Author Archives: Linda Zwicker

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Meet New Professor Kasey Keeler

The Native American Nations of the United States, and those of Wisconsin, have demonstrated marked resilience over several decades.  In a rapidly changing world, they also face complex contemporary challenges that need attention. SoHE, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and others, continues to work closely […]

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New Faculty Director for CCFW

Earlier this spring the Center for Child and Family Well-Being launched a process to seek feedback about its future direction and opportunities to support high-impact research and, particularly in partnership with UW-Extension and community partners, advance the Wisconsin Idea.  During this time the Center collected helpful insights through “town hall meetings” and one-on-one conversations from a […]

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Flanagan Awarded $1.19M to evaluate “doing STEM”

Associate Dean and Professor Connie Flanagan has been awarded a $1.19M 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) program. As the Principal Investigator for this project, “Strategies: Urban STEM Stewards: Expanding Career Interests through Citizen‐Science with Community Partners” Flanagan will assess the effectiveness of a community environmental science […]

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Detention at a “Tender Age”

Even though we may have all breathed a sigh of relief on June 20 with President Trump’s Executive Order ending family separations, the crisis has not ended. Even before arriving at our borders, the children in the headlines and heart-wrenching photos in the news this week were already acutely vulnerable.  It is often extreme violence […]

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Enhancing Jail Visits through Interdisciplinary Intervention

In the United States today, roughly 1 in 25 children has a parent behind bars. Millions of children visit their mother and father in prison each year. Understanding that parent-child visits have the potential to lead to increased behavior problems and anxiety in children, an interdisciplinary team of faculty is setting out to change that. […]

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Your Role in the New Job Description Process

The Title and Total Compensation Study is holding Job Description Orientation sessions the week of April 23. These sessions will introduce employees to the job description process. In the coming months, each college, school or division will provide additional training and/or information specific to the TTC job description process to further prepare you for the […]

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Open to All: Design Thinking Workshop for Little Free Library

We’re bringing a Little Free Library to One City Learning in Madison, and we need YOUR HELP!  Having opportunities to read, learn, and be curious are all extremely important for child development and family well-being. Please consider joining us for a  Design Thinking Workshop Thursday March 22nd 5:30-7:30 in Room 3115 – Nancy Nicholas Hall. At this workshop, […]

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Candidate Talks: Communications and Advancement Manager Search

Mark your calendar to attend one or all of these 20 minute presentations, taking place in the Wisconsin Idea Room (1199) The SoHE Advancement and Communications Team is pleased to welcome three outstanding candidates for the position of Communications and Advancement Manager. This position is responsible for developing and managing alumni engagement and programs that lead […]

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Cancer Care, Couples and Depression: New Research

Assistant Professor Kristin Litzelman shines light on depression and spouses of cancer patients A new study from the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center highlights a troubling disparity in cancer care: the depressed spouses of cancer patients are 33 percent less likely to receive adequate treatment for depression than are patients whose spouses don’t have […]

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J Michael Collins Receives Honor: Romnes Award

Congratulations Dr. J. Michael Collins, Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Associate Professor in Consumer Science for receiving the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships Award. Dr. Collins studies on consumer behavior insights focus primarily on the role of information in consumer decision making, especially for low-income and vulnerable households and serves UW Cooperative Extension as a state specialist in family […]

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Visual Communications: Public Monitors in Nancy Nicholas Hall

Digital Display in SoHE:  Purpose and Best Practices The purpose of the five display monitors in Nancy Nicholas Hall is to create a sense of shared community through thoughtful, clear and compelling information and visual stories. Each of the monitors are strategically positioned to engage or inform a key audience. Considering the breadth of audiences […]

Peggy Olive

Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign Wins Award

Governor Scott Walker announced today that The Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign, an initiative spear-headed by Peggy Olive, Financial Capability Specialist, and the UW-Extension Family Living Program has been named a recipient of a Governor’s Financial Literacy Award 2017.  Olive holds a joint appointment in the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security and UW-Extension Family Living […]

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SoHE News and Stories: December 22 – January 3 2018

Consumers Set the Tone | New Years Resolutions | Bright Ideas for 2018 Consumer Science Assistant Professor Dee Warmath’s keen perspectives on the collision between high consumer confidence and retail store closings can be heard in this interview on Wisconsin Public Radio     Is it that time of year again? New Years Resolutions come […]

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Professor Sarmadi Recognized for Teaching

Professor Majid Saramdi in the SoHE Department of Design Studies has been selected by the UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee to receive the Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award.  The academic accomplishments of Dr. Majid Sarmadi, Rothermel Bascom Professor at the School of Human Ecology, are many, but what most distinguishes him is his commitment to […]

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SoHE Faculty Rock the Campus Fall Research Competition

Research and graduate education is core to the mission of the School of Human Ecology, so it’s with great pride that we congratulate our faculty members receiving awards from the VCGRE Fall Research Competition – for projects in 2018-19:   Assistant Professor Fenaba Addo “(Re)creating Inequality: Student Loan Debt and Young Adult Well Being”     […]

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Nonprofit Leaders for Today and Tomorrow

The United States’ nonprofit workforce is the third largest, trailing retail and manufacturing with more than 1.4M tax-exempt organizations – or roughly 100x greater than the number of Starbucks in the United States. [1] These organizations are the community backbone, working on issues ranging from human services to the environment, animals, culture and humanities. And, […]

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Incarcerated Parents & Children: New Book

In the United States today, roughly 1 in 25 children has a parent behind bars. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology, and contributors to this book bring a wide array of tools for studying the children of incarcerated adults. Sociologists and demographers apply sophisticated techniques for conducting descriptive and causal analyses, with […]

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Partners in Giving Is Here through November 30!

Because we care – we act! Partners in Giving is a once-a-year, volunteer-driven workplace campaign through which State of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, and University Hospital & Clinics employees in Dane County can give conveniently to many of their favorite charitable organizations. It combines the efforts of 11 umbrella organizations representing hundreds of charities, into one eight-week campaign from mid-October to […]

Bobette Heller

Congratulations and Bravo!

Humble, modest, tenacious, hard-working, dedicated, creative, smart, trustworthy, generous. These words only begin to describe our colleague, friend and alumna Bobette Heller. And she is gonna be really, really mad at me for writing this post but it’s a risk worth taking — she would never make a public announcement…but I would. You see, Bobette […]

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Postpartum Depression May Be Prevented When Mindfulness Is Part of Childbirth Education

A new study from researchers at UW-Madison and University of California-San Francisco shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth improves childbirth experiences and lessens depression symptoms both during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. This rigorous new study comparing mainstream childbirth education with childbirth education including mindfulness skills points to the benefits […]

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Time to Check Your Email Signature

Did you know SoHE has email signature standards? You bet! The primary purpose of a standard signature block is to provide a professional, clear and consistent set of information to the reader (doesn’t it drive you nuts to get an email signed “Bob”?  I know a Bob who works at the Law School but I think his office […]

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WI Legislature Honors Bogenschneider

(As I write this post I know Professor Karen Bogenschneider is cringing at the thought of being the center of attention. With a deep breath and hope she will forgive me, here goes): On Wednesday May 10 2017 the following Joint Resolution was confirmed by the Wisconsin Legislature: Relating to: the commitment-to-family policy of Karen Bogenschneider […]

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Prenatal to Five Summit: Register Now

Early is the Answer: Prenatal to five is key to unlock disparities for Wisconsin’s children Madison, WI — On June 2, 2017 Wisconsin’s first statewide Prenatal-to-Five Summit will bring together practitioners, early childhood professionals, scholars, and community members to focus on a critical question: “How can we ensure all Wisconsin children thrive?” The event – […]