CNPL News

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SoHE News & Events: Nov 28–Dec 5

SoHE faculty give holiday shopping season trends and tips | Duncan launches new study on Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting | Raison on rebooting your PM hours | Carter discusses an odd new feature on wealthy diners’ plates | New research: Horowitz on Indigenous mineral rights in the Russian Arctic

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Giving Tuesday advice from the Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies

Six tips from Executive Director Mary Beth Collins—and her decades of experience in nonprofit and philanthropic settings.

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SoHE News & Events: Nov 22–27

SoHE-led research for families affected by incarceration featured by Institute for Research on Poverty | Fairbanks launches Hello! Loom | Call for posters opens for CCFW 2020 conference | Q&A with Jen Gaddis in FERN’s Ag Insider and WORT Radio | Sarmadi’s research informs proposed legislation in PA | Psilocybin research by Raison gets key approval from FDA

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SoHE News & Events: Nov 15–21

Research: Youth involvement in Madison planning process | Teaching Poverty 101 workshop opens applications | Forbes notes SoHE’s Badger$ense program | Research: SoHE grad student publishes on increasing minority participation in cancer clinical trials | Grad student interviews Menominee forester for Edge Effects | Research: Spouse and caregiver roles and recognition | Badger Herald features Hartley’s Down Syndrome-Alzheimer’s research | Angus show a “wondrous environment”—plus, “Bugsgiving”! | Feedback survey for Day of the Dead Community Altar Project

Brenda Baker and Bird Ross, co-founders of Wisconsin Artists Forward Fund and local artists themselves, flank Jennifer Angus and Dakota Mace at the awards reception for the inaugural Forward Art Prize, which Angus and Mace have been awarded for 2019.

SoHE News & Events: November 8-14

Gaddis op-ed in Teen Vogue | Angus and Mace win major art prize | Sarmadi’s “blaze pink” research featured in policy brief | Grad student Williams publishes on culturally responsive evaluation | Huambachano discusses food sovereignty | Moskowitz lectures to Madison Knitters Guild

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The P.O.W.E.R. Collective @ SoHE

Critical Research//Community Engagement//Radical Advancement House in SoHE’s Civil Society and Community Research department, The P.O.W.E.R. Collective—People.Of.Wisdom.Eternally.Revolutionizing—consists of graduate students on a mission to support research, political and community action programs, and professional development for and by communities of color. While not new to campus, the group has found a new online presence on the SoHE […]

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SoHE News & Events: November 1-7

Raison’s research featured in Vice | Keeler on the 1950s erasure of Indian Country | Sarmadi to discuss sustainable plastics at Chazen | Angus talks insect art on podcast | New SoHE faculty member Alvin Thomas featured by UW

Detail of textiles featured in the Intersections exhibit at SoHE. Photo by Dakota Mace

Wisconsin’s First Indigenous Peoples Day: Celebrate with SoHE

Resources and opportunities from the School of Human Ecology, including a handout for students.

Crystal Yichen Zhao speaks at the Madison Climate Strike Rally September 20, 2019. Photo by Alissa Herring, used with permission.

Activism at SoHE: From the Classroom to the Capitol

A conversation between climate strike speaker and SoHE undergrad Crystal Yichen Zhao and a SoHE professor who researches youth activism, Dr. Connie Flanagan, shows how SoHE lessons transfer from research to action.

View of the "Intersections" exhibit in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery at SoHE.

SoHE News & Events: Sep 27–Oct 3

“Intersections” show glowingly reviewed in The Isthmus | Major funding awarded to research financial vulnerability | Christine Whelan talks clothing rental | Jennifer Gaddis in Mother Jones | Jennifer Angus show opening soon in St. Pete

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Five New Faculty Join SoHE This Fall

SoHE welcomes Drs. Yiwei Zhang, Mariaelena Huambachano, Brian McInnes, Megan Doherty Bea, and Alvin Thomas.

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SoHE News and Events: June 14-20

CNPL’S NINJA WARRIORS| PAPP ON MONEY & RELATIONSHIPS Community and Nonprofit Leadership Twins on American Ninja Warrior Identical twins Marquez and Nathan Green, community and nonprofit leadership majors, competed on American Ninja Warrior earlier this spring. Their episode is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Central Time on Monday, June 24. Marquez and Nathan plan […]

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Wild Turnips for White Corn Project

Building Tribal Food Sovereignty on the Fort Peck Reservation Using Oral History and Digitally Mapped Trade Networks Indigenous food sovereignty is about more than just getting healthy, local food into urban Native centers and onto reservations. Indigenous food sovereignty works to rebuild and strengthen communities’ relationships to the land. For centuries, settler colonialism disrupted the […]

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Tune in: The Skinny on School Lunch with SoHE’s Prof Gaddis on HBO

The episode was released May 10 and can still be seen on HBO. Watch the teaser here.  Jennifer Gaddis was featured on this week’s episode of Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas on HBO. Gaddis, Assistant Professor in Civil Society and Community Studies, has conducted interviews with a number of sites, including Minneapolis Public Schools, to bring light […]

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The Ecology of Well-being: New Faculty Hires Underway

The University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Nursing, School of Human Ecology, and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies are currently searching for three new faculty members who are interested in creating meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with tribal communities and sovereign Native Nations through interdisciplinary research and outreach. While each school has a unique set of requirements […]

Design Thinking

Design Thinking Beyond UW-Madison with CNPL Grad Molly Reddy

When Molly Reddy ’10 started her academic studies at UW-Madison, she did not know how much her life path would be impacted by design thinking and the School of Human Ecology (SoHE).  In fact, design thinking had not yet been established at the UW-Madison. As a freshman, Reddy started as a College of Letters and […]

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Meet New Professor Kasey Keeler

The Native American Nations of the United States, and those of Wisconsin, have demonstrated marked resilience over several decades.  In a rapidly changing world, they also face complex contemporary challenges that need attention. SoHE, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and others, continues to work closely […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 22-28

Students travel to China | Bennett’s artist-in-residence | Kirkorian research feature | Collins is “Big” of the year | APLUS research coverage | Kerr on “dad brains” Consumer Science’s Dr. Nancy Murray and Students in China This May, Teaching Professor Dr. Nancy Murray spent the month in China with a group of students studying abroad […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 8-14

CSCS Professor Bakken Releases New Book Civil Society and Community Studies Professor Lori Bakken, Ph.D., recently published a book, titled Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth: A Guide to Program Evaluation with Stakeholders and Communities. Bakken pulls from over 25 years worth of experience as an evaluator, educator, and researcher, highlighting the approaches, tools, and techniques that are […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 4 – 10

Assoc. Prof. Bakken publishes book | Fashion show award winners |   Associate Professor Lori Baaken Publishes New Book CNPL Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Lori Bakken, M.S., Ph.D., published her new book, Evaluation Practice for Collaborative Growth: A Guide to Program Evaluation with Stakeholders and Communities. It’s described as highlighting “the approaches, tools, and techniques that […]

Design Thinking

Students Discuss Living the Good Life With Design Thinking

SoHE’s Design Thinking initiative is evolving our school’s culture and curriculum. Through it, we are equipping UW-Madison students with the skills and tools to solve both simple and complex problems in a way that improves people’s lives and well-being. In other words, teaching them how to find answers the human ecology way. This five-step process […]

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100+ Years: SoHE & the Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Idea first sparked to life in 1914. That was the year federal funding established Cooperative Extension at UW-Madison. The same funding expanded home economics education—the field of study that became the seed of today’s human ecology. The goal of that 1914 initiative was to bring health and development research into Wisconsin farmhouses, and […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 20 – 26

Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award winner | Locals team up to help Kenyan girls SoHE student wins Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergrad Award Taylor Gilbertson is the recipient of this year’s Morgridge Center for Public Service Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award that recognizes students who have made the community a priority during their […]