In the Huffington Post: Estonia is about to roll out free public transport across the whole country

“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.

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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.

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Ryan Owens on WPR: Major decisions remain on the Supreme Court's docket for June

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.

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In Quartz: Resilience is the new happiness

For adults, developing resilience might make all the difference between keeping a job or burning out. A small May 2018 study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, published in Frontiers for Psychology, found that as little as two weeks of “compassion meditation” made subjects more resilient in the face of human suffering, meaning they were able to look at struggle non-judgmentally and respond with compassion rather than becoming distraught themselves.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Audiophiles: Students study podcasts as the medium takes off

Four years ago, Jeremy Morris launched his podcast class at the UW — and the word podcast wasn’t even in the title of the communication arts course. Now, in the midst of the golden age of podcasts, the course has a new name — Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music — and increased demand. Morris, an associate professor of media and cultural studies, exposes students to a wide variety of podcasts and gives them hands-on experience with manipulating audio.

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Catalina Toma quoted in BBC Capital: Why Facebook will never die

Quoted: “Almost everybody comes back,” says Catalina Toma, associate professor of communication science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Social networking sites tap into what makes us human: we like to connect with others.”

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Barry Burden quoted in the Wall Street Journal: We've been saying "gerrymander" wrong

Barry Burden, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Elections Research Center , finds his students and fellow academics puzzled when he uses the hard G in speeches and lectures. “Sometimes a person will ask, ‘What word did you just say? What is that word?’” Mr. Burden said.

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Kenneth Mayer quoted in The New Yorker: Will the Tea Party end where it started, in Wisconsin?

Quoted: "What Wisconsin gave the nation was the model where you could take a very tiny electoral margin and act as if you had won an overwhelming victory, and the other side had no say at all.”

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Training compassion ‘muscle’ may boost brain’s resilience to others’ suffering

A new study suggests that compassion meditation training may reduce the distress a person feels when witnessing another’s suffering. It may also improve their ability and likelihood to respond with compassion.

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