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The domino effect of overturning Roe goes well beyond abortion

The Hill

A recent survey of nearly 1,000 doctors by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Collaborative for Reproductive Equity puts the statistic at approximately 80 percent. A vast number of them expressed concern “that abortion laws will make it difficult for physicians to offer timely and appropriate care (93 percent) and for patients to receive the care they need (91 percent).”

Collin County ranks healthiest in Texas

Axios Dallas

Collin County is the healthiest county in the state, according to a new report from the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, which ranks the health of nearly every county in the country.

The BA.5 Wave Is What COVID Normal Looks Like

The Atlantic

Ajay Sethi, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, still works at home, and avoids eating with strangers indoors. He masks in crowded places, but at home, as contractors remodel his bathrooms, he has decided not to—a pivot from last year. His chances of suffering from the virus haven’t changed much; what has is “probably more my own fatigue,” he told me, “and my willingness to accept more risk than before.”

The Schoolteacher Who Saved Her Students From the Nazis

Smithsonian Magazine

Unusually for a young woman in the early 20th century, Anna self-funded her education abroad, earning both an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Anna was inspired by America’s democratic freedoms and education system, which she came to believe was crucial to progress and the healthy functioning of a free society.

Evidence grows of lockdown harm to the young. But we act as if nothing happened

The Guardian

In the 1990s, scientists at the University of Wisconsin did some interesting experiments on baby monkeys. One group was separated from their mothers at birth and raised for five months in a “nursery” of other baby monkeys. (We could perhaps call this the “evacuee” group.) The other set got to stay with their mothers, but each mother-baby pair was isolated. This “lockdown” group saw no other monkeys for five months.

What Should a Queer Children’s Book Do?

The New Yorker

Still, “it was a book that was always stocked in gay bookstores and women’s bookstores,” K. T. Horning, who recently retired as the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told me. “A lot of lesbians bought it as gifts for friends who were having children, or even just bought for themselves, because it was the only time they had ever seen themselves reflected in a children’s book.”

Schools can serve authoritarian aims — or thwart them

The Washington Post

As a young woman, Essinger had funded herself through several years of study at the University of Wisconsin and believed that through education, humanity could progress. All this was in jeopardy when Hitler came into power in 1933. After reading Hitler’s autobiography, “Mein Kampf,” in the 1920s, Essinger believed Germany would plunge into an abyss under him. Well before the first racial laws were introduced in April 1933, she could see that the hatred and violence openly promoted by the Nazi Party stood in opposition to everything she was trying to show her pupils about tolerance, respect, justice and compassion.

Race on Campus: Misleading Depictions of Diversity

Chronicle of Higher Ed

More than 20 years ago, the University of Wisconsin at Madison apologized for digitally adding the face of a Black student into a photograph of students cheering at a football game, which was featured on the cover of an admissions brochure. In 2019, a local TV-news station reported that York College of Pennsylvania edited two minority students into a billboard for the college.

BCB After Dark: Looking for a temp

SB Nation

In honor of the Cubs playing at American Family Field this week, I’m featuring the music video for “Swing State,” the title track from the new album by Wisconsin musical legend, pianist Ben Sidran. (Although one born in Chicago, I should add!) If you’re not familiar with Sidran’s career, he was in a band at the University of Wisconsin—Madison with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs when they were all students there in the early-to-mid sixties. But when Miller and Scaggs left Madison to earn their fame in the Bay Area scene, Sidran stayed behind and finished his degree. He’s since been a sideman and even a producer for both of those rock stars (and several others) on occasion in the years since, but mostly he’s released his own well-regarded jazz albums as a side pursuit to his career as a music scholar, writer and educator.

Who Was Charlie Hill? Google Doodle Honors Native American


At age 11, Hill moved to the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin’s reservation where his father had grown up. As a young boy, he was particularly inspired by Dick Gregory, a comedian who supported the Native American civil rights movement through activism and comedy. Hill wanted to do the same thing, so he later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied drama and speech.

Who Was Charlie Hill? Google Doodle Honors Native American


At age 11, Hill moved to the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin’s reservation where his father had grown up. As a young boy, he was particularly inspired by Dick Gregory, a comedian who supported the Native American civil rights movement through activism and comedy. Hill wanted to do the same thing, so he later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied drama and speech.

On Conservative Radio, Misleading Message Is Clear: ‘Democrats Cheat’

The New York Times

“Liberals or even most moderates never listen to it, they don’t pay attention to it, they don’t see it, they don’t hear it,” said Lewis A. Friedland, a professor who studies radio at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “So you don’t know it exists, you don’t know how widespread and how powerful it really is.” In Wisconsin, he said, local radio stations play “extreme right-wing propaganda” five or six hours a day.

Doing This When You Talk Could Be an Early Alzheimer’s Sign, Study Warns

Best Life

Two verbal changes in particular are linked with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, as explained in a 2018 study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. “What we’ve discovered here is there are aspects of language that are affected earlier than we thought,” said Sterling Johnson, PhD, one of the study’s authors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This Common Spice Will Prevent Your Plants from Dying


While plants can die at any stage of life, they’re most vulnerable as seedlings (about two to three weeks after germination). At that stage, one of the most common killers is damping-off disease. According to the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Horticulture, damping-off is caused by several soil-borne fungi that are moved around in the soil and on soil-contaminated items like garden tools and plant pots. The infection can cause root rot and is fatal. If your seedlings are infected, they’ll emerge from the soil looking healthy, but soon collapse and die.

Academic integrity issues are not race-neutral (opinion)

Inside Higher Ed

Race also matters in proctoring software built to monitor students during remote exams. Proctoring software does not always accurately assess people who have darker skin. At the University of Wisconsin at Madison and in other cases, students have been barred from or have had to pause from taking tests because of software failing to recognize faces of people with darker skin. The technology itself certainly is not racist. Yet, as scholars such as Ruha Benjamin and Safiya Noble have shown, the algorithms and codes structuring such technologies can perpetuate racial biases and stereotypes.

Rep. Sean Casten defeats AOC ally Rep. Marie Newman in Illinois Democratic congressional primary

Fox News

Newman, a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has offered support for a $15 minimum wage and the Green New Deal, has disputed certain aspects of the allegations and the House Ethics Committee investigated the alleged scandal. In a unanimous vote, the Office of Congressional Ethics signaled there was reason to believe Newman had made the employment promise.

What Does a Smart Toilet Do and Is It Worth It?

Men's Health

Turning more attention to the bowl is a boom in microbiome research that “has made it apparent just how important the organisms living in our gut really are,” says Joshua J. Coon, Ph.D., a professor of biomolecular chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Universities Begin Officially Reacting To Supreme Court’s Overturning Of Roe V. Wade


University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman issued this statement: “We know that abortion remains a highly contentious issue that directly affects our students. We are reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court decision to determine what impact it may have on our universities. Like others, we will monitor the legal process surrounding this issue and will adhere to the law as it continues to evolve.”

Video games that teach empathy

The Washington Post

Research provides some support for this idea. In one small study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin created a game based on Jamal Davis, an imaginary Black male science student who experiences discrimination in his PhD program. Players took the role of Jamal Davis and experienced what he experiences because of his skin color. When questioned afterward, the players said they understood how he felt and could take on his perspective, indications that they felt empathy.

US Foreign Policy Leaders Need to Prioritize Asia Over Europe

Business Insider

Responsible competition with China will require clear-eyed realism, astute statecraft, and an acceptance that Asia has supplanted Europe in terms of geopolitical importance. Whether US leaders like it or not, the United States and China will need to learn how to live with one another. With both countries maintaining sizable nuclear arsenals, the stakes are too high for anything less.

-Sascha Glaeser

Abortion bans trample on the religious freedom of Muslims, too

San Francisco Chronicle

Whatever the future holds, let’s be clear: What the Supreme Court may be about to do is not “Christian sharia.” It is medieval state church thinking. And we need to stop it before it turns into a crusade.

-Asifa Quraishi-Landes is an interim co-executive director of the civil rights organization Muslim Advocates. She is also a professor of U.S. constitutional law and modern Islamic constitutional theory at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Energy Dept grants incentivize construction of buildings that pull CO2 from air

CBS News

The 10 universities that received the grants are employing different approaches to drawing CO2 from the air: Texas A&M University and the University of Pennsylvania will use 3D printing to its advantage, creating net-carbon-negative building designs with hempcrete—a lightweight material mixed with the hemp plant’s core and lime—and carbon-absorbing funicular floor systems, respectively. Other universities — Clemson University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, among other organizations — are planning to create carbon-negative replacements for wood, cement, and insulation.

Drones Being Used to Bring Defibrillators to Patients in Emergencies


“Time is really of the essence here,” said Justin Boutilier, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “Survival from cardiac arrest decreases by between 7 to 15% for every minute that you go without treatment.”

Boutilier describes obstacles to emergency response —such as traffic or difficult-to-reach rural locations — as “the perfect storm.” He has been designing a prototype drone that takes off as soon as someone calls 911.

A Hotter, Poorer, and Less Free America

The Atlantic

Or the world could simply leave the United States and its kludgy economy behind. Gregory Nemet, a public-affairs professor at the University of Wisconsin and the author of How Solar Energy Became Cheap, argues that the world is now on track to transition no matter what the United States does. “There’s so much momentum right now in this clean-energy transition. It will still happen, but it will happen more slowly” if no bill passes, he told me.

Several Public Universities Reject Tuition Increases, Freeze Prices For Upcoming Year


Last week, the University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents approved a 2022-23 annual operating budget that continues a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates, a policy that had been recommended by System President Jay Rothman. As a result of that action, resident undergraduate tuition at UW institutions will remain unchanged since fiscal year 2013-14.