Superhero comics address, and empower, straight white nerdy boys. That’s been true of most comics, for most of their history. But is it the genre’s central truth? For some of us, it never was. As Ramzi Fawaz, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has pointed out, superhero comics are the only popular genre in which anomalous bodies are not just tolerated but celebrated: The same thing that makes you look weird means you can save the world.
Before reform, Byron Shafer, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin, writes in Quiet Revolution: The Struggle for the Democratic Party and the Shaping of Post-Reform Politics, "there was an American party system in which one party, the Republicans, was primarily responsive to white collar constituencies, and in which the other, the Democrats, was primarily responsive to blue collar constituencies."
As adults we have a lot of questions after Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Florida, but children have their own concerns. Karyn Riddle is an associate professor at the UW School of Journalism and Mass Communications where her research focuses on the effects of exposure to media violence.
In NPR: Professor Mark Seidenberg on the gap between the science on kids and reading, and how it is taught
Mark Seidenberg is not the first researcher to reach the stunning conclusion that only a third of the nation's schoolchildren read at grade level. The reasons are numerous, but one that Seidenberg cites over and over again is this: The way kids are taught to read in school is disconnected from the latest research, namely how language and speech actually develop in a child's brain.
Smiling, and showing emotions in general, is more common in countries that are historically diverse than in homogenous places, say researchers from Niedenthal Emotions Lab, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Individuals in diverse societies have to rely on emotional expression to navigate the panoply of foreign cultures, social norms, and languages they came across during the course of everyday life.
In the Daily Cardinal: In an effort to boost students’ career prospects, UW-Madison opens new career center for College of Letters & Science
In an attempt to counter perceptions that its majors are unemployable, UW-Madison’s College of Letters and Science celebrated the grand opening of its new career center, SuccessWorks, Wednesday evening. The career center, located on the third floor of the University Book Store, aims to connect L&S students with mentors and alumni who will help prepare them for professional success after graduation through workshops, mock interviews and internship events.
In the Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison advising program hopes to demonstrate value of liberal arts degree
SuccessWorks aims to help more liberal arts students find a job by graduation or soon after amid perceptions about the declining value of a four-year college degree — especially in liberal arts. The initiative also could help students find internships, provide scholarships so students can work unpaid or low-paying internships or help students when finding a job in a desired career field is unclear with their chosen major.
Lewis Friedland in The Chicago Tribune: Sinclair Broadcast Group solicits its news directors for its political fundraising efforts
Given that tradition, Sinclair’s policy "violates every standard of conduct that has existed in newsrooms for the past 40 or 50 years," said Lewis Friedland, a journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin and a former TV news producer. "I’ve never seen anything like this. They certainly have the right to do it, but it’s blatantly unethical."
The PREFIRE team consists of experts in Earth system modeling, Arctic ice, and remote sensing, and is led by Tristan L’Ecuyer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.