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News & Events

SoHE News: Apr 30–May 6

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.

In-house highlights

SoHE spring 2021 CNPL graduates highlighted for notable accomplishments

Tina Marshalek, smiling
Tina Marshalek, who will graduate this weekend from the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership

Three SoHE undergraduates, all majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership (CNPL), were noted in UW News for their stellar accomplishments throughout their undergraduate years. Twins Marquez and Nathan Green, known as the “Wisco Twinjas,” competed on “American Ninja Warrior” back in 2019 and were invited back for the upcoming season premiering May 31. They are both majoring in CNPL with a certificate in entrepreneurship.

Additionally, Tina Marshalek, a first-generation college student, was noted for her unconventional academic journey and as a winner of the Truman Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate honors in the country. Marshalek graduates with a degree in CNPL and political science as well as a certificate in educational policy studies.

Bartfeld rewarded at the 2021 CALS Awards

The 2021 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW–Madison Awards, a ceremony celebrating the college’s staff and faculty honorees, was held this week. Among the recipients was Dr. Judi Bartfeld, the Meta Schroeder Beckner Outreach Professor of Consumer Science and Food Security Research and Policy Specialist (UW–Madison Division of Extension), who was awarded the Robert G. F. and Hazel T. Spitze Land Grant Faculty Award for Excellence.

CDMC producers win Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association 2020 Awards for Excellence

Gianofer Fields, producer-in-residence with the Center for Design and Material Culture whose CDMC podcast Refrangible launched last month, and Jonah Chester, who aids with production of the podcast, have won several awards for excellence from the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association for work they produced in 2020.

SoHE scholars in the news

Wong on rebuilding consumer and employee confidence

Dr. Nancy Wong, SoHE’s Kohl’s Chair in Retail Innovation and chair of Consumer Science, was quoted in Wisconsin State Journal on how businesses can rebuild consumer relationships as the Madison area slowly opens up again. She spoke to how and why the tolerance for risk may differ from person to person when deciding when to resume activities outside of the home and stated that to rebuild confidence with consumers, business owners must be transparent about the safety practices being followed.

Whelan on socialization exhaustion

Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of the Money, Relationships and Equality Initiative and Clinical Professor of Consumer Science, spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio on the expectation of feeling exhaustion after in-person socialization as we begin to emerge from the pandemic and tips to ease the social anxiety that may ensue.

Retailing & Consumer Behavior student discusses fashion with The Black Voice

Nzinga Acosta, a junior majoring in Retail and Consumer Behavior, spoke with The Black Voice on what fashion means to her, what inspires her fashion, and how fashion has changed through the eras. “Fashion is a way that we interact with the world and it is how we share ourselves with the world,” said Acosta. She also stated that her Rastafari culture “has had a huge influence” on her fashion sense and that she may pursue her own fashion line in the future.


Bea on poverty and social policy

Dr. Megan Bea, Assistant Professor of Consumer Science, presented research this week at the annual conference of the Population Association of America. Her presentation, “Social Safety Nets and Spatial Predation: How State Welfare Environments Shape High-Interest Lender Geography,” was highlighted by the UW Center for Demography and Ecology (also on Twitter) and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging Engagement.

Papp, Barringer, Blumenstock, et al.: College students’ Rx misuse

Dr. Lauren Papp, SoHE’s Associate Dean for Research and Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family, and Community; Allie Barringer, a student in SoHE’s Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) PhD program, and Dr. Shari Blumenstock, an alum of SoHE’s HDFS PhD program, are authors on a new article in press with the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, “Real-time Momentary Mood as a Predictor of College Students’ Prescription Drug Misuse in Daily Life: Direct Links and the Moderating Role of Background Mental Health.” View a preprint.

Papp, Blumenstock: Romantic (versus other) events and momentary affect among college students

Drs. Papp and Blumenstock also have an article in press in the Journal of Family Psychology, “Romantic (versus other) events and momentary affect: Immediate and lagged within-person associations among college students.” View a preprint.

Papp wins additional NIDA funding to support longitudinal study of college students’ health

Dr. Papp has also recently received two supplemental awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse related to support her ongoing longitudinal study of college students’ daily behaviors and health. The first will support Laurie Armstrong, a rising senior from the University of the Virgin Islands, as she completes an 8-week virtual summer research internship in Dr. Papp’s lab. The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program supports undergraduate students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in drug abuse and addiction research.

The second award will support work responding to a call for urgently needed information on the broad impacts of COVID-19 on substance use risks and outcomes. The new funding supports collection of additional longitudinal assessments from Dr. Papp’s study’s earliest participants, who had completed their originally planned final assessments in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. The extended study design will allow the research team to conduct a rigorous test of whether young adults’ substance use trajectories change before and after the onset of COVID-19.

Bogenschneider article named one of the top cited papers in the Journal of Family Theory and Review

A recent article published by Karen Bogenschneider, Rothermel Bascom Professor Emerita of Human Ecology and two colleagues, was named one of the top cited papers in the Journal of Family Theory and Review. The article, “Realizing the Promise of Research in Policymaking: Theoretical Guidance Grounded in Policymaker Perspectives,” updates community dissonance theory that explains why research is underutilized in policymaking. The theory’s foundational premise is that communication and trust between researchers and policymakers could be improved if the research community had a better understanding of the inhabitants, institutions, and culture of the policy community. The article was co-authored by Dr. Thomas Corbett and Dr. Emily Parrott, an alumna of SoHE’s Human Development and Family Studies PhD program.


“Cross Pollination Lecture Series: Jennifer Angus & Dr. Kenneth Cameron”

Thursday, June 3, 5:00-6:00 p.m. CT, Virtual | Jennifer Angus, the Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology, joined by Dr. Kenneth Cameron, Department Chair, Professor of Botany, and Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, will host the Cross-Pollination Lectures, as part of a series of conversations between contemporary artists featured in the Orchids: Attraction and Deception exhibition at the Barry Art Museum and botanical experts in the field. Learn more and register.

Plus, view SoHE-hosted events.