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Congratulations and Farewells to SoHE Faculty This Summer

Several Human Ecology faculty have earned promotions in their departments, and we bid farewell to several retiring faculty.

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SoHE News: June 19-25

Hartley on strategies for parents of children with developmental disabilities or autism, Moskowitz on politics in our textiles, Addo on COVID’s added economic impact for Black women, Wong on the future of consumer behavior, and more.

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CommNS Convenes Conversations on Racial Justice

Recently, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“the CommNS”) hosted two live, virtual conversations on the topic “Sustained Engagement for Racial Justice.” The events featured local and national leaders as panelists and drew hundreds of attendees for the live conversation.

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SoHE News: June 12-18

Poehlmann-Tynan research with Sesame Workshop featured by university, Thomas talks mental health with alumni for UW Now, CFS RDRC hosts its second annual Junior Scholars in Training program, and more.

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SoHE Launches New Capstone Certificate in Community & Nonprofit Leadership

Coursework equips emerging and established change agents with the skills to expand their impact.

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Carter to Lead UW Center for Design and Material Culture at SoHE

Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, currently Visiting Executive Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Design Studies, has accepted an invitation to serve as CDMC’s Executive Director beginning in fall of 2021.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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. Dr. Sarah Anne Carter is Visiting Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture and Visiting Assistant Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is co-editor of the very first Oxford Handbook […]

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SoHE News: Apr 10–16

CNPL major wins Truman Scholarship, Grad student connects local farms’ produce with Latino/Indigenous families in need, Consumer Science PhD alum publishes CDL research in Nature, Hartley featured on WPR and Wisconsin State Journal, Halpern-Meekin applies “social poverty” concept to understanding families’ COVID experiences, and more.

Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

Several open-access compilations of COVID-19 funding opportunities are now available. The Russell Sage Foundation has changed its immediate priorities for the next LOI deadline, May 25. The Research at UW newsletter is chock-full of updates, news, and resources for campus researchers. NIH Nexus provides a number of newsworthy updates relevant to applicants and awardees of NIH funding.