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Prohibition may have extended life for those born in dry counties

December 5, 2023

Using advanced analytical methods on data from the Prohibition Era, research findings provide important nuance to the assessment of Prohibition’s effects on public health and could have important implications for policies aimed at reducing maternal alcohol use.

New paper links childhood deprivation to accelerated biological aging later in life

November 21, 2023

By using advanced epigenetic aging techniques and new data from older adults, a team of researchers found that being deprived of a nurturing childhood environment is associated with accelerated biological aging in adulthood.

Two new UW–Madison-led studies inform outlook on scaling of carbon removal technologies

November 21, 2023

The research makes it clear that ensuring the sustained well-being of our planet requires a more serious commitment toward new carbon dioxide removal technologies and a faster scale-up of their production.

Corporate investment could improve climate-tech innovation

March 24, 2023

When well-resourced corporations invest in start-ups, they can have an outsized influence on which start-ups succeed and grow, therefore shaping climate technology trajectories.

UW students get taste of real-world learning

February 14, 2023

Through capstone courses, internships and partnerships with employers, students have worked on projects all over the state and nation.

Partisan divide contributed to false sense of racial equality in pandemic mortality

October 31, 2022

A new study from UW–Madison researchers pins the rise in white COVID-19 deaths to state party politics.

Polls and policy with FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver

October 27, 2022

FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver discussed the promise and pitfalls of polling data days ahead of the midterm elections.

Haveman was instrumental in founding of UW’s La Follette School

July 12, 2022

Robert Haveman, former director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Institute for Research on Poverty, died June 18. He is being remembered as "a world-class scholar, teacher and public servant.”

UW–Madison professor shapes UN report on climate change

April 4, 2022

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report urges immediate action to limit greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy, including energy, transportation, construction, manufacturing and agriculture.

Poll takes Wisconsin’s temperature on policy in leadup to 2022 elections

January 11, 2022

The poll finds residents divided along party lines on issues like climate change and government regulation but generally in agreement on others, such as concerns about healthcare and retirement savings.

Studying Child Tax Credit expansion, labor force reductions among new Social Security Administration-funded projects

November 23, 2021

The U.S. Social Security Administration has funded 13 major research projects at the Center for Financial Security that focus on the financial well-being of economically vulnerable people.

Journalist shares insights on campus

October 28, 2021

Writer and commentator David Brooks visited with leaders, students and community members on Wednesday, Oct. 27, as part of his role as Public Affairs Journalist in Residence for UW–Madison.

Spring Journalist in Residence series explores how media report on critical news stories

April 19, 2021

Topics of this semester’s talks range from the evolution of local news coverage to the role of media in the climate change debate.

A dog’s life: La Follette School researcher puts a number on man’s best friend.

August 24, 2020

While it sounds cold and calculating to slap a price tag on the life of a beloved pet, the real-world applications are important for both dog owners and for industry.

COVID questions: HVAC spread; indoor swimming; national debt

August 13, 2020

Can COVID-19 spread through a building's HVAC system? Is it safe to swim in an indoor pool? Can people doing work in my house leave the virus for me?

Kohl donates $10M to support La Follette School’s outreach, teaching and research

May 12, 2019

Kohl’s donation, the Kohl Initiative, focuses on three priorities that will expand the School’s public outreach mission, advance the training of future public leaders and support influential research by faculty and students. It is the largest donation in La Follette School history.

Fletcher’s research sheds light on lowering drinking age

September 18, 2018

Research by University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor Jason Fletcher provides new information about the effects of legal alcohol access at age 21 on previously unexplored or underexplored risky behaviors.

Maria Cancian named Galbraith Fellow for work on child welfare

January 17, 2018

Cancian and her research have shaped national research agendas and discourse on child support policy, poverty policy and child welfare policy, and generated more than $50 million in grants to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.