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  • Cooper’s hawk has adapted to urban surroundings and flourished

    Star Tribune | December 14, 2018

    This irony is documented in a newly published study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers Benjamin Zuckerberg and Jennifer McCabe. Their research focused on the city of Chicago.

  • WisContext: Rethinking Treatment Of Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Children With Disabilities

    Wiscontext | December 13, 2018

    Quoted: Walton O. Schalick III noted concerns about the use of CT scans to evaluate traumatic brain injuries in children at a Wednesday Nite @ the Lab lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 8, 2017. The talk, which looked more broadly at changing approaches to treating disabilities among children, was recorded for Wisconsin Public Television’s “University Place.”

  • Self-weighing, self-awareness may prevent holiday weight gain

    Reuters | December 13, 2018

    Few randomized controlled trials have studied effective programs to combat the year-end bloat, noted Dale Schoeller of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, who wasn’t involved in the study.

  • It ain’t over when it’s over: In Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere, losers seek to undermine election results

    Los Angeles Times | December 13, 2018

    Quoted: “This is about as fundamental as it gets,” said Howard Schweber, a professor of political science and legal studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. “The way people lose faith in political institutions is when it seems they’re no longer governed by constitutional principles but government by capture — to the victor go the spoils.”

  • Climate Change Is Reversing a 50-Million-Year-Old Cooling Trend

    Nova Next | December 13, 2018

    The study’s lead author, Kevin Burke, worked with paleoecologist Dr. John Williams of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to assess the climatic characteristics of several geologic time periods, including the Early Eocene (beginning 56 million years ago), the mid-Pliocene (beginning 3.3 million years ago), the Last Interglacial (beginning 130,000 years ago), the mid-Holocene (beginning 7,000 years ago), the pre-industrial era (beginning in 1750), and the early 20th century.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Wisconsin Governor’s Veto Pen Is Powerful

    AP | December 12, 2018

    Quoted: That veto power is unique because it gives the governor the power to change policy, said Miriam Seifter, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

  • GOP accused of abusing balance of powers at state level

    Christian Science Monitor | December 12, 2018

    Quoted: “The idea that, if our party loses the election, we’ll rearrange the powers of government, is one step short of canceling elections altogether,” said Howard Schweber, professor of American politics and political theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Mercury Rising: Researchers Say Temperatures Warming To Levels Seen 3M Years Ago

    Wisconsin Public Radio | December 12, 2018

    University of Wisconsin researchers say the Earth’s climate could warm to temperatures seen up to 50 million years ago.

  • In 200 years, humans reversed a climate trend lasting 50 million years, study says

    CNN | December 11, 2018

    During that ancient time, known as the mid-Pliocene epoch, temperatures were higher by about 2 to 4 degrees Celsius (3.6 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) and sea levels were higher by roughly 20 meters (almost 66 feet) than today, explained Kevin D. Burke, lead author of the study and a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Humans on Course to Reverse 50 Million Years of Climate Change in Just Two Centuries

    Newsweek | December 11, 2018

    “We are living through, and causing, a geological-scale episode of global change, and are climatically rewinding the clock by millions of years,” John “Jack” Williams, professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Newsweek.

  • Human activity could cause Earth’s climate to revert to ice-free state not seen in 50 million years

    Daily Mail Online | December 11, 2018

    ‘We can use the past as a yardstick to understand the future, which is so different from anything we have experienced in our lifetimes,’ says paleoecologist John “Jack” Williams, professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Within two centuries, we’ve taken climate trends back to 50 million years ago

    Down to Earth Magazine | December 11, 2018

    “If we think about the future in terms of the past, where we are going is uncharted territory for human society. We are moving towards very dramatic changes over an extremely rapid time frame, reversing a planetary cooling trend in a matter of centuries,” says the study’s lead author, Kevin Burke, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison).

  • Earth’s climate ‘could reverse 50 million years if no reduction in greenhouse gases’, study suggests

    Inews | December 11, 2018

    John Williams, a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that in 25 years society had gone from expecting climate change to seeing its harmful effects.

  • Why Californians Were Drawn Toward the Fire Zones

    Wall Street Journal | December 10, 2018

    Noted: Between 2000 and 2013, more than three-quarters of all buildings destroyed by fire in California were in the state’s WUI, and more were destroyed there than in all the WUI areas across the rest of the continental U.S. combined, according to a recent study led by Anu Kramer, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • The GOP sees rural voters as more legitimate than urban voters.

    Slate | December 10, 2018

    Quoted: Their understanding of who counts, and who ought to count, is tied to an urban and rural divide that encompasses divisions along race, economic class, education, and ideology. In The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness and the Rise of Scott Walker, Katherine Cramer, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, shows how the state’s politics have been shaped by a rural sense of “distributive injustice—a sense that rural folks don’t get their fair share.”

  • Make a good decision by pretending to choose for someone else

    Business Insider | December 10, 2018

    The author, Evan Polman, an assistant professor of marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, cites a paper he co-wrote about the different ways people make decisions for themselves and for others.

  • Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

    AP | December 10, 2018

    Quoted: Howard Schweber, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said Republicans “seem to be under the impression that separation of powers refers to parties rather than branches of government.”

  • Fire-Resistant Is Not Fire-Proof, California Homeowners Discover

    WAMC | December 10, 2018

    “We are not changing our building patterns to become more fire resilient if we just put houses in the exact same places,” said Volker Radeloff, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the lead author of the study.

  • Jonathan Taylor joins an elite group of Badgers as a Doak Walker Award winner

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 7, 2018

    Last month, Wisconsin sophomore Jonathan Taylor was named the best running back in the Big Ten Conference. On Thursday, Taylor was named the best running back in the nation when he won the Doak Walker Award.

  • A Neuroscientist On Vanquishing Anger From Our Minds

    Wisconsin Public Radio | December 7, 2018

    Before he dedicated his life to studying how emotions are generated in the brain, neuroscientist Richard Davidson was an activist, protesting the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s. And he was very angry.

  • UW Veterinary Care clinic could find vaccine for cancer in dogs, and possibly humans

    WISC-TV 3 | December 6, 2018

    University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Care’s oncology department is conducting a clinical trial that could develop a vaccine for canine cancer.

  • Republicans in Wisconsin, Michigan push to curb power of newly-elected Democrats

    The Washington Post | December 6, 2018

    Quoted: These actions are also unfolding quickly. In Wisconsin, less than a week elapsed between the rough outlines of that state’s legislation becoming public and lawmakers sending the bill to the governor’s desk, said Barry C. Burden, a professor of political science and director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

  • North Carolina wrote the playbook Wisconsin and Michigan are using to undermine democracy

    Vox | December 6, 2018

    Quoted: “Isn’t it interesting that there are some few states — places where redistricting is the hot topic — and the stakes around voting rules are higher,” Barry Burden, a political scientist with the University of Wisconsin Madison, said. “Wisconsin is going to be ground central for the next presidential election.”

  • Republicans in Wisconsin aim to limit the power of newly elected Democrats – Partisan power grabs

    The Economist | December 6, 2018

    Quoted: Wisconsinites have been bitterly at odds ever since. Katherine Cramer, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says the elections in November confirmed that “stark division” especially as urban liberals in places like Madison and Milwaukee lined up against rural, conservative Republicans.

  • Wisconsin Democrats look at legal options on lame-duck bills

    CNN Politics | December 6, 2018

    Quoted: Barry C. Burden, a professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin -Madison says that the session was so unprecedented that political scientists are still examining the details of what was passed, but some of the threatened measures that would have certainly spurred legal challenges were removed before passage.

  • Wisconsin GOP curtails powers of incoming Dems

    The Hill | December 6, 2018

    “He entered office with protesters of Act 10, and he’s leaving office with protesters of these last minute actions,” said Michael Wagner, a political science and journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, referring to 2011 legislation intended to curtail public employee union powers.

  • No Cash, No Heart. Transplant Centers Need to Know You Can Pay.

    The New York Times | December 5, 2018

    It’s been a struggle for decades to get transplants and associated expenses covered by insurance, said Dr. Maryl Johnson, a heart failure and transplant cardiologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

  • Why Reaching Out To Someone After They’ve Lost A Spouse Is So Important For Their Health

    Huffington Post | December 5, 2018

    Quoted: “We know that humans are social animals and they need close contact and support,” said Felix Elwert, professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “To go from decades of not being alone ? from being with someone who actually loves them to solitude ? it’s very difficult for people to manage.”

  • Woman killed while helping panhandler was known for kindness

    The Washington Post | December 4, 2018

    Quoted: Jane Piliavin, a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Wisconsin who authored a book on emergency intervention, said women are more likely to respond to a child in trouble than are men.

  • Ryan J. Owens: Wisconsin’s leaders should work together on three issues

    WisPolitics | December 4, 2018

    Tommy Thompson used to say: “Good policy makes for good politics.” How right he was. He worked to generate common sense reforms, and he produced results for Wisconsin.

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