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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: Mar 6–12

Image: Online BS in Personal Finance now offered at 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.

SoHE scholars in the news

UW officially launches its first fully online undergraduate degree with SoHE

This week, the University of Wisconsin–Madison officially announced the launch of its very first fully online undergraduate degree. The School of Human Ecology is home to the new offering, a B.S. in Personal Finance, designed with our Consumer Science department faculty and staff for people who have earned some college credits or an associate degree and want to complete their bachelor’s. “The School of Human Ecology is a natural place to launch this online degree, and we are proud to lead on this initiative,” says SoHE Dean Soyeon Shim. “UW–Madison Online builds on our offerings for people wherever they are in their educational journey, and in their life.” Read more in the university’s press release.

Kirkorian quoted in New York Times opinion

“Whenever I’m talking to parents about using technology, I’m always focused on what the goal is.” That’s Dr. Heather Kirkorian, SoHE’s Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development and Faculty Director of the Child Development Lab, quoted in an op-ed by lead editor of NYT Parenting Jessica Grose, in which Grose examined the impact of location trackers for young children.

Flanagan quoted in Washington Post opinion

“You can’t just put a sign in your child’s hand and be done with it. You have a responsibility to explain.” Dr. Connie Flanagan, SoHE’s Associate Dean and the Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family, and Community, spoke with Bonnie Miller Rubin about engaging in activism with one’s children.

Robb featured on CBS 58 on coronavirus and investing

Dr. Cliff Robb, Associate Professor of Consumer Science, was interviewed by CBS 58’s Victor Jacobo about recommendations for everyday investors watching their retirement savings rollercoaster up and down in markets recently due to fears around the global spread of coronavirus.

Gaddis on New Books Network podcast

The New Books Network podcast this week highlighted Jennifer Gaddis‘s book The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools. Gaddis is the Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in Civil Society and Community Studies.

Kirkorian on screen time in Vancouver Weekly

Kirkorian was also quoted extensively in an article for Vancouver Weekly examining the effects of and recommendations for screen time for young children.

Events featuring SoHE scholars

Fairbanks to present her work at the Chazen

Marianne Fairbanks, Associate Professor of Design Studies, is presenting a gallery talk about her piece, Radiant Indeterminacy, at the Chazen Museum of Art.

Raison to present at Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and professor in Human Development and Family Studies, will present research on psychedelic therapy treatments from the Usona Institute at the Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon.