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News & Events

SoHE News: Nov 13–19

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

O’Brien talks brick-and-mortar shopping trends this COVID-altered holiday season

Jerry O'Brien.
Jerry O’Brien

Jerry O’Brien, the executive director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing Excellence, joined Channel 3000’s Live at Four to explain how brick-and-mortar stores can survive the ongoing pandemic as the holiday season approaches. His closing comment: “If you want local stores to be there [after the pandemic], it’s important to shop there.”

Raison discusses new research on mental health diagnoses of COVID-19 patients

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, spoke with WKOW 27 News (Madison’s ABC affiliate) about alarming new research findings on the mental health impacts experienced by COVID-19 patients.

Bluegrass band uses Angus art for album cover photo

Milwaukee-based bluegrass band The MilBillies’ guitarist is a big fan of SoHE’s Jennifer Angus, the Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology—so much so that the band’s next album cover will feature the band members photographed in one of her recent installations.

Collins Letter to the Editor on election turnout

Mary Beth Collins, Executive Director of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, had her letter to the editor published in print and online in the Wisconsin State Journal commending the record turnout levels in the 2020 election.

Bartfeld comments on food insecurity for Daily Cardinal

The Daily Cardinal ran a story today about food insecurity across the U.S., including on college campuses, quoting figures and insights from SoHE’s Dr. Judi Bartfeld, the Meta Schroeder Beckner Outreach Professor.

McInnes FIG written up for UW News

As part of its celebration of Native November, the university wrote up a new First-year Interest Group (FIG) that focuses on connecting students with the land through an Indigenous lens. The FIG includes a course by SoHE’s Dr. Brian McInnes, the Leola R. Culver Professor in Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Faculty Director of CommNS, and Associate Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies, in “First Semester Ojibwe.”

Badger Herald highlights Hartley research

The Badger Herald published a story featuring ongoing research on Alzheimer’s in adults with Down syndrome by SoHE’s Dr. Sigan Hartley, the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology, and colleagues.

Dong comments on feng shui principles for the home

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel quoted SoHE’s Wei Dong, the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in Design Studies, on how to improve the “good vibes” in one’s home by implementing principles from feng shui.

WisBusiness highlights upcoming WARF Innovation Day, including Ponto

WisBusiness.com highlighted in its Monday AM News roundup yesterday’s Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s third annual Innovation Day, including a presentation by Dr. Kevin Ponto, Associate Professor in Design Studies, pitching PointSpace, a method for capturing, storing, and rendering visual data to create higher-fidelity, more interactive 3D models.

Whelan on election impatience

“We are impatient in our digital culture,” Dr. Christine Whelan told the Wisconsin State Journal recently in discussing Americans’ anxiety as they awaited final results of the 2020 U.S. general election. The story was reprinted in the Ukiah Daily Journal (CA), .


Poehlmann-Tynan: A developmental perspective on children with incarcerated parents

Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology, has published a new lit review with UC–Irvine colleague (and Institute for Research on Poverty affiliate) Dr. Kristin Turney, “A Developmental Perspective on Children With Incarcerated Parents,” in Child Development Perspectives.

Raison: Post-acute psychological effects of classical serotonergic psychedelics

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, has a new paper out with colleagues from the School of Education’s Counseling Psychology department and the School of Medicine and Public Health, “Post-acute psychological effects of classical serotonergic psychedelics: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” in Psychological Medicine.


Navigating Professional Barriers: Pathways for Underrepresented Minorities

Virtual event | Wednesday, December 2–Thursday, December 3: Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, will speak as part of a two-day conference, “Navigating Professional Barriers: Pathways for Underrepresented Minorities.” Specifically, he will be a panelist for a discussion of “Toxic Masculinity and its Impact on Career Development.” Sponsoring networks include African American and Latino Men’s Alliance (AALMA), Asian Professional Networking Alliance (APNA), Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC), and OPEN. Learn more, and register.