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, email University Communications.
Experts on today’s news…
Patrick Liesch on: Ticks
Patrick Liesch, an expert on insect identification and biology, can comment on the tick outlook for this spring and summer.
"Some scientists have predicted high tick and Lyme disease pressure in the eastern US in 2017," Liesch says in a blog. "While that topic has gotten a lot of attention in the news, this may not be the case in our state. The thought behind the prediction is that high rodent populations (a host for juvenile deer ticks) may bolster deer tick numbers ... Regardless of tick numbers, the threat of ticks and Lyme disease is still out there and isn’t something to be ignored."
Kathleen Culver on: Roger Ailes
Kathleen Culver, an expert in journalism and media ethics, can comment on the impact and legacy of Roger Ailes, the former head of Fox News.
Martha ("Meg") Gaines on: Affordable Care Act
Meg Gaines, an expert on consumer health advocacy, Donna A. Friedsam, an expert on health care financing, and Justin Sydnor, an expert on insurance, can comment about the House of Representatives passing a bill approving the Republic plan to replace Obamacare. It will now be sent to the Senate.