Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Wisconsin Idea

Research by economist Barbara Wolfe explores the association between socioeconomic status and the hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory that is known to be affected by stress.
Management expert Donald Moynihan has won an award from the American Political Science Association in recognition of the significant impact his 2008 book has had on public administration scholarship since its publication.
Economist Menzie Chinn participated in the June 8 Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers meeting, one of several meetings at which he will share his expertise.
College students with different levels of academic preparation respond differently to the offer of financial aid, according to a new study published in the spring La Follette Policy Report.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian will highlight a conference next month marking the retirement of longtime La Follette School political scientist John Witte.

A report on Wisconsin conservation funding by La Follette School students in the Public Affairs Workshop received coverage by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 9.

Innovations in Milwaukee's sewerage district, a project to divert thousands of tons of street sweeping from landfills, and a novel adaptation of trucks to save labor and equipment in leaf collection have won Lloyd D. Gladfelter Awards for government innovation. The three winners will be honored in a ceremony at 2 p.m. today, May 7, in the Senate Parlor in the State Capitol.

A cost-benefit analysis by La Follette School students recommends that Wisconsin invest $20 million in programs that divert some non-violent criminal offenders from jail or prison to community-based alternatives. The annual investment could help offset increased costs of incarceration and reduce prison overcrowding.

Temporary increases in safety net programs and tax credits for working families helped keep many in Wisconsin from poverty during the recession and its aftermath, a new report by the University of Wisconsin–Madison finds.
La Follette School of Public Affairs faculty will link public policy to the Wisconsin Idea in a symposium on Thursday, April 26, in Memorial Union's Tripp Commons, starting at 11:45 a.m.
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