Events

Reminder: UW Family Gardening Day this Saturday

UW Family Gardening Day, a family-friendly event to celebrate spring and share gardening ideas, will take place this coming Saturday, May 7 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The free event runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the university’s Allen Centennial Garden, Steenbock Memorial Library, UW Biotron, and D.C. Smith Instructional Greenhouse. Read this recent eCALS post for event details.
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Reminder: UW Family Gardening Day this Saturday
student honors

CALS student leaders honored at recognition ceremony

A Student Leadership Recognition Ceremony was held last Friday in the BioCommons of Steenbock Library. The event, held as part of CALS week, recognized CALS students who make significant contributions to the college, the University and Madison through their leadership. The Keylon Braxton Award, developed in memory of a former advisor to the CALS Student Council, was given to two CALS seniors. The award honors Keylon’s service and dedication to the college and recognizes individuals who reflect Keylon's exceptional motivation and enthusiasm for the college and its students. This year's recipients were Erik Sanson and Logan Wells. Erik has served in several officer positions for the CALS Student Association. He organized the first CALS-wide scavenger hunt, worked with WALSAA to promote grants for student organizations and partnered with Allen Centennial Garden to host the CALS Fall Picnic. Erik also served as a CALS Student Ambassador and on the Student Dean's Advisory Board. [caption id="attachment_53943" align="aligncenter" width="971"] Erik Sanson and Logan Wells with Dean Kate VandenBosch[/caption] As a first-year student, Logan did all he could to make the 20-student cohort of his first-year interest group a family. He was ...
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CALS student leaders honored at recognition ceremony
Beyond classroom experiences

Agri-marketing team brings home national championship

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) marketing team brought home the national championship on Thursday, April 14. The students also earned $5,500 in scholarships, out of a total $9,000 up for grabs among the 30 universities present at the competition, as well as a John Deere Award. [caption id="attachment_53973" align="alignright" width="300"] The winning NAMA marketing team from left to right: Jordan Gaal, Erica Ballmer, Jaime Sawle, Kate Griswold, Sarah Fletcher Botham (NAMA advisor), Brandon Maly, Mariah Martin, Sydney Endres and Savannah Waller.[/caption] LSC is the UW–Madison NAMA student chapter’s department sponsor and one of LSC’s faculty members has advised the chapter since it was created in 1980. Faculty associate Sarah Botham is the current faculty advisor of the chapter and marketing team. The last time the NAMA chapter took first place was in 1996, under LSC’s Tom Schomisch, who retired in 2004 and sadly passed away last year. “The students very much deserve this honor,” Botham said. “I really had a feeling that this year’s product and presentation were really extraordinary, and it’s great to see the students’ hard work pay ...
Monday, May 2nd, 2016
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Agri-marketing team brings home national championship
Student opportunities

Student discount available for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison June 2-4

The 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is coming to Madison on June 2-4, 2016. Engage with farm to college practitioners, farmers, food service staff, community partners and others involved in changing the food system through farm to cafeteria work. There are a variety of workshops and lightning talks throughout the conference. There is also a Farm to College Field Trip on Thursday, June 2 that will focus on both serving local/regional foods in the campus setting and UW-students engaged in food system work. There are two different discount opportunities to support students attending this conference: a $25 discount for a One-Day Conference registration or a $15 discount to attend the Farm to College Field Trip. Please note: To register for both the one-day conference registration and the field trip, you will have to register twice. Register once using the conference code, then register again using the field trip code. This special student rate is available until Friday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m., and the offer is valid on new registrations only.
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Student discount available for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison June 2-4
Awards and honors

Karen Nielsen wins World Citizen Award from IIW

[caption id="attachment_53894" align="alignleft" width="200"] Karen Nielsen[/caption] Karen Nielsen, an outreach program manager in the Department of Dairy Science, is the recipient of the 2016 World Citizen Award from the International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW), an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective. Nielsen received the award at the institute's annual World Citizen Celebration Dinner on Saturday, April 30. The event saluted individuals who have played a leadership role in shaping the IIW and its commitment to the local and global communities. Nielsen earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in Chinese language, history, and culture from the University of Minnesota. She is an involved member of the Leadership Team of the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science’s Nestle China Dairy Farming Institute project, an initiative that develops curriculum and provides training to China’s dairy industry. Prior to this, Nielsen was the Director of the Babcock Institute of International Dairy Research where she played a crucial role in organizing custom dairy training programs for participants in 83 countries, initiated development of multilingual educational materials, ...
Monday, May 2nd, 2016
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Karen Nielsen wins World Citizen Award from IIW
Awards and honors

Christopher Salm named 2016 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award Recipient

In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in entrepreneurial pursuits, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has awarded distinguished alumnus Christopher Salm a 2016 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award. Salm, BS'75 Meat & Animal Science, co-founded Salm Partners LLC, a company that produces hot dogs and sausages that are then sold by brand marketers and private label retailers. The company is an industry leader in developing and implementing new technology systems for processing those meats. Throughout a career that's included Oscar Mayer, Johnsonville Sausage and ConAgra, Salm's focus has been on "finding and proving new technologies and processes to better feed the world," he says. Salm is active with UW-Madison, serving as the first chair of the meat lab industry advisory committee, on the CALS Board of Visitors, on the WARF Food Science "Catalysts" group, and as chair of the CALS campaign planning committee. Salm is a frequent conference speaker at both national and international events. Learn more about him in this video produced by UW-Madison University Communications: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2PcEWM_dok  
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Christopher Salm named 2016 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award Recipient
Awards and honors

O’Rourke, Grenawalt Honored by 4-H Youth Development Professionals

A team of Wisconsin 4-H Extension colleagues were recognized at the 2016 Wisconsin Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals annual awards and recognition banquet on Tuesday, April 19th at the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells. Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, UW-Madison, Alissa Grenawalt, Extension Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison, were recognized for winning the Educational Technology Team Award.  This award recognizes excellence use of technology (such as computers, video, satellite, web pages, etc.) in delivering or managing educational programs, expanding use of technology education in 4-H, or promoting logical problem-solving techniques using educational technologies. [caption id="attachment_53903" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, and Alissa Grenawalt, Extension Outreach Specialist. Photo:WAE4-HYDP[/caption] Their program has focused on using relevant technology to reach out to Wisconsin families who are involved in 4-H and other youth livestock organizations and keeping them abreast of project related updates, opportunities and other information.  From 2002 to 2010, much of the outreach and information sharing of upcoming programs was promoted with the Wisconsin 4-H Website and through the UW-Madison Department of Animal Science Extension webpage.  Over time UW-Extension moved toward blog ...
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O’Rourke, Grenawalt Honored by 4-H Youth Development Professionals
Happenings

Professor Ahna Skop advocates for science in Washington D.C.

Last week, Genetics and Life Sciences Communication professor Ahna Skop traveled to Washington D.C. to talk with Congress and White House staff on behalf of the Genetics Society of America. She met with the offices of Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Mark Pocan to advocate for National Science Foundation funding and model organism research. She was also invited to present a poster about her NSF-funded research at the 22nd annual Coalition for Nation Science Funding Exhibition, where she met with Russ Holt of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, France Cordova of the NSF and many supporting agencies. On her way back to Madison, Skop had the honor of meeting Russ Feingold and talked with him about scientific funding. Read more about Skop's trip in this story from the Genetics Society of America. [caption id="attachment_53908" align="aligncenter" width="897"] Skop meets with the offices of Senator Tammy Baldwin.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_53909" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Skop presents a poster about her NSF-funded research.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_53910" align="alignnone" width="584"] Skop explains her work to Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS and a former New Jersey Congressman.[/caption]
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Professor Ahna Skop advocates for science in Washington D.C.
Events

Wisconsin Academy to offer two science events on May 10

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters is offering two events on Tuesday, May 10. There will be both a day-long summit and a free, public talk in the evening. The Science, Water & Policy Summit will talk place at Union South from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will bring together scientists, policy-makers, students, citizens and other interested parties to discuss the changing role of science in policy-making around the state's waters. Registration, open until May 4, is $65 for the general public, $55 for Academy members and $30 for students. A public talk titled "Where's the Science? A Conversation on the Role of Science in Public Policy" will take place in the Marquee Theater at Union South from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature three Wisconsin Academy Fellows including Patty Loew, professor of Life Sciences Communication. The talk is free, but registration is required.
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Wisconsin Academy to offer two science events on May 10
Uncategorized

Arrests made Thursday in connection to Moore Hall graffiti

Last week, authorities arrested three men in connection to graffiti of the Wolfsangel and Valknut symbols painted on buildings on the UW-Madison campus and in the downtown region of the city of Madison. This graffiti was reported on the portion of Moore Hall that faces the DeLuca Biochemical Sciences buildings. It has been removed. Those arrested are not UW-Madison students or staff. UW-Madison Police Department incident report  “3 arrested in possible anti-Semitic graffiti incidents on and near UW campus” from the Wisconsin State Journal  All members of our community are encouraged to report incidents that create a hostile climate at UW-Madison.
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Arrests made Thursday in connection to Moore Hall graffiti