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Chats with AI shift attitudes on climate change, Black Lives Matter 

January 25, 2024

Researchers studying AI wanted to understand how one complex large language model, GPT-3, would perform across a culturally diverse group of users in complex discussions.

Search underway for new Wisconsin Public Media executive director

February 17, 2022

Heather L. Reese was named interim director in August following the death of Gene Purcell, who had served in the role since 2018.

‘Flatten the curve’ was everywhere, but it didn’t change people’s pandemic attitudes

August 31, 2021

“Although we didn’t see a difference in people’s ideas or behavioral intentions based on their awareness of the chart," says researcher Nan Li, "the message is still beneficial."

Cellular networks vulnerable to wildfires across U.S.

October 27, 2020

More than 430,000 cell network transceivers covering approximately 85 million people are in areas the U.S. Forest Service considers at moderate or high wildfire risk.

Badger Talks video: How to communicate better while wearing a mask

September 22, 2020

Professor Maryellen MacDonald explains why it's so tough to talk to each other in masks, and offers tips in how to adapt so people understand, such as using hand gestures and nodding.

Survey: Many still find it hard to stay home during pandemic, worry about mental health during isolation

March 24, 2020

Most people are motivated to physically separate themselves from others to help stop the spread of coronavirus, a UW survey shows, but obligations to work and family and mental health concerns make staying apart a challenge.

Writers’ Institute helps authors find publishing success

January 9, 2020

Named in 2019 as the Best Writing Conference in Wisconsin by The Writer magazine, Writers’ Institute also has a strong track record of helping its writers navigate a path to publication.

Get tips on applying for science journalism fellowship Nov. 7

November 5, 2019

Learn about the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship. Three former fellows will share what it’s like to go from the lab to the newsroom and back and what careers the fellowship can lead to.

Beefed-up Badger Talks brings UW–Madison to your neighborhood

October 10, 2019

A program that brings knowledge from the state’s flagship campus to localities statewide is adding dozens of experts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension to its Badger Talk roster.

Science writer wins award for ‘Origins’ series

September 27, 2019

Commenting on “Origins,” the judges stated: “The writer crafted a compelling and accessible narrative from three complex origin stories: of galaxies, of life on Earth, and of humankind."

UW to digitize historic WHA rural and women’s programs

May 29, 2019

The UW–Madison Archives was awarded a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to support digitizing 250 transcription discs from between 1920 and 1950.

Study: “Post-normal” science requires unorthodox communication strategies

January 14, 2019

Proposals to fight malaria by “driving” genes that slow its spread through mosquitoes is a high-risk, high-reward technology that presents a challenge to science journalists, according to a new report.

Professor takes on climate change by promoting science literacy through music, art, comics

November 2, 2018

A UW–Madison geoscience professor has come up with new ways to teach science to non-science undergraduate students, in hopes of awakening their "inner scientists."

National Academy reports seen as beacons for civil public discourse

October 2, 2018

A new study says that a consensus report on GMO crops was useful in terms of fostering informed public conversation on a divisive technology.

Could computers help close partisan divides?

August 8, 2018

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to develop a comprehensive picture of how people communicate about politics, and how those conversations are shaped by media, social networks and personal interactions.

NEH grant to reunite radio history

April 27, 2018

Communication Arts associate professor Eric Hoyt is a leader of Unlocking the Airwaves, a collaborative project that will bring together split archival material from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters and create a resource for scholars, educators and the public.