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  • Is In-Person Voting Really Unsafe?

    The Daily Beast | August 10, 2020

    “We were lucky in April here, I don’t know if we would be that lucky again,” said Malia Jones, an associate scientist in health geography for the applied population laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In early April, there was “very little disease circulating,” in the state, Jones said, noting that voting by mail “is clearly the safer option.”

  • How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trump’s Fate

    The New Yorker | August 10, 2020

    Katherine Cramer, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, spent eight years interviewing rural Wisconsinites for her book “The Politics of Resentment,” published months before Trump’s election. “I heard so many complaints about teachers,” she told me. “ ‘How is it that they can get off of work? People who really work hard don’t have time to go out and protest.’ ”

  • NOAA hurricane forecast now predicts ‘extremely active’ season

    The Washington Post | August 7, 2020

    The study, by a group of researchers at NOAA 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

  • How To Advocate For Diversity In Your Kid’s Curriculum At School

    Rompper | August 7, 2020

    Case in point: In 2018, data compiled by librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) showed that while over half of children’s books feature white main characters, only 10% depict Black characters. “There are more children’s books about talking animals and trucks than there are about all other racial/ethnic groups combined,” says Parrott. “That is appalling.”

  • The Goonies, Museum Rejects

    Avidly | August 6, 2020

    I think of the frictions in my life, too. Legos underfoot. Track changes. Heavy books. Grading. Laundry. Emails. Cardio. Recycling. Which frictions are about privilege, and which help me move in the world with weight and worry, using that friction to open the jar, to pay attention, to feel the potential in the things around me?

    Sarah Anne Carter runs the Center for Design and Material Culture at UW-Madison. She writes about museums and making sense of the world.

  • Sinclair yanked a pandemic conspiracy theory program. But it has stayed in line with Trump on coronavirus.

    The Washington Post | August 4, 2020

    The pattern has suggested that the company, controlled by the heirs of founder Julian Sinclair Smith, has harnessed its station group as a political vehicle. “Their purpose seems to be to [promote] Donald Trump and far-right opinion,” said Lewis Friedland, a journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin.

  • Silicon Valley is losing the battle against election misinformation

    POLITICO | August 4, 2020

    Researcher Young Mie Kim was scrolling through Instagram in September when she came across a strangely familiar pattern of partisan posts across dozens of social media accounts.

    Kim, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison specializing in political communication on social media, noticed a number of the seemingly unrelated accounts using tactics favored by the Russia-linked Internet Research Agency, a group that U.S. national security agencies say carried out a multiyear misinformation effort aimed at disrupting the 2016 election — in part by stoking existing partisan hatred.

  • Hand sanitizer poison calls grow along with FDA toxic list

    Fast Company | August 4, 2020

    “We’re being much more vigilant about sanitization and as a result, there’s a lot more of these supplies for people or kids to get into inadvertently. We’ve had some very bad advice from out national leadership. There are people who are doing things that may have been said in jest that they don’t realize, because of who it’s coming from,” says Ed Elder, director of the Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Covid-19 Testing Is in Short Supply. Should You Still Get a Test?

    The New York Times | August 3, 2020

    Yes, said R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    “One of the most important things to keep in mind when discussing public health is the fact that this is fundamentally a community issue, not merely an individual health concern,” she said. “We are all in this together. What I do affects everyone around me, and what they do affects me.”

  • Why the pandemic is testing confidence in the US currency

    Australian Financial Review | August 3, 2020

    But this is not the first time in recent years that the dollar’s dominance has been questioned. In 2008, an academic study by Mr Frankel and Menzie Chinn, a professor at University of Wisconsin – Madison, predicted that by 2022 the euro would surpass the dollar as the world’s leading reserve currency.

  • Covid-19 Tests Are in Short Supply. Should You Still Get One?

    The New York Times | July 31, 2020

    Yes, said R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.“

    One of the most important things to keep in mind when discussing public health is the fact that this is fundamentally a community issue, not merely an individual health concern,” she said. “We are all in this together. What I do affects everyone around me, and what they do affects me.”

  • FDA Nears Decision Authorizing Covid-19 Treatment With Convalescent Plasma

    Wall Street Journal | July 30, 2020

    William Hartman, a doctor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, who is treating hospitalized Covid-19 patients with convalescent plasma, said FDA emergency-use authorization may prompt more hospitals to give the treatment earlier.

  • Covid-19 vaccine: High-risk populations, health-care, essential workers should have priority, experts say

    The Washington Post | July 30, 2020

    One committee member, Paul Hunter, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, offered this summary: “If I was looking at the data correctly, if you’re a middle-aged-to-older African American female medical assistant with diabetes and hypertension, it looks to me like you’re on top of the list to get the vaccine.”

  • What It Will Take to Reopen Schools Safely

    American Scientist | July 30, 2020

    It will take coordinated effort from national, state, and local leadership, individual behavior change, and funding to bring the outbreak under control and to return to in-person schooling safely. Measuring exactly 6 feet in between desks will not be enough to achieve these aims; we need to think about the big picture and consider how each reopening plan stacks up against these goals.

  • UW System receives $2 million gift for online education as fall planning continues

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 28, 2020

    The University of Wisconsin System announced a $2 million anonymous donation Monday that will help improve online classes and academic advising.

  • Vulnerability Is Strength: Updating The Language Of Leadership

    Forbes | July 28, 2020

    “Data is (sic) suggesting that we may want to revisit the idea of projecting an image. Research shows that onlookers subconsciously register lack of authenticity. Just by looking at someone, we download large amounts of information others. We are programmed to observe each other’s states so we can more appropriately interact, empathize, or assert our boundaries, whatever the situation may require,” says Paula Niedenthal, Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are wired to read each others’ expressions in a very nuanced way. This process is called “resonance” and it is so automatic and rapid that it often happens below our awareness.”

  • Covid-19 Airport Testing: US To Europe, Here’s What To Expect

    Forbes | July 28, 2020

    So this means some travelers will slip through the net. Skipping quarantine yet out in the community. Even if rapid (less accurate) tests miss some infected people, they can still have a significant impact on transmission says Dave O’Connor, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Cotton, Folded, Ventilated — What Kind Of Mask Is Best?

    Wisconsin Public Radio | July 23, 2020

    Noted: Research by Scott Sanders, a professor in the mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has shown that in situations where people can social distance, three-layered masks are best, with cotton for the internal layer, a non-woven synthetic for the middle and an outer layer of polyester.

    But even if there is leaking from the mask, some kind of barrier is better than nothing, said Ajay Sethi, an associate professor of population health sciences at UW-Madison.

    And, the masks should really be combined with social distancing, added Sethi, who is part of a team developing a model to forecast potential surges in hospitalizations in southern Wisconsin.

  • Science elicits hope in Americans – its positive brand doesn’t need to be partisan

    The Conversation | July 23, 2020

    Written by Todd Newman, Assistant Professor of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • A lesson from the coronavirus that could save us all – the community can save the community

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 23, 2020

    Noted: William R. Hartman, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, is principal investigator for the UW COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

  • As Summer Takes Hold, So Do the Jumping Worms

    The New York Times | July 22, 2020

    At the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, study of Asian jumping worms began after they were discovered on the grounds in 2013. “They may have a cascading, behind-the-scenes impact that might not happen tomorrow, but that will eventually affect other organisms at a higher trophic level,” said Bradley M. Herrick, a plant ecologist and the research program manager at the arboretum.

  • COVID-19 plasma trial at UW-Madison shows treatment helped 94% of severely ill patients avoid ICU or ventilation

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 20, 2020

    Patients with severe or life-threatening COVID-19 have fared well so far in two clinical trials underway at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, according to preliminary results.

    The university also launched three new COVID-19 clinical trials and began considering offers to host another nine. Since the coronavirus clinical trials began, 80% of all UW Health patients with COVID-19 have been enrolled in one.

  • Why Black Americans face more retirement challenges

    Yahoo Finance | July 17, 2020

    Center for Financial Security Director & University of Wisconsin—Madison Professor J. Michael Collins joins Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman to discuss the inequalities in retirement security for communities of color.

  • What does it mean to declare racism a public health crisis?

    Marketplace | July 17, 2020

    But can a declaration really make a difference? Just pushing it through the process can have an impact, said Paula Tran Inzeo, a director at University of Wisconsin’s Public Health Institute.

  • The latest on smoking cessation: 8 things physicians should know

    American Medical Association | July 16, 2020

    “There’ve been more than 20 studies, which have looked at smoking status and COVID-19 complications,” said AMA member Michael Fiore, MD, MPH, MBA, Hilldale Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. “Whether you measure the outcomes as death or using a severity index, like going to the ICU or being intubated, in more than 80% of those studies, smoking resulted in a statistically significant increase of adverse outcomes.”

  • Path to White House Runs Through America’s ‘Rust Belt’

    Voice of America | July 16, 2020

    “We’re losing jobs because we’re moving towards automation,” said Stephen Deller, a professor and community economic development specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Patients aren’t being told about the AI systems advising their care

    STAT | July 15, 2020

    But there is no clear line that neatly separates medical research from hospital operations or quality control, said Pilar Ossorio, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And researchers and bioethicists often disagree on what constitutes one or the other.

  • How to use eye makeup safely during coronavirus

    The Washington Post | July 14, 2020

    In addition to possibly contracting the virus from contaminated fingers or brushes, a makeup user also risks exposure to the coronavirus from the products themselves, especially if those products are shared with others or are used outside of the home, said Sarah M. Nehls, an ophthalmologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “The makeup could be potentially contaminated,” she said. “[The coronavirus] has been found on the ocular surface. This is why conjunctivitis [pinkeye] can be an initial symptom of infection.”

  • Coronavirus’s Spread Broadens Across U.S.

    Wall Street Journal | July 13, 2020

    “We just didn’t have that endurance to see that to the point where cases are now sporadic,” said Ajay Sethi, an associate professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focused on epidemiology and infectious diseases.

  • The ‘unwise, disruptive policy’ of shutting out international students

    PBS NewsHour | July 10, 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that all of the roughly 1 million international students currently enrolled in the U.S. must attend at least one in-person class this fall or be denied visas. We hear student reaction, and Jeffrey Brown talks to Rebecca Blank of University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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