Noted: Baobabs, especially old ones, can be more vulnerable to drought than their grizzled appearance might suggest, says David Baum, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But more evidence is needed, he says, to strengthen the link between climate change and the baobab deaths.
Institute for Research on Poverty in Journal Sentinel: "Study: In 2016, Wisconsin's job market improved but the state's poverty rate increased"
Despite a robust job market, Wisconsin’s poverty rate increased to 10.8% in 2016, compared to 9.7% in 2015, according to a report released Friday by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Andrew Kydd in The Washington Post: Promises on North Korea are easy to make but hard to keep. Here’s why.
The June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore seems back on the calendar. But it’s not likely to result in the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Gregory Nemet in the Washington Post: Our lives depend on carbon capture, But the tech is far from ready
Meeting the climate goals of the Paris Agreement is going to be nearly impossible without removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere says Gregory Nemet, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“It makes sense to have free public transport paid for by taxation, as it’s beneficial for the whole of society, not only those who use public transportation,” says João Peschanski, a sociology doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has examined free public transit systems around the world.
Gregg Mitman, a UW-Madison professor of history and environmental studies with an academic interest in Liberia, says that the university has benefited greatly from having Urey study here. “He’s brought so much to the UW in the context of the Wisconsin Idea and community engagement and really taking that public service mission to a developing country like Liberia,” says Mitman, one of Urey’s academic advisors. Mitman and Urey collaborated on the documentary, “Land Beneath our Feet.”
On Tuesday, May 1, the Poetry Foundation announced that Martín Espada was awarded the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which is presented annually in recognition of the lifetime achievements of a living US poet.
Patricia Devine quoted on PBS News Hour: Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores for an afternoon of bias training. Will it work?
Quoted: The short answer: It’s hard to say. One of the biggest problems with bias training is that so few people have evaluated whether it’s effective, said Patricia Devine, a professor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison who focuses on how to manage prejudice in society. Some studies have also found that, when done the wrong way, these kinds of trainings can actually make the problem worse.
Quoted: Through the end of June, justices are expected to hand down decisions on 29 more cases, said Ryan Owens, a professor of political science and affiliate law faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The next opinion day is scheduled for Monday, June 4, Owens said, and decisions will likely come every other day after that.