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Dean Shim voices support for international students
Dean Soyeon Shim wrote a message to the SoHE community voicing her support for international students after a new guidance from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office last week on the Student Exchange and Visitor Program. The guidance was ultimately rescinded Tuesday afternoon, and Dean Shim updated her message then.
Junior Scholars Intensive Training year two goes virtual
The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center hosted its second annual Junior Scholars Intensive Training program in June, supporting the relationship- and skills-building of early-career researchers who are underrepresented in the field.
Harvey wins BBVA grant to research secondary school financial education
Dr. Melody Harvey, joining SoHE this fall as Assistant Professor in Consumer Science, has won one of seven international financial education research grants from BBVA to support her investigation of the effectiveness of financial education programs in secondary schools to change young people’s behaviors and decisions.
Thomas wins ICTR AHEAD pilot award
Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, has won one of three grants from the 2020 UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) Pilot Program. The AHEAD grants support UW investigators conducting health disparities research with underserved populations. He also joined University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women+’s podcast Tuesday.
SoHE scholars in the news
Podcast: Halpern-Meekin talks poverty and the pandemic with Political Science department
Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, spoke with the 1050 Bascom podcast, a production of the UW–Madison political science department, about the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on millions of people in the US and around the world who live in poverty or have been pushed to the economic brink by the crisis.
Video: Collins discusses retirement savings racial disparities with Yahoo! Finance
Dr. J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Personal and Consumer Finance and the Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security at SoHE, spoke with Yahoo! Finance for its Funding Our Future series about the racial disparities in Americans’ retirement savings, particularly for Black Americans.
Radio: Whelan offers work-from-home tips to WPR listeners
Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of Money, Relationships and Equality Initiative and Clinical Professor of Consumer Science, shared a few work-from-home tips in a Wisconsin Public Radio piece about the anticipated continuation of the practice beyond the pandemic.
Wisconsin civic health report garners more coverage
Spectrum News 1 (Milwaukee) featured a recent report out of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“the CommNS”) on the state of civic health in Wisconsin. Authors of the report include CommNS Executive Director Mary Beth Collins and Civil Society and Community Studies PhD students Mallory VanMeeter and Garret Zastoupil.
Holden on credit cards for people with no credit
Professor emerita of Consumer Science Karen Holden spoke with WalletHub about credit card considerations and opportunities for people with no credit.
New research from SoHE
Skora Horgan and Poehlmann-Tynan on children’s video chats with incarcerated parents
Elizabeth Skora Horgan, the Shannon Graduate Fellow in Early Childhood Development and a PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies, is first author on a paper in the Journal of Children and Media with Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, SoHE’s Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology, describing the benefits of in-home video chats between children and their incarcerated parents.
CommNS to host virtual event on fundraising tactics in challenging times
- Don Gray, conference founder,
- Steve Goldberg, conference consultant and CommNS Advisory Board Member,
- Michael Johnson of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County,
- Courtney Polster of Agrace,
- Tom Linfield of the Madison Community Foundation, and
- Diane Ballweg, philanthropist and CommNS Advisory Board Member.