UW In The News

  • New Hamel Music Center to open

    Madison Magazine | October 25, 2019

    When the Overture Center for the Arts opened in 2005, Madison obtained a crown jewel of a performance venue that remains the envy of many a larger city. Meanwhile, the students, faculty and guest artists who are part of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin–Madison remained trapped in Mills Music Hall, and the other inadequate facilities in the outdated Humanities building.

  • Study: Nearly a Third of U.S. Bald Eagles Infected With Newly Discovered Virus

    US News and World Report | October 22, 2019

    “This study has opened our eyes to glaring knowledge gaps about infection in a species of great national importance,” Tony Goldberg, lead study author and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said in a statement. “It’s a more complicated story than we thought it might be at first, but that makes it more interesting.”

  • Trump sends message to frustrated GOP: ‘I have to do what I have to do’

    Roll Call | October 22, 2019

    Quoted: “The thing about tipping points is you never know you’re in one, until you’re actually in one,” said Ken Mayer, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Are we at least likely moving toward a tipping point? It’s more likely today than it was a few months ago.”

  • American bald eagles are dying, and scientists may finally know why

    Inverse | October 21, 2019

    “It was horrible,” Tony Goldberg, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tells Inverse.“We’d get calls from the public or local veterinarians that eagles were stumbling around, vomiting, or having seizures. They’d be raced into veterinary hospitals but they’d never make it.”

  • Traits of autism, attention deficit linked to small brainstem

    Spectrum | October 21, 2019

    “We still don’t know much about the brainstem, and many studies have omitted it from their analyses,” says lead researcher Brittany Travers, assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who presented the unpublished findings. “Our results suggest that it may be helpful in understanding the neurobiological basis of individual differences in symptom severity, both in autism and ADHD.”

  • Bill Would Open Up Funding To Recover Missing Wisconsin Veterans

    Wisconsin Public Radio | October 21, 2019

    A University of Wisconsin-Madison program aimed at identifying and recovering the bodies of Wisconsin soldiers declared missing in action would get more state funding under a proposal at the state Capitol.

  • Twerking onstage with Lizzo was an act of political defiance

    Vox | October 21, 2019

    I absolutely refuse to allow people who hate my body, my politics, or my embrace of pleasure to make me feel guilt or shame. I love who I am and what I do. I wish this level of happiness for everyone. As Lizzo says in her song “Juice,” “If I’m shinin’, everybody gonna shine (yeah, I’m goals). I was born like this, don’t even gotta try (now you know).”

    Dr. Sami Schalk is an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Learn more about her at samischalk.com, and follow her on Twitter at @DrSamiSchalk.

  • Corey Pompey, the new University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band director, takes the baton and replaces a legend

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | October 21, 2019

    Corey Pompey stood at the top of a red ladder as hundreds of University of Wisconsin band members, their hats turned backward to signify a victory, twirled, cavorted, danced, hopped and acted crazy.

  • Aaron Bird Bear Named UW’s First-ever Director of Tribal Relations

    Madison365 | October 21, 2019

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison has appointed Aaron Bird Bear to be its first-ever director of tribal of relations.

  • Wisconsin Second In US For Binge Drinking Rate, Study Finds

    Wisconsin Public Radio | October 16, 2019

    The report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Population Health Institute looks at both federal and state health data.It finds 24 percent of Wisconsin adults engage in binge drinking, compared to 16 percent nationally.

  • Illinois’ Automatic Voter Registration Delays Worry Experts

    NBC Chicago | October 15, 2019

    Quoted: “It’s helpful to have that come out in a midterm year or odd year where election officials have an opportunity to make fixes without the pressure,” said Barry Burden, a director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Elections Research Center. “The presidential (election) puts the most stress on any system than any other contest.”

  • New Survey Finds Wisconsin Fish Farmers Seeing Steady Demand

    Wisconsin Public Radio | October 15, 2019

    “Most of the fish farmers that we spoke with were already selling out of all their fish. So if they had more capacity, they could sell more fish,” said Bret Shaw, associate professor of life science communication from UW-Madison and an author of the study. “Some were even ordering in fish from other states and smoking it or processing it.”

  • UW-Madison answers demand for data science with new school, major and more faculty

    Wisconsin State Journal | October 14, 2019

    Surging student demand for data science skills and an abundant supply of jobs for people with related expertise have led UW-Madison to create a new school, add an academic program and hire more faculty focused on data science.

  • Jessie Opoien: Lizzo’s magic let us all shine for a night — especially one twerking UW-Madison assistant professor

    Capital Times | October 14, 2019

    “If I’m shinin’, everybody gonna shine.”

    When Lizzo sang it, she meant it.

    For one magical night last week, she shared that moment with Madison. And in that moment, we all got to shine — but perhaps no one more than Sami Schalk, an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Overzealous in preventing falls, hospitals are producing an ‘epidemic of immobility’ in elderly patients

    The Washington Post | October 14, 2019

    Noted: Barbara King, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, studied how nurses responded to “intense messaging” from hospitals about preventing falls after the 2008 CMS policy change. She found that pressure to have zero patient falls made some nurses fearful. After a fall happened, some nurses adjusted their behavior and wouldn’t let patients move on their own.

  • Sleep Deprivation Shuts Down Production of Essential Brain Proteins

    Scientific American | October 11, 2019

    The researchers made their measurements every four hours, an advance on earlier studies that usually looked at a single time point during a 24-hour period, says Chiara Cirelli, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who co-wrote a commentary accompanying the two papers. “It’s a very comprehensive analysis across the entire light-dark cycle,” she says.

  • Wisconsin country doctor treats Amish, studies genetic diseases

    Journal Sentinel | October 11, 2019

    Quoted: “These changes come out of huge health care systems like Kaiser Permanente,” says Byron Crouse, who retired last September from his job as associate dean for rural and community health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “How do you scale that down to a small, rural practice?”

  • New marching director leading UW Band into next era

    WKOW | October 11, 2019

    The UW-Madison community is celebrating Homecoming this week. It’s the first for the new Badger Band director.UW Band Director Dr. Corey PompeyDr. Corey Pompey took over this season, when long-time UW Band director Mike Leckrone retired after leading the band for 50 years.

  • Has corporate feminism come to solve Pakistan’s social problems? Not quite

    Dawn.com | October 10, 2019

    Quoted: In her book The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Kathryn Moeller examines why transnational US corporations such as Nike are increasingly investing in philanthropic efforts to promote the prosperity of girls and women in the Global South and finds that these corporate-led campaigns end up benefiting corporations at the expense of women in the Global South.

  • Why Amazon Fires Keep Raging 10 Years After a Deal to End Them

    The New York Times | October 10, 2019

    Quoted: “The agreement has so many holes, the deforestation is still just going on,” said Holly Gibbs, a University of Wisconsin geographer who has studied the agreement.

  • These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms

    The New York Times | October 10, 2019

    Quoted: “There’s a lot we don’t know about how certain species might adapt to novel climate conditions,” said Benjamin Zuckerberg, an associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We might see bird species shifting their nesting times or changing their diet.”

  • With Harvest Underway, Wisconsin Farmers Continue To Face Uncertain Corn, Soybean Markets | Wisconsin Public Radio

    Wisconsin Public Radio | October 10, 2019

    Paul Mitchell, director of the Renk Agribusiness Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said Wisconsin had fewer cases of late planting than South Dakota and Minnesota. He said the state’s dairy industry provides some security for farmers growing corn

  • Adjustable Desks: Health Benefit Or Hype?

    Wisconsin Public Radio | October 9, 2019

    Quoted: University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering professor Robert Radwin studies workplace ergonomics. He was not involved in the University of Pittsburg study but he instructs students on the qualities of sit-stand desks which he feels have gotten a lot of hype. He does not have one.

  • Every Single Living Thing Is Part of an Ecosystem. Here’s How They Work

    HowStuffWorks | October 9, 2019

    Quoted: “The ecosystem concept ecologists now use has been refined since it was first introduced by Tansley almost a century ago,” says Stephen Carpenter, a scientist in the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Ecosystem science studies the interactions of all the living and non-living entities in a specified place. This definition is consistent with modern concepts of energy, nutrient flow and biogeochemistry, which barely existed during Tansley’s career.”

  • Is a vaping-linked lung illness a public health crisis? That depends on who you ask

    PBS News Hour | October 9, 2019

    Quoted: Communication scholar Dietram Scheufele at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that at any point in time, roughly five issues tend to dominate a person’s memory. A constantly shuffling set of concerns struggle endlessly for one’s attention.

  • A Note to the Nobel Prize Selection Committee

    Scientific American | October 9, 2019

    A professor here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Howard Temin represented what society expects from us and had the characteristics that make society willing to fund our work. People want scientists who get up every morning committed to finding the truth.

  • UW sports analytics, bracketology and solving the opioid crisis

    Bucky's 5th Quarter | October 7, 2019

    Noted: According to the UW-Madison College of Engineering website, Albert researches “modeling and solving real-world discrete optimization problems with application to homeland security, disasters, emergency response, public services, and healthcare.”

    The research on emergency response, for example, focuses on how to match the right resources with the right needs at the right time. In one aspect of this research, Albert looks at how to get the right mix of vehicles to an emergency.

  • National Academy of Sciences pulls video on possibility of designer babies

    New York Post | October 4, 2019

    Quoted: “I am disappointed by this,” said Alta Charo, a University of Wisconsin, Madison ethicist involved in past academy panels on gene editing. She said the tweet and video could further misunderstanding about editing’s most important uses or wrongly suggest that it’s possible now to bestow traits like intelligence.

  • Wisconsin manufacturing hub asks, ‘what factory recession?’

    Christian Science Monitor | October 4, 2019

    Quoted: “We have pretty much tapped out the labor market,” says Steve Deller, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We have companies that are saying that that’s causing part of the slowdown. It’s a bottleneck.”

  • What electronic games can teach us

    Knowable Magazine | October 4, 2019

    Quoted: Green, now a cognitive psychologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, admits that the benefits of playing hours upon hours of Call of Duty may be limited in real life.

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