Friday, February 06, 2015

Dr. Lawrence M. Berger is the 12th director of the venerable Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a professor and chair of the Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work and a brilliant researcher.  Lonnie, as he prefers to be called, is also a dear friend.  We entered the doctoral program at Columbia University School of Social Work together in 1997 and graduated together in 2002.  Lonnie earned his M.S.W. degree at Hunter College School of Social Work and now has the responsibility of leading the oldest of three federally-supported institutes for research on poverty.  The IRP was created at UW-M in 1966 by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to provide research on the War on Poverty Programs.  The 44-year old scholar took over the helm of the IRP last year when the previous director, Dr. Maria Cancian, was nominated to become Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  I had the opportunity to catch up with Lonnie recently and he graciously answered a few questions.



Read the full...

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Mark your calendar for upcoming events in the School of Social Work's Career & Professional Development Series. Current students and alumni are welcome to all events.


Social Work Job Fair

Friday, March 13, 2015 

1:00 – 4:00 pm, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery


Career Readiness Workshops with Professor Anna Haley Lock

12:10-1:10 pm in SSW Room 300

Resume Writing – Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
• Cover Letter Writing – Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
• Job Interviewing Skills – Thursday, Feb. 26 , 2015
• Compensation Negotiation – Tuesday, March 3, 2015
• Job Fair Prep Session - Friday, March 13, 2015 (11:30 am to 1:00 pm, SSW Rm. 106)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

By Meghan Chua

Professor Stephanie Robert accepts her award from Kurt Laha, UWPA Vice-President

School of Social Work professors Stephanie Robert and Marsha Mailick have been honored with a 2014 Postdoc Mentoring Award for their exceptional mentorship to postdoctoral researchers on campus.


Time spent as a postdoctoral researcher at a university is an important career step for scientists, researchers and scholars, giving those who support postdocs an important role in the university community. The award from the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association (UWPA) recognizes these faculty members as excellent leaders and advocates for postdocs as they pursue success in their careers.


School of Social Work Director Jan Steven Greenberg said Robert’s and Mailick’s mentorship of young scholars has greatly benefited the campus....

Monday, January 26, 2015

UW-Madison School of Social Work MSW student Jennifer Jones, an advocate for children and families with more than 20 years of experience, will join the Milwaukee-based Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to lead a new three-year project meant to infuse, align and accelerate brain science research within nonprofit human-serving organizations, as well as policies and systems.


Read the announcement from BizTimes Milwaukee

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Madison—The Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education, and Social Services (WisCARES) program has received a six month lease for a programming incubation space.


WisCARES, a collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work and School of Veterinary Medicine, provides social services to homeless people in Dane County while also providing basic veterinary care for their pets.


WisCARES received a free 6 month lease from St. Vincent de Paul as a trial period for the new clinic, which will be the program’s first space of its own.


Master’s students in the School of Social Work will be also have the opportunity to get practical experience by working in the clinic, providing social services to homeless clients.


“Having our own space really allows for us to begin the professional collaboration and training program, particularly for social work students,” said Maurice Gattis, WisCARES co-founder and assistant professor of social work.


The new location at 1312 Culmen Street will expand veterinary medical walk-in clinics, as well as act as a pet food pantry and office space to meet with clients for appointments and case management services. The program’s current clinic locations at the Salvation Army at 630 E. Washington Ave. and the...

Printer Friendly Version