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.
Supreme Court to review Mississippi’s 15-Week Abortion Ban
The Supreme Court will consider the legality of Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, the most serious challenge to Roe v. Wade in decades.
Jenny Higgins, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Collaborative for Reproductive Equity at the School of Medicine and Public Health can discuss.
"The Supreme Court's decision in this week's latest abortion-related case has serious if not dire consequences for people's access to this reproductive healthcare service," Higgins says.
Experts on today’s news
Ajay Sethi on: The omicron variant
Experts from UW–Madison are available to available to discuss news of the concerning coronavirus variant, omicron.
Ajay Sethi, an associate professor of population health sciences, is available to discuss the omicron variant and what we are waiting to learn about it. Sethi says, "The emergence of the omicron variant is not surprising, and we must remain patient as we learn more about its significance."
David O'Connor, a pathologist who studies the virus tht causes COVID-19 and the emergence of novel pathogens, is available for interviews to explain genomic surveillance of variants like omicron and what he's watching for as more becomes known about it.
Robert Yablon on: Wisconsin Supreme Court makes ruling on redistricting case
This week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an order about the state's political maps. Robert Yablon, a law professor and expert on election law, is available for interviews about redistricting and the ruling.
Marianne Fairbanks on: Virgil Abloh
Fashion designer and UW alum Virgil Abloh died Nov. 29 from cancer at the age of 41. He leaves behind a lasting impact on the fashion industry and serves as an inspiration to future designers. Marianne Fairbanks, program coordinator for the Textiles and Fashion Design Program, and Sarah Carter, Center for Design and Material Culture, can talk about his impact. To schedule an interview, please contact Fairbanks at firstname.lastname@example.org and at email@example.com.
Christine Whelan on: Expect an expensive holiday season
Christine Whelan, an expert on wellness in the School of Human Ecology, is available for interviews about why this holiday season is expected to be on of the most expensive ever. Whelan cites a combination of inflation, supply chain woes, and a celebration deferred, in part, from last year.