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.

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.

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.

This year, several projects for the Workshop course focused on issues related to equity and serving under-resourced communities. One group of students collaborated with Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC), a federally qualified community health center serving primarily low-income patients on the south side of Milwaukee. SSCHC has long recognized that socio-economic factors—such as income, education, employment, public safety, and housing—all contribute to quality and length of life.

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.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Halpern-Meekin honored for mentorship

La Follette School Associate Professor Sarah Halpern-Meekin received an Exceptional Mentorship Award from UW–Madison’s Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program this spring.

La Follette School faculty members Jason Fletcher, Yang Wang, and Christine Durrance received funding to support their research from UW–Madison’s Understanding and Reducing Inequalities Initiative. Their projects were among only 15 selected from 73 proposals.

Want to spend a fun and interesting 45 minutes with some amazing La Follette School professors? Tune into 1050 Bascom, the Department of Political Science podcast produced by Director of Undergraduate Engagement Amy Gangl and hosted by students Adam Wigger and Sam Buisman.

Nearly 2,200 people have watched The Future of Politics and Policies with La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee, which was livestreamed Tuesday, January 12. Video of the event is on the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) YouTube channel.

La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee will participate in a UW Now livestream event Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. Central time. Faculty affiliates David Canon and Ryan Owens will join Yackee for a discussion about the future of American politics and policy.

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