Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Research suggests that ultrasounds create a powerful connection for dads-to-be.

For many fathers, a pregnancy doesn’t become real until a blurry fetus appears on a screen in a doctor’s office.


According to Tova Walsh, a postdoctoral fellow in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and incoming School of Social Work assistant professor who studies the bonds between fathers and their children, there’s a “magical moment” when fathers see the first ultrasound images of their unborn children.


In recently published research, Walsh spoke with twenty-two expectant fathers, some of whom shared poignant feelings. One said, “Now that we know that it’s a girl … I’m thinking about … walking her down the aisle someday … which is crazy, but I mean, it’s like my brain went from bringing her into the world and taking care of her to making sure she is taken care of (as) to her future and everything....


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Monday, September 15, 2014

In its heyday, the small town of Marysville, Calif., was the “Gateway to the Gold Fields,” a popular stop for miners hoping to strike it rich during the famed California Gold Rush.


But by 1987, the year Yang Sao Xiong‘s family arrived in northern California, the river city of about 12,000 people didn’t offer prospects nearly as lucrative — particularly for a family of non-English speaking, Hmong refugees who had been dropped into an unfamiliar land.


“I felt my family’s struggle,” Xiong says. “That certainly is a driver of my research.”


That research perspective — built around a yearning to better understand inequality and stratification within U.S. society — made Xiong an ideal candidate for a historic position at UW-Madison. After spending last year on the prestigious Anna Julia Cooper Post-Doctoral Fellowship, he begins a joint appointment in the Asian American Studies Program and the School of Social Work in what is believed to be the first tenure-track position specifically dedicated to the emergent field of Hmong American studies in the United States....


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Join the School of Social Work for the Debra Beebe Memorial Lecture

October 13, 2014 | 5:00 pm

Union South, Varsity Hall II

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“Redefining Insanity: The Effects of Severe & Persistent Misinformation,”
Andrew Archer, LICSW


Andrew Archer is the author of Pleading Insanity, in which he discusses his inner world of substance abuse, depression and mania, and his path to recovery. Archer will speak about his journey with bipolar disorder to help demystify common misperceptions, build awareness, and provide hope to others suffering from mental illness....

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thinking about pursuing a master's in social work? Prospective students interested in the full-time master of social work program are encouraged to sign up for a Group Information Session on October 16, November 22, or December 8.


Students interested in pursuing a master's degree through the Part-Time MSW Program should make an appointment with an advisor to learn more about whether the program is right for you. Call (608) 263-3576 to request an appointment with Cynthia McMillan (Eau Claire) or Judy Switzky (Madison).

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Meet Associate Professor Anna Haley-Lock, the associate director of the School of Social Work. Her work primarily focuses on the workplace, investigating low-wage and low-skill employment, inequality in the workplace, and organizational theory. Learn more about Professor Haley-Lock's work.

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