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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.

The 2021 recipients of the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition are La Follette School faculty members Yang Wang, Barbara Wolfe, Manuel P. Teodoro, and Mark Copelovitch. The Kohl Competition supports nonpartisan research that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) received renewal of its funding via the National Institute of Health’s prestigious P30 grant. La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher serves as CDHA director.

Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in a household with income below the official federal poverty line, and more than 2 in 5 children live in poor or near-poor households. To reach the level of certainty needed to put ideas into practice at the policy level, La Follette School Professor Barbara (Bobbi) Wolfe and UW–Madison Professor of Psychology Seth Pollak propose a set of 12 core questions that can be easily integrated into studies of children’s development and that could allow direct comparisons between studies.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Faculty well-represented at APPAM conference

Numerous La Follette School faculty members participated in the 2019 Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) annual research conference from November 7 to 9 in Denver, Colorado.

After 11 years with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Alexis MacDonald (MPA ’08) has accepted a position as a professional staff member for the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. MacDonald also recently received the Badger of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s DC Chapter.

Four La Follette School faculty members received funding from the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition in spring 2019: Professors Jason Fletcher and Susan Webb Yackee, Associate Professor Yang Wang, and Professor Emeritus Barbara “Bobbi” Wolfe.

The number of opioid-related deaths — from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil — has quadrupled in the last 20 years. At present, the opioid epidemic claims 130 lives every day in the United States.

Six La Follette School faculty and emeritus faculty members and numerous faculty affiliates will present their research at the 2018 Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference from November 8 to 10 in Washington, DC. Emilia Tjernström, an assistant professor of public affairs and agricultural and applied economics, also will attend the conference as a 40 for 40 Fellow.

 

Thanks to technological advances, researchers know more about the human microbiome, a person’s genetic makeup, and the human brain than anyone could have imagined decades earlier. This knowledge brings with it great potential but also challenges for policy.

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