Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

California’s County of Monterey is implementing several recommendations from a student project in Professor Don Moynihan’s Performance Management class. Kate Battiato (MPA ’07), a management analyst in Monterey County’s Resource Management Agency (RMA), proposed and coordinated the students’ work.

University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor and La Follette School faculty member Rebecca Blank has been named co-chair of the Council on Competitiveness’ Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership (EMCP).

Alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff will gather Tuesday, September 5 for the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest welcome picnic. Hill Fest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the beautiful La Follette grounds overlooking Lake Mendota at 1225 Observatory Drive.

Dave Weimer, the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy at UW–Madison, received the 2017 Excellence in Mentoring Award in the Field of Public Policy from the American Political Science Association.

The Pioneer Institute selected La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer and Dr. Mark Sager as runners-up in its 2017 Better Government Competition. Weimer and Sager, an emeritus gerontologist at UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, created a life-course model of Alzheimer’s patients to assess the costs and benefits to families and government of early detection.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is coordinating a day at the State Capitol for 25 young African leaders visiting the University of Wisconsin–Madison for six weeks as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher discussed the social genomics revolution with co-author Dalton Conley during a Freakonomics’ podcast June 14. The episode – Evolution, Accelerated – focused on the advances in genetics and their societal implications.

La Follette School faculty member Tim Smeeding, the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, presented the 2015 Wisconsin Poverty Report (WPR) at the State Capitol on May 22.

Public Management Research Association (PMRA) members have elected La Follette School Professor Susan Webb Yackee to the organization's Board of Directors. Yackee will begin her four-year term following the PMRA Conference from June 8 to 10 at American University, Washington, D.C.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd is a co-principal investigator on a project selected for a UW2020: 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.

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