In the Wisconsin State Journal: UW-Madison activist wins prestigious scholarship; follows becoming Rhodes finalist

UW-Madison student activist Deshawn McKinney has been named a winner of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, awarded to 40 American students each year to attend graduate school in any field in the United Kingdom. Last month, McKinney was named a Rhodes Scholar finalist. Scholarship winners go on to graduate studies at Oxford University in England.

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In The Capital Times: Hemant Shah discusses journalists' coverage of race issues

Hemant Shah has served as director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism school since 2014, and has been a member of the faculty since 1990. His research focuses on the role of mass media in social change, including the construction of cultural identities and racial anxieties. Shah spoke with the Cap Times about the roles and responsibilities of journalists in covering race relations, particularly in light of the 2016 election.

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In The Chippewa Herald: Commission offers 12 recommendations for strengthening Wisconsin families

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s family commission is calling for a series of state law and policy changes to alleviate poverty by strengthening families. UW-Madison Professor of Social Work and Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty weighs in on these suggestions.

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In The Scientist: Retrieving Short-Term Memories

In a paper published on December 1, 2016 in Science, researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and their colleagues provide evidence for a theory in which information can be stored in working memory in an inactive neuronal state. The team’s results suggest that there are multiple ways our brains store short- and longer-term memories, depending on expectations of when that information is likely to be needed.

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Smeeding, known for income and poverty research, named Galbraith Fellow

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) has named La Follette School Professor Tim Smeeding as its John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow for 2017.

Fellows include sociologists, political scientists, psychologists, and economists as well as scholars and practitioners in communications, education, government, and public policy.

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In the Racine Journal Times: Pundits say redistricting ruling provides hope for Wisconsin Democrats

UW-Madison professor of political science David Canon testified at the Wisconsin State Capitol in favor of the Iowa-style model for non-partisan redistricting. Canon appeared on Capitol City Sunday to discuss the recent federal ruling declaring Wisconsin's state Assembly districts unconstitutional. 

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UW students meet with activist Russian punk rock group

On Thursday, Nov. 17, one of the original members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, with a new member of the group, journalist Sasha Bogina, gave a public conversation and Q&A in the Wisconsin Union Theater about their activism and current work.

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Boundless Together: Opening students up to a great world

In an age of Snapchat, Twitter, and Netflix, Hannah Agyekum’s students at Bonduel High School made meaningful cultural connections last year through 400-year-old Chinese literature.

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Two L&S faculty elected fellows of the world’s largest general scientific society

Snežana Stanimirović and John W. Valley are recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their contributions to advance science.

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