The School of Social Work welcomes Pajarita Charles

Assistant professor Pajarita Charles' research focuses on supporting healthy child development among children of formerly incarcerated fathers.

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Machine learning can detect a genetic disorder from speech recordings

How much information can we extract from a five-minute recording of someone talking? Enough to tell whether that individual may be genetically predisposed to some health complications, according to researchers at UW-Madison. 

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With The Wisconsin State Journal: Fueling Discovery

"Fueling Discovery" is a joint effort of the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science and the Wisconsin State Journal. This special section features essays from faculty members across the college about their groundbreaking research. 

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Important new insights to the influence of poverty on child maltreatment

Decades of studies have established a strong link between poverty and child maltreatment.

But identifying connections is only half the battle; uncovering root causes is a key aim of child maltreatment research. A new set of studies published this week and edited by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to try to get at the causal mechanisms behind the economic factors that are strongly associated with child maltreatment, either as a risk factor or an outcome.

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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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New faculty focus: Alejandra Ros Pilarz

Q&A with new faculty member Alejandra Ros Pilarz in the School of Social Work.

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