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  • Wisconsin wins 7th NCAA women’s hockey championship by blanking Ohio State

    Wisconsin State Journal | March 20, 2023

    This 179-day journey began with an unusual splash of cold water thrown at the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team and at one point had a historic low point.

    It ended Sunday with a more common sight: The Badgers piled onto the ice to celebrate a national championship and later splashed the cold water on coach Mark Johnson.

  • The Big Oil Firms Are Giving Up on Researching Algae Biofuels

    The Nation | March 19, 2023

    “It’s very challenging and very expensive to bring these technologies to market,” said George Huber, whose biofuels research at the University of Wisconsin at Madison was funded by Exxon for years. “It’s not gonna happen overnight. It’s great they make these commitments, but you know they need to start putting in more capital into these projects.”

  • COVID-19: A look back on where the US succeeded and where we didn’t

    ABC News | March 19, 2023

    “I think that that kind of mixed messaging created enormous space for doubt enormous space for skepticism among the public,” Dr. Richard Keller, a professor in the department of medical history and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, told ABC News. “It created levels of uncertainty that were really unnecessary and deep and eventually became harmful.”

  • Fact check: Banks failed during both Trump, Biden administrations

    USA Today | March 19, 2023

    “That is, bank failures are the results of mistakes that accumulate over time,” said Roberto Robatto, a finance professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • How the overturn of Roe v. Wade is impacting medical students entering gynecology

    NPR | March 19, 2023

    SULLIVAN: That’s Dr. Ellen Hartenbach, who chairs the obstetrics and gynecology department at the University of Wisconsin and practices at UW Health.

    HARTENBACH: It would be either a spontaneous abortion, which would be a miscarriage, or it would be an induced abortion.

  • Want to help pollinators this spring? Expert suggests these tips

    The Hill | March 19, 2023

    “Compared to some other native bees, honey bees are less efficient or unable to pollinate some of our food crops,” Susan Carpenter, native plant garden curator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, tells Nexstar. Honey bees are, instead, “domestic animals, maintained and cared for by beekeepers” that can be “detrimental to the wide diversity of native bees” around you.

  • Few legal challenges to laws limiting lessons on race, gender

    The Washington Post | March 17, 2023

    Suzanne Eckes, an education professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said it will be tough to prove that laws like Florida’s Stop Woke Act infringe on K-12 teachers’ academic freedom — largely because such freedom does not exist, at least according to the courts.

  • Russia Abandoning Outskirts of Kherson Months After Losing City: Ukraine

    Newsweek | March 15, 2023

    Mikhail Troitskiy, professor of practice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Newsweek that Russia may be hedging its bets and trying to entrench its forces in comfortable defensive positions in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.

  • Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Is Devastating Birds, and Humans May Be Next

    The Daily Beast | March 15, 2023

    “We’ve been thinking a lot lately about this strain because of its potential to be a zoonotic disease” spread from animals to people, Adel Talaat, a microbiology researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told The Daily Beast. Talaat has been working on vaccine development for avian influenza that one day could be given to poultry.

  • When it comes to smog, Cook County in Illinois is the worst neighbor in the country, EPA finds

    Chicago Tribune | March 8, 2023

    “The good news is the air is getting cleaner,” said Tracey Holloway, an air quality researcher at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “But the bad news is researchers are finding there are health effects at lower levels of exposure.”

  • Bioacoustics is revolutionizing conservation

    The Atlantic | March 6, 2023

    One of the biologists researching this issue was Zach Peery, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Peery had been tracking the spotted owl’s decline since 2001, and he knew that a team in the state of Washington had been experimenting with ARUs to help identify northern spotted and barred owls there.

  • Forthcoming genetic therapies raise serious ethical questions, experts warn

    The Guardian | March 6, 2023

    Despite the advances, Professor Alta Charo, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, suspects most people will stick with having babies the old-fashioned way. “The biggest risk I see at the moment is that discussion around germline editing will continue to present such dystopian visions as realistic,” she said.

  • A prolific fundraiser, Rebecca Blank reshaped UW-Madison research, finances

    Wisconsin State Journal | March 6, 2023

    Rebecca Blank’s influence can be seen in some unexpected places.

    It’s embedded in a nationwide breast cancer database that examined how long patients could delay surgical treatments at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s noticeable in research endeavors she helped make possible. It’s found, subtly, in portraits hanging at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Memorial service for former UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank honors her life’s work

    Wisconsin State Journal | March 6, 2023

    University and government officials and community members celebrated former UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s life Saturday in just the way she planned — a sea of Wisconsin Red, German chocolate cake and plenty of Diet Coke.

  • A Supreme Court justice’s paragraph could mean weaker protections for voters of color

    NPR | March 3, 2023

    But the judge cited Gorsuch’s one-paragraph opinion and decided the case had to be thrown out. That’s because, the judge said, the Voting Rights Act does not explicitly say private groups can bring Section 2 lawsuits. Dan Tokaji, dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School, says that literal interpretation of the law doesn’t make sense.

  • More Doctors Can Now Prescribe Buprenorphine to Opioid Users. Will It Help?

    The New York Times | March 3, 2023

    Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, an addiction physician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who has trained doctors in prescribing buprenorphine, said there were “so many health shortage concerns in rural areas” that it would be hard for health providers to meet demand, “because there aren’t enough clinicians.”

  • Putin One Skirmish Away From Reaching 150,000 Battlefield Losses: Ukraine

    Newsweek | March 2, 2023

    Mikhail Troitskiy, professor of practice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Newsweek that it’s difficult for one military faction to calculate its own losses—let alone tally that of an adversary.

  • What is red light therapy? Benefits, uses and more

    NBC News | February 27, 2023

    “In terms of red light therapy for facial rejuvenation, we don’t really have many human studies to look at,” said Dr. Apple Bodemer, a board-certified dermatologist and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “most experts say that they don’t know yet if red light therapy is effective for all its claimed uses. Most say that the studies so far show some potential,” but ultimately, more studies are needed to prove its efficacy.

  • What Ivanka’s Testimony May Reveal to Trump Special Counsel

    Newsweek | February 27, 2023

    Ion Meyn, an assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, said that the prosecution is also likely to ask Ivanka about other key players, which could be used to impeach those who denied being a part of certain conversations that day.

  • Mike Lindell’s ‘No Merit’ Lawsuit Over Jan. 6 Tapes Is Doomed to Fail

    Newsweek | February 27, 2023

    Ion Meyn, an assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin, also told Newsweek on Friday that Lindell, as a network owner, is “not part of a protected class under the equal protection clause.”

  • Democracy has a customer-service problem

    The Atlantic | February 27, 2023

    Think income inequality, an extortionate health-care system, and rural decay. Think, too, about the senses many people have that the sources of power—both public and private—are far away and unresponsive, and that when something goes wrong, they’re on their own. Katherine Cramer, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has argued that this anger breeds a “politics of resentment.”

  • Voting Rights Act’s private right of action is in danger

    NPR | February 27, 2023

    “I think it’s an open question only in the sense that no court has ever felt compelled to expressly say that people whose voting rights have been violated can sue under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because everyone — and I do mean everyone — understood that that’s what Congress meant,” says Dan Tokaji, dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School, who has written about private individuals suing for violations of federal election laws.

  • Carla Vigue gives back to Native community as UW tribal relations director

    The Capital Times | February 27, 2023

    Growing up on the Oneida Indian Reservation, just outside of Green Bay, Carla Vigue fondly remembers the close relationships she formed with the tribe’s leadership.

  • Camel antibodies could help pioneer future medicine

    Knowable Magazine | February 27, 2023

    Every four months, pathologist Aaron LeBeau scoops into a net one of the five nurse sharks he keeps in his University of Wisconsin lab. Then he carefully administers a shot to the animal, much like a pediatrician giving a kid a vaccine. The shot will immunize the shark against a human cancer, perhaps, or an infectious disease, such as Covid-19. A couple of weeks later, after the animal’s immune system has had time to react, LeBeau collects a small vial of shark blood.

  • Inflammation of the body may explain depression in the brain

    The Washington Post | February 24, 2023

    “Activation of these inflammatory pathways in the body and brain is one of the ways through which depressive symptoms can be produced,” said Charles Raison, a professor of human psychology, human ecology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

  • Covid-19 pandemic: Celebrities may have helped shape anti-vaccine opinions, study finds

    CNN | February 24, 2023

    The study doesn’t get into exactly why celebrity tweets would have such an impact on people’s attitudes about the vaccine. Dr. Ellen Selkie, who has conducted research on influence at the intersection of social media, celebrity and public health outcomes, said celebrities are influential because they attract a lot of attention.

  • Slamming the Door on Scholarship

    Chronicle of Higher Ed | February 24, 2023

    “It’s a significant rupture,” said Theodore P. Gerber, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and director of its Wisconsin Russia Project. “It seems like there’s not going to be a happy ending any time soon.”

  • Sexual attacks against teen girls increased in 2021, CDC report found

    NBC News | February 23, 2023

    “We really don’t have that robust evidence-based, supportive, trauma-informed education at scale in the United States. And at this particular time in history, it is especially needed given what we’re seeing,” said LB Klein, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Such a curriculum would be included in what’s known as comprehensive sex education.

  • Wagner’s Ammo Problem Could Cost Them Bakhmut Amid Massive Losses

    Newsweek | February 23, 2023

    The contention of Mikhail Troitskiy, professor of practice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is that Prigozhin is “going all in now” due to the number of mercenaries within his group being “decimated” in cities like Bakhmut and otherwise.

  • In New York, 2 Teens’ Deaths Underscore Dangers of ‘Subway Surfing’

    The New York Times | February 22, 2023

    In an increasingly digital world, the blurring of lines between screen and reality can normalize risky behavior, said Dr. Megan Moreno, interim chair of the department of pediatrics and principal investigator of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team at the University of Wisconsin.

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