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News & Events

SoHE News: Apr 24–30

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Thanks for reading our weekly roundup of news and events at the School of Human Ecology. Have something we should know about? Email Public Relations Manager Serena Larkin, or submit your SoHE event via this form. View past issues of news and events here.

SoHE scholars in the news

Former artist-in-residence featured in NYT

In 2015, SoHE hosted interdisciplinary artist-in-residence Laura Anderson Barbata in Design Studies under Carolyn Kallenborn. Now based in Brooklyn, Barbata has stepped up to make masks for her neighbors and frontline workers around New York City, as profiled in the New York Times.

Collins to join Crossroads of Ideas event tonight

Dr. J. Michael Collins, Director of the Center for Financial Security, will join the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s (WARF) Crossroads of Ideas series on COVID-19 fallout tonight at 5:00 PM (CDT).

Litzelman on challenges for cancer caregivers

Dr. Kristin Litzelman, of Human Development and Family Studies, was interviewed by UW Health on the particular challenges of COVID-19 for cancer patients’ caregivers and how to manage them.

Whelan discusses couples’ prospects and “pandemic purpose”

Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of SoHE’s Money, Relationships, and Equality Initiative, discussed falling marriage rates with Today and the prospect of a pandemic-driven baby boom with NBC 5 DFW. She also had a Badger Talks Live and a feature in Psych Congress about her recommendations on crafting one’s own “pandemic purpose.” She’ll be discussing a similar topic in a virtual event with the Madison Rotary Club next week.

Fairbanks featured in Daily Cardinal, Wisconsin Idea Seminar

Marianne Fairbanks, Associate Professor of Design Studies, discussed with the Daily Cardinal how she altered her studio-based classes for the spring 2020 semester. The Wisconsin Idea Seminar also shared her book weaving video tutorial.

Carter MOOC featured in Vogue India

Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, Visiting Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture, had her MOOC with HarvardX featured in Vogue India earlier this week, which resulted in over 18,000 new enrollments.

Wong’s MyEarth app featured in House Beautiful

An article in House Beautiful featured energy use tracking and reduction app MyEarth, developed by Dr. Nancy Wong, Chair of the Consumer Science department and the Kohl’s Chair in Retail Innovation.

Sarah Halpern-Meekin on IRP podcast

If you missed Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin‘s recent podcast with the Institute for Research on Poverty, full audio and transcript are now available online. On the podcast, she describes the particular challenges faced by low-income families under the COVID-19 pandemic and how her concept of “social poverty” can map greater understanding of those problems—as well as solutions.

CFS webinar available online

Similarly, if you missed the webinar Monday from the UW Center for Financial Security, offering guidance and information for Wisconsin financial educators and practitioners, you can find the full presentation online and free to view at your convenience.