Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison awarded funding for five projects through the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition. Earlier this year, former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl pledged $300,000 annually for five years to support nonpartisan research that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

Representing Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate for 24 years, Herb Kohl demonstrated his deep commitment to public service and his ethos of civility in public debate and policymaking. A $10 million gift from Herb Kohl Philanthropies to the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs extends the reach of that legacy.

Professor Greg Nemet received a Kohl Public Service Research Competition award to support his work on climate change analysis and policy.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison published a 16-page Highlights report in early October. The document showcases the many achievements of the school’s students, faculty, alumni, and staff during 2016 and 2017.

Nearly one year ago, the La Follette School received the largest gift in School history – a $10 million donation from former US Sen. Herb Kohl known as the Kohl Initiative. Sen. Kohl’s generosity already has had a tremendous impact on the La Follette School, the UW–Madison campus, and the broader community.

La Follette School Professor Bobbi Wolfe will present her emerging research with Psychology Professor Seth Pollak during Neuroscience, Poverty, and Policy - a public presentation in Milwaukee on March 8.

More than a dozen of the nation’s top scholars on regulatory review participated in a daylong workshop sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and UW–Madison’s Law School on Friday, March 23.

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