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  • World’s Stinkiest Cheese Hits Supermarket Shelves in Britain

    New York Times | December 8, 2023

    “I think that there are a small group of people out there that just love it,” said Dr. Mark Johnson, a scientist at the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin. “It’s almost like an ‘I dare you to eat it’ kind of thing, like hot peppers.”

  • How Much Can Forests Fight Climate Change? A Sensor in Space Has Answers.

    New York Times | December 8, 2023

    “Nearly all protected areas are becoming much more accessible and much more vulnerable,” said Lisa Naughton, a researcher who studies protected areas at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Not just to local subsistence hunting and illicit timber extraction, but to things like artisanal mining and road penetration.”

  • Couples Are Embracing Joint Custody. American Policy Isn’t.

    The Atlantic | December 8, 2023

    Although the increase is steepest among high-income couples, it’s happening across the socioeconomic spectrum, Daniel Meyer, a social-work professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who studies child custody, told me.

  • 2023 Hurricane Season Ends: A Recap of This Year’s Storms

    The New York Times | December 5, 2023

    “Such warm water ‘sets the stage’ for these events,” James P. Kossin, a climate scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote in an email.

  • COP28 president draws fierce backlash with attack on climate science

    The Hill | December 5, 2023

    “Cheap renewables have killed the economics of gas and coal power generation with carbon capture — and even more so going forward,” Gregory Nemet, a University of Wisconsin professor who studies the public policy of technological change, told The Hill.

  • Wisconsin veterinarian gives insight into unusual dog respiratory illness

    WUWM | December 1, 2023

    To learn more about the unusual disease, Lake Effect spoke with Dr. Keith Poulsen, a veterinarian and director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

  • Russia Issues Ominous Warning About ‘Next Victim’

    Newsweek | December 1, 2023

    Mikhail Troitskiy, professor of practice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Newsweek that Lavrov’s comments “double down” on Russia’s view that it was encouraged or forced to invade Ukraine because that nation was moving closer to NATO admittance.

  • A 4-second power nap? These penguin parents survive on ‘microsleeps.’

    National Geographic | December 1, 2023

    Anyone who has ever nodded off briefly while on the subway or watching TV has experienced a microsleep, says Chiara Cirelli, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin who wasn’t involved in the study.

  • More States Now Require Financial Literacy Classes in High Schools

    New York Times | December 1, 2023

    But a recent study she wrote with Melody Harvey, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found no impact on eventual retirement savings. Perhaps, she said, for teenagers heading to college or just entering the work force, the idea of retiring is too distant.

  • We’re That Much Likelier to Get Sick Now

    The Atlantic | November 30, 2023

    To toss any additional respiratory virus into that mess is burdensome; for that virus to be SARS-CoV-2 ups the ante all the more. “This is a more serious pathogen that is also more infectious,” Ajay Sethi, an epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, told me.

  • The Chicken Tycoons vs. the Antitrust Hawks

    The New York Times | November 29, 2023

    “These are issues that have festered for a quarter of a century or more,” says Peter Carstensen, an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin law school who focuses on antitrust issues in agriculture. “So we’ve finally got an administration that says: ‘We get it, there are some problems here. Maybe we should do something.’”

  • COVID Vaccine Prevented Thousands of Premature Births in Pandemic—Study

    Newsweek | November 28, 2023

    In their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Torche and Jenna Nobles from the University of Wisconsin-Madison analyzed birth records from siblings born in California between 2014 and 2023. By comparing sibling births, the researchers found that from July to November 2020 mothers were nearly twice as likely to give birth three weeks before their due date.

  • Opinion | Biden Trade Policy Breaks With Tech Giants

    New York Times | November 27, 2023

    The truth is that Ms. Tai is taking the pen away from Facebook, Google and Amazon, who helped shape the previous policy, according to a research paper published earlier this year by Wendy Li, a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who used to answer the phone and interact with lobbyists at the U.S. trade representative’s office.

  • A century after the Osage murders, ‘guardians’ still harm American Indians

    The Hill | November 22, 2023

    “Killers of the Flower Moon” highlights the U.S. government’s role in a historical injustice. But those concerned with modern poverty should not lose sight of the elephant in today’s room. Oppressive regulatory oversight means paper rights for American Indians, paper rights mean dead capital, and dead capital means poverty. We can’t change the past, but the federal government should cut today’s white tape.

    -Dominic Parker is an economist at the University of Wisconsin and the Ilene and Morton Harris Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Adam Crepelle is a professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

  • Treating the Depressed Brain – Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

    CNN | November 17, 2023

    Nearly one in five US adults are diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives. As the use of antidepressants have steadily risen since their introduction in the 1980s, what have we learned about depression? Is depression truly a “chemical imbalance” of the brain? And why do antidepressants work for some people and not others? Sanjay talks to Dr. Charles Raison, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about what we now believe causes depression, and most importantly, what this means for how we treat the illness – from SSRIs to psychedelics and other emerging therapies.

  • Here’s What Causes Fainting, According to New Research

    Smithsonian Magazine | November 17, 2023

    “You could potentially imagine that there’ll be therapies on the horizon,” Zachary Goldberger, a cardiologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health who did not participate in the research, tells the publication.

  • Beef is a way of life in Texas, but it’s hard on the planet. This rancher thinks she can change that

    ABC News | November 17, 2023

    Randy Jackson, an agronomy professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, cites efforts like Ellis’ and argues the U.S. needs more cattle grazing, not less: “Well-managed grazing on perennial grasslands is our best and maybe our only hope of helping to mitigate climate change.”

  • 5 things to do when you’re depressed

    CNN | November 17, 2023

    Psychiatrist Charles Raison, a professor of human ecology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said he has struggled with depression. Raison, who is also the director of the Vail Health Behavioral Health Innovation Center and a former mental health expert for CNN Health, described the state of mental health in the Unites States in one word: “bad.”

  • A flu shot is still worth it before the holidays. Here’s why.

    USA Today | November 16, 2023

    “This is something influenza absolutely loves,” said Dr. Jonathan Temte, an associate dean at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

  • The 2024 Republican primary looks like the 2016 Democrats — with no Bernie

    The Washington Post | November 14, 2023

    For the past few weeks, University of Wisconsin at Madison political science professor Barry Burden had been depicting the size of the GOP primary field by plotting the time until the Iowa caucuses against the number of candidates still in the race. The resulting effect is a sort of a bell curve, with the field already well into the downslope.

  • With pandemic relief programs over, how will the economy fare?

    Marketplace | November 14, 2023

    “It’s neither acting as a material boost or drag on the U.S. economy,” he said.And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, said Menzie Chinn, an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin.

  • Three Days That Changed the Thinking About Black Women’s Health

    New York Times | November 13, 2023

    One effect of this work was “increased awareness that health is political, that health is impacted by race and gender and class and sexuality,” said Sami Schalk, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin.

  • The Right-Wing Website Behind the ‘Inhumane’ Outing of an Alabama Mayor

    The Daily Beast | November 13, 2023

    Kathleen Bartzen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told The Daily Beast that the private life of a public official is relevant to a news audience when it affects them in a meaningful way. She listed one example: If a public official is embezzling public funds to pay for hotel rooms for their extramarital affair. “But when it is purely the private life of a public official, I struggle to see the public interest that’s served by reporting on that private life,” Culver said.

  • Grass and Shrub Fires More Destructive Than Forest Fires in U.S.

    New York Times | November 10, 2023

    Volker Radeloff, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who led the new study, pointed to both the Marshall fire and the recent Lahaina fire in Hawaii as two extreme examples of the risks wildfire can pose outside of forests. Both started with burning grasses and grew into devastating urban infernos.

  • Wildfires Threaten More Homes and People in the U.S. Than Ever Before

    Scientific American | November 10, 2023

    Forest fires are well known for their ferocity. They accounted for just 33 percent of houses destroyed by wildfires in the early 2000s, however, the study authors found after analyzing the locations of homes within wildfire perimeters since the 1990s. In contrast, 64 percent of such houses were destroyed by grassland or shrubland fires. This is because even though forest fires are particularly destructive to buildings, much more of the area burned in the U.S. is made up of grasslands and shrublands, says the study’s first author Volker Radeloff, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “We had a hunch,” he says, “but the actual numbers surprised us.”

  • Russian Lawmaker Wants a ‘Ministry of Happiness’ as Citizens Sour on War

    Newsweek | November 7, 2023

    Mikhail Troitskiy, professor of practice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Newsweek that while Matviyenko is likely not among the most corrupt politicians in Russia, her comments should be viewed in the context of the country’s current political situation. Russia is known for public figures who may struggle to properly express their sentiments, or those of the citizenry, because they avoid taboo subject matter.

  • Science of fainting: New research showing link between brain and heart offers clues

    NBC News | November 6, 2023

    “Oftentimes we’re just scratching our heads as to what to do about it,” said Dr. Zachary Goldberger, a cardiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health who wasn’t part of the new research.“Now that these scientists have helped us to understand that there’s a possible mechanism for it, you could potentially imagine that there’ll be therapies on the horizon,” he said.

  • Takeaways from AP’s reporting on an American beef trader’s links to Amazon deforestation

    AP | November 3, 2023

    Holly Gibbs, a professor of geography and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who studies land use changes linked to the beef industry, says that PMI has contributed to the Amazon’s destruction because it buys beef from companies that purchase cows raised on deforested land.

  • Handwriting muscles may feel weaker with less practice, device overuse

    The Washington Post | November 2, 2023

    Bigger tendons crowd the median nerve, which essentially gets squished, said Lisa Kruse, a hand surgeon and assistant professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The result: carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes numbness, pain and weakness in the hand and forearm.

  • How and Why Do Violent Tornadoes Form?

    Smithsonian Magazine | November 1, 2023

    Atmospheric scientist Leigh Orf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has taken advantage of advances in supercomputing to build ten-meter-resolution models that can directly simulate tornadoes. At this scale, turbulence comes alive, Orf says. His models reveal how small areas of rotation could combine to kick off a tornado. “It fully resolves non-tornadic vortices that merge together in ways that are very compelling and I’ve never seen before,” he says.

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