Video: Boys and Girls Club of Dane County President and CEO Michael Johnson is calling for peace.
Protests resumed across Wisconsin for a third straight day Monday, with marchers stopping traffic in downtown Madison after a night of violence in the capital city that resulted in 15 arrests, more damages to businesses and the spraying of tear gas by police.
Madison will be under curfew for the next two nights, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced Monday on the third day of protesting over police brutality.
For the second day, a Madison protest against police violence against black people led to tense confrontations between activists and officers downtown. After a lengthy march, protesters engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with authorities that stretched past midnight.
For the second time in as many days, clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators erupted as protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody earlier this week wound down.
Later Saturday and into Sunday morning, there were also reports of people targeting other places in the city, including East Towne Mall, where Best Buy appeared to have been broken into and the doors to the mall food court had been smashed. Just before 1 a.m., police were stationed at mall entrances.
It was not until early Saturday evening, after hours of peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd, that things turned ugly in downtown Madison.
It was supposed to be a peaceful protest. And, for about six hours, it was — and then it was not.
Ahead of the town hall meeting, organized by the online news site Madison365 and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman, president of the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association, called the death of George Floyd heinous and unacceptable. “Nothing can justify the actions or inactions of these officers,” Roman said of the officer who knelt on the back of Floyd’s neck for several minutes and three other officers who failed to intervene or render aid.
A West High School and UW-Madison graduate who has served as a president of the Arbor Hills Neighborhood Association and South Metropolitan Planning Council, Carter and Ald. Barbara Harrington McKinney were the first African American women elected to the City Council when they took office in 2015.
Other museums in the community, including the Chazen Museum of Art, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and the University of Wisconsin System’s UW Geology and Physics Ingersoll museums, also remain closed to the public.
Asian Americans around Wisconsin shared testimonies of being targeted in coronavirus-related discrimination in Tuesday’s virtual town hall.
This year, those students lost the opportunity for the annual performance at “Africa Night” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, part of the UW Community Arts Collaboratory, or Arts Collab, will instead try to bring the arts community together with several virtual performances.
UW Health, UnityPoint Health-Meriter and SSM Health said Tuesday they are offering antibody testing, which they said is covered by insurance.
Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association, has hosted virtual support group meetings during the pandemic. The groups have included Alvin Thomas of UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology, Logan Edwards from UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology, Dr. Jonas Lee from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and Darryl Davidson of the city of Milwaukee’s Health Department.
The grant is part of a $2.2 million round of funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Eleven of the grants went to community-led initiatives, and 10 went toward research partnerships.
The effort, led by the Madison Food Policy Council with partners including the Dane County Food Council and UW-Madison Division of Extension along with broad community input, could tap into city funding, attract outside dollars, and use city land and facilities.
Photo caption: One of the highlights of the drive to school for Anna Mullen’s son, Ryan, was looking for food delivery robots on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. In the second week of quarantine, they went on a socially-distanced outing to see robots up close on the library mall. Photo courtesy of Anna Mullen
Virtual health assessments at a Madison homeless shelter, support for students with medical conditions at Madison schools and research on ways to better test and track COVID-19 are among 21 projects receiving $2.2 million from a COVID-19 Response Grant Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
The Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering received a $470,000 grant for the project through the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the School of Medicine and Public Health. CHESS collaborated with faculty, staff and students at the journalism school’s Center for Communication and Civic Renewal, which received a $140,000 subcontract.
Pioneered by researchers at UW–Madison, the idea of a self-contained electricity system that can function independent of the larger electricity grid is not new.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will receive $90,000 to be divided among three programs: an emergency student support fund; the Odyssey Project family fund focused on educational opportunities for local families in poverty; and UW’s Global Health Initiative, which is performing COVID-19 research and acting as a clearinghouse for information.
A majority of Wisconsin residents are complying with social distancing guidelines from public health and government officials amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a UW-Madison report.
Q&A with Wright, the community project coordinator for the Cancer Health Disparities Initiative at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
Madison City Council’s District 8 seat also has a new representative. UW-Madison student Max Prestigiacomo, 18, was the only candidate who ran to replace Sally Rohrer.
Noted: Located within the city, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is also taking steps in its outdoor spaces to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
UW-Madison spokesperson Meredith McGlone said the university has posted signs at outdoor locations, including Memorial Union, campus recreational fields and Picnic Point. Also, the university has removed some recreational equipment, like basketball hoops and volleyball nets.
“We understand everyone’s desire to spend some time outdoors staying active, especially as the weather is improving, but we share the concern about maintaining 6 feet social distancing while being outdoors and engaging in recreational activity,” McGlone said in a statement. “Now more than ever, Badgers need to look out for each other and for the most vulnerable members of our community.”
In a typical year, the brothers would be neck deep in spring football practices and classes at the University of Wisconsin. Jack’s a wide receiver going into his senior season and Bobby is a graduate assistant coach. But the COVID-19 coronavirus and a state mandate to stay at home have made this year anything but typical.
Asian American advocacy groups have warned that Asian Americans might soon be subject to discrimination and even hate crimes because of the coronavirus.
UW-Madison is telling students who traveled over spring break to quarantine themselves for two weeks, whether or not they have symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison canceled commencement Monday, extending the COVID-19 pandemic’s local economic fallout well into May, at the earliest.
When the microphones came on at La Movida radio station on Monday afternoon, Dr. Patricia Tellez-Giron was ready. The much-beloved Madison doctor and University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor was in the studio for a radio special all about the coronavirus, organized by Madison’s popular Spanish-language station and the Latino Health Council, which Tellez-Giron co-chairs.
Wisconsin emergency management officials moved to the highest level alert Monday as Dane County declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The first wave of invitations to fill out the census is being sent out in mid-March, but a lot of UW-Madison students have left the city.
“This is my job. My life is here,” said the owner of the Luang Probang Lao and Thai food cart near State Street. “It’s going to be slow for us. But if it’s too slow, we will close for a little bit. We will come back when everything gets better.”
Work has begun on the final phase of a $6.8 million effort to protect the UW Arboretum from urban runoff, which has washed out trails, eroded the land and helped invasive species gain a foothold in the world’s oldest restored prairie.
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison’s expansion seeks to provide the space for Ho-Chunk people to tell their own story with their own voice in order to create a better understanding of their people among those who attend the facility, explained the executive manager and Ho-Chunk Nation member, Dan Brown.
The school’s Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic received $50,000 this year as one of nine grant recipients through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Entrepreneurship Support Program, according to a press release. WEDC allocated $432,000 to activities assisting business owners in underserved communities.
Prices for annual parking permits at the University of Wisconsin-Madison increased by up to 5% this academic year, nearing the end of a six-year process to streamline an outdated system from three to two price tiers.
For all of her career accomplishments, Pember, a member of the Red Cliff Band of Wisconsin Ojibwe, can still remember way back in 1985 when she was the first Native woman to graduate from the UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication (or, as faculty and alumni call it, the J-School).
UW Health kicked off National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with its 19th Annual Bowlin’ for Colons fundraiser at multiple bowling alleys around Dane County on Sunday.
Potential route restructure of Routes 81, 82 late night service.
Madison College, Goodman South Campus, May 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Keynote speech by Yang Sao Xiong, assistant professor at UW-Madison, about education.
Research for the project was done in partnership with the California-based Human Impact Partners and with UW-Madison professors Geoffrey Swain and Marah Curtis.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Sophomore Elena Haasl would like to be the next person elected to serve District 5 on the Dane County Board of Supervisors.
Census starts in March, students could submit responses through paper, phone or online.
UW-Madison reduced its annual water consumption over the past decade, and campus sustainability efforts may be a leading cause.
Nathan Jandl, assistant director of the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability, said he believes the drop in water usage reflects active efforts on campus to be more sustainable, such as upgrading water fixtures.
City has official jurisdiction to prohibit the operation of Personal Delivery Devices, important measure for the future, City Attorney says.
Eighteen-year-old Max Prestigiacomo will serve as Madison’s Common Council District 8 alder after the upcoming April election.
(Utility PIO Amy) Barrilleaux also said that UW-Madison, which is currently the utility’s largest water user, is working on efficiency and conservation, resulting in a decline in water use.
Eighteen-year-old Max Prestigiacomo will officially take over as Madison’s Common Council District 8 alder.
Conaway and professor Patty Loew became co-chairs of the Native Nations_UW Strategic Working Group, an ongoing collaboration between the university and Wisconsin tribes. After listening sessions with the 12 tribes — Wisconsin’s 11 federally recognized tribes and the Brothertown Indian Nation — the working group moved into a series of feedback loops to finalize a strategic plan of priorities and action items.
All screenings are free and open to the public, but Cinematheque, a production of the UW-Madison’s Communications Arts Department, accepts and encourage donations. Seating is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Noted: Jessica Antonio: Antonio was one of the first graduates of Cristo Rey High School and one of the first participants in the promising All-In Milwaukee nonprofit effort to provide help in several ways (including financial) to low-income students as they tackle college. She enrolled this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is off to a good start.
The Jan. 6 panel, organized by the Wood County Citizens Groundwater Group, will include state geologist Ken Bradbury; U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt; Sarah Yang, a toxicologist with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services; and Yi Wang, a UW-Madison horticulturist.
Andrea Ruppar, an assistant professor in special education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, urged board members not approve the purchase, saying the Madison Metropolitan School District has been becoming less inclusive for students with disabilities over the years.
Noted: Gia Gallimore is the director of diverse alumni engagement at Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. One of her core goals is to connect alumni of color with the alumni association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To do so, Gallimore had a hand in creating a strategic plan for diverse engagement, including strengthening the alumni of color network, enhancing marketing and engagement programs and cultivating student-to-alumni connections. She is also the founder of and driving force behind Badger Vibes, a monthly newsletter highlighting faculty, students and alumni of color in order to celebrate the diverse UW experience, produced in partnership between the WFAA and Madison365.
Noted: Carl Hampton is Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the University of Wisconsin System, based in Madison.
Recently, my friend Rebecca, a University of Wisconsin graduate and fellow football fan, invited me to Madison for a football weekend, Big 10-style.
Madison is primed to become the next great technology hub in the country if it receives federal financial help to drive such economic growth, according to a new report.