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News & Events

SoHE News: Apr 10–16

Image: Kids doing schoolwork at home, by Jessica Lewis on Unsplash, cc.

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.


CNPL student wins Truman scholarship

Tina Marshalek, an junior majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, has just been named a 2020 Truman Scholar, one of just 62 students nationwide to win the award. The scholarship provides $30,000 for graduate study leading to a career in public service and offers students assistance in applying to graduate school, in addition to networking and internship opportunities. As a condition of receiving Truman funds, scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their degree program.

SoHE Consumer Science PhD alum publishes in Nature

Consumer Behavior and Family Economics PhD program alum Dominik Piehlmaier has published a paper in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal, on over-confidence in young children and video-based interventions’ effectiveness with them. Piehlmaier conducted the research, which was part of his dissertation, with the aid of SoHE’s Child Development Lab and several faculty members and advisors, including Amy Wagner, Heather Kirkorian, Lydia Ashton, and Cliff Robb. A number of prominent outlets reported on the findings, too, including The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express, and Sky News.

Grad students Gambetti, Fairchild, Dower meet key milestones

Congratulations to three of our graduate students who recently completed key milestones in their progress toward earning their PhDs:

  • Brianna Gambetti, of Human Development and Family Studies, on March 30 successfully defended her thesis, “Parent Couple Conflict and Mental Health Problems in Children and Adolescents with Autism: Longitudinal Investigation of Bidirectional Effects.”
  • Lucretia Fairchild, also of Human Development and Family Studies, successfully completed her prelims and earned dissertator status on February 26.
  • Becca Dower, of Civil Society and Community Research, successfully completed her prelims and earned dissertator status on April 2.

SoHE scholars in the news

Hartley offers guidance for families with children with autism on WPR and in Wisconsin State Journal

Dr. Sigan Hartley, the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, shared guidance for families with children on the autism spectrum or with disabilities to manage care at home under COVID-19 restrictions. She spoke with WPR and Wisconsin State Journal about her research.

Halpern-Meekin shares the “social poverty” perspective to inform COVID response

Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, talked with the Institute for Family Studies, the UW Institute for Research on Poverty podcast, and the DePaulia about how the concept of “social poverty” can inform and illuminate stresses and opportunities for families under COVID-19 and more generally. She published a well-received book on the topic last year, Social Poverty: Low-Income Parents and the Struggle for Family and Community Ties.

Grad student helps connect local farms’ produce with Latinx/Indigenous families in need

Mariela Quesada Centeno, SoHE’s Jane Davies Holloway Graduate Fellow and PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies, is addressing the exceptional economic impact felt by area Latinx and Indigenous families by connecting them with “resilience boxes” of purchased and donated produce from local farms. Centeno is the Cooperative Manager for local group Roots 4 Change, and she was one of five awardees of the UW Outstanding Women of Color Award last spring.

Collins discusses COVID’s nonprofit impact with PBS Wisconsin

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on nonprofit operations and funding, according to Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS) director Mary Beth Collins. She discussed the topic with PBS Wisconsin earlier this week.

Huambachano offers webinar on Indigenous food systems’ lessons

Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, of Civil Society and Community Studies, joined her colleagues in the KIN Knowledge in Indigenous Networks series of webinars to present Tuesday evening on “Good Living Philosophies Linked to Indigenizing Food Systems.” All webinars from the series are available on KIN’s Facebook page.

Poehlmann-Tynan Zero To Three article now available in full

Last month, the Zero To Three journal (from the organization of the same name), aimed at professionals working with young children and their families, published an issue entirely dedicated to the impacts of parental incarceration. Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology, wrote a feature article for the issue on the challenges and opportunities in reuniting young children with their incarcerated parent, and it is now available to read in full online.

ICTR highlights Thomas’s Black men’s well-being series

The UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) highlighted the new weekly discussion series addressing Black men’s mental health and well-being under COVID-19 that SoHE’s Dr. Alvin Thomas is spearheading with a number of colleagues. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, an Affiliate of the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, and an alum of ICTR’s Health Equity Leadership Institute.

USA Today highlights Gaddis op-ed as a top read

USA Today noted the op-ed cafeteria workers by Dr. Jennifer Gaddis, SoHE’s Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies, as one of its top recommended reads last week.

New research from SoHE

Raison on neuro-inflammation and bipolar disorder

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, is an author on a new paper in the journal Cells examining the relationship between neuro-inflammation and bipolar disorder pathogenesis in response to the drug Infliximab.

And now for something fun…

Ashton highlighted on Twitter

The university highlighted several Badgers yesterday doing their best to work, study, and teach from home and sharing the comical results on social media, including our own (musically accompanied) Lydia Ashton, of Consumer Science.

Zwicker on working from home

UW–Madison interviewed academic staff from various departments and schools across campus, including SoHE’s own Senior Assistant Dean of Communications and Advancement Linda Zwicker, on how they’re managing the shift to working from home. Linda offered some helpful tips and—in consummate Linda fashion—a LOL-worthy anecdote. Read it here.