Milestones

In memoriam: Laverne Forest, emeritus professor with Continuing and Vocational Education

Laverne Forest, an emeritus faculty member in CALS, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Forest grew up on a small farm near Granite Falls, Minn., where he graduated from high school. He went on to earn a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in agricultural education, and graduate degrees in adult education from Colorado State University and the University of Wisconsin. Forest served as a county extension agent in Washington and Rock Counties, Minn. He then worked for 24 years as a faculty member in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' Department of Continuing and Vocational Education (CAVE). Together with his wife Betty and their family, Laverne realized his dream of returning to farming by starting Eplegaarden in 1985 with the planting of the first 1000 trees on a lovely hillside farm in Fitchburg. Six years and 6000 trees later, the orchard opened to the public in 1991. Eplegaarden has become a beloved destination for thousands of Madison area families. For more on Forest's life, please read his madison.com obituary.
Monday, May 23rd, 2016
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In memoriam: Laverne Forest, emeritus professor with Continuing and Vocational Education
Events

WN@tL this week: Stan Temple on the de-extinction of species

Stan Temple, emeritus professor of forest and wildlife ecology, is the featured speaker at this week's Wednesday Nite @ the Lab. During his talk, he will explore questions about the de-extinction of species, including could we - and should we - resurrect extinct species. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 in room 1111 of the Genetics/Biotechnology Center building. More details are available at: https://www.uwalumni.com/event/wntl-de-extinction/.
Monday, May 23rd, 2016
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WN@tL this week: Stan Temple on the de-extinction of species
In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of May 16- May 20, 2016

News about GMO crops Are GMO crops safe? Focus on the plant, not the process, scientists say. The Washington Post 5/17/16 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Report: Genetically altered foods safe but not curing hunger FOX News 5/18/16 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Report: Genetically modified foods safe but not curing hunger Leader-Telegram 5/18/16 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication GM food generally safe for humans and the environment, report says The Guardian, 5/17/16 Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication The Opening Bell 05-18-16: GMO + TSA = BAD! WGN Radio 5/18/16 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe and Possibly Good for Climate Change Scientific American, 5/18/16 Quoted: Richard Amasino, Biochemistry UW experts contribute to GMO report Morning Ag Clips Mentioned: Rick Amasino, Biochemistry Mentioned: Dominique Brossard News about Frost and Frozen Crops Cold snap damages wine grape crops in Minnesota, Wisconsin Yahoo Finance 5/17/16 Quoted: Amaya Atucha, Horticulture Cold snap damages wine grape crops in Minnesota, Wisconsin Jornal Sentinel 5/17/16 Quoted: Amaya Atucha, Horticulture Wineries across area reeling from weekend's hard frost Wisconsin State journal 5/18/16 Quoted: Amaya Atucha, Horticulture Wisconsin Fruit Crop Is Still Strong Despite Recent Frosts, Expert Says Wisconsin Public Radio 5/18/16 Quoted: Amaya Atucha, Horticulture Wisconsin Grapes, Apples Could Suffer From Late-Spring Freezing Temperatures Wisconsin Public Radio ...
Friday, May 20th, 2016
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CALS in the News for the Week of May 16- May 20, 2016
Awards and honors

Laura Schechter selected for Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award

Laura Schechter, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, has been selected to receive a Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award. The award provides $100,000 in flexible research funds over two academic years. Schechter's research lies at the intersection of development economics and behavioral economics. In particular she focuses on the interrelated areas of trust and trustworthiness, and risk and vulnerability. Yale Economic Review named her one of “5 Hot Minds in Economics” in 2007 for her innovative methods studying cash flow in communities.
Friday, May 20th, 2016
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Laura Schechter selected for Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award
Workplace

Senate committee approves FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

On May 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which is the committee's recommendations for the 2017 USDA budget. While most lines are flat-funded, meaning their budget allocations remain the same, there are some exceptions: Funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is increased by $25M. Capacity building grants for non land-grand institutions are zeroed out. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program gets a small boost. USDA Grants Admin gets a significant boost. This will help enable Program Leaders to travel and host annual PI meetings, as they historically have done. Floor consideration for both the House and Senate versions of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill could occur before the July/August Congressional Recess. The following table, distributed by The Cornerstone Team, provides the complete NIFA account level detail.
Friday, May 20th, 2016
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Senate committee approves FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Events

Workout with Bucky at Camp Randall Stadium – May 25

The UW-Madison campus community is invited to join Bucky for an active, energetic and stress-relieving mid-day workout at Camp Randall Stadium on Wednesday, May 25. The workout will take place on the field from 12 - 12:45 p.m. Please register at go.wisc.edu/8nh3uv. For more information, download the 2016_Buckys_Workout flyer or view the screenshot below.
Friday, May 20th, 2016
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Workout with Bucky at Camp Randall Stadium – May 25
Awards and honors

Corbett Grainger receives Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award

Corbett Grainger, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, was recently selected to receive a Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award. The award provides $100,000 in flexible research funds over two academic years. Grainger specializes in environmental and natural resource economics, with a research emphasis on the distributional effects of regulations, property rights and institutions. He is an faculty affiliate at SAGE in The Nelson Institute, the Optimization group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the Center for Demography and Ecology, and the Global Health Institute.
Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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Corbett Grainger receives Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award
Basic Science

Pagliarini energized by White House visit for research honor

[caption id="attachment_54323" align="alignright" width="300"] Dave Pagliarini at the White House event. Photo courtesy of the Morgridge Institute for Research.[/caption] It’s not every day someone gets the chance to stroll through the East Wing of the White House, snapping photos and checking out its famous Blue Room and Red Room. Dave Pagliarini experienced that and more during his trip to the nation’s capital May 5-6 to receive his Presidential Early Career (PECASE) award. Pagliarini, associate professor of biochemistry and director of the Morgridge Institute metabolism team, and about 40 other U.S. scientists being honored May 6 had some down time to get familiar with the iconic residence before meeting President Obama. They received another surprise when President Obama arrived with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a big advocate for science. Both Obama and Bezos addressed the group, encouraging them to continue making big contributions to U.S. science. “They shook our hands and really took the time to hear who we were and about what we were doing,” says Pagliarini. “It all seemed very real and genuine.” “The whole PECASE event was pretty special,” he adds. “What ...
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
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Pagliarini energized by White House visit for research honor
Happenings

In “Snicklefritz,” Ellen Maurer tells the story of her mother’s life

Ellen Maurer, a former communications/marketing specialist for the college, recently published a book, titled Snicklefritz: Winifred Elizabeth Manning Allbeck Tells Stories from an Earlier Time, that recounts the tales of her mother's life. Here's a description of the book from the book's website: Winifred Elizabeth (Manning) Allbeck —“Snicklefritz” as her papa nicknamed her—began her life in the dead of winter when the world was being torn apart by The Great War and devastated by the Spanish Flu, the worst pandemic in recorded history. Nearly 100 years later, she and her daughter, Ellen Allbeck Maurer, sat down to tell her intimate story—interwoven with grand changes taking place in American rural life. From kerosene lamps and one-room schools to the Great Depression, times changed—and so did her life. School years were followed by long-distance loves—captured through letters presented within the book—and her world expanded to include a happy forty-four-year marriage to Frank, whose tale blends into hers. The secluded life of the farm girl of the early 1900s eventually blossomed into adventures in more than two dozen countries on three continents. Snicklefritz relates comical anecdotes and tender memories in Allbeck’s ...
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
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In “Snicklefritz,” Ellen Maurer tells the story of her mother’s life
Happenings

Photo from biochemistry reception for William Rutter

[caption id="attachment_54316" align="alignleft" width="300"] Julius Adler, Annrita Lardy, William Rutter and Dean Kate VandenBosch at the biochemistry reception.[/caption] Last week, the Department of Biochemistry hosted a reception to honor William Rutter, who was presented an honorary UW-Madison degree at the May 13, 2016 commencement ceremony. Rutter was nominated by the Department of Biochemistry. He held a postdoctoral appointment with noted scientist Henry Lardy at UW–Madison’s Institute for Enzyme Research early in his career. A pioneering biochemist, Rutter helped lay the foundation for the emerging field of biotechnology. Research breakthroughs under his leadership include the first cloning of genes for insulin and growth hormone, at the University of California, San Francisco, and a recombinant DNA vaccine for hepatitis B and decoded genomes for HIV and hepatitis C viri, at the Chiron Corp.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
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Photo from biochemistry reception for William Rutter