From Cultural Appropriation to Cultural Appreciation at the Center for Design and Material Culture (Museum magazine; Carter, Dodge Francis, Jean, Jenkinson, Mace, Center for Design & Material Culture, Equity and Justice Network, Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, Indigenous EcoWell Initiative and Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery)

Human Ecology faculty, staff and a Ph.D. student describe the school’s efforts to use items from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection to help visitors understand the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.

Why Your Grandparents Might Move to Your College Campus (The Daily Beast; Shin)

Design Studies Department Chair and Professor Jung-hye Shin explains how intergenerational living, a recent trend on some college campuses, is actually not all that new. Shin also discusses the elements intergenerational housing should ideally have to accommodate all of its residents, as well as the potential outcomes of this type of housing.

Art for your feet — made for no one but you (Wisconsin State Journal; Peck, Center for Design & Material Culture and Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery)

Laura Sims Peck, operations manager for the Center for Design & Material Culture, describes the impact of “Hand Made in America: Contemporary Custom Footwear.” The exhibit, which featured 11 accomplished shoe and boot makers currently working in the U.S., was on display in spring 2023 in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery.

Weight loss may be early predictor of Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome (UW News; Hartley and Fleming)

Professor Sigan Hartley and graduate student Victoria Fleming describe the results of their study, which found that unintentional weight loss in people with Down syndrome may predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease long before typical cognitive symptoms show up. Also shared by Public News Time and EurekAlert!.

At least 17 states require students to study financial literacy. Why doesn’t Wisconsin? (The Badger Project; Harvey)

Assistant Professor Melody Harvey describes how financial literacy classes may benefit students, as well as the larger economy. Harvey also explains why schools may choose to not offer financial literacy courses. Also shared by the Wausau Pilot & Review, Point/Plover Metro Wire, the Milton Courier, and Urban Milwaukee.