Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

• Children in poverty: This project seeks to establish a Wisconsin-based national network linking neuroscience to poverty, expose graduate students to emerging research in this area, and amplify novel research by UW–Madison faculty members with community leaders, state policy-makers, and national media – Barbara Wolfe, the Richard A. Easterlin Professor of Economics, Population Health Sciences, and Public Affairs

• Minimum wages and immigrants’ health: This research will examine different immigrant groups’ health response to minimum-wage increases and will inform state and federal policymakers about the impact of these wage increases on the health of immigrants, who have grown from 2.5 percent of the Wisconsin population in 1990 to 4.5 percent in 2010 – Yang Wang, assistant professor of public affairs

• Improving food security, reducing poverty in developing countries: This project seeks to understand the extent and impact of counterfeit and poor-quality fertilizer among subsistence farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with the goals of improving regulation and productivity and of reducing poverty in Kenya – Emilia Tjernström, assistant professor of public affairs

• Preventing unintended pregnancy: Goals of this project include informing public policy and governance debates on contraceptive choice, advancing evidence-based decision-making in Wisconsin, and improving lives by avoiding unintended, unplanned, and unwanted pregnancies in Wisconsin – Tim Smeeding, the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics

• Understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia: This project uses the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study’s extensive data to examine why educational attainment reduces the risk of dementia – the most costly public health issue facing older adults in the United States – and to highlight the unique ways that social scientists and medical researchers can collaborate to advance the science behind Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research – Pam Herd, professor of public affairs and sociology