Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times Magazine and creator of The 1619 Project that has incensed some conservatives, will speak on the UW-Madison campus next week.
January 18, 2022
New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows balance training using video games changed the brain structure of adolescents with autism and helped improve balance, posture and the severity of autism symptoms.
Brittany Travers, a UW-Madison occupational therapy professor and Waisman Center lead researcher, said she and her colleagues are interested in finding ways to better interventions that improve the motor skills of individuals with autism. She said prior research has shown balance control appears to plateau earlier in kids with autism than those without. As people age balance becomes more of a challenge for everyone, Travers said.
“But the speculation is that autistic individuals may be more at risk for falls and later in life if these balance challenges are not addressed,” Travers said.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are digging into a different, more targeted method of controlling crop-attacking pests, a tactic that could prove to be less harmful to the environment than traditional pesticides.
Quoted: According to data from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, Wisconsin’s average winter temperature rose about 2 to 6 degrees between 1950 and 2018, depending on the part of the state. And in the coming years, those temperatures could rise another 6 degrees, greatly impacting the amount of snow the state sees, and the areas where snow is present for the entire winter season.
But what is really impacting the hares isn’t the amount of snow falling in Wisconsin — that has largely stayed the same, said Michael Notaro, the associate director for the Nelson Institute. It’s the amount of snowpack, or snow on the ground, that is impacting animals.
As the Earth’s temperature increases, snow melts quicker, meaning the snow season doesn’t last as long.
“In the future, as it keeps getting warmer, eventually (precipitation) is going to be more in the form of a liquid, but so far that hasn’t necessarily occurred, but (snow) is just not staying on the ground very long,” Notaro said.
As part of a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, teens spent three hours a week teetering on Nintendo Wii balance boards, mimicking tai chi and yoga poses prompted on a screen.
Diamond Way participated in a 2003 University of Wisconsin-Madison research project which concluded that regular meditation and reading Nydahl’s books made a group of subjects ‘develop significantly more antibodies against infection from a normal influenza vaccine than those in a group who did not meditate’.
A UW-Madison expert is launching research focused on therapies for diseases such as cancer – using sharks.In 2021, the UW Carbone Cancer Center provided the necessary equipment for the research to UW Carbone faculty member Dr. Aaron LeBeau. LeBeau will leading the shark-based cancer research, which is currently the only research of its kind worldwide.
A new poll of Wisconsin residents shows that climate change, the federal budget deficit, income distribution and race relations are among the top concerns heading into the 2022 midterms, although many of the same respondents felt issues were a larger problem at the national level.
University of Wisconsin-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs sent an eight-page survey to 5,000 residents between July and September 2020. Nearly 1,600 individuals from all over the state except Menomonee County responded, with a response rate of 33 percent.
Quoted: “We’re likely to see more infections, and those breakthrough infections can be quite serious,” said Patrick Remington, a former epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s preventive medicine residency program. “I think any place where outbreaks are likely to happen – and certainly long-term care facilities are places where that can happen – we should be concerned.”
Quoted: “Correlation does not mean causation,” said Timothy Smeeding, professor of economics and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In other words, if two variables run parallel historically, it doesn’t mean the one is causing the other.
A number of factors have contributed to the rise in out-of-wedlock births, he said.
There has been a rise in cohabitation, more permissive sexual mores, a decline in shotgun weddings, easier divorce laws, a drop in manufacturing jobs for males without college degrees and greater financial independence for women.
Two men from Wisconsin have been named finalists in the search for the next University of Wisconsin System president. A special UW Board of Regents committee has forwarded UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt and Milwaukee law firm CEO Jay Rothman from a field 44 applicants.
The University of Wisconsin System has named two finalists for the role of system president: UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt and Jay Rothman, chairman and chief executive officer of the Foley and Lardner law firm in Milwaukee.
Jay Rothman, chair and CEO of Foley & Lardner, and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt were announced Friday as the finalists for the job leading the state’s public university system, its more than 160,000 students, 39,000 employees, 26 campuses and $6.6 billion budget.
UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James C. Schmidt and law firm CEO Jay O. Rothman are the candidates being considered for the position, according to an announcement made Friday.
The two finalists are Jay O. Rothman, chairman and CEO of the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee, and James C. Schmidt, chancellor at UW-Eau Claire.
UW Health nurses were sounding the alarm on working conditions before COVID-19 strained the health care system to the brink.
University of Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh is redesigning his administrative team.
UW officials announced Friday that Marcus Sedberry, the senior associate athletic director for student-athlete success at Baylor, and Mitchell Pinta, the National Football League’s director of business development and partnership management, are joining the UW athletic department as deputy athletic directors.
University of Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh filled out his senior staff by naming two deputies Friday. Marcus Sedberry will lead internal operations and Mitchell Pinta will be in charge of external affairs.
The pregame entrance of University of Wisconsin men’s hockey players to the Kohl Center ice in 2022 happens amid spotlights, smoke machines and a video board spectacle.
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“Having one set of standards will greatly streamline the process for Certificates of Appropriateness for everyone, and is in line with best practices in the field of historic preservation,” said Anna Andrzejewski, a professor of art history at UW-Madison and chair of the Landmarks Commission. “I also hope these standards — especially when design guidelines are developed for each of the specific districts — will make historic preservation more legible to the public, such that as a city we can better balance preservation and new development.”
“It seems farfetched to think that each of these sets of alternative electors had genuine fact-based grievances, even though the grievances were different in every state,” said Barry Burden, a political science professor and director of the Elections Research Center at UW-Madison. “It looks more like a national orchestration to try to challenge the election’s results.”
Some have raised concerns about the scope of the seditious-conspiracy statute. For example, the University of Wisconsin law professor Joshua Braver has warned that seditious-conspiracy prosecutions could be subject to significant abuse. After all, the literal language of the statute might cover actions such as the Women’s March, which interfered with Capitol operations during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. Braver prefers the charge of “rebellion or insurrection,” which he believes is a better fit for the events of January 6.
In a remarkable study several years ago, Selin Kesebir of the London Business School and the psychologist Pelin Kesebir of the University of Wisconsin at Madison found that references to nature in novels, song lyrics, and film story lines began decreasing in the 1950s, while references to the human-made environment did not.
The ash cloud was drifting westward and aircrafts will be likely diverted around its periphery as a precaution, said Scott Bachmeier, a research meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“China is facing a demographic crisis that is beyond the imagination of the Chinese authorities and the international community,” said Yi Fuxian, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who has long argued that China’s Communist Party leaders were underreporting population figures.
Staying inside during the wintertime can cause our vitamin D levels to naturally decrease, according to a UW associate professor of dermatology. Dr. Apple Bodemer said at least half of Americans have vitamin D insufficiencies. She said vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to causing depression or mood disorders.
Back in Madison, Marilyn was employed as an administrative assistant for 20 years at the University of Wisconsin Extension Services.
In addition, he was a clinical associate professor with the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
UW-Madison grad and author Jennifer DeVries says her time at the university were some of the best years of her life.
As she grew up, she drifted away from the politics of her parents, who remained committed Republicans even as most Black voters were shifting their party allegiance; at the University of Wisconsin, she began campaigning for Henry Wallace’s Progressive Party.