In WPR: Illegal immigration linked to decrease in violent crime, study says

Making a case for tighter security at the border, President Donald Trump has often linked illegal immigration with increased crime. But a new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison sociology professor Michael Light suggests people living in the country illegally are linked to a decrease in violent crime, not an increase.

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In Madison 365: #BlackandHooded goes viral: One year later, UW-Madison alumni find themselves leading a movement

Last spring, Anthony Wright reached out to his best friend, Brian Allen, to find a way to publicly celebrate the accomplishments of African-American recipients of advanced degrees across the country. The two have been best friends since their undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and both were finishing up master’s degrees in higher education.

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In the Cap Times: UW professor Young Mie Kim studies 'suspicious,' divisive political ads on Facebook

When UW-Madison professor Young Mie Kim and her team set out to research divisive political ads on Facebook during the 2016 election, they embarked on a first-of-its-kind study of how groups try to target and influence voters. What they found — that more than half of these ads came from "suspicious" groups with little to no identifiable information — has led Kim to spend six months at the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center, where she will research and advocate federal solutions to the issue of digital political advertising. 

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In the Cap Times: With 'cult narrative' on the rise, professor argues for nuanced look at religious movements

The talk — “The Cult Narrative and the Branch Davidians" — was a product of a joint effort between the university's Religious Studies Program and School of Journalism and Mass Communication to help journalists better cover religious subjects. It’s the product of a two-year grant given to Susan Ridgely and Michael Wagner, associate professors.

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In The Atlantic: Will Starbucks' implicit bias training work?

One training, developed by Patricia Devine and colleagues at the Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, looks at bias as a habit that can be broken. Their approach consists of a couple of hours of modules based on what the researchers see as three essential elements of an antibias intervention: awareness of the problem, motivation to do something about it, and strategies for what to do.

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On WORT 89.9 FM: UW Origins Project explores how scientists research our beginnings

UW-Madison’s recently released Origins project links together different academic fields to paint a picture of how scientists research Earth’s and mankind’s beginnings. Anthropology professor John Hawks is featured in the project, and spoke with Nina Kravinsky about the study.

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Young Mie Kim in Newsweek: Will the social media loopholes be closed before the Midterm Elections?

Young Mie Kim, a journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, collected controversial Facebook ads displayed over a six week-period before the 2016 elections. She found that one-half of groups purchasing these ads not only failed to file a report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), but also had no IRS or online footprint indicating who they were.

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In The Daily Dot: Undocumented immigration doesn’t increase violent crime, study shows

A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison refutes the assertion that more undocumented immigrants in the U.S. correlate to an increase in violent crime.

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In The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Some day passengers might travel 700 mph underground thanks to UW students' efforts

Some day, if billionaire inventor Elon Musk's idea comes to fruition, humans will travel from city to city via Hyperloop.

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