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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: November 1-7

Image: Dr. Charles Raison.

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.

Raison’s research featured in Vice

A longform article from Vice News captures the complex current research project of Dr. Charles Raison, SoHE’s Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children, and Families. The question: can a trip-free psychedelic still help people with major depression?

Keeler on the 1950s erasure of Indian Country

APM Reports Documentaries recently aired a captivating podcast discussing the less examined, more recent history of displacement of Native Americans as part of the “Voluntary Relocation Program” that lasted from 1952 to 1972. Dr. Kasey Keeler, assistant professor in Civil Society and Community Studies, was quoted in the feature story accompanying the piece on Minnesota Public Radio.

Sarmadi to discuss sustainable plastics at Chazen next Thursday

SoHE’s Rothermel Bascom Professor of Design Studies Dr. Majid Sarmadi will join a panel of experts next week as part of the Chazen Art Museum’s Science Cafe program, with the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Sarmadi, along with Bacteriology’s Dr. Tim Donahue and Engineering and Physical Sciences’ Kieran Furlong, will discuss their cutting-edge work in the field of plastics and whether they can indeed ever be “green.” Be sure to visit the museum’s current exhibit, too, which addresses plastics pollution, Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials, in the Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries.

Kallenborn’s Day of the Dead altar project and fiesta noted on Channel 3000

Last Friday, design studies professor Carolyn Kallenborn hosted her annual Day of the Dead community altar project and fiesta in the School of Human Ecology. Local news station Channel 3000 covered the event, as did the Daily Cardinal.

Angus talks insect art on WEDU television show

Design Studies professor Jennifer Angus talked with Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting WEDU’s ArtsPlus television show about her current exhibit—her largest ever—at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay 10 News, and USFSP’s Crow’s Nest also wrote up the show.

University features new faculty member at SoHE, Alvin Thomas

A recent UW News New Faculty Focus featured Dr. Alvin Thomas, an associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies who joined SoHE this fall. Learn more about our new colleague, including his research in positive youth development, how he landed in Madison, and his Twitter account.