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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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.

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On WisconsinWatch.org: Is democracy decaying in Wisconsin? University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students investigate

Student journalists are investigating: Is Wisconsin less democratic than in years past? If so, what has changed? When and why did it change? How do trends in Wisconsin fit into the national context? And, what could be done to make things more democratic?

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Professor Yoshiko Herrera quoted in PolitiFact: Has Donald Trump 'been much tougher on Russia' than Barack Obama?

"The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to undermine the credibility of the FBI and intelligence agencies in their investigation and assessment of the threat to the integrity of U.S. elections by Russian operatives," said Yoshiko Herrera, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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New approaches in neuroscience show it’s not all in your head

Our own unique experiences shape how we view the world and respond to the events in our lives. But experience is highly subjective. What’s distressing or joyful to one person may be very different to another. These differences can matter, especially as a growing body of research shows that what happens in our inner landscapes — our thoughts about and interpretations of our experiences — can have physical consequences in our brains and bodies.

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Byron Shafer quoted in The New York Times: Why is it so hard for democracy to deal with inequality?

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."

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Professor Karyn Riddle on WMTV: How to talk to children about school shootings

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.

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Badger behind the Olympic scenes

A UW–Madison alumna Caitlin Furin is experiencing the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, up close. She's traveling with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team as its communications and public relations manager

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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.

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