UW In The News

  • How to Accept a Compliment — Even if It’s From Yourself

    The New York Times | December 4, 2018

    Dr. Chris Cascio, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that when participants were subconsciously primed to think about things they cared about, and then shown messages encouraging new exercise habits, the areas in their brain associated with reward and positive self-valuation lit up.

  • Republicans’ attempts at a lame-duck power grab in Wisconsin and Michigan, explained

    Vox | December 4, 2018

    Quoted: “This is just the legislature, after losing the election somewhat surprisingly, deciding they don’t they want an attorney general from the opposing party,” says Barry Burden, a political scientist from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

  • The Spider That Makes Milk and Cares for Its Young

    The Atlantic | November 30, 2018

    Quoted: “It would be really interesting to dissect the spiders [to see if there] was some kind of identifiable gland or something like that,” says Laura Hernandez of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, who studies lactation

  • Wisconsin Experts Expect Increase In Farm Bankruptcies To Continue Into 2019

    Wisconsin Public Radio | November 30, 2018

    Paul Mitchell, director of the Renk Agribusiness Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said he thinks that number will be even higher in 2019.

  • After The Death Of A Student Or Staff Member, Milwaukee Sends In Crisis Response Team

    Wisconsin Public Radio | November 30, 2018

    Quoted: Pamela McGranahan, director of UW-Madison’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, studies the impacts of childhood trauma. She said children are vicarious learners and they’re watching what’s going on around them at all times — even if it’s just something they hear on the news.

  • Head Smart: Wisconsin Researchers Make Concussions a Priority

    Shepherd Express | November 30, 2018

    Quoted: “Wisconsin is known for collaborative, interprofessional concussion research,” says Traci Snedden, assistant professor and pediatric nurse practitioner at the UW-Madison School of Nursing.

  • UW researchers develop bandage that uses electrical impulses to speed wound recovery

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 30, 2018

    University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a bandage that harnesses a body’s own energy to speed up wound healing through gentle electrical pulses.

  • China Halts Work by Team on Gene-Edited Babies

    AP | November 29, 2018

    Quoted: There already are some rules that should have prevented what He says he did, said Alta Charo, a University of Wisconsin lawyer and bioethicist and a conference organizer.

  • Are We Ready to Listen to Sexual Assault Survivors Yet?

    Progressive.org | November 29, 2018

    Quoted: According to Cecelia Klingele, a University of Wisconsin-Madison law professor, sexual violence reports that are only given to university officials—and not law enforcement—can only lead to suspensions and expulsions.

  • Wisconsin Democrats fear GOP redistricting end-around

    AP | November 29, 2018

    Quoted: Removing the governor from redistricting would “fly in the face of the entire history of our state,” University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist David Canon said.

  • Failed tax-cut experiment in Kansas should guide national leaders

    The Hill | November 29, 2018

    Quoted: Analysis by Menzie Chinn, a professor of public affairs and economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that after the enactment of the tax cuts, economic growth in Kansas fell well below its pre-Brownback trend and, by the spring of 2017, the rate of job growth in Kansas was not only lower than the rates in most of its neighboring states but less than half of the national average.

  • Scientists call for a halt to genetically editing embryos, rebuke Chinese researcher

    The Washington Post | November 29, 2018

    “Having listened to Dr. He, I can only conclude that this was misguided, premature, unnecessary and largely useless,” said R. Alta Charo, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Chinese Scientist He Jiankui Rebuked By Colleagues Over Gene Experiments : Shots – Health News

    NPR | November 28, 2018

    Quoted: University of Wisconsin bioethicist Alta Charo, who helped organize the summit, issued an even harsher critique of He’s work, calling it “misguided, premature, unnecessary and largely useless.”

  • Rogue Scientist Says Another Crispr Pregnancy Is Under Way

    Wired | November 28, 2018

    Other members of the organizing committee were similarly skeptical. ”Having listened to Dr. He, I can only conclude that this was misguided, premature, unnecessary and largely useless,” Alta Charo, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wrote in an email to WIRED.

  • Are digital technologies hurting our brain health? We asked 11 experts.

    Vox | November 28, 2018

    Quoted: “We’re all pawns in a grand experiment to be manipulated by digital stimuli to which no one has given explicit consent,” Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin, told us. But what are the results of the experiment?

  • Climate Report Warns Of Declining Agricultural Production, Biodiversity

    Wisconsin Public Radio | November 27, 2018

    Chris Kucharik, agronomy professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said frequent, heavy rains will make it more difficult for farmers to control runoff.

  • Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy

    Wall Street Journal | November 26, 2018

    Quoted: Given the nuanced nature of fact-checking, identifying both the questionable statement and the context in which it was made, as Voyc is aiming to do, is key when verifying claims made on live news, says Dr. Lucas Graves, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

  • 4 Ways to Stay Motivated When You’re in a Rut

    The New York Times | November 26, 2018

    Quoted: Self-criticism “can lead to ruminative thoughts that interfere with our productivity, and it can impact our bodies by stimulating inflammatory mechanisms that lead to chronic illness and accelerate aging,” Dr. Richard Davidson, founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told The Times earlier this year.

  • American Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers Have Been Around Since the 1930’s

    Teen Vogue | November 26, 2018

    Updated: “There were a shockingly high number of Americans who were not Nazis but felt sympathetic,” said Michels, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and author of Jewish Radicals.

  • UW-Madison scholarship covers tuition for 796 students. This is one freshman’s story.

    Wisconsin State Journal | November 26, 2018

    Bucky’s Tuition Promise pledges to cover four years of tuition and fees — a total of $10,555 per year — for all incoming in-state freshmen whose families’ adjusted gross income is at or below $56,000, roughly the state’s median family income. Transfer students from Wisconsin meeting the same criteria will receive two years of tuition and fees.

  • UW-Madison free tuition program could be game-changer for farm families

    WI State Farmer | November 23, 2018

    A new University of Wisconsin–Madison program that provides free tuition for students from low- and moderate-income households comes at a good time for families struggling with the consequences of a depressed farm economy.

  • UW remains sixth in R&D spending, survey shows

    Wisconsin State Journal | November 21, 2018

    UW-Madison remained in the top 10 among U.S. universities in spending on research and development, according to an annual survey from the National Science Foundation.

  • California isn’t built for 21st century wildfires

    Patch | November 21, 2018

    Quoted: “You get this very different fire dynamic once it gets into a heavily populated area,” said Anu Kramer, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who co-authored the research upon which the estimate is based. “You have cars on fire, propane tanks exploding, and burning houses radiating a lot of heat, which can contribute to neighboring houses igniting. That’s very different from trees and shrubs burning in a forest.”

  • Butter is back, just in time for the holidays

    CNN | November 21, 2018

    Quoted: “We’ve gone up more than a pound per person,” said Robert Crop, Professor Emeritus and Dairy Marketing Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • It’s Been 30 Years Since Lunchables Were Invented

    The Atlantic | November 19, 2018

    Quoted: Whatever the effect of Lunchables’ nutrition experiments, the brand’s reign remains unchallenged. Andrew Ruis, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the author of Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States, thinks the product has done so well because of how it fits into families’ days.

  • How California Cities Can Improve Wildfire Prevention

    CityLab | November 19, 2018

    According to statistics from researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and elsewhere, as of 2010, more than 30 percent of California’s housing stock was in the WUI.

  • For Some Students, Learning Is More Personal, Comes With Fewer 1-Size-Fits-All Assignments

    Wisconsin Public Radio | November 19, 2018

    Quoted: There is no one set of ideas or methods that is universal, many districts implement methods they’ve created and tailored to meet their goals, said Richard Halverson, a professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches the use of technology in education.

  • The final march: Mike Leckrone’s 50 years directing at UW-Madison football games nears end

    Wisconsin State Journal | November 19, 2018

    Nostalgia has laced much of Leckrone’s last football season: In the back of his mind and in his assistants’ and students’ minds is a ticking clock, counting down the days, the rehearsals, the games he has left.

  • Americans Are Moving Closer to Nature, and Into Fire Zones

    The New York Times | November 16, 2018

    Quoted: It isn’t easy to generalize why people are moving into these regions, said Anu Kramer, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • California wildfires: steps for evacuation and preparation

    Slate | November 16, 2018

    Even as the risk of extreme wildfires rises, more people are choosing to live in harm’s way. The number of homes across the country built in WUI areas increased by 41 percent between 1990 and 2010, according to U.S. Forest Service research headed by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s SILVIS Lab. While living away from bustling cities and closer to undeveloped landscapes has an appeal for many homeowners, it carries an inherent set of risks.

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