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News & Events

SoHE News: Oct 30–Nov 5

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

Hartley and Waisman colleagues win NIH funding for Alzheimer’s–Down Syndrome research

Sigan Hartley
Dr. Sigan Hartley

A team of UW–Madison researchers is part of a new multi-institution effort to better understand Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome. The new effort, funded by up to $109 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next five years, is focused in part on identifying early biological signatures of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome. Dr. Sigan Hartley, the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, is a lead investigator on the project. The press release was republished on Technology.org and Disability Insider.

Gaddis wins National Women’s Studies Association book award

Dr. Jennifer Gaddis, the Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies, has won the 2020 Sara A. Whaley Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association for her monograph, The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools.

Personal finance student takes second place in Morningstar competition

Tyler Eckert, who is majoring in personal finance at SoHE, recently won second place in Morningstar’s Investment Conference Case Study Competition.

SoHE scholars in the news

Wong on Marketplace on election-fueled stockpile shopping

For the second week in a row, a SoHE faculty member was featured on NPR’s Marketplace! “People feel assured and soothed by something that is concrete,” Dr. Nancy Wong, the Kohl’s Chair in Retail Innovation and chair of the Consumer Science department, told a reporter there, speaking of the spike in stockpile purchasing some consumers were doing around the election.

Flanagan youth vote expertise featured on Spectrum 1 News, NBC 15

Dr. Connie Flanagan, Professor Emerita and Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family, and Community, spoke this week about the youth vote in 2020 with Spectrum News 1 Wisconsin and NBC 15.

Angus MOWA show written up in Shepherd Express

Milwaukee’s alt-weekly Shepherd Express published a glowing review of the new show, “Still Lives,” at the city’s Museum of Wisconsin Art, by Jennifer Angus, Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology.

Kallenborn’s virtual Altar Project featured in Cap Times, Chazen News

The Cap Times ran a lengthy feature about this year’s Day of the Dead Altar Project, an annual event organized by Design Studies’ Carolyn Kallenborn, SoHE’s Jane Rafferty Thiele Professor in Human Ecology. The Chazen Museum of Art, which is hosting a segment of this project, also wrote it up.

Bartfeld on food insecurity in Fond du Lac Reporter

The Fond du Lac Reporter cited Dr. Judi Bartfeld, Meta Schroeder Beckner Outreach Professor of Consumer Science and Food Security Research and Policy Specialist with Extension, in an article promoting USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin’s annual Stock the Shelves anti-hunger campaign. She discussed recent trends in food insecurity in Wisconsin as well as ways to address its root causes.

Hellenbrand op-ed in Cap Times on deep canvassing

Allison Hellenbrand, a PhD student in Civil Society and Community Research, penned an op-ed for the Cap Times about her experience of a tool called “deep canvassing” as a means of bridging the political divide.

WPP grant with CommNS highlighted in Midwest Farm Report

The Midwest Farm Report 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.

Shim fruit insights with CNN quoted again

Stories with News Channel 3 (ABC affiliate of Palm Springs, CA) and with WRCBtv 3 (NBC affiliate of Chattanooga, TN) quoted Dean Shim‘s CNN interview from last year discussing the luxury fruit market in Asian culture.


Nix authors chapter on childhood obesity intervention in new Routledge guide

Dr. Robert Nix, the Audrey Rothermel-Bascom Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, has a chapter in the forthcoming Designing Evidence-Based Public Health and Prevention Programs: Expert Program Developers Explain the Science and Art titled “Embedding a Childhood Obesity Preventive Intervention within Early Head Start Home Visits: Recipe 4 Success.”

Jasper lit review on family businesses

Dr. Cynthia Jasper, Chair and Professor of the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies, is co-author on a literature review of articles about family businesses, newly published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Kerr on linguistic analysis in personality research

Dr. Margaret Kerr, assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies, is first author on the definition of “linguistics analysis in personality research (including the linguistic inquiry and word count)” in the new Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences: Models and Theories.


TODAY: 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.

TOMORROW: “Scholar-Activism and Wellness,” with Dr. Janean Dilworth-Bart

Virtual event | Friday, November 6, 1:00 p.m. CT: As part of the Black Feminisms Now Borghesi-Mellon Workshop with the UW–Madison Center for the Humanities, Dr. Janean-Dilworth Bart, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Phyllis Northway Faculty Fellow, will join in conversation about balancing activism, scholarship, and wellness within and beyond the academy alongside M. Adams (an activist and Co-Executive Director of Freedom Inc) and Dr. Sami Schalk (Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies). They will speak about their political and emotional journeys, their definitions of activism and wellness, and navigating the various demands made upon them as scholar-activists. Learn more, and register for the event.

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.

“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.