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

SoHE News: Sep 18–24

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

Kirkorian offers screen time guidance for caregivers

With millions of children learning from home or passing time during their parents’ workdays in the pandemic, Dr. Heather Kirkorian, SoHE’s Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development and an expert in young children’s screen-based learning, advises parents to develop a “three Cs” system—and to forgive themselves when they can’t always stick to it.

Angus hat collection featured in UW News

Jennifer Angus, SoHE’s Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology, has been livening up her online courses by donning one of her collection of pill box hats for each of her Design Studies class sessions. UW News featured her in a brief Q&A.

In remembrance: Dr. Chère Gibson

SoHE leadership was sad to learn this week of the death of Dr. Chère Gibson, who was a professor in the School of Human Ecology and retired in 2004. Read her full obituary online here.

SoHE scholars in the news

Fairbanks featured in documentary, “Our Corner of the Planet”

Marianne Fairbanks headshot
Marianne Fairbanks

Marianne Fairbanks, associate professor of Design Studies, was featured in a new documentary, “Our Corner of the Planet,” now streaming on Amazon. The film features people across the U.S. working to protect the environment from various fields of inquiry and innovation. Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes also appears in the film.

Addo research cited in The New Republic

The New Republic published a story citing research by Dr. Fenaba Addo, the Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE), on the racial disparities in student debt and the anticipated long-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gaddis guest writes for the Phi Delta Kappan

The Phi Delta Kappan, a professional journal for educators, published a guest article Monday by Dr. Jennifer Gaddis, the Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellow in Civil Society and Community Studies, on the warped priorities of corporatized school meal programs.

New research

Papp: “Real-time associations between young adults’ momentary pain and prescription opioid misuse intentions in daily life”

Dr. Lauren Papp, Associate Dean for Research and the Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family, and Community, has published a new article in American Psychologist examining young adults’ prescription opioid misuse.

Kirkorian and HDFS PhD students write four new media psychology definitions

Dr. Heather Kirkorian, Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department and an expert on young children’s screen-based learning has co-authored, alongside several HDFS PhD students, four key terms in the forthcoming reference book The International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology (December 2020):

Dodge Francis: Mental Health Service Utilization Among Ethiopian Immigrants and Refugees

Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis, Ecology of Human Well-Being Professor, is an author on a new paper in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health examining “Factors Associated with Mental Health Service Utilization Among Ethiopian Immigrants and Refugees.”


“Beyond Health: The Social Impacts of COVID-19,” with Drs. J. Michael Collins and Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Virtual event | Wednesday, September 30, 7:00–8:30 p.m. CT: The UW LaFollette School of Public Affairs will host a series of virtual town halls this fall in advance of the U.S. general election featuring expert panels from across the university. Dr. J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Director of the UW Center for Financial Security, and Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, will be panelists for the first discussion late this month, “Beyond Health: The Social Impacts of COVID-19.” The series is free and open to the public. More information and registration are available here.

“The Developing Mind,” with Dr. Poehlmann-Tynan

Virtual event | Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. CT: According to a survey conducted by Sesame Street, nearly 80 percent of parents agreed it’s more important for their child to be kind than academically successful. Learn more about ways to nurture the development of children’s healthy minds and hearts in a session hosted by Center for Healthy Minds and featuring Dr. Sarah Short and Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology. The event is free and open to the public. More information and registration are available 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.