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News & Events

SoHE News: Jan 8–Jan 14

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

CSCR PhD student Dower publishes in Edge Effects

Becca Dower, a PhD student in Civil Society and Community Research, just published an original essay in Edge Effects on the revival of Indigenous foodways and culture on the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana. Edge Effects is a digital magazine about environmental issues produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), a research center within UW’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Whelan on families’ political divisions

Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of Money, Relationships and Equality Initiative and Clinical Professor of Consumer Science, commented for a Boston Globe article about the continuing political divisions between family members across generations, as depicted in the TV show “All in the Family.”

Emeritus Prof. Riley quoted on best/worst family-friendly states in America

Dr. Dave Riley, Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies, spoke with WalletHub about its new study on the best and worst states in the U.S. to raise a family. The study was also covered by MSN News and Fatherly, again quoting Dr. Riley: “Parents and children can do well in any state. But doing your best will indeed be easier in some states than in others, and child development is better on average in some states than in others…. I would remind young families that having an extended family and friends nearby is crucial.”


Barringer, Papp publish on college students’ Rx stimulant misuse

Human Development and Family Studies PhD student Allie Barringer and Dr. Lauren Papp, Associate Dean for Research, Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family and Community, and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, have coauthored a new paper in the Journal of American College Health on the academic factors associated with college students’ prescription stimulant misuse in daily life.

Collins, Odders-White find childhood allowances improve young adult financial responsibility

A new paper in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues by Dr. J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Professor of Consumer Science, and Elizabeth Odders-White, formerly of UW–Madison, found that young adults who received an allowance as children reported modestly higher levels of financial responsibility.


Thomas to talk parenting with Real Dads Network

Thursday, January 14, 6 p.m. CT, Virtual | Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, will join the Real Dads Network as a guest speaker in its weekly discussion series on fatherhood issues. View more details, including how to participate, here.

“Do the Next Right Thing: Purpose in Times of Uncertainty,” with Dr. Christine Whelan

Thursday, January 28, 7 p.m. CT, Virtual | Hosted by the Ashland University Dauch College of Business and Economics, Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of Money, Relationships and Equality Initiative and Clinical Professor of Consumer Science, will speak on finding purpose amidst challenging times—specifically championing for the “twentysomething generation” struggling through a pandemic. This virtual lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. Learn more and register.

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