SoHE News and Stories: August 28 – September 3

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Check out what’s going on in SoHE this week!

HDFS Professor Raison Interviewed on MDMA as PTSD Treatment

Charles Raison

SoHE Professor Dr. Charles Raison was interviewed by Channel 3 news on his research regarding MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a possible treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Food and Drug Administration has referred to the drug as a “breakthrough therapy” in fighting the disorder that between 11 and 30 percent of veterens usuffer from. From a study of 107 patients, 61 percent of individuals reported a major reduction in the symptoms of PTSD. Watch Dr. Raison’s interview here.

UW Sophomores Eligible for Land O’ Lakes Agriculture Internship

Basket of vegetables in the sunlightThe Land O’ Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security program aims to expose college sophomores to the vast career opportunities in agriculture through a year-long fellowship. Throughout the year, these students will explore critical food security issues and agricultural challenges with university professors. They then receive a stipend and an 11-week paid summer internship to work with industry experts at Land O’ Lakes. Students of all majors are welcome to apply by October 30. For more information on this opportunity, click here.

SoHE’s Dr. Whelan Interviewed on Aligning Purpose, Values, Time & Money

Christine Whelan

In an effort to debunk myths surrounding money and relationships, Dr. Christine Whelan has recently developed a free workbook, Equal from the Start, in order to guide couples through conversations regarding their financial histories, personalities, goals, and futures. Dr. Whelan asserts that “once people understand their purpose, they can begin to align their spending habits with their values, which ultimately leads to a much more intentional and joy-filled life.” Read more about Dr. Whelan’s interest in the combination of relationships and money here.

Professor’s Pieces Coming to SoHE YouTube

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Starting last week, we’ve began posting our new “Professor’s Piece” clips on our YouTube channel. These short videos, funtioning as rapid-fire interviews, aim to let students get to know their professors in a fun, casual setting. Keep an eye out for these in the coming weeks, and let our amazing professors give you “a piece of their mind.” Professors Lesley Sager, Michael Maguire, and Nancy Murray have already been featured, so be sure to check them out!

Students from SoHE and India Co-Design


Last fall, SoHE students enrolled in a textile design class were paired with artisans in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India. Each of the 13 design teams, communicating only through the popular communication app, WhatsApp, developed a collection of scarves. Great friendships were formed as the students discovered design is a universal language that can cross cultures. Find out more about the project and the outcome here.

Professor Duncan’s Research Continues to be Cited

Dr. Larissa DuncanCiting research from Dr. Larissa Duncan, recently published an article on the effects of the mind on the fear and pain of childbirth. “Abundant research shows that mindfulness training is effective for working with physical pain,” Duncan says. Combined with mindfulness practices benefits towards stress, anxiety, and depression, research shows that this could be a great tool for future first-time moms. Read about Professor Duncan’s research here.

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