Tackling Hunger and Nutrition Issues in the US

Central Time, Wisconsin Public Radio, 2022

President Biden held a conference last week to address issues surrounding hunger and nutrition. We learn more about the extent of the problems and possible solutions.


iPlan: A Flexible Platform for Exploring Complex Land-Use Issues

Frontiers in Playful Learning, 2022

iPlan is a free online game that allows learners to construct, investigate, and solve simulated urban and regional planning problems. Suitable for use on smart phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops, iPlan allows learners to explore the impacts of land-use decisions in their own local contexts. The system uses geospatial data, ecological and economic models, and optimization routines to transform any location in the contiguous United States into an interactive land-use planning simulation. Players construct rezoning plans that address socioeconomic and environmental issues, and their plans are evaluated by virtual stakeholders who advocate for different community priorities. iPlan thus provides a flexible platform for exploring complex land-use issues nationwide.


Solving Real-World Problems with an Online Game

The Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, 2022

UW–Madison researchers are collaborating on an online learning game that lets players model how different zoning choices would affect their communities. Larry Meiller talks with two of the developers about the game, iPlan.


Waukesha and the National School Lunch Program

Central Time, Wisconsin Public Radio, 2021

Why Waukesha’s school board initially opted out of the program that offers free meals to all students.


Author Interview with Carrie Tippen

New Books Network, 2019


From Hot Meals to PB&Js: The Realities of School Lunch Debt

1A, National Public Radio, 2019

What happens when a student incurs debt from meals provided at school?


Innovation and Adversity: The History of School Lunches in Wisconsin’s Rural Schools

Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison, Wisconsin 2019


Viral Networks, Reconnected

National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland 2019

In January of 2018, the NLM hosted Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, bringing together scholars from various fields of medical history whose innovative research shows promise through the use of methods, tools, and data from the digital humanities. Viral Networks, Reconnected reunites three scholars who participated in the January 2018 workshop, offering them the opportunity to share the progress of their research and their thoughts about the future of the digital humanities and the history of medicine.


SHCY Featured Books: Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat

Listen to Dr. Andrew R. Ruis talk about Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States with his interviewer, Dr. Emily Contois, Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The University of Tulsa.


Lunch Money: A Short, Abridged, Very Brief History of School Meals in America

PechaKucha All Stars, Madison, Wisconsin, 2018


How Big Brands Like Tyson and PepsiCo Profit from School Lunches

CNBC, 2018

Roughly 30 million kids in the U.S. eat school lunch every day, and “Big Food” companies have a pretty big stake in what makes it on kids’ trays. It starts with federal money, but before USDA funding makes it to cafeterias, many school districts order from food giants who grab a big slice of the school lunch pie.


The Origins of School Lunch

Thinking Aloud, BYU Radio, 2017

School lunch has never been just a midday meal. Andrew Ruis, author of Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States, joins “Thinking Aloud” host Marcus Smith to talk about the social, political, and economic concerns that gave rise to school meal programs..


Lunch Gets Schooled

Gastropod, 2017

Across the United States, school lunch is being transformed, as counties and cities partner with local farms to access fresh vegetables, as well as hire chefs to introduce tastier and more adventurous meals. This is a much-needed correction after decades of processed meals that contained little in the way of nutrition and flavor. But how did we get to trays of spongy pizza and freezer-burned tater tots in the first place? While it seems as if such culinary delights were always part of a child’s day, the school lunch is barely a century old—and there are plenty of countries in the world, like Canada and Norway, where school lunch doesn’t even exist. This episode, we dive into the history of how we got to today’s school lunch situation, as well as what it tells us about our economic and gender priorities. Listen in now for all that, plus the science on whether school lunch even matters.


Often Filled, Seldom Fed, Never Finished

Epicuriosity × PechaKucha, Madison, Wisconsin, 2013