No matter how real virtual reality might seem, humans don’t view it as reality, UW-Madison researchers find.
Appearing on the PBS program “Nova,” UW–Madison professor and math expert Jordan Ellenberg explains how understanding simple facts about probability can help people in their everyday lives. “Prediction by the Numbers” airs Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. CST.
A new report explores how Black Twitter, Feminist Twitter, and Asian-American Twitter — interact with the news and offers recommendations to strengthen the relationship between journalists and these communities.
Professor Craig Werner quoted in USA Today: In 1968, Curtis Mayfield was the voice of victory for civil rights
“I think the reaction to the song was shock; Curtis had been such a voice for harmony and reconciliation,” says Craig Werner, an Afro-American studies professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Curtis Mayfield and the Rise and Fall of American Soul.
Professor Kenneth West in the Wall Street Journal: Fed’s crisis-era, bond-buying plan was largely ineffective, economists say
The paper presented at the conference was written by David Greenlaw of Morgan Stanley , James Hamilton of the University of California San Diego, Ethan Harris of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Kenneth West of the University of Wisconsin. It argues most of what people now believe of the asset purchases is likely wrong.
Professor Kenneth West in the New York Times: Fed should lean on rate cuts, not QE, in next recession
While the Fed has not set an end point, the paper’s authors - David Greenlaw of Morgan Stanley, Ethan Harris of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, James Hamilton of University of California at San Diego, and Kenneth West of University of Wisconsin - said it should not go too far and consider larger and looser run-off caps.
Professor John Hawks quoted in National Geographic: World's oldest cave art found—and Neanderthals made it
“Neanderthals appear to have had a cultural competence that was shared by modern humans,” says John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “They were not dumb brutes, they were recognizably human.”
John Hawks quoted in The Verge: Ancient cave paintings turn out to be by Neanderthals, not modern humans
Other experts agree with the dates and that the timing means the art must have been created by Neanderthals. There’s no fossil evidence of modern humans in Spain that long ago, says John Hawks a paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who wasn’t involved in the research. “There’s no secret story,” he says. “The results are just, ‘Hey, Neanderthals were making these things, and you didn’t know it.’”
Professor Barry Burden quoted in ZY: Wisconsin: The state with the most ideologically split politics
The tallies were always close. And when turnout in cities like Madison and Milwaukee lags, urbanites can be swallowed by rural folks — and those latter voters have become more consolidated around the Republican flag in the last decade, says Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Obama’s success in the state, and Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, proved, “Yeah, we could be very blue, but you have to excite and engage the base,” Burden says.