Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

On October 31, a diverse group of state lawmakers, legislative staff members, legislative service agency analysts, and staff from the Governor’s office attended the fifth Office Hours at the Capitol – presented by the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and the La Follette School.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers appointed UW–Madison Professor J. Michael Collins as a public member of the Governor’s Task Force on Retirement Security. The task force will study issues facing the growing number of retired people in Wisconsin, particularly the amount of money they have saved.

Monday, 07 October 2019 14:46

Nemet named World Citizen Prize recipient

La Follette School Professor Greg Nemet will receive one of the first two World Citizen Prizes in Environmental Performance during APPAM’s 2019 Fall Research Conference next month in Denver.

Twelve scholars from across the United States participated in a week-long intensive workshop in June hosted by UW–Madison’s Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center with support from Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth.

The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison received a second year of funding from the US Social Security Administration (SSA). One of just four RDRCs in the country supported by SSA, UW–Madison’s is the only one focusing on the financial well-being of economically vulnerable families, older people, people with disabilities, low-wealth households, and children.

More than 150 people celebrated the start of another academic year at the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest picnic September 3. Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee welcomed everyone, including 52 incoming graduate students.

The Fall 2019 issue of On Wisconsin magazine featured a study by La Follette School Associate Professor Yang Wang (MIPA ’03) and a colleague at Lehigh University. The study found that pregnant women who travel long distances to work face increased risks of adverse birth outcomes.

Monday, 09 September 2019 07:55

Seeking 6 faculty to join La Follette

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison is recruiting candidates for six tenure-track faculty positions. Two of the positions – Economic Development and Public Management – are funded by the Kohl Initiative, and two others are part of UW–Madison’s Cluster Hiring Initiatives.

Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:19

Welcome Lauren Schmitz

For most complex traits or behaviors like educational attainment, smoking, or body mass index, our genes are not are destiny; they are working through the environment around us, and in many cases, healthy environments are compensatory. As a result, salutary health and social policy can lift all boats, regardless of the DNA we were dealt.

The Wisconsin Federal Statistical Research Data Center (WiscRDC) is hosting the annual RDC conference September 5 and 6 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher is executive director of WiscRDC.

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