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News & Events

SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire

olive sagapolu playing football
Photo from ESPN

Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that had a social media reach of 22 million.

Eva Vivian Receives Wisconsin Idea Endowment Grant

Graduate student Eva Vivian

Civil Society and Community Research graduate student Eva Vivian received the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Grant. This grant promotes public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea and supports the creation of new and innovative projects, public engagement activities, community-based research and much more. Congrats to Eva!

Professor Emerita Apple Accepts Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo of entryway with UW crestProfessor Emerita R. Apple received the Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the History of Medicine. This honor is annually awarded to an Association member who continuously make scholarly contributions and has a notable record of support for the history of medicine. Congratulations to Professor Apple!


Interior Architecture Students Win IIDA Awards

celebrate in design logoEarlier this month, the Wisconsin Chapter of International Interior Design Association hosted its Celebrate In Design event that celebrates Wisconsin’s excellence in design. This year marks the third year in a row where SoHE’s Interior Architecture students won all the award categories. Here are the winners:

Corporate – 1st Place: Allison Sanders, NEXT Holistic Healthcare Facility
Corporate – Award of Excellence: Tianchen Xu, NEXT Office
Residential – 1st Place: Tianchen Xu, Horse Barn
Residential – Award of Excellence: Shuqi Xiong, Hose Barn
Hospitality/Retail – 1st Place: Eve Horstmann, vegeTABLE Restaurant& Bar
Hospitality/Retail – Award of Excellence: Christina Zheng, MARU Japanese Tavern & Dining
Hospitality/Retail – Best of Competition: Courtney Christensen, The Delve Hotel


Mindfulness in Early Childhood Development with Larissa Duncan

Photo of Dr. Larissa DuncanJoin Associate Professor Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., and co-host Maria Gehl’s virtual event about mindfulness and how it supports healthy adult-child relationships. Learn about the different ways you can integrate mindfulness in your own work and parenting. This event will take place June 7th at 2:00 P.M. EDT. Make sure to register here.

Covering Wisconsin Receives Local Money for Funding

covering wisconsinHoused in SoHE, Covering Wisconsin’s mission is to connect Wisconsin residents with fitting insurance coverage and other programs that support health. This year, the programs is expecting little to no federal money to help people find insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace because of reduced funding. Read more here.


Reducing Brain Injuries with Dee Warmath

Dee WarmathResearcher and assistant professor Dee Warmath, Ph.D., is leading a study that helps improve athletes’ reporting of brain injuries in order to prevent long-term neurological damage. She is currently testing different forms of concussion education on club sports athletes at UW and has already seen some success. Read more about Warmath’s study here.



Using Clinically Induced Hyperthermia to Treat Clinical Depression

Charles RaisonHuman Development and Family Studies Professor Charles L. Raison, MD, recently made headlines for using clinically induced hyperthermia as a new approach to treating clinical depression. The results of this new approach are promising. Read more about the study here.



Professor Wong on the Prevalence of Self-Storage Units

Nancy WongConsumer Science Professor Nancy Wong, Ph.D., appeared on NPR’s Central Time to discuss the growing number of self-storage facilities across the country. With roughly 52,000 of these facilities, the United States has about 90% of the global industry of self-storage units. Professor Wong explains why we have such a great need for these units and what it may say about our economy and culture. Listen to the interview here.