Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Achievements featured in Highlights report

The 2020–2021 academic year gave the La Follette School many opportunities to celebrate, despite the many unprecedented challenges. The School welcomed 11 faculty members, honored 50 amazing master’s degree graduates, and grew its undergraduate course enrollment to more than 400 students.

Four La Follette School alumni will be featured as panelists at the La Follette Forum: Climate Policy on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The daylong conference also brings a diversity of voices, including youth, to one of the most important issues across the globe.

La Follette School Professor David Weimer has been selected to receive the inaugural Policy Field Distinguished Contribution Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). 

The Externalizing Consortium, an international research group co-founded by La Follette School Professor Philipp Koellinger, has identified 579 locations in the human genome associated with behaviors and disorders related to self-regulation, including addiction and child behavior problems.

La Follette School Professor David Weimer contributed to a new report on the uses of radioactive materials. Published in June by the National Academy of Sciences, Radioactive Sources: Applications and Alternative Technologies offers suggestions for replacing these nuclear sources with non-nuclear technologies.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Barnes focuses on sexual violence research

Mariel Barnes joins the La Follette School as an assistant professor of public affairs this fall. Her primary research agenda examines everyday forms of violence against women, gender, and the politics of the welfare state with a specific focus on highly industrialized countries.

In the mood for a little public policy over lunch? Join La Follette School professors Christine Durrance, Greg Nemet, Morgan Edwards, and Philipp Koellinger for their noon-time virtual talks this August, sponsored by Badger Talks LIVE.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved the promotion of La Follette School faculty member Geoffrey Wallace to full professor at its June meeting.

The Big Ten Conference office announced that the Council of Presidents/Chancellors voted to approve the selection of University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank as Chair for a two-year term. Blank is a member of the La Follette School’s faculty.

In a report published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee provides a roadmap for improving the creation and management of guidance documents by fostering a more citizen-centric process.

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