SoHE News & Events: Feb 7–13

Child smiles over school lunch tray

Image: “Washable Trays,” by Meriwether Lewis Elementary, creative commons.

Thanks for reading our weekly roundup of news and events at the School of Human Ecology. Have something we should know about? Email Public Relations Manager Serena Larkin, or submit your SoHE event via this form. View past issues of news and events here.

SoHE scholars in the news

Gaddis op-ed in New York Times

Civil Society and Community Studies faculty member Dr. Jennifer Gaddis had an op-ed in the New York Times Monday advocating for more parents and kids to opt into school lunch. The piece builds from her years of research on the topic and her recently published book The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in America’s Public Schools. The op-ed was also already cited in an article in the Austin-American Statesman.

Angus promotes “moments of wonder” in Isthmus

A review in the local alt weekly The Isthmus of the current faculty exhibition show at the Chazen highlights the work of Jennifer Angus, SoHE’s Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology who teaches in the Design Studies department.

Kallenborn in AOW

Carolyn Kallenborn, SoHE’s Jane Rafferty Thiele Professor in Human Ecology, gave an interview to the AOW Handmade Journal on her principles and methods in working with artisans in Mexico.

New research from SoHE faculty

Wong on materialism and happiness between US and East Asian cultures

Dr. Nancy Wong, the Kohl’s Chair in Retail Innovation of the Consumer Science department at SoHE, has a new paper in the Journal of Happiness Studies comparing East Asian and U.S. attitudes toward materialism and their respective relationships to happiness in people of those cultures.

Raison on exercise benefits in women with major depressive disorder

Newly published research in the journal Brain, Behavior, & Immunity – Health examines the role exercise can play in women with major depressive disorder (MDD). Dr. Charles Raison, SoHE’s Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families, along with colleagues, assessed the cytokine responses in 19 women with MDD after variably intensive sessions of exercise, which can reduce inflammatory activity associated with depression.

Upcoming events

Carter on natural history collecting in the 19th century

As part of its 150-year anniversary celebration, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters will host a reception and panel discussion, including Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, SoHE’s Visiting Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture, in the James Watrous Gallery of the Overture Center next Thursday, February 20. More info.

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