Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:57

Smeeding discusses minimum wage

La Follette School professor Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, appeared on Wisconsin Eye's "Newsmakers" program on December 16 as part of a discussion on the minimum wage. See the video
Poverty may have direct implications for important, early steps in the development of the brain, saddling children of low-income families with slower rates of growth in two key brain structures, according to a La Follette School economist and other researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Koliner helps shape health policy

Sara Koliner was in a job training session when she got a crash course on the U.S. health system. What she learned eventually brought her to the La Follette School to pursue a public affairs degree.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:20

Hunger Meal set for Nov. 14

A hunger meal to demonstrate social inequality and the role chance plays in a person's food security will be Thursday, November 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tripp Commons in Memorial Union. Participants will randomly be assigned a meal of rice and beans, a gourmet dinner or something in between.

Ann Drazkowski wants to do something about the extreme inequality and poverty she has seen. The first-year student brings to La Follette School a blend of domestic and international experience in social policy.

Even as poverty among Wisconsin children increased from 2010-11 due to declines in parents' incomes and safety net program cuts, fewer Wisconsin children lived in poverty in 2011 thanks to the state's safety net, a report by La Follette School professor Timothy Smeeding says.
Friday, 19 April 2013 05:57

Smeeding to mentor poverty researchers

La Follette School economist Tim Smeeding will mentor poverty researchers who are early in their careers.

Empathy in action — caring about other people and acting to help them in some way — draws Lacee Koplin to public service. "I volunteered at my local food pantry a lot while I was growing up, and that got me interested in social issues in a hands-on sense, but I felt like there was so much more I could do," the public affairs student says.

A hunger meal to demonstrate social inequality and the role chance plays in a person's social status will be Monday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at Tripp Commons in Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Reservations are due April 26.
Interconnected socioeconomic factors affect public health, 2012 alum Carly Hood notes in an opinion piece published last week by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
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