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…
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Associate Director, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
Mosquitoes may be transmitting Zika virus in Florida — a first within the continental United States. Multiple UW-Madison experts, many featured in a new video about the university's Zika research efforts, can discuss the virus. Matthew Aliota and Jorge Osorio are part of the team that first identified Zika in Colombia and are part of ongoing efforts to monitor and thwart spread of the virus in that country, as well as monitor mosquitoes in Wisconsin. Osorio and David O'Connor lead a research team with Aliota, Tom Friedrich, Ted Golos and others now investigating everything from immune responses to Zika infection to the birth defects associated with the virus. Katie Antony, clinical assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine can also talk about the risks of Zika virus to pregnant women and developing fetuses. Kristen Bernard studies mosquitoes and infectious disease and can discuss monitoring for the virus in Wisconsin.
Associate professor, industrial and systems engineering
Laura Albert McLay, an expert on mathematical modeling and analytics, can comment on the odds of winning the $422 million Powerball. It is the eighth largest in the game's history and the 11th-biggest lottery prize ever in the United States.
Verizon buying Yahoo
Associate professor, management and human resources, School of Business
Hart Posen, an expert on business strategy, can comment on Verizon's $4.8 billion deal to buy Yahoo's core business. Verizon could combine data from AOL and Yahoo users in addition to its more than 100 million wireless customers to help advertisers target users based on online behavior and preferences.