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.
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month with International Women's Day observed on March 8. Experts from UW–Madison are available for interviews and commentary about their work exploring issues of gender and equity.
Angela Byars-Winston on: Mentorship and women in STEM
Angela Byars-Winston is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine and Public Health. Byars-Winston is available to discuss the role of mentorship in professional flourishing for women and women of color and women in science, engineering and medicine.
Tiffany Green on: Racial/ethnic disparities in reproductive health
Tiffany Green is an associate professor in the departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Green is available for interviews about racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive health, and research that shows black women, regardless of how much income or education they have, are more likely than any other racial/ethnic group to become sick and/or die from pregnancy-related complications.
Erika Marin-Spiotta on: Workplace climate research
Erika Marin-Spiotta is a professor of geography and faculty co-cirector of the Women In Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI). Marin-Spiotta is available to discuss her new research paper covering workplace climate findings of a survey from the geosciences, one of the least diverse fields in STEMM.
Lori DiPrete Brown on: Global health and women, children and highly vulnerable populations
Lori DiPrete Brown is associate director of the Global Health Institute, director of the 4W Initiative and distinguised faculty associate at the School of Human Ecology. DiPrete Brown is available to discuss issues of leadership, human rights, and gender equity for girls and women.
Experts on today’s news
Howard Schweber on: Possible arrest of former president Trump
Howard Schweber, associate professor of political science and legal studies and affiliate faculty of law, is available for interviews about news that former President Donald Trump could be arrested. Schweber can discuss:
- State prosecutors' authority to rely on violations of federal election law to establish an element of a crime
- Question about what constitutes a campaign expenditure/contribution
- Laws against falsifying business records in NY
- Responses by Republicans in Congress
- Possible reactions among voters
David Egan-Robertson on: Census findings on population trends
David Egan-Robertson, a demographer at the Applied Population Lab, is available for interviews about population trends highlighted by new U.S. Census results.
Barry Burden on: Wisconsin State Supreme Court Election
On April 4, one of the most consequential Supreme Court elections in years will be held in Wisconsin. Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center, is available for interviews about the race. Burden can discuss the campaigns, polling and why the race matters to Wisconsin's political future.
Other experts on the topic include: Constitutional law expert Howard Schweber. Schweber is an associate professor of political science and legal studies. He can discuss judicial elections, judicial politics and offer legal and political analyses of court decisions.
Robert Yablon is associate professor of law and Faculty Co-Director of the State Democracy Research Initiative. Yablon can discuss the election in general, political and election law and federal and state constitutional law.
Quanyin Hu on: Cancer drug delivery advances
Quanyin Hu, a professor in the School of Pharmacy who is also affiliated with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is an expert in cell therapy and cell-based drug delivery systems. Hu's lab has published new research about a novel approach of targeting immunotherapy and chemotherapy drugs at tumors. The strategy leverages the power of clotting and could eventually help improve the effectiveness of some cancer treatments and reduce their side effects.
Morgan Edwards on: Climate-tech investment
The latest IPCC report on climate change highlights the urgency of limiting global warming to meet climate goals. The report also details how newly emerging technologies will be instrumental in drastically reducing emissions. Morgan Edwards is an expert on the climate crisis and policymaking and is an assistant professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She is available for interviews about the importance of climate-tech investment for meeting climate policy goals, the subject of her latest publication.
Roberto Robatto on: Bank failures
The federal government is hoping to blunt a possible ripple-effect caused by Silicon Valley Bank's recent collapse. Roberto Robatto, an assistant professor of finance at the Wisconsin School of Business, is available for interviews.
Robatto says, "The failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is the result of two failures of the regulatory framework. What's more, the US banking system is on average facing the same problems that lead to the failure of SVB: more failures might follow soon.”
J. Michael Collins is an expert on financial services and personal finance and is a professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. He is available for interviews about the Silicon Valley Bank collapse and its effect on the financial services industry and consumer confidence.
Recently collapsed Silicon Valley Bank played a large role in climate start-ups and its collapse could threaten emerging technologies needed to curb global warming. Morgan Edwards is an expert on the climate crisis and policymaking and is an assistant professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She is available for interviews about the importance of climate-tech investment for meeting climate policy goals.
Andrew W. Stevens on: Agricultural Impacts of California Flooding
Over a third of the country’s vegetables and three-quarters of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California. How will the flooding caused by atmospheric rivers in the state impact farmers' ability to plant and thne harvest those crops? Andrew Stevens, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, is an expert on applied agricultural and food policy. He can speak to some of the impacts to agriculture and the country's food supply caused by the floods.
Don Stanley on: Potential sale of Tik Tok
Don Stanley is a social media expert and faculty associate director of undergraduate studies and life sciences communication. Stanley is availbale for interviews about why the White House wants the Chinese owners of Tik Tok to sell the popular video app as a possible resolution to national security issues associated with the platform.
Mark Copelovitch on: Debt ceiling debate
Mark Copelovitch, an expert on monetary policy and a professor of public affairs, is available to discuss the looming battle in Congress over the debt ceiling.
Laura Albert on: March Madness
Laura Albert, an expert on sports analytics and bracketology, can comment on the probabilites and math involved in March Madness.