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‘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.

Most walk-friendly cities in America


Madison isn’t just a city with great walkable neighborhoods like Downtown (home of the Dane County Farmers Market, one of the biggest in the country), Greenbush, and State-Langdon; it also ranks as one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. to live in overall. It’s not a huge city, but it’s teeming with people walking everywhere thanks to the University of Wisconsin, ample supply of tech campuses, and affordable housing.

U. of Illinois official to be next U. of Iowa president

The Washington Post

Wilson is a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism and communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the Illinois faculty in 2000 after stints at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Louisville. Her research has focused on the social and psychological effects of the media and its impact on children. She is married and had two adult children.

Kathleen Gallagher: Why do schools like MIT excel in launching startups, while UWM and other area schools do so little?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

UWM’s Sandra McLellan and MIT’s Eric Alm are among the world’s foremost experts at detecting very small organisms in very large quantities of sewage — a useful tool during the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite their similar research capabilities, Alm’s work is having a wider impact and creating more economic value and high-paying jobs.

The Most Righteous Thing Joe Biden Has Done as President

The Nation

My father practiced law with a number of Armenian-Americans, including Vartak Gulbankian, who was born in the village of Talas, in what is now Turkey, on September 17, 1913. She arrived in the United States at the age of 6 with her parents, who settled in Racine. A remarkable woman, she graduated from high school at the age of 14 and, at the age of 21, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School as the only woman in the class of 1935. She went on to practice law for more than 50 years and was a proud member of the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that placed an emphasis on civil rights and civil liberties.

Factory shutdowns highlighted need for smaller, local meat processors

Wisconsin State Journal

The FFI was founded in 2013 and is part of the University of Wisconsin System’s Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship. The organization focuses on building and funding profitable businesses in the food, beverage and value-added agriculture sector through training, coaching, resources, tools and mentoring programs.

It took a hustler, a native son, a priest’s blessing and a city hungry for sports to bring the Bucks to Milwaukee

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Fishman grew up in Milwaukee on North 14th Street, served in the Army in the mid-1940s and went to college at the University of Wisconsin, according to a Jan. 15, 1997, airing of the PBS TV show I Remember Milwaukee. Fishman started a real estate company, building Cape Cod-style homes for the Baby Boom generation.

There’s a new agreement between Foxconn and Wisconsin. Here are some important unanswered questions.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: Foxconn has worked to try to create goodwill with other parts of the state by signing agreements with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and local governments in Racine, Eau Claire and Green Bay to establish “innovation centers.”

The company has signed a $100 million agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to create Foxconn Institute for Research in Science and Technology within the College of Engineering.

How parents of adult children found new ties in the pandemic

The Washington Post

He (Xavier Schultze, 23) was at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in his senior year and had to head home during spring break. It was — like for so many burgeoning adults — devastating. But music gave their house a glimmer of joy. Over morning coffee, Alexandra and Xavier would listen to the Eagles, Aerosmith or Jimi Hendrix. “And he’s like, ‘What is this?’” Alexandra says. Soon, he was being schooled by his parents in the intricacies of how Hendrix and Prince were similar. Why Don McLean wrote “American Pie.” Mother and son found a new thread to bond over.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers clawing back Foxconn state tax breaks


In 2018, Foxconn said it planned to invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since then, the research center and off-campus location have not been established. Foxconn did sponsor a $700,000 research project at Madison, and university officials said in March that talks with Foxconn were ongoing.

UW alum’s face mask makes Time magazine’s Best Inventions list

The Capital Times

Max Bock-Aronson started designing face masks before they were cool. He got the idea in 2013, when he made his first trip to Asia. Studying abroad in Singapore, the University of Wisconsin-Madison mechanical engineering undergrad saw face masks all around him: on the bus, in streets, and in his engineering course on air pollution. Traffic, industrial activities and fires all worsen the country’s air quality.

Don’t cancel Abraham Lincoln, but appreciate what he did

USA Today

Cancel culture mentality has led University of Wisconsin-Madison students to demand the removal of the school’s famous Lincoln statue. The San Francisco school board voted to strip the names of Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson and others from area schools until a public outcry forced it to suspend its plan. Chicago is examining 41 monuments, including five statues of Lincoln, for possible removal. A CNN reporter recently wrote that “in some circles, ‘Honest Abe’ is increasingly becoming Racist Abe.”

Q&A: UW sophomore Lennox Owino brings international student issues to forefront

The Capital Times

Every Tuesday, student government leaders sit through Zoom meetings that can last over four hours, presenting a slew of resolutions to address the moment’s unique challenges. Behind many of the measures is Lennox Owino, a sophomore representing the College of Letters & Sciences who is particularly invested in improving the college experience for international students. After moving to Madison from Nairobi, Kenya, Owino started in ASM as a freshman intern.

High-capacity wells are reducing lake levels in Wisconsin’s Central Sands region, a new study finds

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Noted: The DNR worked with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, the United States Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin System to complete the research. The agencies looked at several different potential impacts, including recreation, fish, aquatic plants and water chemistry.

The Future of Tenure

Chronicle of Higher Ed

Even in institutions where tenure has been weakened, its status institutionalizes a hierarchy of privilege and impunity whose chief victims are other academics — as in the case of John Brady, a Ph.D. student in engineering at the University of Wisconsin at Madison driven to suicide in 2016, apparently in part by his abuse at the hands of the professor in whose lab he’d worked. Despite a profusion of reports confirming his behavior, the professor received only a brief suspension.

The Billionaire Who Controls Your Medical Records


In 1969, Faulkner developed a system in which a secretary could punch data cards to generate the schedule for an entire year in 18 seconds at a cost of $5. Faulkner graduated without completing a dissertation (“I never could figure out what to write a thesis on,” she says) and in the early 1970s started working for a physicians group at the University of Wisconsin, developing a database to keep track of patient information over time. It would take a few more years (and lots of convincing from colleagues) before Faulkner was ready to start her own software company. “It almost seemed like a joke to start a company,” she recalls. “How do you do that?”

NIH trial may settle debate over ivermectin as a covid-19 treatment

The Washington Post

Previously, he (Pierre Kory) worked in the health system for the University of Wisconsin at Madison but left that job last May, he said, because his superiors refused to follow his recommendation that covid-19 patients be treated with steroids. That was a month before the first big clinical trial — the British Recovery trial — showed the value of the steroid dexamethasone. The health system declined to comment.

Nathaniel Mackey’s Long Song

The New Yorker

At Stanford, Mackey began dating Gloria Jean Watkins, who later wrote as bell hooks. After finishing his Ph.D., Mackey taught briefly at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Southern California before taking a job in the literature department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1979. During this time, Watkins pursued graduate work and worked on what would become her first book, “Ain’t I a Woman?” They broke up in the mid-eighties. (hooks has alluded to their relationship in her own writing, in which she describes a “quiet and still” lover she met at Stanford.)

Large Concrete Slab Falls Off UW-Madison Building As UW System Grapples With Aging Facilities

Wisconsin Public Radio

A large slab of concrete fell off an aging building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison over the weekend, smashing steps away from an entrance to the highly-trafficked academic and administration hub. The incident highlights a major challenge for state universities across Wisconsin: how to balance limited budget resources with a growing number of buildings that have fallen into disrepair.

One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein Was Given a Hero’s Welcome by America’s Jews

Smithsonian Magazine

Noted: As it turns out, however, Einstein was not particularly astute when it came to matters of finance. Not knowing how much to charge for an appearance, he asked the University of Wisconsin for $15,000—“which at that time was just an absurd amount,” says Gimbel. The university said no, and when other schools also started to say no, he revised his figures downward. Some universities agreed, but Wisconsin “simply had nothing else to do with him.”

Pandemic Helps Stir Interest in Teaching Financial Literacy

The New York Times

Noted: An increasing number of studies support the effectiveness of financial literacy education when taught by well-trained teachers, said Nan J. Morrison, chief executive of the Council for Economic Education. And more teachers now say they feel confident teaching the material. A study released in March by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and Montana State University found significant increases in teacher participation in professional development.

This Black Woman Inspired King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech


Noted: At the dawn of the 21st-century, researchers at University of Wisconsin–Madison and Texas A&M University sought the opinions of 137 scholars of American oratory on the best speech of the 20th-century. The experts were asked to evaluate the silver-tongued on the basis of social and political impact, and rhetorical artistry. The top spot went to Dr. Martin Luter King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered of course, during the August 1963 March on Washington.

Opinion | Readers critique The Post: A fist-bump like no one’s ever seen before

Washington Post

The essay’s focus was on her role as the “primary architect” of the Social Security bill in 1935. With great anticipation, I read the article, looking for some mention of preeminent economist Edwin E. Witte, known as the “father of Social Security.” Because Witte taught economics at the University of Wisconsin, my husband chose to attend the outstanding graduate program in economics there in 1950. Since his undergraduate days at Syracuse University, he had looked up to Witte as a mentor. (Letter to the editor)

Vikings: Randy Moss tells inside story of mooning incident at Lambeau Field


Alright, so Moss says that he pulled his hamstring in a Monday Night Football game vs. the New Orleans Saints shortly before the Vikings’ first meeting with the Packers that season. Because the Packers don’t have cheerleaders or a band of their own, they borrow the University of Wisconsin’s marching band. The tuba players trolled the injured Moss with their sign cards. Green Bay crushed