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Why the head of Wisconsin’s sham audit is facing resignation calls


“I do think it’s harmful,” Barry C. Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said of the review. “It’s obviously amateurish and uncoordinated and irresponsible and open-ended and partisan. The people who are leading the effort have already decided they think the election was fraudulent, or they’re distrustful of the outcome. It’s a violation of all the standards you’d use in a usual election audit or review the state might do.”

Will eliminating quantitative popularity on Instagram actually make it safe for kids?


Megan Moreno, a principal investigator of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Mashable that there’s space to try out what we can to make social media safer. While she thinks the idea of fully eliminating quantitative popularity is “an interesting idea,” she is “not hugely optimistic that it will make a gigantic difference.” That’s because the idea of likes is so engrained in our society already, that the concept will be there if it’s turned off or not. And, she adds, popularity isn’t completely numerical.

The Pay Gap for Women Starts With a Responsibility Gap

Wall Street Journal

In fact, our research and research by others shows conclusively that women do ask for higher salaries as often as men do—sometimes more. They’re just not getting the same results. A 2018 study from the University of Wisconsin examined the propensity to ask for salary bumps among 4,600 employees across 800 Australian workplaces and found no gender difference, but men who asked got raises 20% of the time compared with 15% of women.

Fewer College Presidents Are Hired With Faculty Input. Here’s Why That Matters.

Chronicle of Higher Ed

All of that adds up to friction between faculty members and their top bosses. The University of Wisconsin system is a case in point, Tiede, the AAUP’s director of research, said. The system did not name any members of the faculty or academic staff to a 2019 committee charged with finding its new president, a move that drew criticism at the time. Only one finalist for the post was named, and he withdrew his candidacy because of “process issues.” The system restarted its search this past summer.

Thousands of missed police killings prove we must address systemic bias in forensic science

The Washington Post

Peter Neufeld is a co-founder of the Innocence Project. Keith Findley is a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Dean Strang is a criminal defense lawyer and law professor at Loyola University Chicago. Findley and Strang are also co-founders of the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences.

A new study from the University of Washington concludes that, over nearly 40 years, medical examiners and coroners undercounted killings by U.S. police by more than half. During that time, these officials missed or covered up more than 17,000 police killings between 1980 and 2018.

VendRx sounds convenient. But it could pervert physician incentives.


In the years that followed, some patients continued to buy certain drugs from their doctors, and some pharmacists continued to compound medications. But, as regulation increased, the diverse pharmaceutical market began to consolidate. With that transition, said Lucas Richert, a historian of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pharmacists began “moving away from this role of compounders, and moving into a role where they are offering pharmaceutical services in their own shops.”

Biden’s Bank Regulation Nominee Is Facing A ‘Red Scare McCarthyism’ Campaign


After getting her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and law degree from Northwestern University, she went to work as a white shoe bank lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell and then served as a special adviser at the Treasury Department in the George W. Bush administration before teaching at the University of North Carolina and then Cornell University law schools.

University Games Murder Mystery Party Review

Business Insider

Despite my few notes about the game, I loved the premise, red herrings, and outlandishness of the experience. Since I can’t play the Death by Chocolate mystery again, I’ve already given the game to a friend who couldn’t make it for my birthday — and can’t wait to play another University Games murder mystery dinner for my next one.

-Lily is a Story Producer on Insider’s reviews team. Her interests lie in telling unique stories through words and visuals. These interests have led her to majors in Art History and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a certificate in User Experience from General Assembly, an internship in publication design at The Clean Lakes Alliance, as well as to her current role at Insider.

Ted Cruz Says ‘Academia’s War on Conservatives Continues’ as Event Moved Over Mask Policy


Off-duty female officer fatally shoots woman after finding her with partner…Kim Jong-un faces ’paradise on Earth’ lawsuitAn event on Wednesday night featuring Republican Senator Ted Cruz that was scheduled to take place on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has moved locations, though the organizers and the university have offered conflicting stories as to what happened.

Student health centers report high demand for services

Inside Higher Ed

Jake Baggott, associate vice chancellor and executive director of University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said there is at least a 20 percent increase in mental health visits this fall compared to last year, building on what was already a 6 percent increase in demand for mental health services from academic year 2019-20 to 2020-21.

HHMI devotes $2 billion to boost diversity in biomedical sciences


“It is a disservice to fund individuals to come into environments that continue to drive them away,” said Angela Byars-Winston, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health who led a 2019 National Academy of Science study on effective mentoring in STEM fields. “We know there are things institutions can do to change the environment instead of focusing on students who are not broken.”

Wisconsin GOP review of 2020 election beset by blunders from former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman

The Washington Post

“I do think it’s harmful,” Barry C. Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said of the review. “It’s obviously amateurish and uncoordinated and irresponsible and open-ended and partisan. The people who are leading the effort have already decided they think the election was fraudulent, or they’re distrustful of the outcome. It’s a violation of all the standards you’d use in a usual election audit or review the state might do.”

Wisconsin’s political divide has implications for 2022 and 2024 elections

The Washington Post

Still, Wisconsin, a state whose people enjoy a reputation for embodying the concept of “Midwestern nice,” stands out. Mark Copelovitch, (Ken) Mayer’s University of Wisconsin colleague, argued that everything that has become commonplace at the national level, including the transformation and radicalization of the Republican Party, has been part of Wisconsin’s political experience for the last 10 years. “Wisconsin has been the canary in the coal mine,” he said.

Remote Workers Can Live Anywhere. These Cities (and Small Towns) Are Luring Them With Perks.

Wall Street Journal

“I can see where this is going to end up going to people who were going to move to a community anyway,” said Tessa Conroy, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who studies economic development. “Or maybe you do manage to attract someone. Is that really the ideal resident, someone who was paid?”

This Is the Most Obese State in America

24/7 Tempo

Methodology: To determine America’s most obese state, 24/7 Tempo reviewed adult obesity rates from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program’s 2021 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report.

A newspaper tries to make ends meet by asking for donations in honor of its reporters

The Washington Post

Kathleen Bartzen Culver, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, said she sees no immediate problem with the campaign but generally advocates for news organizations to take every opportunity to “pull back the curtain” and educate their audiences about the role ethics plays in their business decisions.

Can you get COVID twice? What we know about coronavirus reinfection


In an earlier conversation with CNET about long COVID, Dr. Nasia Safdar, director of infection control at the University of Wisconsin, said, “Vaccination serves two purposes One, of course you want to get it before you have COVID so it protects you from it, but even in the people who have had the infection, anecdotally, it seems that vaccination helps with the symptoms of long COVID.”

To Prevent the Next Pandemic, Scientists Seek One Vaccine for Many Coronaviruses

Wall Street Journal

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, an Oslo-based organization that funds development of vaccines for epidemic diseases, is investing $200 million in grants for early-stage development of vaccines that protect broadly against dangerous coronaviruses. The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose scientists are studying ways to make coronavirus vaccines, is awarding a further $95 million to other researchers, including $36 million to teams at Duke University, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Who Is the Bad Art Friend?

New York Times

Larson’s path toward writing was more conventional than Dorland’s. She started earlier, after her first creative-writing class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Flu shot side effect: Are reactions worse this year?


Nasia Safdar, the medical director for infection prevention at the University of Wisconsin Hospital: It really shouldn’t. Quadrivalent vaccines have been available and most of us have been getting those for years. There is a high dose flu vaccine that is recommended for people who are older, and the arm tenderness might be a little bit more and it takes a little bit longer to recover.

Who Was Emma Tenayuca? A Mexican American Champion of Workers’ Rights | Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue

Tenayuca’s drive to lead and organize union workers stemmed from her personal understanding of their plight. “It wasn’t by coincidence,” Marla Ramírez, assistant professor in the Department of History and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tells Teen Vogue. “She knew the people she was organizing. She grew up with them. She had similar experiences of discrimination, inequality, hunger, and poverty,” Ramírez explains. “She was fighting for herself when she was fighting for others too.”

Alcohol Is the Breast Cancer Risk No One Wants to Talk About


University of Wisconsin oncologist Noelle LoConte has long felt that the link doesn’t get enough attention—even among oncologists. She is the lead author of a 2017 statement on alcohol and cancer from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which calls on these specialists to take the lead in addressing “excessive exposure to alcohol” through education, advocating for policy changes, and research.

A long-lost silent movie turned up in a storage closet and got its first screening in almost a century. Next stop: Turner Classic Movies

Chicago Tribune

“The First Degree” next screens Oct. 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cinematheque, with live piano accompaniment by David Drazin. The film is scheduled to air on Turner Classic Movies, with the Chicago Film Archives-commissioned score written and performed by Quasar Wut-Wut, sometime before mid-2022.

National Science Foundation Invests $75 Million In Five New Data Science Institutes


Students involved in this research will interact closely with industry partners, creating new career opportunities and strengthening synergies between academia and industry. The institute will include researchers at the University of Washington; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Duke University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; the California Institute of Technology; Purdue University; the University of California, San Diego; and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The South Pole just had its most severe cold season on record

The Washington Post

Matthew Lazzara, an expert on the meteorology of Antarctica and scientist at the University of Wisconsin, monitored the South Pole temperatures in recent months from his office in Madison with awe. In an interview, he said it was around minus-100 degrees on numerous occasions. Over the years, he’s traveled to Antarctica many times to support his research.

Make Europe provide for its own defense

Washington Examiner

As the U.S. refocuses on the long-term strategic threat posed by China, it is imperative that our wealthy, capable European allies step up in their own defense.

-Sascha Glaeser is a research associate at Defense Priorities. He focuses on U.S. grand strategy, international security, and trans-Atlantic relations. He holds a Master of International Public Affairs and a BA in international studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.