Author Archives: Meg McMahon

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Emily Parrott: Grad student Spotlight

SoHE HDFS graduate student Emily Parrott has been awarded UW-Madison’s prestigious Institute for Research on Poverty Dissertation Fellowship. Through the award, Emily is provided with a year of funding to work on her Ph.D. dissertation, which she is using to broaden the understanding of first-generation college students and their social capital investments post-graduation. As a […]

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SoHE News and Stories: August 14 – August 20

Lesley Sager’s Design Thinking Interview with Wisconsin Public Radio SoHE’s Lesley Sager was highlighted in a Wisconsin Public Radio interview about Design Thinking. She talks about how she and her students are using the principles of design to solve problems and create better lives for people around the world. Listen to the interview here. SoHE Graduate […]

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SoHE News and Stories: July 31 – August 6

Take a look at SoHE in the news this week! A look at Fairbanks solar textiles SoHE Assistant Professor Marianne Fairbanks was highlighted in a Wisconsin Life article talking about her pursuit to create solar power textiles. She is working with Chemistry Professor Trisha Andrews on the project. Read more about the project here. Financial […]

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2016 SoHE Alumni Award Winners

The School of Human Ecology Alumni Awards honor the tremendous achievements of SoHE students post-graduation. From early-career entrepreneurs to renowned scholars, the recipients of the annual School of Human Ecology Distinguished Alumni Award, Early-Career Award and Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award exemplify the indelible mark SoHE alums make across diverse fields and communities. Together their achievements cross boundaries and solve problems when others give up.  A […]

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Student Blog: Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Rug Competition

Written by Aaron Kellerhuis, student in the School of Human Ecology. Textile and Fashion Design students are designing 8’ by 10’ rugs inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School architecture as part of a competition sponsored by Sergenian’s Floor Coverings. For background information, a group of us visited the Sergenian’s Madison rug showroom to learn […]

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The Money-Saving ¢our$e for All UW-Students

This article is by Meg McMahon, a UW-Madison senior and member of the communications Think Tank Team at the School of Human Ecology. Meg has not taken the Financial Life Skills course, but thinks she should. A “Real Life” Money Course for All UW Students What started out as a small pilot course at SoHE […]

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Grad Student Hu: Combining Research with Action

Ming Hu, PhD Student Civil Society and Community Studies International Exploration and Experience Combining research with action for a better society, SoHE doctoral student Ming Hu is examining the role of nonprofit organizations in civil society. But Ming’s interest in nonprofit work started long before he began his doctoral studies in SoHE’s Civil Society and Community […]

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Grad Student Bennett: Back to Her Roots

Hannah O’Hare Bennett, MFA Candidate Design Studies Hannah O’Hare Bennett remembers the day Textiles & Fabric Design Professor and Coordinator Jenny Angus sent her the news she’d been awarded a fellowship to attend SoHE’s MFA program in Design Studies. “I was just so happy,” Bennett says. “It’s so flattering and such a surprise. And it […]

Human and Development and Family Studies PhD Graduate Abra Vigna

Grad Student Vigna: The Power of Self-Compassion

Abra Vigna, PhD Human Development & Family Studies As a researcher of LGBTQ+ youth with both her Master’s and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the School of Human Ecology, Abra Vigna has a firm understanding of the ways in which our identities comprise the very core of our own human ecological systems. […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Emily Ostertag Working to Design New SERF Building

Who better to help design the UW-Madison South East Recreational, or the SERF, than former UW-Madison swimmer and SoHE alumna Emily Ostertag (’06, ’08)? Eight years after finishing her masters in Interior Architecture at SoHE, Emily gets to work with her firm, HOK, to combine her passion for swimming, design and her alma mater in a”dream project.” […]

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WID Summer Weaving Lab Being Lead by SoHE’s Marianne Fairbanks

Weaving Lab: Plain Cloth Productions Interconnectivity is at the foundation of weaving. Textiles rely on the principle that multiple entities that were once separate, like fiber or thread, can become interwoven together into one whole. In their weaving lab, Design Studies professor Marianne Fairbanks and her small team of students take the interconnectivity of weaving […]

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SoHE Student Megan Donovan Awarded Another Scholarship For Retail Excellence

It was only a few months ago when Megan Donovan earned a $10,000 award from Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship that supports students seeking fashion industry professions. Now, the Retail and Consumer Behavior grad has been recognized by Natural Insight for her ongoing focus on using technology to enhance in-store execution and consumer experiences. In May, Natural Insight, a […]

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UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee Plans for Future in Clean Energy Competition

Team ‘Net Zero Wisconsin’ Takes Second Place in Nation-wide Engineering Student Design Competition The road to victory has been long for eight students studying the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, each majoring in Engineering or Interior Architecture. Last August 2015 they applied to the national U.S. Department of Engineering (DOE) Race to Zero […]

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SoHE Stories: May 16-20

Congratulations to Christine Whelan on the release of her new book, The Big Picture – click here for more information about the book!         What a wonderful end to the semester – last Friday the SoHE celebrated with our graduate students, their family members and friends prior to the formal ceremony at the […]

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SoHE Stories: May 9-15

Bogenschneider recieves Baldwin Grant Our very own Karen Bogenschneider received one of the Baldwin grants for her project Committee Connect: Connecting State Legislators and University of Wisconsin-Madison Researchers to Build Better Public Policy. To check out the full article click here!     SoHE Student and UW Athlete Traylor Featured Retailing and Consumer Behavior senior […]

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HDFS’s Albert Burgess-Hull Receives Fellowship

Congratulations to Albert Burgess-Hull, Human Development and Family Studies graduate student, who was recently awarded a competitive Social Network and Health Scholars (SNHS) Training Fellowship at Duke University. The NICHD funded (R25) program is designed to help bridge the gap between social network research demand and training. As a SNHS Fellow, Albert will participate in an […]

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Student Blog: The Process

While I was working one quiet Friday morning in the T3 offices, Professor Wei Dong came running in excitedly. He went right into Linda Zwicker’s office to tell her something important, I didn’t think anything of it, many professors come into our offices to chat with Linda. Minutes later, an excited Linda and Wei come […]

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SoHE Stories: April 16-22

What’s on the menu for this week’s Science Café? Two Community and Nonprofit Leadership undergrads and EcoWell facilitators, Hannah Bunting and Ayden Prehara, will be leading an interactive workshop that focuses on the topics of Privilege, Service Mindsets, and Youth Leadership! This is one Science Café you won’t want to miss. For event details, click here.

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SoHE News & Stories: April 11-15

Celebrate undergraduate achievement at the Undergraduate Symposium, Thursday, April 14, at Union South from noon – 6 p.m. More than 540 students including several SoHE students – will be a part of the day with talks, posters sessions, displays, film, and performance workshops representing their accomplishments in the arts, service, and research. See the full […]

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Badgers4Retail Team at Kohl’s Invitational Case Competition

A team of four Retailing and Consumer Behavior students took first place in the Kohl’s Invitational Case Competition. Twelve university teams made it to the semi-finals with SoHE’s Badgers4Retail team winning the $5,000 scholarship award. Team members Kendra Trost, Emma Pluim, Krystal Jacobs, and Jordan Peterson were announced as the winning group during event on April 6 […]

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SoHE Stories: April 1 – 7

Come to this week’s Science Café April 8th! Professor Christine Whelan from the Consumer Science department will be leading the interactive workshop on “Consuming Happiness.” This is one café you won’t want to miss. For event details, click here!     Wisconsin’s votes are in and SoHE’s Associate Dean Connie Flanagan was quoted in a Journal Sentinel opinion […]

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SoHE Stories: March 24-31

Looking to get out of that post-Spring Break slump? Come to this week’s Science Café on Friday, April 1. The menu includes an interactive workshop lead by Dean Soyeon Shim, where she will be discussing the Science of Money and Happiness. This is one meal you don’t want to miss! Click here for details.

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SoHE Stories: March 11-17

Before you leave for Spring break, don’t forget to stop by this week’s Science Café on Friday, March 18th. Design Studies Professor, Mark Nelson, will leading a fascinating workshop on Socially Conscious Design. For more details, click here!       Assistant Professor Fenaba Addo (co-author of study), interviewed  in this story on NBC News, the story noting “African-American […]

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Thanks, Badgers!

Thanks badgers for making Thank a Badger Day a great success! Throughout campus there were 13 locations of students thanking badger alumni for their gifts to our school. When students wrote a post card to say thank you, they would get a free coffee. Five gallons of coffee and over 150 post cards later, SoHE […]