Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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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.

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.

The La Follette School’s annual Visit Day drew 43 prospective students from 14 states and Washington, D.C., to the UW–Madison campus Monday, March 27. Current students, alumni, and faculty members answered a wide range of questions during panel discussions and lunch at Union South.

All of La Follette’s pillars are exactly the skills I use to succeed every day at my job: critically analyzing both qualitative and quantitative information, using those analyses to draw verifiable conclusions, and succinctly communicating my ideas and conclusions via both verbal and written communication.

This is a new experiential learning course that explores the following questions and facilitates the building of skills to answer them:

• How do policymakers use research and “evidence” in their jobs?
• How can researchers make their work useful to policymakers?
• How can legislative support staff and other stakeholders use research and evidence to help shape policy?

La Follette School students benefitted from generous La Follette School alumni and other public policy professionals who participated in mock interviews Tuesday, November 1. The activity is one aspect of the Professional Development Workshop course (PA 800), a requirement for first-semester students.

The interdisciplinary Neuroscience Training Program (NTP) drew C.P. Frost to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The NTP’s joint graduate program with the La Follette School of Public Affairs – Neuroscience & Public Policy – sealed the deal.

Serving others is a high priority for students at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. So it should come as no surprise that alumni eagerly volunteer with their alma mater.

Mother Nature saved some of the summer’s best weather for the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest celebration. Atop Observatory Hill and under blue skies, more than 120 students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff marked the start of the 2016–17 academic year with a picnic dinner and enthusiastic conversations.

Professor Don Moynihan, an internationally recognized public management expert, has succeeded Professor Susan Webb Yackee as director of UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. Yackee, meanwhile, will continue to serve as director of the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors.

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