Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, 04 November 2016 08:11

Andrew Merluzzi, MPA

La Follette has incredible faculty who have provided me insight into the ways in which science can be changed – whether through economics, management, or incentive structures. Those are all possible levers to be pulled when thinking about policy change, and without the faculty and La Follette it’s hard to imagine understanding the true breadth of possible policy routes to take.

The Great Recession continues to wreak havoc on city budgets long after it officially ended, depriving many of the nation's largest central cites of tax revenue even as the economy recovers, according to a new data analysis by La Follette School economist Andrew Reschovsky and other researchers at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Read the news release

A new book by La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher and co-author Dalton Conley explores the latest discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect. The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History & the Future is published by Princeton University Press.

For C.P. Frost, evil is not an absolute. As a neuroscientist, he understands that a quirk in a person's brain may lead to what society deems criminal behavior.

A study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics reveals for the first time the mechanism behind the relationship between childhood poverty and doing poorly in school.

Garrett Johnson is looking for a few more hunters. The first-year public affairs student holds a project assistantship with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, working on a project involving public education and recruitment for hunting.

How the brain reflects parents' socioeconomic status and the consequences for schooling attainment is the subject of a talk on Thursday, October 9, by La Follette School economist Barbara Wolfe at 12:15 p.m. in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences.

Professor Greg Nemet has won a three-year $183,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore options for public policy mechanisms to address climate change.
Poverty may have direct implications for important, early steps in the development of the brain, saddling children of low-income families with slower rates of growth in two key brain structures, according to a La Follette School economist and other researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Research by economist Barbara Wolfe explores the association between socioeconomic status and the hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory that is known to be affected by stress.
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