UW In The News

  • The global internet is disintegrating. What comes next?

    BBC News | May 15, 2019

    “In countries with rich and diverse connectivity to the rest of the internet, it would be virtually impossible to identify all the ingress and egress points,” says Paul Barford, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, who maps the network of physical pipes and cables through which the global internet runs.

  • Dreams can have unexpected paths, J.J. Watt tells UW-Madison graduates

    Wisconsin State Journal | May 13, 2019

    As a walk-on football player at UW-Madison who became a star defensive lineman and now plays for the Houston Texans, J.J. Watt offered lessons on pursuing dreams at the university’s spring commencement Saturday.

  • Herb Kohl donates $10 million to UW-Madison’s public outreach efforts

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 13, 2019

    Former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl made a $10 million donation to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs.

  • Inside the Megafire

    Nova | May 10, 2019

    From the front line of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, NOVA tells the stories of residents who had to flee for their lives during the 2018 fire season. Scientists race to understand what’s behind the rise of record-breaking megafires across the American West take to the forest, and even a fire lab, in search of answers. FEATURING: Monica Turner

  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs tied to reduced glaucoma risk

    Reuters | May 9, 2019

    Even so, the results highlight the need for further research to explore whether statins might one day be prescribed to prevent glaucoma, which is not currently an approved use of these pills, said the co-author of an accompanying editorial, Dr. Yao Liu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • I Grieve the Death of My Adult Daughter Every Single Day. Here’s How You Can Help People Like Me

    Newsweek | May 9, 2019

    Quoted: Losing a child “is a trauma that doesn’t go away,” says Marsha Mailick, a social scientist at the University of Wisconsin-­Madison who has studied bereavement.

  • Suspense builds for Supreme Court moves on abortion, LGBT cases

    The Hill | May 9, 2019

    Quoted: Ryan Owens, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the justices appear reluctant to take up the case, but they will eventually have to weigh in on sexual orientation discrimination and religious rights.

  • The art of noticing: five ways to experience a city differently

    The Guardian | May 9, 2019

    Quoted: As part of a project overseen by William Cronon, a professor of history, geography and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a group of graduate students set out to create online resources for environmental history research. Their guide, How to Read a Landscape, offers many useful suggestions for readers, explorers and researchers.

  • Wet Weather Delays Planting For Wisconsin Farms

    Wisconsin Public Radio | May 9, 2019

    Joe Lauer, an agronomist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said more rain this week means farmers will likely have to continue waiting.  He warns planting late can have a big impact on the crop.

  • UN Report: Around 1M Species At Risk Of Extinction

    Wisconsin Public Radio | May 8, 2019

    Quoted: Stan Temple, professor emeritus of forest and wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said Wisconsin is unique because it’s close to the edges of major ecosystems, including the eastern edge of the prairies and southern end of the northern coniferous forest.

  • Trial to test cancer vaccine on dogs begins

    Spectrum News | May 8, 2019

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine is one of three schools involved in the trial. The treatment will be tested on dogs, last week UW-Madison researchers started administering the treatment.

  • Why Wisconsin Presents A ‘Perfect Opportunity’ For A Measles Outbreak

    Wiscontext | May 8, 2019

    Quoted: “It’s actually remarkable to me that we haven’t had a case yet,” said Dr. James Conway, professor and associate director for health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Conway discussed the risks the state faces in a May 3, 2019 interview on Wisconsin Public Television’s Here & Now.

  • New UW dean of students ‘thrilled to be a Badger’

    Wisconsin State Journal | May 8, 2019

    Christina Olstad, currently the interim assistant vice president for student affairs, housing and residence life at Towson University in Maryland, will begin her new job as dean of students at UW-Madison on July 1.

  • 5G signal could jam satellites that help with weather forecasting

    The Guardian | May 7, 2019

    Quoted: “The more we lose, the greater the impact will be,” states meteorologist Jordan Gerth, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the current issue of Nature. “This is a global problem.”

  • UW professor wins prestigious scientific prize, could be precursor to Nobel prize

    Wisconsin State Journal | May 7, 2019

    A UW-Madison professor who won the prestigious Passano Fellow award, as well as a second major prize earlier, could be in line for a Nobel prize. Robert Fettiplace, professor of neuroscience at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, won the 2019 Passano Fellow award for research into the mechanics of hearing.

  • Species Are Going Extinct At An Unprecedented Rate — Here’s Why You Should Care

    Huffington Post | May 7, 2019

    Quoted: The fastest, cheapest, most efficient way to bring down greenhouse gases and mitigate some of the effects of climate change is to grow more trees around the world and preserve the ones we have, said Donald Waller, a botany and environmental studies professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Cyclone Fani Strikes, Heading in the Path of Tens of Millions in India

    The New York Times | May 3, 2019

    Quoted: By late Thursday in India, Cyclone Fani had sustained winds of about 155 miles per hour, nearly in the range of a Category 5 hurricane, said Derrick Herndon, an associate researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. The World Meteorological Organization said the storm was “one of the most intense” in 20 years in the region.

  • Live Tracking Map: Cyclone Fani Batters India

    The New York Times | May 3, 2019

    Quoted: The greatest threat to residents was drowning — from flash flooding, storm surges that could reach 10 to 15 feet in some areas, and flooding from rivers in the days after the storm lands, said Derrick Herndon, an associate researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.

  • 170-Year-Old Wisconsin Abortion Ban Still On The Books

    Wisconsin Public Radio | May 2, 2019

    “It just doesn’t happen,” said Dr. Doug Laube, who used to be the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • The Giant Panda Is a Closet Carnivore

    The Atlantic | May 2, 2019

    Quoted: “If you’re going to switch to a specific plant, bamboo isn’t too bad, as it does have respectable plant protein levels, as well as a swath of different vitamins,” says Garret Suen from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Census: Democrats won in 2018 with young voter turnout, women, urban voters

    Vox | April 26, 2019

    Quoted: As Barry Burden, a political scientist with the University of Wisconsin Madison, pointed out on Twitter, “the future (of voting) is apparently female.”

  • Tahoe Residents Oppose New Homes in Path of Wildfire Danger

    AP | April 25, 2019

    Quoted: “There are a lot of buildings and there is a lot of woodland vegetation and they are close to each other, and there is a lot of fire,” said Anu Kramer, a wildfire scientist at the Silvis Lab at the University of Wisconsin who conducted the research. “When those things come together that is when you are going to see a lot of destruction.”

  • Supreme Court sees more serious divide open on death penalty

    The Hill | April 24, 2019

    Quoted: Ryan Owens, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said there could be death penalty cases where Roberts might “cast a counter-ideology vote.”

  • The Quest to Fix the Grocery Store Tomato

    How Stuff Works | April 24, 2019

    Julie Dawson is a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she does tomato variety trials including varieties from a number of different public and private sector breeders.

  • Elizabeth Warren and 2020 Democrats want to erase student debt — here’s how it could affect the economy

    CNBC | April 24, 2019

    Quoted: The average amount of debt per student has climbed not only because college costs have increased but also because state financing for schools has fallen, said Cliff Robb, an associate professor of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • UW-Madison names new band director to succeed Mike Leckrone

    Wisconsin State Journal | April 23, 2019

    UW-Madison named Corey Pompey as the successor to legendary UW Band director Mike Leckrone, the first passing of the baton in 50 years.

  • This Is Why These States Aren’t So Chill About What’s Inside Air Conditioners

    Huffington Post | April 23, 2019

    Quoted: “I hope it’s a matter of when [national regulation is put in place], and not if,” said David Abel, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who focuses on energy systems, air pollution and public health. “It really has to be, if we’re going to avoid some of this really catastrophic damage.”

  • Microsoft wants machine teaching to be the next big AI trend

    Fast Company | April 23, 2019

    Quoted: Microsoft can’t claim sole ownership of the term. Xiaojin (Jerry) Zhu, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, has used “machine teaching” to describe a set of approaches to training machine learning algorithms since 2013, though he and Microsoft both agree there’s some overlap in their definitions.

  • Fight over census citizenship question hits Supreme Court

    The Hill | April 22, 2019

    Quoted: Ryan Owens, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the justices will be wary of how the court looks as it takes up a politically charged case.

  • ‘Time is short’: Why experts warn Russian meddling detailed in Mueller report could happen again

    USA Today | April 22, 2019

    Quoted: The operations seized on social divisions and showed a clear bias toward Trump, said Young Mie Kim, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison whose research analyzed 3,500 Facebook ads bought by Russia and released last year by the House Intelligence Committee.

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