Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

Dave Weimer, the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy at UW–Madison, received the 2017 Excellence in Mentoring Award in the Field of Public Policy from the American Political Science Association.

The Pioneer Institute selected La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer and Dr. Mark Sager as runners-up in its 2017 Better Government Competition. Weimer and Sager, an emeritus gerontologist at UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, created a life-course model of Alzheimer’s patients to assess the costs and benefits to families and government of early detection.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is coordinating a day at the State Capitol for 25 young African leaders visiting the University of Wisconsin–Madison for six weeks as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher discussed the social genomics revolution with co-author Dalton Conley during a Freakonomics’ podcast June 14. The episode – Evolution, Accelerated – focused on the advances in genetics and their societal implications.

La Follette School faculty member Tim Smeeding, the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, presented the 2015 Wisconsin Poverty Report (WPR) at the State Capitol on May 22.

Public Management Research Association (PMRA) members have elected La Follette School Professor Susan Webb Yackee to the organization's Board of Directors. Yackee will begin her four-year term following the PMRA Conference from June 8 to 10 at American University, Washington, D.C.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd is a co-principal investigator on a project selected for a UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative award. Professor Cameron Currie of the Department of Bacteriology is the principal investigator for project, The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease.

La Follette School faculty member Greg Nemet is one of only 35 recipients of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie fellowship. Nemet, an associate professor, will receive funding to support his research and writing on how a diverse set of policies and international-knowledge flows have led to inexpensive solar energy.

La Follette School Professor Susan Webb Yackee and Christine Palus of Villanova University have won the Beryl Radin Award from the Public Management Research Association for Best Article in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART) published during 2016.

Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD, ’12) of the La Follette School of Public Affairs received an Early Career Academic Staff award from the Letters & Science Professional Development and Recognition Committee on April 13.

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