Awards and honors

Gourse elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

bacteriologist Richard L. Gourse is among leaders from academia, business, public affairs and the arts and humanities elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.. The Ira L. Baldwin Professor of Bacteriology, Gourse joins an eminent class of inductees that includes Nobel laureates, winners of the Wolf and Pulitzer Prizes as well as Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony award winners. Gourse joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1988 and is currently chair of the bacteriology department. Working primarily with the model organism Escherichia coli, Gourse is well known for his studies of how genes are expressed in cells, primarily transcription initiation and the control of ribosome synthesis. Previous honors include election as a fellow for the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, both in 2003. In 2007, he received the National Institutes of Health Merit Award. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was established in 1780 and each year elects "thinkers and doers" as fellows, among them George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Meade and Martin Luther King. Its ...
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Gourse elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Calls to nominate

Call for Nominations for the Campbell-Bascom Professorship

Nominations are now being accepted for the Campbell-Bascom Professorship. The professorship was established by the Campbell Soup Company and is awarded to faculty in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) who have made outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture. This includes, but is not limited to, those working in the areas of food science, nutrition, horticulture, agronomy, plant pathology, biological systems engineering, bacteriology, biochemistry, and genetics. The requirement that the candidates come from agriculture or food-related departments does not exclude those from a non-agriculture or non-food-related department if they are conducting research in those areas. The Campbell-Bascom Professorship provides the recipient with an annual auxiliary allocation that can be used in support of scholarly activities, including supplies, equipment, research assistants, travel to professional meetings, and other research costs. The appointment is for a five-year term. After five years, nominations for the professorship are re-opened. Current or past recipients may be nominated and considered for reappointment. The nomination packet should contain only the following items: 1) A brief cover letter of nomination from the nominee’s department chair 2) A description of the ...
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Call for Nominations for the Campbell-Bascom Professorship
Milestones

Mark Boggess named Director of the US Dairy Forage Research Center

Dr. Mark Boggess has been named Director of the US Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison. He comes to the USDFRC from  Beltsville, Maryland, where he served as the National Program Leader for USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) programs in Food Animal Production and Pasture, Forage and Rangeland Systems in Beltsville, Maryland.  In this role, he provided primary leadership for ARS research across the US, including programs for genetics and genomics, nutrition, reproductive physiology, animal welfare and meat quality for the food animal industries.  He also provided leadership to develop and integrate and improved pasture and rangeland management practices and land-use/renovation strategies.  These programs are focused on optimizing economic viability and environmental sustainability for diverse stakeholder groups responsible for managing forages, vegetation, livestock and natural resources on private and public lands. Boggess was raised on a diversified family farm in rural southwest Iowa. He attended Iowa State University receiving a BS degree in Animal Science in 1983.  After receiving an MS degree from Cornell University with a major in Animal Breeding in 1985, he returned to Iowa State University, receiving his PhD in 1990, ...
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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Mark Boggess named Director of the US Dairy Forage Research Center
Events

Chapman Lectures in Animal Breeding and Genetics, April 29 AND 30

The 2014 Arthur B. Chapman Lectures in Animal Breeding and Genetics held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be presented on April 29 and April 30, 2013 by Jerry Taylor, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences and Genetics, Wurdack Chair in Animal Genomics, Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. April 29, 12:05 pm, 236 Animal Sciences Building - “Genome Re-sequencing to Identify Loss of Function Variants Underlying Disease, Fertility, Inbreeding Depression and Heterosis.” April 30, 8:50 am, 236 Animal Sciences Building - “The Future of Genomic Selection in Animal Agriculture” The A. B. Chapman lectures are financially supported by the A. B. Chapman Fund, University of Wisconsin Foundation. Please consider making a contribution to this fund (PLEASE VISIT http://www.supportuw.org/how-to-give) The Chapman Lectures ihave been presented annually since 1994 by leading world scholars in the various fields related to genetic improvement of livestock.    
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Chapman Lectures in Animal Breeding and Genetics, April 29 AND 30
Business Services & Payroll

Your annual WRS Statement of Benefits is now available online

Your Annual Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Statement of Benefits is now available online in the My UW portal: http://my.wisc.edu.  Login to the portal and choose the Work Record tab. Go to the Benefit Information module and click on the Statements tab.  Click on ‘ETF Annual Statement of Benefits (WRS) Issued 2014’ to view and print your statement.  Please note that you will not receive a paper copy of the statement. The WRS Annual Statement of Benefits provides you with information about your Wisconsin Retirement System account as of January 1, 2014. Information on the statement includes 2013 WRS earnings and creditable service; total years of WRS creditable service, and separation and death benefit calculations.  You should review this statement closely for accuracy. Statement Section 2 – After Act 10 Service The name of your retirement category is in both Sections 1 and 2 of the Statement.  If you are in a General, Teacher or Protective retirement category, all of your creditable service will be listed in the “Before 2000” and/or “After 1999” columns in Section 2 of the Statement. Only employees in an Elected ...
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Your annual WRS Statement of Benefits is now available online
Calls to nominate

Reminder: Nominate for Honorary Recognition, Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service Awards by May 23

CALS invites nominations for its 2014 Honorary Recognition Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Distinguished Alumni Award. These are the highest honors bestowed by the college and to celebrate CALS’s 125th year, the college will honor new awardees as well as those who preceded them. Nominations are due by May 23. The Honorary Recognition Award was first offered in 1909 and has been presented to more than 500 individuals for outstanding service and leadership in the areas of agriculture, life sciences, natural resources and social science. In 1994, the college introduced the Distinguished Service Award to recognize CALS faculty and staff members for commendable service to the college and university, to citizens of Wisconsin, and to people around the nation and the world. The Distinguished Alumni Award, introduced in 2009, recognizes a CALS alumna or alumnus with a career of outstanding achievement through extraordinary contributions to one’s chosen field or an exemplary record of public service. Nomination information for each award and a listing of past honorees is available at www.cals.wisc.edu/honorary.  Nominations are due May 23, 2014.
Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Reminder: Nominate for Honorary Recognition, Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service Awards by May 23
Priority Themes

Strategic Planning Open House, May 15

In the past few weeks there has been much activity surrounding strategic planning. Committees are beginning to submit reports and recommendations, and we have begun sifting through the ideas surfaced at the priority theme workshops. Our challenge has been finding enough time and venues to gather feedback from everyone in the college on our efforts. In light of this, we invite you to attend an informal Strategic Planning Open House on May 15, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the Biochemical Sciences Atrium (Henry Mall entrance). We hope you will take advantage of this time to stop in and share your ideas. If you are unable to attend, you can view documents and reports and give feedback at: http://www.cals.wisc.edu/departments/office-of-dean-and-director-2/cals-strategic-planning.
Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Strategic Planning Open House, May 15
People and Departments

Call for APC Nominations

This year Academic Planning Council members from the Animal Sciences, Basic Sciences and Plant Sciences must be elected. The procedure calls for nominations to be made by voting members within the same represented area/division. Nomination forms and eligible districts are available on the APC website: http://apc.cals.wisc.edu/elections.   Completed forms should be signed and returned by May 13, 2014 to Laura Van Toll, Room 140 Agricultural Hall. UW Faculty Policies and Procedures require a review of each school/college’s APC every five years. The review of the CALS APC is underway, the draft report can be found at http://apc.cals.wisc.edu/reports. Part of this review process is to evaluate and make recommendations on the membership makeup and election process for the council. The outcome of those discussions may change the APC election process next year.
Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Call for APC Nominations
People and Departments

Postcard from Spooner: Winter again

[caption id="attachment_39762" align="alignleft" width="300"] This week brought April showers. Last week brought April snow to the Spooner Ag Research Station. Photo by Phil Holman.[/caption]
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Postcard from Spooner: Winter again
Student activities

Encourage students to participate in the CALS Week Scavenger Hunt

The CALS Student Association is asking that CALS faculty and staff please encourage students to sign up for this coming Friday's #findCALS Scavenger Hunt. A description of this fun student event, which is also posted on the CALS Week webpage, is below: Join your fellow students in a brand-new CALS Week tradition—the 1st annual CALS Scavenger Hunt! Teams of 5-6 will compete for prizes courtesy of Babcock Hall Dairy Store (ice cream), Bucky’s Butchery (meat), the CALS Office of External Relations (ABCs of CALS poster), and more. To participate, sign your team up by using this webform. Then on Friday, April 25, monitor the CALS Student Association’s twitter account—@CALS_SC—from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Each hour, on the hour, the account will tweet out a hint (for a total of 8) that will guide you through the scavenger hunt. Sometimes you’ll be asked to answer a CALS-related trivia question. Other times, your team will need to recreate an historic photo—finding the original site, posing and taking a photo. Just send your answers and photos back to @CALS_SC via Twitter and use ...
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Encourage students to participate in the CALS Week Scavenger Hunt