Tag Archives: Human Development and Family Studies

Mom teaches daughter for work on laptop

Kirkorian Offers Screen Time Guidance for Caregivers

With millions of children learning from home or passing time during their parents’ workdays in the pandemic, Dr. Heather Kirkorian, SoHE’s Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development and an expert in young children’s screen-based learning, advises parents to develop a “three Cs” system—and to forgive themselves when they can’t always stick to it.

Scenes from the municipal market in Tucuru, Guatemala. Indigenous women of Guatemala’s Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before. With the help of a joint UN programme that’s empowering rural women, women's groups in the area have learned to produce shampoo in bigger batches and in different varieties—such as aloe, cacao, avocado and honey—and sell them in local markets. The Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women by FAO, WFP, IFAD and UN Women is working to advance advance gender equality and economic empowerment of women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. In Guatemala, the programme started in 2015, with funding from Norway and Sweden, supporting rural women to develop a range of skills, from sustainable agricultural practices to marketing organic shampoo and learning solar engineering. With better knowledge of their own rights and access to skills, credit and income, women participants can make more decisions within their homes and participate in municipal spaces.

SoHE News: Aug 14–20

Angus opens a new show in Pittsburgh, Huambachano discusses Indigenous food sovereignty, Litzelman on the cancer caregiver burden, Whelan on back-to-school shopping changes, highlights from Human Ecology MS 2020 grads, and more.

mother and daughter shop in a grocery store

SoHE News: Jul 31–Aug 6

Kirkorian presents in the Pediatric Grand Rounds, Wong discusses eco-conscious and frugal consumer trends, Addo joins the Urban Institute on student debt in the pandemic, Gaddis publishes on South Korea’s school lunch program, and more.

Little girl has fun with water spray in the garden

SoHE News: June 19-25

Hartley on strategies for parents of children with developmental disabilities or autism, Moskowitz on politics in our textiles, Addo on COVID’s added economic impact for Black women, Wong on the future of consumer behavior, and more.

Photo of street in Chicago with taxi cab looking at Chicago Board of Trade Building

SoHE News: June 5-11

• Addo on the racial wealth disparity in the stock market rebound
• Remembering Mark Anthony Rolo
• Awards to SoHE faculty from Global Health Institute and Baldwin Wisconsin Idea
• Personal finance online degree written up in On Wisconsin magazine, and more.

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Q&A: Dr. Alvin Thomas on Black Men’s Mental Health Resources

A new mental health discussion group for Black men intends to help them cope with the added stressors of COVID-19 in daily life, as well as recent events of police violence against Black people. Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, helps lead the group alongside fellow health and well-being experts in Wisconsin.

Social Poverty

SoHE News: Apr 17–23

Image: Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash 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. Congratulations! CNPL major wins outstanding returning student award “I want people to know […]

Kids Doing Homework

SoHE News: Apr 10–16

CNPL major wins Truman Scholarship, Grad student connects local farms’ produce with Latino/Indigenous families in need, Consumer Science PhD alum publishes CDL research in Nature, Hartley featured on WPR and Wisconsin State Journal, Halpern-Meekin applies “social poverty” concept to understanding families’ COVID experiences, and more.

School Lunch

SoHE News & Events: Apr 3–9

Two SoHE faculty win awards | Gaddis op-ed in USA Today | Halpern-Meekin on Big Ten Network | Thomas on WKOW and Madison365 | Hartley on WPR | Bartfeld on food security | and more…

Empty Shelves Food Store

SoHE News & Events: Mar 27–Apr 2

Image: Empty Shelves Photo by Boris Dunand on Unsplash 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 Bartfeld quoted on Marketplace about food […]

Rashard Griffith

SoHE News & Events: Feb 28–Mar 5

Rashard Griffith profiled by UW Athletics | Gaddis cited in The Week | Halpern-Meekin and Whelan cited in Psychology Today | Raison talks psychadelics for MDD with MDedge podcast | Whelan discusses fear in the face of tragedy on Channel 3000 | New research by Halpern-Meekin, Hartley, and HDFS grad students | Dean Shim and SoHE undergrad at the “Souper Bowl”

The Rise of the Only Child

SoHE News & Events: Feb 21–27

Halpern-Meekin gives TV interview on single-child families | McInnes highlights heritage marker at SoHE in Cap Times | Addo’s joint open letter on student debt | Mace and Greendeer in prominent Crafts magazine | Gaddis cited by fellow scholars in Aeon | Hark’s work on display at Chazen | Huambachano to present at 2020 Global Health Symposium | Poehlmann-Tynan webinar for foster parents

School lunch

SoHE News & Events: Feb 14–20

Readers respond to Gaddis op-ed | Fairbanks residency at Villa Terrace | Raison discusses inflammation, psychedelics, and depression with two podcasts | Badger$ense advises on how to read a job offer | New research from CSCS grad student with Morgridge colleagues

Child smiles over school lunch tray

SoHE News & Events: Feb 7–13

Gaddis op-ed in the New York Times | Angus featured in the Isthmus | Wong research on the materialism-happiness connection compared between US and East Asian cultures | Raison research on exercise and depression | Carter to talk on natural history collecting in the 19th century