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News & Events

SoHE News: Oct 2–8

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.

From the blog and social

SoHE to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Next Monday, October 12, Wisconsin will celebrate its second official Indigenous Peoples Day. At the School of Human Ecology, special events, plus ongoing efforts, honor the Indigenous people who have called Wisconsin home since time immemorial.

Thomas featured in CommNS racial justice conversation

As part of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“the CommNS”) Sustained Engagement for Racial Justice conversation series, Dr. Alvin Thomas, assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies, spoke alongside other area experts on strategies for “Taking Care of Ourselves and Others.”

SoHE scholars in the news

Collins on pandemic spending habits in Reuters

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Shopping bag, by Max Pixel, cc

Dr. J. Michael Collins, SoHE’s Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance, spoke with Reuters last month about changes in consumer spending and behavior under the COVID-19 pandemic. (Editor’s note: this story was published last month; my tracking tools missed it.)

Kerr discusses parent well-being and “relational savoring” with WPR’s Central Time

Dr. Margaret Kerr, of Human Development and Family Studies, spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time show about her lab’s recent research on the mental health and well-being of parents during the pandemic and the idea of “relational savoring” to help weather hard times.

Raison featured in new film, “Is Your Story Making You Sick?”

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, is featured in a new film, “Is Your Story Making You Sick?”, examining the ways our personal narratives affect our physical and mental well-being and the very trajectories of our lives.


Papp on a new method to investigate prescription drug misuse in daily life

Dr. Lauren Papp, SoHE’s Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family, and Community and Associate Dean for Research, has published a new paper in JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, “Development and Acceptability of a Method to Investigate Prescription Drug Misuse in Daily Life: Ecological Momentary Assessment Study.”


CommNS annual event next week

The 2020 CommNS Annual Event is now fully virtual and open to all, free of cost, thanks to generous donor support. This year’s theme is Getting the Work Done: “How-Tos” for Community and Nonprofit Efforts and will run October 13th, 14th, and 15th, featuring world-class speakers, expert panels, hands-on workshops, and more. Learn more, and register.

SoHE graduate program info sessions

SoHE faculty and current graduate students will be hosting info sessions this month and next about opportunities for graduate study here. A general session covering all programs will take place October 23, and three separate sessions for Consumer Behavior and Family Economics will take place October 12, October 28, and November 10, each with a different area of focus. Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom participation link.

“The Media Dilemma,” with Dr. Heather Kirkorian and the Wisconsin Science Festival

Virtual event | Saturday, October 17, 8:30–10:00 p.m. CT: Wisconsin-born, nationally touring comedian Shane Mauss is joined by a second comedian and two UW-Madison professors, including Dr. Heather Kirkorian, chair of Human Development and Family Studies and the Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development, for an informative and fun exploration of the research related to screen time & modern media as a live recording of his science podcast “Here We Are.” The event is free and open to the public and will be screened live via Crowdcast, but space is limited. Registration is recommended.

“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.

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