In Isthmus: Virtual clues: UW researchers study how people interpret VR technology

No matter how real virtual reality might seem, humans don’t view it as reality, UW-Madison researchers find.

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Associate Professor Lori Lopez in Medium: Asian American Twitter

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.

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When the stage is just the start

A background in spoken word and music has served as a powerful launchpad for junior Jamie Dawson.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New research reimagines anti-poverty policies and the social safety net

A selection of innovative anti-poverty policy proposals by leading social scientists, including some from UW-Madison, explores alternatives to shrinking federal programs.

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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.”

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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.’”

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