Category: Research

Winkler on Mapping US Migration

Net Migration Rate
Net Migration Rate Map

A project headed by Richelle Winkler (SS) was covered in an article by The Atlantic Cities online and also Maptacular on Tumblr.

From Tech Today.

Mapping 60 Years of White Flight, Brain Drain and American Migration

You can tell a lot about a place by who doesn’t want to be there any more. Or, conversely, by who wants to move in.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Michigan Technological University and the University of New Hampshire have built just such a database dating back to the 1950s. Their tool tracks net changes in population by county, all across the country…

Read more at The Atlantic Cities, by Emily Badger.

Net Migration Patterns for US Counties

Every year, about 10 million Americans move from one county to another. Migration rates vary by age, race, and ethnicity and with local and national social and economic conditions over time.

Suggested Citation:

Winkler, Richelle, Kenneth M. Johnson, Cheng Cheng, Jim Beaudoin, Paul R. Voss, and Katherine J. Curtis. Age-Specific Net Migration Estimates for US Counties, 1950-2010. Applied Population Laboratory, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2013. Web.

Image courtesy of the net migration mapping tool created by the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin.

In the News

Richelle Winkler’s research has been the focus of several news stories recently. She is featured in a recent issues of The Capital Times, Wisconsin State Journal, and Gizmodo. The articles discuss current US migration patterns.

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A Map of Where Americans Are Moving (Hellooooo, Vegas!)

The coolest thing is playing with the data on the website, where you can cut and slice the data between counties and start to see some trends up close, especially when it comes to the age of who is moving.

Read more at Gizmodo, by Alissa Walker.

Baird Presents on Indigenous Heritage Landscapes

Melissa Baird
Melissa Baird

Melissa Baird, assistant professor of anthropology in social sciences department, presented a paper in an invited conference in October sponsored by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden entitled “Extractive Industries and Indigenous Heritage Landscapes.”

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Gorman Speaks on the Story of N

Story Of NThe Friends of the Van Pelt and Opie Library invite the campus and community to hear Professor Hugh Gorman (SS) speak about his new book, “The Story of N: A Social History of the Nitrogen Cycle and the Challenge of Sustainability,” at the Friends annual meeting.

The presentation and (very short) meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 24 in the East Reading Room of the van Pelt and Opie Library, 4:30-6 p.m.

The Friends plan the Annual Book Sale (mark your calendars for April 1 and 2), and other events in support of the library’s mission. To get involved or learn more, contact the chairman, Amy Hughes (

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Scarlett Recognized by Utah Division of State History

Tim Scarlett TEDx 2013
Tim Scarlett

Associate Professor Tim Scarlett (SS) was recognized by the Utah Division of State History for his archeological work with Utah’s early pottery. He won one of five awards for outstanding contribution in history. The 2013 awards were presented at the Utah State History Conference earlier this month.

Scarlett “has promoted history and historical archeology in Utah, bringing to light Utah’s unique early pottery,” the Division of State History said in a news release about the awards. “His studies, excavations and publications have brought Utah pottery to an international audience. His work led to the first formal exhibition of early-pioneer ceramics and pottery at the Frontier Homestead Museum in Cedar City, Utah. He involves the public in innovative ways in discovery and has had an incalculable influence in training students to continue the work.”

The organization also presented awards for articles and books about Utah history.

From Tech Today.