These experts from the UW-Madison faculty and staff have agreed to comment on breaking news, ongoing developments and trends in their areas of expertise. If you need help arranging interviews, contact University Communications at 608-262-3571.
Experts on today’s news…
Standing Rock decision
Professor, law; director, Great Lakes Indian Law Center
Richard A. Monette, an expert on Native Americans and U.S. law, can comment on the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Professor, political science; affiliate faculty, La Follette School of Public Affairs
Kenneth R. Mayer and Barry Burden, experts on elections, can both comment on the election recount that has started in Wisconsin. Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed another recount petition in Michigan and the Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a federal elections complaint against both Stein and Clinton.
Trump on NASA climate science
Associate professor, atmospheric and oceanic sciences
A spokesman for president-elect Donald Trump recently told The Guardian that his administration could strip NASA of its earth science funding "as part of a crackdown on 'politicized science.'" McKinley, who receives such funding to study how Earth's oceans and large bodies of freshwater are impacted by and are impacting a changing climate, and Steve Ackerman, director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, can discuss what this could mean for science, people and the planet.