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SoHE News & Events: April 12-18

In Anticipation of Threads 2019 In a few weeks, the Madison Masonic Center will be hosting one of SoHE’s most beloved events Threads: Fashion Show. Threads is a yearly fashion show that showcases Textile and Fashion Design students’ various projects from the school year. Dubbing Helen Louise Allen as the ‘Point of Muse’ for students, […]

Puppet Gloves for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Finger Puppet Gloves

Puppet Glove, Denmark, 1968, 8 in. x 8 in. Alissa Donovan is a 3rd-year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Textiles enrich our daily lives in many ways, and have been doing so since the beginning of civilization. Textiles have served as protection, beauty, practicality, and art. Possibly the […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 29- April 4

Flanagan’s Expertise on Youth and Politics | Feng Shui = Harmony notes Wei Dong  Connie Flanagan, associate dean of SoHE, was quoted in a Wisconsin Watch article about young voters and politics. Flanagan touches some of the reason why young voter turn out rates are much lower compared to other age groups. When young voters […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 22-28

Robb Gives Financial Advice | Halpern-Meekin on WPR Robb Gives Financial Advice to Graduating Students Cliff Robb gives financial advice to graduating students on how to save money in a recent Herald Times article. He advises many of those who are starting entry-level positions in altruistic fields to look into different resources available like federal […]

Futon Cover Fragment

Textile Tuesday: Chrysanthemum Print

Futon Cover Fragment, Japan, 1868-1912, 14×13 in  By Sophie Downs, a fourth year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design.  This floral piece of cloth is a futon cover fragment from Japan from the turn of the twentieth century. A futon (pronounced fu-tone not fu-tan) is a Japanese style of bed that is essentially […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 1-7

Kirkorian on Choosing Apps for Children | Raison to Attend Elevate Kirkorian on Choosing Quality Apps for Children Heather Kirkorian, PhD, along with other colleagues, were recently cited in a Bristol Herald Courier article on how parents should choose quality apps for children to make screen time worthwhile. Some tips include looking at the app’s […]

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SoHE News and Events: February 15-21

Kirkorian Quoted on WRMZ | Halpern-Meeking on WPR | Vivian Empowers Communities to Overpower Diabetes Kirkorian on Children and Interactive Media Heather Kirkorian, PhD, was recently quoted in an interview by a WFMZ, a Pennsylvania and New Jersey news outlet. The article cites her research that determines if 2-year-olds learn best from interactive digital media. […]

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Textile Tuesday: Chinese Lady

Embroidery and Weaving, 1986, United States of America, 11x10in. By Mary Pasko, a third year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design If one takes a gander at the incredible, intricate, and colorful pieces in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, one might not notice a tiny yet marvelous piece: Chinese Lady created […]

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SoHE News & Events: January 4-10

Cliff Robb Speaks on the Cost of Borrowing In a recently published Journal Sentinel article, Associate Professor Cliff Robb talks about the increased interest rates in 2019. He cautions students about the heightened rates on federal student loans as well as private loans from lenders. He ends his interview by advising anyone who is borrowing money to […]

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SoHE News & Events: December 14-20

Lauren Papp Co-chairs Committee to Find New Dean of Students Professor and Associate Dean Lauren Papp will be co-chairing the committee to find a new Dean of Students alongside Billie Welsh, chair of Associated Students of Madison. Following Lori Berquam’s departure, the 20-member committee made up of students, faculty and staff will conduct a search for […]

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Neviaser, Toon, Sponem, Fitzgerald-SoHE’s 2018 Alumni Award Winners

Awards presented to SoHE alums Neviaser, Toon, Sponem, and Fitzgerald On September 28, 2018, four distinguished SoHE graduates were presented with Alumni Awards by Dean Soyeon Shim; B. Ann Neviaser, Al Toon, Kim Sponem, and Seamus Fitzgerald. With introductions by 2017 alumni award winners, the awards ceremony took place during the Back to School alumni […]

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SoHE News and Events: September 14-20

Dr. Charles Raison Leads Study on How Protein in Blood Can Predict Effectiveness of Depression Drugs Charles Raison, MD, and his research team have uncovered a relationship between people’s response to a drug and protein in their blood that can help predict the effectiveness of the treatment. This relationship could be beneficial for mental health […]

Design Thinking

Design Thinking Beyond UW-Madison with CNPL Grad Molly Reddy

When Molly Reddy ’10 started her academic studies at UW-Madison, she did not know how much her life path would be impacted by design thinking and the School of Human Ecology (SoHE).  In fact, design thinking had not yet been established at the UW-Madison. As a freshman, Reddy started as a College of Letters and […]

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SoHE News and Events: August 3-9

SoHE Named Best Building to Have Class In Badger Herald released an timely article for SOAR students on the best and worst buildings to have classes in. Ranked amongst other fan favorites like Science Hall and Grainger, SoHE topped the list with the help of newer classrooms and, of course, the Nature Calls first-floor bathrooms. Kallenborn […]

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SoHE News and Events: July 13-19

Raison in the news | APLUS research gains more attention SoHE’s Charles Raison Media Research by HDFS Professor Charles Raison, MD, continues to receive media attention. He was  interviewed and quoted for a Proto magazine feature story about new tools that can help relief those who are struggling with depression and interviewed for a CNN […]

Student riding her project she made in Design Studies 341

Student Use Design Thinking to Improve ‘Farm-to-Table’ Experience

A four-week summer course provided students with an inside-look at solving real problems using the Design Thinking’s “innovate-prototype-test” process. Design Studies and Engineer majors enrolled in DS 341: Design Thinking for Transformation focused on how to improve the farmer’s market experience for consumers. How might we…? Class was held in the recently opened UW MakerSpace. […]

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Meet New HDFS Grad Olivia Saleh

This year 382 students graduated with a SoHE major. One was Olivia Saleh (’18), a Brooklyn, NY, native who earned a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Learn more about this recent grad and new SoHE alumna. How did choose your HDFS major? I am incredibly curious about how and why people become who […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 1-7

Burgess-Hull Wins Award | TFD Student Receives AATCC Award | Warmath on Cool Credit Cards Albert Burgess-Hull Wins Postdoctoral Preparation Institute Travel Award Graduate student Albert Burgess-Hull, M.S. was selected for the Postdoctoral Preparation Institute Travel Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Resources Program. With this award, Burgess-Hull will be attending the 2018 […]

Flower Power: Threads from the 1960s on Display Until July 27th

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is housed right across from the Ruth Davis Design Gallery on the first floor of Nancy Nicholas Hall. Every 10-12 weeks, the displays in the large windows are rotated out and a new textiles are unveiled. On May 7, floral prints from the 1960s were displayed. Helen Louise Allen Textile […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that […]

The Translation Project

The Translation Project

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 4,908 out of 43,820 UW Madison students sought help from University Health Services for mental illness, which led to a 2.2 increase of client visits. The growing number of students struggling with mental health inspired The Translation Project, a visual campaign focusing on creating a dialogue about mental illness and […]

Dean Shim is pictured with SoHE Alum Tony Granato

Dean Shim’s Travels

Throughout the state and around the world, Dean Soyeon Shim is a frequent traveler for SoHE. She attends conferences, gathers with alumni, connects with students, presents research, and spends time with her family. Here she calls out a few highlights from 2017-2018. Follow Dean Shim on Twitter at @uwdeanshim Maintaining Faculty Excellence Annual gifts provide […]

Design Thinking

Students Discuss Living the Good Life With Design Thinking

SoHE’s Design Thinking initiative is evolving our school’s culture and curriculum. Through it, we are equipping UW-Madison students with the skills and tools to solve both simple and complex problems in a way that improves people’s lives and well-being. In other words, teaching them how to find answers the human ecology way. This five-step process […]

Aaron Thomas Kellerhuis weaving his textile.

TFD Student Story: Aaron Kellerhuis turns cloth into fashion

  Aaron Thomas Kellerhuis is a senior in the Textiles and Fashion Design (TFD) program with a textile concentration. He came to UW-Madison with an Associate’s in Arts from Madison College, formerly MATC, and graduated in December 2017 with Distinctive Honors. We interviewed him just before his graduation. SoHE: How did you find out about […]