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For the week of July 31- August 7th, 2015

Check out what’s been happening within SoHE this week!


Solar Textile

Weaving Together Science and Art Into Endless Possibilities

Solar Textiles have never been explored before until now with the help of Marianne Fairbanks, assistant professor of design studies here at SoHE, along with the collaboration of Trisha Andrew, an energy research and assistant professor of chemistry at UW-Madison. This innovative idea lead Fairbanks, a co founder of Noon Solar’s solar-charging handbags, to the invention of weaving together a solar cell that’s wearable and usable for all types of technology. Fairbanks’ collaboration is making news, including Wisconsin Public Radio and Innovation in Textiles.



 Is self-control a muscle?

SoHE’s Christine Whelan was quoted in the CNN article How to beat smoking, other bad habits with better self-control that was also picked up by several other national outlets, including World Food News. Her work fits in with SoHE’s Eco Well Initiative that kicked off with summer yoga at SoHE and the new cross-campus EcoYou course developed by a SoHE departmental collaboration. The course is reported to be full with a waiting list.


Building Bridges One Inspirational Alumni At a TimeStacy-Igel-1-1024x681

Excited is an understatement for inspirational SoHE alum Stacy Igel, who’s work is displayed in Ruth Davis Design Gallery until August 7. The exhibit Building Bridges: SoHE In The Real World showcases Igel’s Boy Meets Girl project, a campaign that advocates for the Young Survival Coalition for Breast Cancer and Bully Bust.  The Design Gallery exhibit showcases work by SoHE students and alumni who were able to take their classroom experiences into real world experiences. Learn more about the exhibit from Igel’s experience by reading her personal blog post entitled The feeling of being featured in an Exhibit!


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