Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Communication

Monday, February 21, 2022

Hildebrand retires, Weitkamp joins staff

After nearly six years with the La Follette School and a career spanning healthcare communications, technology, and newspaper reporting, Communications Director Lisa Hildebrand retired in December 2021.

Nearly 300 policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, and researchers attended the second annual La Follette Forum on October 6 in Madison. The daylong event on climate policy featured two keynote presentations, six panel discussions, and numerous networking opportunities. It was the La Follette School’s first hybrid conference, with attendees joining in person and online.

Leona Yi-Fan Su (MPA ’14) joined the Department of Communication at the University of Utah as assistant professor in communicating science, health, environment and risk.

Whether social media can be an effective tool for governments to increase access for lower income and less-educated citizens will be discussed in a webinar on Wednesday, September 16, featuring La Follette School professor Donald Moynihan.

More detailed analysis of how English language learners score on proficiency tests could help Wisconsin school districts improve their academic achievement, La Follette School students recommend in a new report.

Professor Donald Moynihan offers practical advice on bridging the gap between academics and policymakers in comments on an entry in a blog published by the journal Governance.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Yackee to speak to Civics Club

Director Susan Yackee is the public affairs speaker at the Madison Civics Club meeting on Saturday, April 11, at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Herd wins two campus awards

La Follette School sociologist Pamela Herd has won two prestigious Vilas awards from the university.

When La Follette School alum Craig Knutson took a position as assistant to the county administrator in 1979, he had no idea that 35 years later he'd be looking back on a lifelong career serving residents of Rock County in southern Wisconsin.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Moran tackles policy challenges

Christian Moran's love of approaching problems from different perspectives brought him from journalism to policy analysis. "I like having the ability to look at problems and improve situations," the 2006 alum says.

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