Exterior of Nancy Nicholas Hall in the evening, with lamps and windows glowing.
News & Events

SoHE News: Oct 23–29

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

HDFS Major Connor Raboine Wins Bascom Hill Society Scholarship

The scholarship, which is the largest awarded on campus, recognizes a junior or senior who has a solid academic record, has demonstrated leadership capability, and has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to the University of Wisconsin–Madison and their community. Connor Raboine, a senior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, has won the award for 2020.

Wong, Ashton, Robb Win CFS RDRC Funding for Financial Vulnerability Research Projects

The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Consortium center just announced the 11 projects it will fund for 2020-21, with 3 SoHE faculty among the project leads. The CFS RDRC also announced the five winners of its Junior Scholars Intensive Training research awards from the summer 2020 cohort, including Dr. Melody Harvey, who just joined SoHE’s Consumer Science department this fall.

Gaddis wins IACP award for her book Labor of Lunch

Dr. Jennifer Gaddis, the Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies, has won the 2020 award in food writing in the “Food Issues & Matters” category from the International Association of Culinary Professionals for her book The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools.

PF majors win 3rd place in 2020 Financial Planning Association competition

Two personal finance students, Josh Isenberger and Josh McMahon, and one student from the Business School, made up the 3rd place winning team in the Financial Planning Association’s 2020 Financial Planning Challenge. This is the first time a UW team has participated, and they received a $1,000 scholarship for our program.

SoHE scholars in the news

Addo featured on Marketplace

Tuesday morning, Dr. Fenaba Addo, the Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE), was featured on NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report, discussing her research on racial disparities in student debt accumulation and impacts between white and Black borrowers.

Gaddis cited in Mother Jones

Dr. Jennifer Gaddis and her 2019 book, The Labor of Lunch, were cited in a Mother Jones article this week by Thom Philpott on how we can tackle food insecurity and joblessness together during and after the pandemic.

Smithsonian American Art Museum recommends Angus art

An article from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s (SAAM) working-from-home staff recently made recommendations of Halloween movies to pair with artwork in SAAM’s collection of similar moods. First on their list? The work of Jennifer Angus, the Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology, paired with the spooky classic “Beetlejuice.”

Collins discusses pandemic impacts on nonprofits with WPR

Mary Beth Collins, Executive Director of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, joined WPR Tuesday morning to discuss how nonprofits have responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duncan research featured on Berkeley’s Science of Happiness podcast

The Science of Happiness podcast out of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Magazine featured an episode last week on “how to ride with the pain,” referencing research by Dr. Larissa Duncan, the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being, Faculty Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-being, and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, on the power of mindfulness practices for managing pain during childbirth.

Hellenbrand talks co-ops on recent podcast

Allison Hellenbrand, a PhD student in Civil Society and Community Research, recently spoke with the Everything Co-op podcast about her experience as part of the 2020 Cooperative IMPACT Conference Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute, held earlier this month.

Kerr research cited in Healthy Minds Innovations article

A “Workplace Wednesday” article yesterday from Healthy Minds Innovations, the nonprofit affiliated with Center for Healthy Minds, cited recent research from the Kerr Parent Lab, led by Dr. Margaret Kerr, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, on parent well-being amid the pandemic.

Kirkorian Science Festival conversation now online

In case you missed it live earlier this month, the “media dilemma” conversation during the Wisconsin Science Festival, featuring comedians alongside SoHE’s Dr. Heather Kirkorian, chair of Human Development and Family Studies and the Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development, is now available online as a podcast. Enjoy!

Addo research highlighted in ASU News

Arizona State University wrote up findings from research by Dr. Fenaba Addo and Dr. Xing Zhang, who completed a postdoc at UW earlier this year. The research found that couples who have the same amount of debt, and who are on the same page about it, are likely to be happier. The press release was reposted in AZ Big Media, Black Chronicle, and Home Health Choices.


CSCR PhD students publish on health and equity drivers

Victoria N. Faust and Paula Tran Inzeo, both students in the Civil Society and Community Research PhD program and researchers with UW’s Population Health Institute, are coauthors on a new paper in Health Equity, “What Do We Know About the Drivers of Health and Equity? A Narrative Review of Graphic Representations.”

Dodge Francis on conducting research in the age of COVID-19

Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis, Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies and Ecology of Human Well-Being Professor, has coauthored a chapter in a newly published book, Researching in the Age of COVID-19 Vol 3: Creativity and Ethics. Her chapter is titled “Transforming Culturally Relevant Research Amid a COVID-19 Pandemic.”


CCFW event with healthTIDE and Healthy Early

Virtual event | Thursday, November 5, 2:00–3:30 p.m. CT: In an event cohosted by co-hosted by the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, the Prenatal to Five Initiative, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, and healthTIDE, learn about how healthTIDE (a statewide network) and Healthy Early (a statewide partnership impacting the early care and education system) are utilizing unique partnership approaches to create changes within local communities and statewide.  Connecting and utilizing these current efforts around child health to the existing efforts of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being and Prenatal to Five Initiative is underway. Current evaluation and research strategies will also be highlighted. More info and registration.

CBFE graduate program info session

Virtual event | Tuesday, November 10: SoHE faculty and current graduate students of the Consumer Behavior and Family Economics PhD program will host the last of three info sessions Tuesday, November 10. Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom participation link.

“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.