Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Faculty receive Social Security funding

Three La Follette School faculty members received research funding from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) for projects on the financial well-being of economically vulnerable families, older people, people with disabilities, low-wealth households, and children.

As a judge in the Best Tasting Tap Water in Wisconsin contest, La Follette School Professor Manny Teodoro used tried and true sommelier techniques to swirl, sniff, and taste his way through the finest H20 in the Badger state.

La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee is participating in’s annual Polling Summit on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Blank honored by Posse Foundation

La Follette School faculty member and outgoing UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank was honored as a “Posse Star” by The Posse Foundation last month.

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at UW–Madison, which includes several La Follette School faculty members as affiliates, has been awarded a five-year, $10.6 million cooperative agreement to serve as the national Poverty Research Center.

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.

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