Category Archives: Personal Finance

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SoHE News & Events: Nov 28–Dec 5

SoHE faculty give holiday shopping season trends and tips | Duncan launches new study on Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting | Raison on rebooting your PM hours | Carter discusses an odd new feature on wealthy diners’ plates | New research: Horowitz on Indigenous mineral rights in the Russian Arctic

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SoHE News & Events: Nov 15–21

Research: Youth involvement in Madison planning process | Teaching Poverty 101 workshop opens applications | Forbes notes SoHE’s Badger$ense program | Research: SoHE grad student publishes on increasing minority participation in cancer clinical trials | Grad student interviews Menominee forester for Edge Effects | Research: Spouse and caregiver roles and recognition | Badger Herald features Hartley’s Down Syndrome-Alzheimer’s research | Angus show a “wondrous environment”—plus, “Bugsgiving”! | Feedback survey for Day of the Dead Community Altar Project

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SoHE News & Events: Sep 27–Oct 3

“Intersections” show glowingly reviewed in The Isthmus | Major funding awarded to research financial vulnerability | Christine Whelan talks clothing rental | Jennifer Gaddis in Mother Jones | Jennifer Angus show opening soon in St. Pete

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Understanding Poverty: Getting Beyond Just Dollars and Cents

A new book by SoHE professor Sarah Halpern-Meekin proposes the idea of “social poverty” as a key factor in people’s well-being and decisions.

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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 […]

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SoHE News & Events: January 18-24

Collins Quoted on ABC News | WSJ features textile collection Associate Professor Collins Speaks to ABC News on the Government Shutdown In a recent ABC News article, Associate Professor J. Michael Collins was quoted on the government shutdown’s impact on people who rely on food and housing programs and those living paycheck-to-paycheck. Collins studies consumer decision-making with […]

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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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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 […]