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22 Worst Foods That Are Never Worth Eating, Say Experts

Eat This, Not That

Drink This Instead: If you’re going to drink beer, choose Guinness. Despite its heavy, hearty dark appearance, this stout has 20 fewer calories per 12-ounce serving than a Bud. But there’s more: A University of Wisconsin study found that moderate consumption of Guinness worked like aspirin to prevent blood clots that increase the risk of heart attacks. That’s because the antioxidants it contains are better than vitamins C and E at keeping bad LDL cholesterol from clogging arteries.

Great Lakes water levels drop 2020 record-breaking highs

USA Today

Typically the Great Lakes follow a specific seasonal cycle, said Adam Bechle, a coastal engineering specialist with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. The lakes bottom out in the winter when there’s more evaporation occurring as cold air moves in over the warmer water. Lake levels are highest during the summer, after snow melts and runs into them and rain falls.

Is this a new moment for prison education?

Inside Higher Education

“I think everything seems to be aligning both in terms of the national interest in prison reform and prison education, changing rules about Pell Grants, increased awareness of racial discrimination, and I guess just a widespread understanding that change needs to happen,” said Emily Auerbach, founder and co-director of the Odyssey Project, which houses the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s prison education initiative, Odyssey Beyond Bars.

As the West Faces a Drought Emergency, Some Ranchers are Restoring Grasslands to Build Water Reserves

Civil Eats

“The more you’ve allowed your grassland to invest in its roots, the better off it is going to be during a drought,” said Randy Jackson, a grassland ecologist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Perennial plants—which stay in the ground year in and year out—continue to “photosynthesize and put their carbon and nutrients below ground, which is really their savings account.” In times of drought, it will draw more on the savings in the ground.

Wisconsin GOP leader cites bogus COVID info to nix request


“I don’t know what research they are reading. But COVID-19 can clearly be transmitted via airborne spread,” said Patrick Remington, a former epidemiologist for the CDC and director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

“It might not be the predominant mode of transmission, but it is clearly able to be transmitted via small particles through the air,” Remington said.

Why Liz Cheney Matters

The New York Times

Provisions that target heavily Democratic areas — like Georgia’s limits on drop boxes — are particularly blatant. “The typical response by a losing party in a functioning democracy is that they alter their platform to make it more appealing,” Kenneth Mayer, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin, has told The Times. “Here the response is to try to keep people from voting. It’s dangerously antidemocratic.”

Setting the record straight: There is no ‘Covid heart’


In January 2021, University of Wisconsin researchers studied 145 student athletes who had Covid-19 and found myocarditis in only 1.4% of them, none of whom required hospitalization. In March, a group of sports cardiologists reported on nearly 800 professional athletes who had tested positive for Covid-19. Less than 1% of these athletes had abnormal findings on cardiac magnetic resonance scans or stress echocardiography. None of these athletes had cardiovascular trouble when they returned to play.

How President Biden’s rescue plan could help poor kids in Wisconsin

Journal Sentinel

These measures make public investments in children’s economic well-being, adding to those made for them in health care and education. The nation and our state are sure to be better off.

Tim Smeeding is the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

AAPI Month: What kids, parents should be reading

USA Today

Leslie Bow, English and Asian American Studies professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, says, “It’s important to expose children to racial diversity in children’s books because studies have shown that familiarity with children of color in stories reduces negative biases against racial groups.”

5 Happiness Hacks That Take 5 Minutes Or Less

HuffPost Life

In a December study led by a team of researchers with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, experts broke down the four pillars they believe are essential to cultivating mental well-being: awareness, connection, insight and purpose. All these sound pretty lofty, but the pillars can be broken down into small daily habits that, over time, train the brain.

$450,000 Homes in Wisconsin, Florida and Kentucky

The New York Times

A few blocks south is Atwood Avenue, a fount of eating, drinking and entertainment venues, including the historic Barrymore Theater, which will be resuming live performances in July. The University of Wisconsin campus is an easy bike ride (about four miles) southwest.

Some call it pop others call it soda

The Washington Post

The DARE project is overseen by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. (That’s in Dane County, a rare Midwestern outpost of pop/soda parity, according to An online subscription to the dictionary is $49 a year. There’s more info at

Report: Wisconsin unable to handle coronavirus unemployment crush

Washington Examiner

The Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy, led by UW-Madison economist Noah Williams, released a report Monday that details just how bad things have been in the state.

“Only 3-in-10 Wisconsin workers who applied for unemployment insurance over the past year have been paid, and in recent months the rate has dropped to 1-in-8,” the report states. “Further, many of the unemployed workers who were paid endured long delays, with 30% waiting ten weeks or more for payment.”

FDA clears the way for adolescents ages 12 to 15 to get vaccinated

National Geographic

According to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, people younger than 18 account for about 22 percent of the American population. That’s why “it is really important for kids to be included” in vaccination efforts, says Malia Jones, an associate scientist in health geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Applied Population Laboratory. Their inclusion is “good news for herd immunity.”

The True Meaning of the Afghan ‘Withdrawal’

The Nation

Or put another way, there should be no mistake after those nearly 20 years in Afghanistan. Victory is no longer in the American bloodstream (a lesson that Vietnam somehow did not bring home), though drugs are. The loss of the ultimate drug war was a special kind of imperial disaster, giving withdrawal more than one meaning in 2021. So, it won’t be surprising if the departure from that country under such conditions is a signal to allies and enemies alike that Washington hasn’t a hope of ordering the world as it wishes anymore and that its once-formidable global hegemony is truly waning.

Alfred McCoyAlfred McCoy is the J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A TomDispatch regular, he is the author of In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power and Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State.

College students are graduating into a divisive, uncertain America

USA Today

University of Wisconsin students stage a protest against the war in Vietnam on Oct. 17, 1967. On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy broke the news of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination to a crowd in Indianapolis. Coretta Scott King, center, MLK’s widow walks in the funeral procession with her family in Atlanta, Ga., April 9, 1968.ASSOCIATED PRESS/GETTY IMAGES/ASSOCIATED PRESS

A Milwaukee Suburb Is Full of Ultrarare Fossils

The Atlantic

Knowing they had found something special, Gunderson and Meyer frantically shaved off slabs of the fossil-bearing rock, preventing them from being pulverized in the pursuit of limestone. They donated their find to the University of Wisconsin Geology Museum, where thousands of Waukesha specimens now fill drawer after drawer.

Opinion: Animal testing should be banned

HS Insider LA Times

The skulls of living cats are drilled with holes to screw metal strainer posts into their heads, then steel coils are implanted into their eyes and finally, the cats are deafened in “sound localization” animal experiments. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals describes the horrific details of this inhumane experiment conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and adds that the lead experimenter did not expect to produce a clinical treatment or cure from their tests on animals.

“It’s a Nightmare”: Inside America’s Rural Housing Crisis

In These Times

Steven Deller, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and expert on rural economies, says one factor contributing to Wisconsin’s rural housing crisis is the sharp decrease in construction of new affordable housing since the Great Recession. He says developers are focused instead on building luxury homes because they produce higher profits.

Antarctic ice melt could cause ‘catastrophic’ sea level rise


The paper appears in the journal Nature. Additional coauthors are from McGill University; the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Penn State; the University of California Irvine; the University of Bristol; the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For a Peek Inside Wisconsin’s Watery Past, Thank the Microbes

Hakai Magazine

Knowing they had found something special, Gunderson and Meyer frantically shaved off slabs of the fossil-bearing rock, preventing them from being pulverized in the pursuit of limestone. They donated their find to the University of Wisconsin–Madison Geology Museum, where thousands of Waukesha specimens now fill drawer after drawer.

Invasive “jumping” worms are here to stay


The Amynthas species we have in the US (most commonly Amynthas agrestis and Amynthas tokioensis) are primarily from Japan and the Korean peninsula. In their home habitats, they evolved along with the local ecosystems — and the ecosystems along with them. But here, “just like any other invasive species that are displaced into a brand new habitat that might not have controls, they’re able to take advantage of that and go gangbusters,” says Brad Herrick, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.

The week’s best parenting advice: May 4, 2021

The Week

“We’re not going to have the loud, raucous dining hall filled with incomprehensible yelling,” says Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health who is helping create coronavirus protocols for camps. [The New York Times]

Meghan Markle Wrote a Children’s Book—Here’s Everything We Know About The Bench


That perspective is inevitably important to the many, many multicultural households across America. The children’s book industry has a noted lack of diversity: According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 30% of titles in 2020 featured racially diverse characters. “My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine,” Meghan says.

This site aims to be the future of autism diagnosis


In an eight-year-long study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, researcher Maureen Durkin analyzed the census statistics of 1.3 million children and found that kids who had the lowest socioeconomic development were the least likely to be diagnosed with autism; an indication not that children of a lower economic status are less likely to have autism, but rather that they are not afforded access to the care that they need.

This Is the Worst State for Retirees

24/7 Wall Street

The share of adults 65+ who met CDC exercise guidelines in 2017 and the share of adults 65+ who reported good or excellent health in 2018 were obtained from America’s Health Rankings in its analysis of CDC data. Data on membership associations per 10,000 state residents was obtained from 2018 state-level data provided by the 2021 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.

Colleges brace for the effects of climate change on campus

Inside Higher Education

Since that paper was published, the number of colleges and universities preparing their campuses for climate change has increased. More than 100 institutions have signed on to commitments from the organization Second Nature that encompass climate resilience, for example. That number includes public flagships, community colleges and private institutions, including the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Lamar Community College and American University.

Majority Of Madeline Island Residents Are Vaccinated. That Doesn’t Mean The Pandemic Is Over For The Community.

Wisconsin Public Radio

Having 80 percent of residents in a community vaccinated is an accomplishment and means virus transmission is less likely to occur there, said Ajay Sethi, an epidemiologist and director of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But it does not mean Madeline Island has eliminated the threat of COVID-19

‘The Secret History of Home Economics’ Review: Engineering the Everyday

Wall Street Journal

Those readers whose memories of home economics class are dominated by muffin tins and sewing machines might be surprised to learn about Caroline Hunt, an early innovator in the field. Hunt had no patience for the time-consuming household tasks “home ec” became associated with. “The woman who today makes her own soap instead of taking advantage of machinery for its production enslaves herself to ignorance by limiting her time for study,” she declared. In 1908, she resigned from her position as the University of Wisconsin’s first home economics professor with a letter bemoaning the department’s emphasis on cooking and sewing.