SoHE News & Stories: March 31- April 7

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Take a look at what’s happening at SoHE this week!

Lori BakkenBakken: Evaluation, Ethics and Integrity

Associate Professor Lori Bakken has been named to the American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles For Evaluators.  The AEA is a professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7100 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as over 60 foreign countries.

Bakken is a co-author on a chapter in a book to be released in early May – Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Health Care intended to “improve clinical competence and performance, deliver better health care and enhance patient outcomes…and keeping practitioners’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and performance current and patient centered.”

People discussing ideas in workplaceLet’s Talk About Money and Equality

Professor Christine Whelan had the opportunity to meet with NBC 15 to speak about Equal Pay Day on April 4th and what it means for equity.  Although, wage gaps still exist, she encouraged individuals to talk about this issue. “Money is not a dirty conversation to discuss and shedding light on it is how we get toward equality,” Whelan said. Learn more about the discussion here.


Parents with child who has autismSoHE Faculty and Autism Research Gains National Attention 

Over the past few months, Associate Professor Sigan Hartley has received a wide array of attention after a recent study that focuses on couples raising children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her research on the day-to-day challenges has been published by Arizona Daily Star, Psych Central, Wisconsin Public Radio and NBC 15. She also had the opportunity to comment on Sesame Street’s new character, Julia, who faces the same struggles of autism. Take a look at the interview with Channel 3000.

Picture of Awards side by side.Congratulations to SoHE Undergraduates Maddie and Lauren

Two SoHE undergrads have been awarded the 2017-2018 Wisconsin Idea Fellowships after a rigorous application process. Junior Maddie Zimmerman and sophomore Lauren Silber are both Human Development and Family Studies majors. Together, they’re planning to collaborate with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Promoting Awareness Victim Education (PAVE), and the UW Greek Community to bring awareness to dating violence and foster strategy projects.

Woman doing yoga aloneFinding the Benefits of Solitude

In a recent story published by the Today Show, Professor Christine Whelan dives into the difference between loneliness and solitude. Learn how choosing to spend time alone can be beneficial for our health.

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