Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Awards

Bryan Gadow (’05 MPA) received the Richard B. Schmied Leadership Award from the Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) on April 25. Schmied, who served as president of the New Glarus Village Board, was president of the GCDC when he passed away in 2000.

Two weeks before receiving her master's degree in public affairs (MPA), Karina Virrueta was honored with the 2017 Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student award from the Morgridge Center for Public Service at UW–Madison. Associate Director Hilary Shager nominated Virrueta for her dedication to community-based learning and research.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd is a co-principal investigator on a project selected for a UW202: WARF Discovery Initiative award. Professor Cameron Currie of the Department of Bacteriology is the principal investigator for project, The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease.

La Follette School faculty member Greg Nemet is one of only 35 recipients of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie fellowship. Nemet, an associate professor, will receive funding to support his research and writing on how a diverse set of policies and international-knowledge flows have led to inexpensive solar energy.

La Follette School Professor Susan Webb Yackee and Christine Palus of Villanova University have won the Beryl Radin Award from the Public Management Research Association for Best Article in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART) published during 2016.

Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD, ’12) of the La Follette School of Public Affairs received an Early Career Academic Staff award from the Letters & Science Professional Development and Recognition Committee on April 13.

La Follette School Professor Bobbi Wolfe and Marguerite Burns of UW–Madison’s Department of Population Health Sciences received the Willard Manning Award in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research from the International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd and three colleagues received funding from AARP’s Innovation Challenge to identify policy solutions for strengthening Social Security. Their proposal would create a new Minimum Benefit Plan (MBP) for low-income retirees that examines sufficiency of retirement income in lieu of calculating years of low earnings.

La Follette School Professor David Weimer will receive the prestigious Hilldale Award in the Social Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Faculty Senate meeting April 3. The honor recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and service in four divisions: biological sciences, physical sciences, arts and humanities, and social studies.

La Follette School alumnus Peter Tempelis (MPA, JD ’06) received a Forward under 40 Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) on February 2.

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