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This strange vine can mimic other plants. How?


Scientists have long known that plants have photoreceptors and can detect the presence of light, often in highly sophisticated ways. They can, for example, sense the color and direction of a beam, according to Simon Gilroy, a professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin Madison. That’s what the telegraph plant is doing when it swivels its leaves toward the light.

How Moore v. City of East Cleveland protected multigenerational homes

Washington Post

But the biggest benefits may be for Max and Jonah’s kids. Younger children in intergenerational housing “demonstrate more interactive and cooperative play, increased empathy and mood management, and improved academic performance,” the Center for Aging Research and Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison reports.

2022 was the ‘keep things as they are’ election

Washington Post

There’s another aspect of the midterm elections that reinforces the point that it didn’t involve much change. As University of Wisconsin Madison political scientist Barry Burden pointed out on Twitter, a victory in Georgia’s upcoming Senate runoff election by Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D) would mean that, for the first time since senators were popularly elected by voters, no incumbent will have lost his or her seat.

The global significance of fossil fuel divestment (opinion)

Inside Higher Ed

Student groups have made similar calculations: a student group at the University of Illinois estimated as of April that the university holds $230 million in fossil fuel investments, and a student group at the University of Wisconsin estimated as of last November that the university held $315 million in fossil fuel investments. In the most extreme case, Bloomberg recently reported that the University of Texas is earning more than $6 million a day derived from vast oil and gas holdings in the Permian Basin.

His daughter went missing at 16. But his fight was only beginning

The Guardian

Bulltail, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is here to demand justice for the kind-hearted young woman she helped raise. According to Bulltail, also a member of the Crow Tribe, her family was notified of Stops Pretty Places’ death almost two weeks after her body was found. They waited 16 weeks for an autopsy report and were never interviewed by law enforcement. They have been left to navigate the justice system on their own, she says.

Ohio State president stays quiet on resignation

Inside Higher Ed

Additionally, Rebecca Blank stepped down from the top executive post at the University of Wisconsin at Madison to replace the outgoing Morton Schapiro at Northwestern University—only to back out of the position after she was diagnosed with cancer shortly before she was due to start.

Young People Made It Clear: Abortion Rights Must Be Codified

The Nation

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, junior Yasmeen Khalid noticed how organizers urged their peers to cast ballots on campus. She saw people distributing brochures that listed all the reasons why individuals should support the Democratic Party, including the fact that they defend the right to an abortion. She feels satisfied with the outcome of elected Wisconsin governor Tony Evans. “I think this is a huge step for protecting abortion rights in Wisconsin.”

‘Avatar’ and the Mystery of the Vanishing Blockbuster

The New York Times

According to Derek Johnson, a professor of media studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of “Media Franchising,” one major feature of a franchise versus a movie is not just its multiple sites of production — the theme park, the toy, the television show — but also its orientation toward the future. In order to survive, it must maintain a careful balance between novelty and familiarity, courting the next generation of fans without driving away too many of the old ones.

“A Stroke Of Serendipity” – A Technology Developed For The Bioethanol Industry Has Economic And Environmental Benefits For Beef And Dairy Production


The economic and environmental significance of Enogen feed advantages was evaluated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Animal and Dairy Sciences and Agronomy Departments along with Rock River Laboratory. They looked at milk content and expected revenue as well as corn silage costs. What they found was that by using Enogen corn, a dairy could save $132 to $208 per milking cow per year.

Fine arts, communications degrees qualify as STEM for immigrants

Inside Higher Ed

But whether graduates of STEM-designated degree programs take advantage of the extended visa option may not matter. That’s because colleges find that reclassifying degrees as STEM benefits them in other ways. For example, in 2016, when John Karl Scholz was dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he sought to reclassify his institution’s economics program. Speaking with Inside Higher Ed this month, Scholz, who is now provost, shared the impact.

“The new designation is helpful in recruiting and supporting students who are considering multiple institutions for their graduate work,” Scholz said, adding that Madison’s economics programs had always been more quantitatively focused, and the reclassification reflected that.

The Unrivaled Legacy of Dale Chihuly

Smithsonian Magazine

After majoring in interior design in the early 1960s at the University of Washington, a foundation for his collecting aesthetic and artistic vision, Chihuly enrolled in the country’s first glass program at the University of Wisconsin, where he also studied sculpture. Incorporating glass into tapestries to create textile and glass curtains soon gave way to his overriding interest in glassblowing.

The Healthcare Freedom Act is a vital solution to runaway medical debt

The Hill

As a physician, I look forward to serving patients based on the ideals of the Hippocratic Oath rather than following arbitrary guidelines created by insurance companies.

-Aamir Hussain is a resident physician practicing in Washington, DC. Rufus Sweeney, a medical student at the University of Wisconsin, assisted in the creation of this story.

How to Manage Credit Card Debt When Holiday Shopping

The New York Times

Regardless of your age, if your finances are tight, it’s best to say so. “There are years when we can be more generous, and years when we can’t,” said J. Michael Collins, faculty director at the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “We make money a taboo, but it’s OK to be transparent.”

How the Great Depression shaped people’s DNA


The work, published on 8 November in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1, adds to a cache of studies indicating that exposure to hardship such as stress and starvation during the earliest stages of development can shape human health for decades. The findings highlight how social programmes designed to help pregnant people could be a tool for fighting health disparities in children, says co-author Lauren Schmitz, an economist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Ending Standardized Law School Tests Could Diminish Diversity

Bloomberg Law

The American Bar Association is considering a major change in legal education: eliminating the longstanding requirement that applicants for law school take a valid and reliable admissions test like the Law School Admissions Test. This change would be effective with the law school class entering in 2026.

-Berkeley Law’s dean Erwin Chemerinsky and University of Wisconsin Law School’s dean Daniel Tokaji argue that law schools should not eliminate standardized tests for admissions. The ABA’s proposal to do just that may harm diversity efforts, they say.

RSV surge raises questions about repeat cases: Can you or child get it again?

Fox News

But these patients only account for a third of hospitalizations, said Dr. James H. Conway, pediatric infectious disease physician and medical director of the immunization program at UW Health Kids in Madison, Wisconsin.”About two-thirds of the kids who get admitted with RSV are actually healthy, normal kids,” said Conway, who’s also a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Factors That Contribute to Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s


Research on the causes and treatments of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, is ongoing. Among those committed to prevention is the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “Our internationally recognized research program, the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention, known more familiarly as WRAP, holds tremendous promise for demystifying the biologic origins of Alzheimer’s,” the site explains. “The WRAP study is the first and crucial step toward prevention and early intervention. Started in 2001, WRAP is the largest study of its kind enrolling more than 1,500 adult children of parents with Alzheimer’s representing diverse communities and populations.”

Fact-checking 19 claims from Trump’s speech announcing his 2024 run

The Washington Post

Trump is exaggerating how many people illegally cross the border. Moreover, most independent research contradicts the idea that illegal immigrants bring more crime. A 2018 study published in the peer-reviewed journal Criminology, led by Michael Light, a criminologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, examined whether places with higher percentages of undocumented immigrants have higher rates of violent crime such as murder or rape. The answer: States with larger shares of undocumented immigrants tended to have lower crime rates than states with smaller shares in the years 1990 through 2014.

Tyson Says Its Nurses Help Workers. Critics Charge They Stymie OSHA.

Civil Eats

Alexia Kulwiec, associate professor of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches labor and employment law and is an expert in national labor policy and workers’ compensation. She said of the on-site health clinics at Tyson, “Their whole goal is not to find serious health problems and to keep costs down. . . .  It is really circumventing the whole purpose of worker’s compensation to start with.”

Microcredentials Could Help Fill the Skills Gap


But this is not just about one post-secondary system. Microcredentials are growing in other public higher education systems as well. The University of Wisconsin, Kansas State, and the University of Texas are but a few examples of other public systems where microcredentials are rapidly growing. This work is moving rapidly in the private higher-education space as well.

Virginia remembers: ‘Life of the party’ … ‘Lights up the room’ … ‘Most interesting person on the team’

Yahoo Sports

Then there was Devin Chandler, who had come back to his state school after initially heading to the University of Wisconsin. Even as a newcomer, he instantly found a way to make everyone smile. “He was everything you’d want [competitively] out of a person at this level but he was a big kid. Loved to dance, loved to sing … Life of the party.”

Rising food costs take a bite out of Thanksgiving dinner

Washington Post

The good news? Not every item on holiday shopping lists is significantly more expensive. Cranberries had a good harvest and prices were up less than 5% between the end of September and the beginning of November, said Paul Mitchell, an agricultural economist and professor at the University of Wisconsin. Green beans cost just 2 cents more per pound in the second week of November, according to the USDA.

How the global donkey skin trade risks spreading deadly diseases

National Geographic

“The report draws attention to a form of international trade and movement that most people don’t know about,” says Tony Goldberg, an epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who was not involved in the research. “It’s becoming increasingly apparent that globalization is not only a problem for human diseases but also animal diseases.”

3 University of Virginia football players killed in shooting; hundreds mourn on campus Monday night

USA Today

All three victims were members of the University of Virginia football team. Perry was a 6-foot-3 junior linebacker from Miami. Davis was a 6-foot-7 junior wide receiver from Dorchester, South Carolina. Chandler was a 6-foot junior wide receiver from Huntersville, North Carolina, who transferred this season from the University of Wisconsin.

Republicans tout benefits of fossil fuels at climate talks


Andrea Dutton, a professor of geoscience and MacArthur Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that’s not possible.“Burning fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases that are causing temperatures to rise rapidly, and this is the major contributor to the global warming we are experiencing,” she said in an email. “This is not a matter of belief but rather a matter of scientific evidence.”

From Ian to Nicole: The Five Worst Hurricanes of 2022 So Far, Ranked


“The season is not yet over, which means 2 things: 1) there might yet be additional damaging storms (see Hurricane Nicole right now!) and 2) it takes time for the full economic and noneconomic losses for big storms to become apparent,” Daniel B. Wright, a civil and environmental engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Hydroclimate Extremes Research Group, told Newsweek in written comments.

Wisconsin Democrats Appear to Have Prevented a GOP Supermajority in State Legislature

Wall Street Journal

The Wisconsin legislature has been controlled by Republicans for several election cycles, after they were able to redraw legislative maps that put them firmly in control of legislative districts, even though Democrats tend to hold their own in statewide races, said Michael W. Wagner, a professor in the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Kids Showed Up To Save Democrats Again


Wisconsin may be the best example of how young people lifted Democrats. In Dane County, home to Madison and the University of Wisconsin, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers won by 174,000 votes ― twice as large as his overall statewide margin of victory.

Psychedelics & Role Of Memory In Healing Process, New Trial Led By Univ. Of Wisconsin


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Transdisciplinary Center for Research in Psychoactive Substances (TCRPS) was created to foster education and research on the field of medical applications of psychedelics, and one of them is specifically studying if remembering the psychedelic-induced hallucinations is a fundamental part of these substances’ therapeutic effects.