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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: August 9-15

Dr. Sarmadi Breaks Down Our Clothes’ Chemical Contents

As families head out for back-to-school shopping, Dr. Majid Sarmadi, the Rothermel Bascom Professor of Design Studies, reminds consumers that not all clothes and accessories are created equal in terms of their chemical content. Along with UW Health dermatologist Dr. Margo Reeder, Sarmadi recently joined Wisconsin Public Radio’s Morning Show to discuss the sometimes irritation-causing qualities in everyday wardrobe items. Listen here.

Tips for Back-to-School Savings

Speaking of back-to-school shopping, families across the U.S. are gearing up for another school year’s worth of investments in everything from notebooks and folders to shoes and backpacks. Peggy Olive, financial capability specialist with the Center for Financial Security and UW Division of Extension, was quoted in numerous outlets offering a series of easy and practical savings tips. Read her advice in the Sheboygan Press here. Bonus: Olive also joined WPR’s Central Time show to discuss credit card debt recovery strategies. Listen here.

Background TV Detracts from Children’s Play

SoHE’s Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development, Dr. Heather Kirkorian, recently studied the effects of background television during supervised play with children. She discussed her findings in a segment airing with multiple outlets, including WTMJ Milwaukee.

“We Are Forever Potawatomi”: McInnes Keynotes the 2019 Potawatomi Gathering’s Language and History Conference

Earlier this month, the Wasauksing First Nation hosted the 26th Annual Potawatomi Gathering
to celebrate the Potawatomi way of life, language, culture, art, and environment. Incoming SoHE faculty member Dr. Brian McInnes gave the keynote speech of the gathering’s Language and History Conference. Read more about the gathering and his remarks here.

HDFS Graduate Wins APA Excellence in Research Award

Last week, eight members of the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate community (current students and recent alumni) presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Chicago. Yesterday, Anisa Yudawanti (HDFS major, ’19) learned that the Student Award Review Committee for the APA Division 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice) had selected her poster, Safeguarding Children: Measuring the Impact of Witnessing Parental Arrest, as demonstrating Excellence in Research. Yudawanti was first author on the poster, and current HDFS student Jennifer Wirth was second author. Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, SoHE’s Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor of Human Ecology, advised both students.