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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: Mar 27–Apr 2

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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

Bartfeld quoted on Marketplace about food pantry struggles under COVID-19

Judi Bartfeld spoke with Marketplace‘s Kristin Schwab about the particular challenges that food pantries across the U.S. are facing under COVID-19.

Kerr and Kirkorian advise parents managing children at home

With many families now juggling additional childcare and education duties under “safer at home” restrictions, Human Development and Family Studies faculty have stepped up to offer guidance from their areas of expertise. Heather Kirkorian was quoted at length in the Wisconsin State Journal discussing online education tools for children, and Margaret Kerr gave advice for co-parents, or those not residing together, to plan and maintain supportive shared childcare duties.

Collins and Olive offer financial insights for families

Peggy Olive spoke with WPR last week, and J. Michael Collins was quoted in The Guardian and the Cap Times, describing COVID-19’s financial impacts for families. The two continue to update Extension’s web page of resources on the issue.

Gaddis praises lunch lady heroics

Jennifer Gaddis discussed how school cafeteria workers are rising to the the challenges of feeding schoolkids despite COVID-19 restrictions.

#OnWisconsinAtHome effort features HLATC

A new project from University Communications encourages Wisconsinites to enjoy campus resources from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Last week, #OnWisconsinAtHome included SoHE’s own Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC), whose 13,000+-piece digital collection is available for free online for anyone to explore, in its list of recommendations. HLATC is part of the Center for Design and Material Culture.

Angus exhibit available online

Speaking of online art, the Hartfort Courant notes that Jennifer Angus‘s show at the Florence Griswold Museum, “Silver Wings and Golden Scales,” is now viewable online.

MFA alum profiled in Cap Times

“The program [at UW–Madison] was really empowering, about how you can use your skills to create a better community.” That’s Design Studies MFA alum Lucia Fernanda Garcia-Gomez describing her experience of SoHE’s program in an interview with the Cap Times that published Sunday.

Nix talks teen rebelliousness with Daily Cardinal

In a story exploring adolescent misbehavior and societal reactions to it, Robert Nix encouraged caution in stereotyping, noting the many environmental and generational factors that define good and bad behavior.

New online undergrad degree featured in Badger Herald

The online undergraduate degree in personal finance that SoHE has launched was featured in a new article from the Badger Herald.

New research from SoHE

Poehlmann-Tynan authors article for new Zero to Three issue

The latest issue of Zero to Three’s popular journal is dedicated to the topic Trauma and Resilience in Young Children: Effects and Experiences of Parental Incarceration and includes an article by Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology Julie Poehlmann-Tynan (Human Development and Family Studies), “Reuniting Young Children with Their Incarcerated Parents.”

Shin and Ponto on 3D user interaction

A new paper presented by Jung-hye Shin and Kevin Ponto, of Design Studies, compares three modes of three-dimensional user interaction to move virtual objects in mixed reality. Their findings were published in the proceedings of the 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR).