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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: Jan 31–Feb 6

Image: Aaron Bird Bear, assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs, speaks to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation and other UW community members during a heritage marker dedication ceremony for the “Our Shared Future” plaque on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 18, 2019. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

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.

Upcoming events

SoHE to host Our Shared Future Heritage Marker

The School of Human Ecology has applied for and won the honor of hosting the Our Shared Future heritage marker this spring from April 7–21. The “Our Shared Future” plaque makes clear that the university occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land and will serve to educate the campus community members and campus visitors. More information is forthcoming about school-wide and departmental events associated with the program.

UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage show opens

UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage opens this week in SoHE’s Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, including an opening reception the evening of Thursday, February 6 (free and open to the public). A recent MyModernMet interview gives an in-depth look at the process behind the show and offers an intimate look into its emotional drive and invitation to viewers.

SoHE scholars in the news

McInnes and Huambachano featured as new UW faculty

As part of its series welcoming new faculty to campus, University Communications featured two new SoHE faculty members, Drs. Brian McInnes and Mariaelena Huambachano, both of Civil Society and Community Studies.

Papp on demand-withdrawal dynamic in relationships

A recent article in BigThink discussed power dynamics in relationships, citing research by Dr. Lauren Papp, Associate Dean for Research and SoHE’s Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family, and Community, on the demand-withdrawal dynamic in dyadic partnerships and its impact on relationship satisfaction.

New research from SoHE scholars

Hartley on leisure activity for middle-aged adults with Down syndrome

Dr. Sigan Hartley, the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology and Director of SoHE Graduate Studies, has published new research on the leisure activities and habits of middle-aged adults with Down syndrome. Hartley and her colleagues found, among other things, that majority of adults with Down syndrome did not meet established physical leisure activity intensity recommendations but also did not exceed levels of passive leisure found in the general population (e.g., watching TV 2–3 hr/day). Read more.

Shim on young people’s romantic and financial relationships

New research published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues by Dr. Soyeon Shim, Dean of SoHE and the Ted Kellner Bascom Professor in Consumer Science, examines associations between romantic attachment orientations (i.e., attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance) and young adults’ life outcomes (i.e., financial satisfaction, life satisfaction, and relationship satisfaction), as well as indirect associations from romantic attachment orientations to life outcomes via young adult’s own financial behaviors and perceived partners’ financial behavior. Shim and her colleagues concluded that romantic attachment orientations were associated with financial behaviors and, in turn, life outcomes, suggesting that researchers and practitioners consider romantic attachment orientations when seeking to understand and improve financial behaviors and life outcomes among young adults.

Poehlmann-Tynan on father-child relationships during incarceration

New research in the Journal of Child and Family Studies by Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology in Human Development and Family Studies, found that the frequency and quality of contact between incarcerated fathers and their children affected their relationships post-release. Poehlmann-Tynan and her colleagues also found that whether a child had witnessed their parents arrest affected contact during the father’s incarceration.

SoHE in the community

Raison on the mind-body connection

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children, and Families, joined Dr. Melissa Rosenkranz and the Center for Healthy Minds in a Facebook Live discussion of the mind-body connection, now viewable online. He will also be the keynote speaker at the benefit dinner later this spring for the University of Louisville Depression Center.