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."

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Holly Gibbs in Mongabay: Zero-deforestation pledges need help, support to meet targets, new study finds

“These companies stand poised to break the link between commodity production and deforestation,” co-author and environmental scientist Holly Gibbs of the University of Wisconsin-Madison said in a statement. “To do that, more immediate action is needed to demonstrate commitment to change and to clear the haze surrounding these efforts.”

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John Hawks in The Verge: Discovery of ancient stone tools rewrites the history of technology in India

A new discovery of stone tools from about 385,000 years ago has anthropologists rethinking the history of technology. The stone tools, found at a site in southern India, were sophisticated blades chipped from chunks of quartz, which is a technique that experts previously thought came to India only about 125,000 years ago.

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UW–Madison alumna third Badger to win prestigious new international scholarship

Fangdi Pan (B.A.'13, Economics and International Studies) is one of 142 students in the just-announced third class of Schwarzman Scholars. Winners receive full tuition for a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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In The Cap Times: UW-Madison School of Social Work conference reaches out to community

For the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, the call to reach out beyond the borders of campus comes not only from the Wisconsin Idea that animates the university community to public service, but also a professional code of ethics.

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In The New York Times: In cave in Israel, scientists find jawbone fossil from oldest modern human out of Africa

“This would be the earliest modern human anyone has found outside of Africa, ever,” said John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist from the University of Wisconsin, Madison who was not involved in the study.

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In The Verge; Jaw fossil discovered in Israel looks human, but it’s much older than it should be

This new find adds another important clue towards solving the mystery of this earlier spread of humans out of Africa, write the authors of a commentary published with the study. “I think that’s pretty cool,” agrees John Hawks, an paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “You have a modern-looking upper jaw in Israel that was there much earlier than it was supposed to have been.”

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Professor Donald Moynihan in the New York Times: Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It

“Without being tremendously well organized, it can be easy to fail,” said Donald Moynihan, a professor of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is writing a book on the effects of administrative burdens. Researchers have studied the ways complexity can reduce sign-ups for workplace pension plans, participation in food stamps and turnout in elections, he noted. “These sorts of little barriers are ways in which humans get tripped up all the time when they’re trying to do something that might benefit them.”

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Professor Sue Robinson in Madison Magazine: Staying in the room

The idea that journalists should stay in a room where people are demanding participation cuts at the heart of traditional notions of objectivity. A generation of newsroom protocol mandates that reporters remain free of conflicts of interest: Don’t cover issues you are involved in. Don’t put political signs in your yard. Don’t participate in rallies. Keep yourself out of the story. 

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