As the Spring 2021 Public Affairs Journalist in Residence, Amy Westervelt will discuss the news media’s role in the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to block climate action and obscure climate science. Westervelt’s presentation, Widening the Circle of Accountability: Media & the Climate Debate, will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.
In Memoriam: Andrew Kemp (MA ’91)
Andrew D. Kemp (MA ’91) passed on February 8 at the age of 53 from complications of COVID-19. His immediate family called him Andrew all his life, but as an adult, he asked to be …
Koellinger wins Goldy Award for research on how genetics influences economic behavior
If your life has turned out well, congratulations. But don’t rush to take credit for it, because good and bad luck are partly a matter of genetic inheritance, according to the emerging field of social genomics.
What’s your dog worth? Weimer calculates it, wins prize
La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer conducted research to calculate the value of statistical dog life. In other words, how much Americans are willing to pay, on average, to reduce their pet’s risk of dying. The numbers tell us how owners implicitly value their dogs.
Emma Cleveland, MPA ’20
Having professors like Dave Weimer and Greg Nemet consistently challenge me—asking questions, throwing curve balls into assignments, and making us do some serious critical thinking—has really helped me become a more confident employee.
Matthew Hansen, MPA, JD
“Many lawyers look at only the black letter of the law and ignore what implications it has on people’s lives; that wasn’t the type of law I wanted to practice.”
UW alumna Harbath to discuss Democracy in the Digital Age
As social media companies face growing scrutiny among lawmakers and the general public, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison welcomes Katie Harbath, a former global public policy director at Facebook for the past 10 years, for a livestreamed public presentation March 24.
Lew Blank, MPA
“I have developed a stronger understanding through my coursework of the inner workings of US government, our global energy systems, and new statistical tools.”
Collins, Smeeding to discuss post-pandemic policy ideas Feb. 16
La Follette School Professors J. Michael Collins and Tim Smeeding will participate in a UW Now livestream event Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. Central time. Laura Dresser, assistant clinical professor in the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, will join them for Policy Ideas for the Pandemic Economy and Beyond.
O’Connor marks 20 years serving students
Mo O’Connor, the La Follette School’s senior student services coordinator, celebrated 20 years of service to the University of Wisconsin–Madison in January. O’Connor has served as the La Follette School’s student services leader since June 2017.