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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: Mar 13–26

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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

SoHE and Extension experts advise on family finances in COVID-19 crisis

University Communications highlighted advice for families to navigate the financial challenges of the COVID-19 crisis from personal finance experts at the School of Human Ecology’s Center for Financial Security (CFS) and UW Extension. CFS and Extension are maintaining a continually updated page of resources for people with questions about how to financially weather these times. The Midwest Farm Report, with radio affiliates across Wisconsin, shared the news release.

J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and professor in Consumer Science, was quoted in the New York Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the topic (also reposted in the Oshkosh Northwestern and by Southern Lakes Newspapers).

DiPrete Brown promotes COVID-19 survey for Wisconsin

Answers to a 20-minute survey developed by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are helping these groups develop state-specific messaging to help residents fight the spread of COVID-19. Lori DiPrete Brown, Distinguished Faculty Associate and Director of the 4W Initiative, contributed to developing the survey in her role as associate director of the Global Health Institute and co-chair of the UniverCity Alliance’s advisory board. Preliminary survey results were published yesterday morning.

Whelan shares tips for mental health under safer-at-home guidance

Christine Whelan, Director of the Money, Relationships and Equality (MORE) initiative and Clinical Professor in Consumer Science, spoke with Milwaukee’s WTMJ radio about maintaining one’s psychological well-being under Wisconsin’s new stay-at-home mandate.

Keeler profiled in Badger Insider

Kasey Keeler, of Civil Society and Community Studies and American Indian Studies and a UW alum herself, was featured in the UW alumni publication Badger Insider this month, describing her scholarship, the Ho-Chunk features of campus, and the Our Shared Future initiative at UW.

Addo on the value of a writing community

Fenaba Addo, the Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in the Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) initiative, discussed the value of a writing community for underrepresented academics that she joined while a visiting scholar at Duke University.

Shim APLUS research featured on PsychCentral

A recently published study in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, co-authored by Dean Soyeon Shim, discussed the connections between young people’s romantic attachment styles, financial decision-making, and overall well-being. PsychCentral wrote up the study for its popular blog.

Outside Magazine highlights Raison’s heat therapy research

A recent story in Outside Magazine describes the benefits of sauna use for mental health, an area Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children, and Families, has researched extensively.

Badger$ense covers credit scores for Badger Herald

SoHE senior majoring in personal finance and Badger$ense peer educator Maddie Roamer wrote this month’s financial advice column for the Badger Herald, “Spring cleaning: Tidying up your credit score.”

CFS research cited in Motley Fool

An article last week in the popular financial news and advice publication The Motley Fool cited research by Center for Financial Security affiliates Anita Mukherjee and Corina Mommaerts on unclaimed retirement account funds of people 74 years of age and older.

New research from SoHE

Hartley on parent-child relationships in families with children on the autism spectrum

A new paper from Sigan Hartley and colleagues finds bidirectional relational impacts between parental warmth and criticism on the one hand and symptoms and behavior problems of children on the autism spectrum on the other. It published earlier this month in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Shim on young adults’ relationship choices and financial resources

How do young adults’ financial resources affect their romantic relationship choices? A new paper in the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning from SoHE Dean and Ted Kellner Bascom Professor of Consumer Science Soyeon Shim and colleagues reports on the connections between money, career values, cohabitation, and marriage among young people.

Hilgendorf and Moore on collaborative health equity evaluation models

A chapter in the new special issue of New Directions for Evaluation presents an evaluation framework developed in partnership between UW–Madison and local health coalitions that combines systems thinking and equity principles. Amy Hilgendorf, associate director for the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“the CommNS”), and Travis Moore, PhD student in Civil Society and Community Research, were co-authors.

Ahrens on multiple internships for college students

Civil Society and Community Research PhD student Vivien Ahrens has published a poster with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions on how multiple internships affect the academic and employment prospects for college students.