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News & Events

SoHE News: Feb 19–25

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

Angus features in orchid-themed exhibition

Jennifer Angus, the Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology, has contributed a piece to a new exhibition, Orchids: Attraction & Deception, presented by the Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University. The show was written up in Norfolk’s VEER Magazine.

Kirkorian cited on child surveillance technologies

Dr. Heather Kirkorian, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, the Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development, and Faculty Director of the Child Development Lab, shared her insights with RT News on technologies that help parents track their children’s location and activity.

Collins discusses Wisconsin’s retirement crisis on WORT

Dr. J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Professor of Consumer Science, joined WORT Radio’s 8 O’Clock Buzz on Monday morning to discuss Wisconsin’s retirement crisis.

CFS research on unclaimed retirement accounts

The Tribune Content Agency featured in its “The Savings Game” column recent research out of the Center for Financial Security by CFS affiliates Dr. Anita Mukherjee and Dr. Corina Mommaerts on unclaimed retirement accounts and how to access them. The research, described in this working paper, was supported by the Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center.

CFS research was also cited in a press release about America Saves Week activities and partnerships by the group DailyPay, with which CFS published research earlier this year on millennials’ savings habits.

Raison on medical podcast; co-chair of steering committee for psychedelics symposium

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, joined the popular podcast, Brain Health with Dr. Nissen, for an episode called, “Saunas, Weight Loss, and Sleep to Reverse Depression? Neuroinflammation and Psychiatric Disease.”

HMP Global, the world’s largest healthcare event and education company, this week announced it will host the Sana Symposium in September, a three-day event that aims to “connect mental health and addiction professionals with education on psychedelics.” Dr. Raison will serve as co-chair of the symposium’s planning committee and stated, “The Sana Symposium is perhaps the most exciting event to come along in a while—and a one-of-a-kind educational experience that will provide a 360-degree view into the breakthrough of psychedelic medicine.”

Keeler on American Indian Activism

Dr. Kasey Keeler, Assistant Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies (50%) and American Indian Studies (50%), joined the SustainUW Podcast to speak on American Indian activism in the United States—specifically highlighting recent examples concerning the environment.


Shim: Financial satisfaction in re college payment method

Dean Soyeon Shim, the Ted Kellner Bascom Professor of Consumer Science, is coauthor on a new paper in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues examining whether the levels of financial satisfaction reported by college undergraduates and graduates differ in relation to whether they funded their college education by working or borrowing or a combination of the two.

Hartley reports on ASK model of social performance

Dr. Sigan Hartley, the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology, Director of SoHE Graduate Studies, Waisman Center Investigator, and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, is co-author on a new report with colleagues across the U.S., “The Application of Skills and Knowledge (ASK) model: A novel conceptualization of social performance to guide instrument development and advance adult autism research.” The research was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, FAR Fund, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Collins on reverse mortgages

Dr. J. Michael Collins, along with colleagues from Ohio State University and University of Maryland College Park, has published a new report on the impacts of reverse mortgages for older adults. The research was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ‘How Housing Matters’ program and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.


“Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”

Saturday, March 6, Virtual | In celebration of the 8th AFRICaide International Women’s Day, a public, online event will be hosted to acknowledge the many accomplishments that women and girls have made—from the Madison area, the state of Wisconsin, to the country at large—in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Join keynote speaker Dr. Patty Loew, Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University, the 4W Initiative, and Lori Diprete Brown, Distinguished Faculty Associate and founding Director of 4W Women and Well-being Initiative, for this empowering event.

“Holistic Healing Within Community: Global Mental Health Perspectives during COVID-19,” with Lori DiPrete Brown

Tuesday, March 30, 8:00-9:00 a.m. CT, Virtual | Hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Global Health Institute, monthly webinars with researchers and practitioners showcase and address the complexity of global health challenges and share their experiences, provide insights into global health, encourage conversation, and connect colleagues locally and globally. Lori DiPrete Brown, Distinguished Faculty Associate of Civil Society and Community Studies, will moderate a webinar on the bio-psycho-social model of holistic healing, used to promote psychological well-being in general and particularly in the midst of a pandemic. Registration and more information can be found here.

Plus, view the full online calendar of SoHE-sponsored events.