SJMC Weekly Announcements


SJMC researchers collaborate with Department of Psychology on pandemic anxiety study

New research from Juwon Hwang (PhD'21), Porismita Borah (PhD'10), Professor Dhavan Shah and Professor Markus Brauer (Psychology) "The Relationship among COVID-19 Information Seeking, News Media Use, and Emotional Distress at the Onset of the Pandemic" in the journal Environmental Research and Public Health. The study found that anxiety and fear went hand in hand with trying to learn more about COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic in the United States — and the most distressed people were turning on the television and scrolling through social media. Read the article or learn more in this news release from University Communications.

Investigative reporting students launch "Beyond Hunger" series with Wisconsin Watch

A UW-Madison investigative journalism class led by Wisconsin Watch’s Managing Editor Dee J. Hall examined the history and current state of food security in Wisconsin. The UW-Madison journalism students who collaborated on this project include: Lauryn Azu, Maddie Bergstrom, Rachel Clark, Erin Gretzinger, Charlie Hildebrand, Maiah O’Rourke, Joey Prestley, Lydia Slattery, Joe States, Riley Sumner and Sam Watson. The series launched on July 21 with an evaluation of how pandemic-related programs alleviated a lot of hunger — and what it means for Wisconsin now that those support systems are fading. Read more.

Alum Bill Graf (BA'80) retiring as InsideUW newsletter editor

After eight years editing Inside UW, the campus e-newsletter that goes out to every employee of UW–Madison, he’ll be retiring Aug. 1. By his count, he has hit “send” on nearly 700 issues – that’s more than 19 million emails. Read more from University Communications.


New graduate student orientation: August 31

Please help us welcome our 22 new graduate students! Save the date for our new graduate student orientation Wednesday, August 31 from 9:00 – 1:30 including lunch with everyone. A detailed agenda is coming soon.

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