in a way you wouldn’t have seen 10 years ago, and not at all 20 years ago,” says Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Drone Footage Could Prove ‘Ugly’ for Prosecution

    Newsweek | November 18, 2021

    Speaking to the Associated Press, Ion Meyn, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, said the judge could grant a mistrial even if he finds the prosecution merely made an honest mistake.However, he said that this is unlikely as there must be proof that the prosecution’s actions influenced the jur

  • Tips for talking to your elderly parents about money, long-term care

    USA Today | November 18, 2021

    As a parent, Cliff Robb, a professor of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin, tries to talk about basic finances like budgeting to his kids on a normal basis.

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