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News & Events

SoHE News: Nov 6–Nov 12

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.

In-house highlights

Raison named to scientific advisory board of John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation

Charles Raison
Charles Raison

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, has been appointed to the scientific advisory board of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, a new and already impactful nonprofit funder of mind-body research.

HDFS undergrad wins NCFR poster award

Theresa Schinkowitch, a senior at SoHE majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and who has worked in Dr. Sigan Hartley‘s lab for the last three years, just won the 2020 Families & Health section poster award for the undergraduate/masters student category from the National Council on Family Relations. The award recognizes her research on the gendered differences of the parent-child relationship quality involving a child with autism spectrum disorder.

SoHE scholars in the news

Whelan on staying happy during the pandemic

Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of Money, Relationships and Equality Initiative and Clinical Professor of Consumer Science, spoke with Channel 3000 Tuesday night about how to stay happier during the pandemic, especially under newly tightened safer-at-home orders issued by Wisconsin’s Governor in response to the severe spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state.

Whelan comments on election results impatience

“We are impatient in our digital culture,” Dr. Christine Whelan told the Wisconsin State Journal last week in discussing Americans’ anxiety as they awaited final results of the 2020 U.S. general election. The story was reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Morning Times (PA), Argus Press (MI), Laconia Daily Sun (NH), Brookings Register (SD), and Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.

Podcast: Robb on the student debt & homeownership connection

Dr. Cliff Robb, Associate Professor of Personal Finance, spoke with the Gen Z Green podcast about how high student debt levels among today’s young people impact their homeownership capability and aspirations.

Collins featured in WalletHub on military debt

Dr. J. Michael Collins, SoHE’s Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Professor of Personal Finance, was featured in a new WalletHub article featuring results of the outlet’s 2020 Military Money Survey.

Addo highlighted in faculty grantee reflection on race and student debt research

Dr. Fenaba Addo, the Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE), Professor of Personal Finance and one of the faculty grantees of Dartmouth University’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, reflected with her co-investigator on the outcomes of her grant-supported research on the connection between race and student debt. The grant supported their field work collecting qualitative interviews with 50 Black student borrowers that complemented their quantitative data. In addition, they can now move forward on a book project under contract with Harvard Education Press, tentatively titled A Dream Defaulted: Race, Student Debt, and the Reproduction off Inequality in Credential Society.

Poehlmann-Tynan conference contribution highlighted in Penn State News

Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology, spoke on the impacts of parental incarceration on children at a recent symposium written up in Penn State News.

Shim fruit insights with CNN quoted again

Dean Shim‘s CNN interview from last year discussing the luxury fruit market in Asian culture was quoted in global outlets including al Khaleej Today (Saudi Arabia), 2 Oceans Vibe News (South Africa), Mashed, and PlusFinancials.

WPP grant with CommNS highlighted in The Country Today

The Country Today wrote up the recently announced $1 million Wisconsin Partnership Program grant to prevent farmer suicide and support rural mental health supports, a 5-year project that includes the UW Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“the CommNS”), housed in SoHE.


Litzelman & Harnish: Caregiver Eligibility for Support Services

Dr. Kristin Litzelman, Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, and HDFS PhD student Autumn Harnish, have published a new paper in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, “Caregiver Eligibility for Support Services: Correlates and Consequences for Resource Utilization.”


“Parks, People, and Police: American Indian Houselessness in Minneapolis,” with Dr. Kasey Keeler

Virtual event | Friday, November 13, 12:00–1:00 p.m. CT: In this virtual Friday Lunch talk, Dr. Kasey Keeler, of Civil Society and Community Studies and American Indian Studies, examines the ongoing crisis of American Indian homelessness, or houselessness, in Minneapolis. Keeler considers the long history of American Indian dispossession, the rapid growth of homeless encampments in public and park space, and the regulation and deconstruction of these encampments by city officials, namely the police. More info, including RSVP address to receive a participation link, are online here.

“The Past and Future of School Lunch as a Form of Public Care,” with Dr. Jennifer Gaddis

Virtual event | Tuesday, November 17: As part of the fall lecture series, “Forward? The Wisconsin Idea, Past and Present,” Dr. Jennifer Gaddis will discuss her research on school lunch systems in a talk titled “The Past and Future of School Lunch as a Form of Public Care.” The series is free and open to the public. More information and registration are available here.

“WARF Innovation Day,” with Dr. Kevin Ponto

Virtual event | Wednesday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. CT: Get an inside look at UW–Madison products, services, and technologies that will shape the future of our world at this virtual pitch event, including SoHE’s Dr. Kevin Ponto discussing “Rendering Reality: Enhancing Virtual and Augmented Reality.” This 60-minute event will include four quick pitches, glimpses of cherished UW–Madison places, people, and traditions, and a moderated Q&A session. Learn more, and register.

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