Category Archives: Personal Finance

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Cliff Robb’s Estate Planning for a Lifetime Presentation

Estate planning is essential for everyone, regardless of income level or assets, but can be a mysterious and intimidating process. Cliff Robb, Ph.D., Consumer Science Associate Professor, lays out strategies that help take the stress out of accumulating, using, and preserving assets for the future. He also explains how lack of estate planning drives the plot […]

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SoHE News and Events: November 9-15

Wagner Discusses New AAP Guidelines  |Robb’s Student Loan Paper Published + | Alter Exhibit Extended  |  Financial Life Skills Meets the Daily Cardinal   Dr. Amy Wagner on WPR and new AAP Guidance “Helping children learn to regulate their behavior and emotions starts with adults who are able to regulate their own behavior and emotions,” […]

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CFS Receives Funding for Research on Financially Vulnerable

Building on the strengths of its affiliates and partners, the Center for Financial Security (CFS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been awarded a five-year cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration’s Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC). The multidisciplinary center, housed in the School of Human Ecology, received the award along with three other […]

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SoHE News and Events: September 28-October 3

Student Loans & Relationships| Energy Insecurity | Beetle Wings & Textiles Assistant Professor Addo’s Studey on How Student Debt Impacts Relationships Assistant Professor Fenaba Addo’s findings in the recently published study The Changing Nature of the Association Between Student Loan Debt and Marital Behavior in Young Adulthood are being picked up by a range of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 15-21

CFS Director Collins Quoted in NYT Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security, Dr. J. Michael Collins, was quoted in a recent New York Times article titled 6 College-Money Lessons You Didn’t Learn in High School. Among advice from other experts, Collins suggests students create a spending plan in order to prevent excess […]

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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 […]

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100+ Years: SoHE & the Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Idea first sparked to life in 1914. That was the year federal funding established Cooperative Extension at UW-Madison. The same funding expanded home economics education—the field of study that became the seed of today’s human ecology. The goal of that 1914 initiative was to bring health and development research into Wisconsin farmhouses, and […]

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Kim Sponem, 2018 Wisconsin Idea Alumni Award Winner

Kim Sponem (’90) is committed to improving the financial well-being of families and cares deeply about her community at all levels: professional, local, and national. As CEO and President of one of the largest credit unions in Wisconsin since 2002, Sponem has received numerous awards for her leadership and community engagement. She regularly encourages women to […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 16 – March 22

Campus features YMA wins | Flanigan talks national Walkout Day | Collins wins Kohl’s funding SoHE’s TFD and R&CB students YMA scholarship wins capture campus attention SoHE students wins in the 2018 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund are featured in the UW News article Trent-setters: Badgers win big (again and again) in national fashion and design competition. […]

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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 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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APLUS Project: Research on Young Adult Maturity & Growth

Wave 4 of the first scientific, longitudinal study of young adults’ changing financial knowledge and practices was released in May 2017. The APLUS (Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students) project culminates eight years of research by SoHE’s Dean Soyeon Shim, PhD, who founded the study and now serves as co-principal investigator along with […]

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Financial Life Skills Receives Recognition

2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award: Organization The Financial Life Skills Program in the School of Human Ecology was one of 15 individuals, businesses, and organizations selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy for the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award. Criteria considered during the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the […]

Grad Student L’Esperance: Exploring Financial Decision-Making

Household Finance and Well-being In our modern world, life can be a series of big and small financial decisions. So how do individuals make these day-to-day decisions that can impact the rest of their lives? SoHE graduate student Madelaine L’Esperance is digging deeper into this question through her research, paying special attention to how people, particularly low-income […]

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From Helmand Province to Human Ecology

Marine Corps Veteran Timothy James (TJ) Larson didn’t know he wanted a career in personal finance, he simply thought of himself as a “money nerd who likes helping people.” Larson (BS Personal Finance expected May 2016) was raised in a family where conversations around managing money were part of everyday life. “I grew up setting […]

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Wearable Technology: Where Design & Function Connect

Launched in Fall 2013 by Assistant Professor Kevin Ponto, the Wearable Technology course is the nexus of design, innovation, imagination and function. Dr. Ponto has a joint appointment with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and his research objectives aim to “develop techniques to better the experience of virtual reality through new devices, interfaces, and techniques.” Dr. Ponto recently sat down with […]

Welcome new Director of Consumer Finance and Financial Planning

After conducting a national search, Professor Nancy Wong announced Linda Lepe as the new Director of Consumer Finance and Financial Planning in the Department of Consumer Science. Lepe’s experience in the financial services arena, coupled with her passion for teaching makes her a great fit for the program to become a magnet for students interested in helping […]

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Building a Career on Soft Money- Spots Available

There are still seats available in several sessions of: Building a Career on Soft Money:A Half Day for Research Academic Staff at UW-Madison Thursday, June 25, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Signe Skott Cooper Hall (the new School of Nursing building) 701 Highland Avenue UW-Madison Registration closes June 9th. Registration is free. Continental breakfast […]

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Money not lasting long enough? We can help you fix that!

The Consumer Science Department in the School of Human Ecology, with generous funding from the UW Credit Union, has launched a “Financial Life Skills” Course for UW-Madison freshmen and sophomores, enrollment for spring semester is underway now. The goal is to give students an understanding of key financial issues and opportunities facing them as they […]