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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: Jan 17–23

Image: Dr. J. Michael Collins speaks at a Center for Financial Security event.

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

Poehlmann-Tynan on designated child visitation rooms in prisons

Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, SoHE’s Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology and a professor in Human Development and Family Studies, is quoted in an article on the rare but important designated child visitation rooms some prisons are making available in their facilities.

Center for Financial Security to design money management program for low- and moderate-income consumers

The Center for Financial Security, one of SoHE’s five centers of excellence, will help design and evaluate a new program to assist low- and moderate-income consumers achieve financial security and pursue personal goals. GreenPath Financial Wellness, a Michigan-based financial counseling nonprofit, with grant support from JPMorgan Chase, will pilot the program. The news has been covered in the Detroit Free Press, USA Today, and BusinessWire.

Whelan on Madison’s #1 ranking in work-life balance and New Year’s Resolutions

Madison is the best city in the country when it comes to work-life balance, according to a new ranking. Dr. Christine Whelan, clinical professor in Consumer Science and director of the Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) Initiative, joined NBC 15 Madison to discuss why.

She also spoke with Channel 3000 about how to stick to one’s New Year’s Resolutions, while making sure to stay kind toward oneself.

Upcoming speaking events

TODAY: Facebook Live with Raison on the mind-body connection

Center for Healthy Minds will host a lunchtime Facebook Live event TODAY with faculty affiliates Dr. Charles Raison, SoHE’s Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families, and Dr. Melissa Rosenkranz, Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Neuroscience and assistant professor of Psychiatry. Learn more in their short video invitation, including how to submit your own questions for them to address during their discussion.

Fairbanks on the intersections of weaving, math, and tech

Kent State University’s School of Art will host Design StudiesMarianne Fairbanks in early March for an artist talk on her current work. Learn more.

New research

Shim on the college-to-career financial transition for young people

New work from Dr. Soyeon Shim, Dean of the School of Human Ecology and the Ted Kellner Bascom Professor in Consumer Science, examined the associations between systemic and structural factors (gender, race/ethnicity, family socioeconomic status, and first-generation college status), financial parenting (teaching, and modeling behavior), and emerging adults’ financial behavior. Shim and colleagues published their findings in the Journal of Family Issues.

Dodge Francis on a high school program to increase diversity in research fields

Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis, new to the Civil Society and Community Studies department at SoHE, has a new paper out with colleagues in the journal Ethnicity and Disease discussing the success of a program to increase diversity in research professions by introducing students from underrepresented populations to research experience in high school.