Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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Thanks to technological advances, researchers know more about the human microbiome, a person’s genetic makeup, and the human brain than anyone could have imagined decades earlier. This knowledge brings with it great potential but also challenges for policy.

March 30, 2018

Morgan Pair, MPA

Before graduate school, I had no background in political science, economics, or policy so the La Follette School has been influential on my academic path and incredibly helpful to me. I gained a foundation of coursework in areas such as economics and statistics and expanded my skill set through courses such as Policy Analysis and Cost-Benefit Analysis. 

La Follette School Professor Bobbi Wolfe will present her emerging research with Psychology Professor Seth Pollak during Neuroscience, Poverty, and Policy - a public presentation in Milwaukee on March 8.

Eleven La Follette School faculty and staff members will present their research at the 2017 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference from November 2 to 4 in Chicago.

The La Follette School welcomed the 2017–18 incoming class of 53 students Thursday, August 31 during Orientation at the Pyle Center.

La Follette School Professor Bobbi Wolfe and Marguerite Burns of UW–Madison’s Department of Population Health Sciences received the Willard Manning Award in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research from the International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison awarded funding for five projects through the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition. Earlier this year, former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl pledged $300,000 annually for five years to support nonpartisan research that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which includes several La Follette School faculty members as affiliates, has been awarded a five-year, $9.5 million cooperative agreement to serve as the national Poverty Research Center. The award comes as IRP marks its 50th year of examining the causes of poverty and inequality in the United States and approaches to reduce them.

The cover story for the September 2 issue of Newsweek magazine features research by La Follette School Professor Barbara Wolfe and faculty affiliate Seth Pollak. Their report “Association of Child Poverty, Brain Development, and Academic Achievement” is cited as one of two studies that “cracked open a public conversation” on the influence of poverty on children’s learning and achievement.

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