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Researchers win grant to combat misinformation about COVID and 2020 election

October 6, 2021

A team of researchers will study the most effective methods of combating misinformation online, as it posed significant threats to both public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and democracy throughout the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Steven Wright’s ‘The Coyotes of Carthage’ depicts realities of race, money and politics

February 18, 2021

USA Today ranked the UW law and creative writing professor as one of “100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read."

Chancellor Blank: Thank you for voting

November 3, 2020

As always, we encourage people to engage in vigorous discussion and debate. But I also encourage you to express your views, and your reactions to election results, constructively and respectfully.

New polls show Biden with growing leads in three battleground states

October 26, 2020

With voting already well underway, former Vice President Joe Biden has extended his leads over President Donald Trump in three key battleground states — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — according to new polls by the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

ERC’s polling, research illuminate elections

October 6, 2020

Earlier this year, the Elections Research Center launched a battleground poll in three swing states. In this and other ways, the center is helping us better understand what is going on in the current campaign.

Journalist in Residence virtual talks highlight challenges of current news environment

September 28, 2020

CBS News correspondent Wesley Lowery, Kendra Pierre-Louis from Gimlet Media and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times will focus on the complexities reporters are facing in this unprecedented moment.

Battleground state poll shows Biden with persistent but surmountable leads

September 24, 2020

As voting gets underway in many states, Joe Biden remains ahead of Donald Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to a poll by the UW–Madison Elections Research Center.

Battleground state poll shows Biden leading Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

August 10, 2020

“All three states remain battlegrounds that should not be ignored by either campaign,” said Barry Burden, political science professor and director of the Elections Research Center.

The UW Now: Experts discuss economic impact of COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Join a livestream and Q & A with a panel of experts from the UW community Tuesday at 7 p.m. CDT.

Report finds regional health, economic factors are key to reopening Wisconsin economy

April 28, 2020

“Policymakers will need to balance the health risks of relaxing social distancing guidelines with the economic costs of maintaining the restrictions,” says Professor Noah Williams. “We provide metrics to help inform decisions on those tradeoffs."

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.