SoHE News

Demonstrators on John Nolen Drive in Madison, June 1, 2020, from Dean Shim's home

SoHE Solidarity: A Message to Our Students

Dean Shim, on behalf of the School of Human Ecology at UW–Madison, addresses students directly on recent police violence against Black Americans and resulting uprisings nationwide.

Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

Newly released funding opportunities include USDA NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE) for community-based health programs, due July 1. AccessLex Institute invites Letters of Intent (LOI) for its Financial Education Research Grant program, due June 30. RSP requests researchers report pandemic-related impacts to their sponsored projects via a newly developed reporting tool.

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SoHE News: May 22-28

Design History PhD student wins major research award, McInnes describes the “wau” in Wisconsin place names, incoming undergrad wins Summit Credit Union scholarship, Whelan remembers an unorthodox self-help author, and more.

Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

Spencer Foundation’s Large Research Grants Program Intent to Apply deadline is June 18, with full applications due July 14. The Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports early-career faculty doing implementation research in the early care and education workforce – LOI due June 30. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released grant guidelines for its FY2021 programs in Education Research and Special Education Research – LOI due June 11. A small grants environmental and sustainability program from Quadratec invites applications, due June 30. For graduate students: Open Society Foundations has a grant program for non-U.S.-born doctoral students doing social science or humanities research in their home countries, due July 22. In NSF news, the agency is extending its deadline for requiring new formats for biosketch and current and pending support.

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Design Studies PhD Student Natalie Wright Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Natalie Wright, who just completed her first year of PhD coursework in Design Studies, has won the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Recognized as a top applicant, Wright will research histories of making and disability under the mentorship of Professors Marina Moskowitz and Sarah Anne Carter.

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SoHE News: May 15-21

New faculty coming to SoHE, Addo on utility bills for struggling families, upcoming webinar on student debt management, and more.

Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program in the social sciences is accepting applications through June 25. A reminder that the OVCRGE’s Grant Writing Boot Camp for social scientists has a June 1 application deadline. In research-related news, UW-Madison has new fringe benefit rates for FY21. And NIH has released its annual summary of funding and award metrics for FY19.

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Positive Parenting Program Wins Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Award

Dr. Robert Nix, of Human Development and Family Studies, and Extension colleague Brook Berg win a $110,000 award to support a family well-being program in 16 rural counties and tribal nations representing the highest-risk parts of Wisconsin.

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Dr. Melody Harvey to Join Consumer Science in Fall 2020

Currently the National Poverty Fellow at the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Harvey studies how public policies affect economically vulnerable populations in the U.S., with a focus on the effects of K-16 financial education on the financial outcomes of youth and young adults across different socioeconomic groups.

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SoHE News: May 8-14

Soyeon profiled in Madison Magazine, Addo on America’s “subaltern middle class,” CNPL major profiled in Chicago Tribune, O’Brien anticipates a very different retail future, and more.

Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

Funding opportunities this week include Spencer Foundation COVID-19 impacts on educational inequality, due May 18; and Social Science Research Council small grants for COVID-19 research, due June 1. NIH funding opportunities include those for biopsychosocial research; Native American health; and maternal health racial disparities. NSF Developmental Sciences (DS) program’s annual funding cycle has a deadline of July 15. Campus is offering a Grant-Writing Boot Camp for social scientists, apply by June 1. RSP has a new webpage addressing furlough impacts on sponsored programs.

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Two New Design Studies Faculty to Join SoHE

Drs. Nastaran Shishegar and Uchita Vaid will teach in the Interior Architecture program.

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Video: Finding Your “Pandemic Purpose”

Dr. Christine Whelan offers a brief guide to managing one’s new routines, challenges, and opportunities, alongside a roundup of other resources from SoHE faculty addressing the COVID-19 crisis.


SoHE News: May 1-7

Student accomplishments to celebrate, Collins joins Crossroads of Ideas COVID-19 discussion, Addo on financial impacts for millennials, and more.

Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

The Center for Financial Security is interested in funding research on the impacts of COVID-19 on Social Security programs. The Craft Futures Fund invites proposals for creative craft projects related to COVID-19, due May 12. The SMPH at UW-Madison is overseeing an internal competition for the Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Awards, due May 28. NIH standard grant application deadlines are approaching for parent R01 (June 5) and R03 and R21 (June 16) grant applications. NSF Social Psychology and Sociology programs have upcoming deadlines in July and August. NIGMS at the NIH is offering webinars on a variety of topics of interest to graduate students, post-docs and faculty researchers. RSP has released comprehensive FAQs about international research collaborations and what must be reported in grant applications and progress reports.

Danielle Wendricks and Nina Sugaya, SoHE Undergraduate Students and winners of Morgridge Wisconsin Idea Fellowships

SoHE Undergrads to Lead Two Wisconsin Idea Fellowship Projects

Congratulations to Danielle Wendricks (CNPL) and Nina Sugaya (IA)! Their projects, two of just nine awarded this year, will address local hunger relief and biomass energy production in Kenya.

A graduation tassel with a pendant of the W crest is pictured with a University of Wisconsin-Madison diploma cover on May 1, 2014. The picture was created to promote UW-Madison's upcoming commencement ceremony.

Human Ecology MS students give virtual symposium on capstone projects

Congratulations to the 2020 class of graduates from SoHE’s applied master’s degree in Human Ecology! View their virtual symposium of a wide-ranging series of capstone projects, covering topics from Hmong-American women’s mental health to supporting children of deployed military members.


SoHE News: Apr 24–30

Whelan on the baby boom (or bust), Fairbanks featured by Wisconsin Idea Seminar, CFS webinar now online, and more.

Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood invites LOIs for its upcoming deadline of May 31. USDA NIFA invites applications to the New Beginning for Tribal Students Program, due June 12.

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SoHE News: Apr 17–23

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Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

SMPH medRAMP now offers a listing of both UW and external COVID-19 funding opportunities. USDA expanded its AFRI program to include rapid response proposals for agriculture and food systems, due June 4 . Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks proposals for its Pioneering Ideas call, rolling deadline. RRF Foundation for Aging invites proposals for its next grant cycle, due August 3. This week’s NIH Nexus highlights a tool to mine and analyze COVID-19 research articles; provides updates to FAQs; and offers practical advice to proposers impacted by the pandemic. Also, be sure to check out UW-Madison’s knowledgebase that summarizes the features and options available for online video meetings and conferences.

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CDMC Director Publishes Handbook on Material Culture

A Q&A with Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, co-editor of the new Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture.

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HDFS Grad Student Connects Families in Need with Local Farms’ Produce

Mariela Quesada Centeno is linking area Latinx and Indigenous families struggling financially due to COVID-19 with “resilience boxes” of purchased and donated produce from southwest Wisconsin farms.