SoHE News: June 5-11

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Image: Chicago Board of Trade Building, Chicago, Illinois, by Ken Lund, cc.

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.

From the blog

Dean Shim shared a message with SoHE students in solidarity with the movement for Black lives, and Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, gave a Q&A on the free mental health discussion group for Black men that he helps run with other area leaders.

SoHE scholars in the news

Addo on the racial wealth disparity in the stock market rebound

An article in Yahoo! Finance discussed how the recent stock market rally will not benefit most Black families. Dr. Fenaba Addo, Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) of Consumer Science, was quoted throughout.

Halpern-Meekin op-ed anticipates the next wave of poverty

Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, penned an op-ed in the Cap Times anticipating what she calls “The Crisis to Come: Poverty after the Pandemic.”

Thomas on Badger Talks and profiled by University of Michigan

University Communications’ Veronica Rueckert interviewed Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, for the Badger Talks program about his research and work addressing the mental health of Black men and boys. He was also featured in an alumni profile (pages 4 and 9) by the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women.

Bartfeld on family food security with WPR

Dr. Judi Bartfeld, the Meta Schroeder Beckner Outreach Professor in Consumer Science, spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio about how COVID-19 has compounded structural food access challenges for families.

In memoriam: Mark Anthony Rolo, an Ojibwe journalist who taught at SoHE

Indian Country Today and The Progressive memorialized Mark Anthony Rolo, longtime Washington bureau chief for ICT and also a contributor to numerous outlets, as well as a playwright, teacher, and author. Rolo taught “Communicating with Key Audiences” and “Community Newswriting” at SoHE from 2005 to 2011, according to Civil Society and Community Studies department chair, Dr. Cynthia Jasper: “Mark Anthony was a gifted teacher. He had the most wonderful sense of humor and working with him was fun. Students appreciated his ability to teach by bringing humor as well as his life experiences into the classroom setting.”

Personal finance online undergraduate degree written up in On Wisconsin magazine

An article in the latest issue of the On Wisconsin alumni magazine profiles the new personal finance online undergraduate degree at SoHE, UW–Madison’s first such degree. Dr. Nancy Wong, Chair of the Consumer Science department, which will confer the degree, explained that the program’s high demand and nimble operations positioned it well for online piloting. Applications for the program are due July 15.

Raison on low-dose aspirin to treat depression in elderly

Dr. Charles Raison, Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, commented in Medpage Today about a new study questioning the effectiveness of low-dose aspirin to prevent depression in elderly people.

New research from SoHE

Poehlmann-Tynan Sesame Workshop intervention helps families

A new paper from Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, SoHE’s Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology, finds that the intervention materials she developed with Sesame Workshop improve outcomes for families with an incarcerated parent. The paper is available in Development and Psychopathology from Cambridge University Press.

Halpern-Meekin describes “social poverty” in Contexts

Dr. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, has published a new article in Contexts describing her concept of “social poverty.” Halpern-Meekin published a book on the subject last year with NYU Press, Social Poverty: Low-Income Parents and the Struggle for Family and Community Ties.

Vivian dissertation: “Chasing a Dream Against All Odds”

Dr. Eva Marie Vivian, a professor in the UW School of Pharmacy and a recent graduate of SoHE’s Civil Society and Community Research PhD program, has published her dissertation online. “Chasing a Dream Against All Odds” discusses interventions designed to produce resilient behaviors in youth of color living in poverty.

Congratulations

Huambachano and Poehlmann-Tynan win UW Global Health Institute research awards

Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, Assistant Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies, and Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology of Human Development and Family Studies, have both won awards in the Seed Grants category of the UW Global Health Institute‘s competitive grants and awards for 2020. Huambachano will conduct a base-line study on the contribution of Indigenous peoples’ knowledge of food systems and well-being to equity and sustainability, and Poehlmann-Tynan will seek a global estimate of the numbers of children with incarcerated parents and their well-being.

Nix’s Baldwin Wiscsonsin Idea Endowment award noted by university

The university wrote up the eight projects that received awards from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, including expansion of the Positive Parenting Program across rural Wisconsin proposed by Dr. Robert Nix, Integrated Specialist in Diverse and Underserved Children, Families, and Communities and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and UW–Extension’s Brook Berg.

Sarmiento and Kerr win Baldwin seed project grants

Dr. Carolina Sarmiento, Assistant Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies, and Dr. Margaret Kerr, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, have both won Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment seed grants to support their research. Sarmiento, along with Vivien Ahrens, a recent graduate of SoHE’s Civil Society and Community Research PhD program, will help Centro Hispano of Dane County develop participatory evaluation tools for its work. Kerr will look to support Wisconsin fathers with targeted programming that helps them engage their children in positive ways. Read more on the Provost’s announcement page.

CNPL 2020 grad Marin Smith wins 2020 Dr. Don Gray Leadership Award

Marin Smith, a 2020 graduate majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, has won the 2020 Dr. Don Gray Leadership Award for their outstanding accomplishments as a leader in SoHE’s Civil Society and Community Studies department, on campus, and in the community. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 unrestricted gift.

Events

Thomas to join UW Now Livestream panel next Tuesday

Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and a clinical psychologist specializing in the mental health of men and boys, Black youth, and fatherhood, will join the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association’s UW Now Livestream next Tuesday for a panel discussion on mental health with Dr. Richard Davidson of the Center for Healthy Minds.

DiPrete Brown on feminist leadership, education, and the future

Tonight, Thursday, June 11, Lori DiPrete Brown, Distinguished Faculty Associate of Community and Nonprofit Leadership and Civil Society and Community Studies, along with SoHE alumna and 4W Assistant Director Olivia Dahlquist, will join the Feminist Fireside Chat virtual discussion series, for a talk titled “Feminist Leadership, Education and the Future: Can we Build Back Better?” The series is hosted by PLACE, the office of Professional Learning and Community Engagement in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It was created to re-energize, refocus and inspire women who are working in pre-K-12 schools during the pandemic. DiPrete Brown and Dahlquist shared related notes here (PDF).

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