In The Cap Times: UW-Madison School of Social Work conference reaches out to community

For the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, the call to reach out beyond the borders of campus comes not only from the Wisconsin Idea that animates the university community to public service, but also a professional code of ethics.

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In The New York Times: In cave in Israel, scientists find jawbone fossil from oldest modern human out of Africa

“This would be the earliest modern human anyone has found outside of Africa, ever,” said John Hawks, a paleoanthropologist from the University of Wisconsin, Madison who was not involved in the study.

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In The Verge; Jaw fossil discovered in Israel looks human, but it’s much older than it should be

This new find adds another important clue towards solving the mystery of this earlier spread of humans out of Africa, write the authors of a commentary published with the study. “I think that’s pretty cool,” agrees John Hawks, an paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “You have a modern-looking upper jaw in Israel that was there much earlier than it was supposed to have been.”

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Professor Donald Moynihan in the New York Times: Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It

“Without being tremendously well organized, it can be easy to fail,” said Donald Moynihan, a professor of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is writing a book on the effects of administrative burdens. Researchers have studied the ways complexity can reduce sign-ups for workplace pension plans, participation in food stamps and turnout in elections, he noted. “These sorts of little barriers are ways in which humans get tripped up all the time when they’re trying to do something that might benefit them.”

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Professor Sue Robinson in Madison Magazine: Staying in the room

The idea that journalists should stay in a room where people are demanding participation cuts at the heart of traditional notions of objectivity. A generation of newsroom protocol mandates that reporters remain free of conflicts of interest: Don’t cover issues you are involved in. Don’t put political signs in your yard. Don’t participate in rallies. Keep yourself out of the story. 

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Professor Kathy Cramer in The Washington Post: Ready for an anti-Trump wave in November? Look at Wisconsin

Democrats won Wisconsin in every presidential election from 1988 to 2012, but Hillary Clinton’s strategists made the mistake of taking the state for granted in 2016. What they missed were trends brilliantly analyzed by Katherine J. Cramer, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin, in her prophetic book, “The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.” It was published eight months before the 2016 vote.

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Maria Cancian named the 2018 Galbraith Fellow

The American Academy of Political and Social Science this week named Maria Cancian its 2018 John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow. Cancian, a professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the School of Social Work, as well as a faculty affiliate and former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, is one of five scholars from across the country invited this year to join the AAPSS in recognition of their contributions to advancement of the social sciences.

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In the South China Morning Post: Healthy habits of mind bring happiness and can be learned – even by the busy

Richard J. Davidson, director of the UW-Madison Center for Healthy Minds, says research into how mental training like meditation affects our health throws light on what constitutes a healthy mind. Well-being – as understood by its qualities of awareness, connection, insight and purpose – is a skill that can be learned.

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Professor Katy Culver on WPR: What Logan Paul says about internet culture

YouTube star Logan Paul has been weathering a barrage of controversy following his video depicting an alleged suicide victim in Aokigahara, a forest in Japan. The video, coupled with others posted on his YouTube channel--highlights a growing concern over what is being produced on social media platforms. Wisconsin Public Radio speaks with Kathleen Culver, assistant professor and Director of UW-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics, about the news and what these videos say about internet culture. 

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