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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: Feb 28–Mar 5

Image: Rashard Griffith will graduate with a degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership in May.

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

Rashard Griffith profiled by UW Athletics

“On the days that I was tired, on the days that I didn’t have energy to do whatever, it was about my mother…. She’s with me every day.” That’s Rashard Griffith, describing his attitude toward finishing his bachelor’s degree at SoHE this spring, after many years away from school and stardom on the UW basketball team in his early days at the university. UW Athletics featured Griffith in a compelling profile this week, where the soon-to-be SoHE alum described the people that he credits with getting him through the program and where some of those people, in turn, reflected on the character and generosity of Griffith in pursuing his degree and supporting his community. He will earn his degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership.

Gaddis cited in The Week

The Aeon article noted in last week’s news & events post was republished in The Week, citing Dr. Jennifer Gaddis, of Civil Society and Community Studies, on how the “organic child” ideal holds mothers to an impossible standard.

Halpern-Meekin cited in Psychology Today

In his response to an Atlantic column by David Brooks titled “The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake,” Dr. Scott M. Stanley cited the 2019 book Social Poverty: Low-Income Parents and the Struggle for Family and Community Ties by SoHE’s Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, of Human Development and Family Studies.

Whelan discusses fear in the face of tragedy on Channel 3000

Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of SoHE’s Money, Relationships, and Equality Initiative and clinical professor in Consumer Science, joined Channel 3000 late last week to talk about how to manage fear and anxiety in the face of community tragedy and uncertainty.

Raison talks psychadelics for MDD with MDedge podcast

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children, and Families and professor in Human Development and Family Studies, joined the Psychcast podcast to share his research on psychedelic therapies for major depressive disorder (MDD).

Whelan cited in Psychology Today

Dr. Aaron Ben-Zeev, discussing his views in Psychology Today on why inequalities can lead to extramarital affairs, cited the 2006 book Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women by Dr. Christine Whelan.

New research

Halpern-Meekin on parent relationships’ effect on teens

Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, of Human Development and Family Studies, has co-authored a new paper in the Journal of Marriage and Family. “Parental relationship churning and adolescent well-being: Examining instability within families” looks at how the separation and reunification of one’s biological parents impacts teens in particular.

Hartley, several HDFS grad students to present posters to Gatlinburg Conference

Dr. Sigan Hartley, the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology and director of SoHE graduate studies, along with two graduate students in Human Development and Family StudiesVictoria “Tori” Fleming and Brianna Gambettiwill present posters at the 53rd annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities next month in San Diego. Their posters are:

Events featuring SoHE scholars

Shim and SoHE undergrad Adriana Christophersen at Habitat for Humanity “Souper Bowl” fundraiser

Dean Soyeon Shim spent her Leap Day last Saturday serving up soup and smiles with SoHE student Adriana Christophersen, who had helped organize the annual “Souper Bowl” fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, UW–Madison Campus Chapter.

Dean Soyeon Shim and SoHE student Adriana Christophersen, with Bucky and others, serve soup
Dean Soyeon Shim, Bucky, SoHE student Adriana Christophersen, and others, serve soup at the “Souper Bowl” fundraiser February 29, 2020.