Awards and honors

Forest Service honors Midwest Invasive Plant Network

The Midwest Invasive Plant Network has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Education and Awareness on Invasive Species Partner Award from the United States Forest Service’s National Forest System Invasive Species Program. Mark Renz, CALS associate professor of agronomy and UW-Extension Weed Specialist, is the current MIPN president “The fact that U.S. Forest Service has bestowed this award on MIPN is a tremendous accomplishment as they recognize the effort and results of our efforts over the past decade,” Renz says. “Our mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plants in the Midwest. As this is a Herculean task, we couldn't do it without the help of federal, state and local partners.  While this collaboration isn't easy, MIPN has always prioritized working to bring groups together as this will give us the best chance of accomplishing our mission.” This award recognizes a partner or cooperator with the Forest Service who has demonstrated outstanding cooperation and achievements related to environmental education and awareness of invasive species. Formed in 2002, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network has been instrumental in developing and strengthening local invasive species efforts by ...
Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Forest Service honors Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Uncategorized

Position description: Cooperative Extension associate dean and director

UW-Extension Cooperative Extension is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Dean and Director. The Cooperative Extension Associate Dean and Director serves as deputy to the Cooperative Extension Dean and Director and provides leadership in collaboration with colleagues and other administrators. The position encourages the creation of inclusive work and learning environments in alignment with Cooperative Extension’s purpose, vision and values in ways that contribute to supportive workplaces. This position provides day-to-day leadership for divisional administrative operations, educational programs, and the translation of the division’s vision into action. The Associate Dean and Director functions within the broad organizational direction provided by the Dean and Director in the implementation of policies. The Associate Dean and Director also advises the Dean and Director on the development of program and administrative policy consistent with the University of Wisconsin System and United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Deadline for applications is Sept. 2. See the job description here.
Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Position description: Cooperative Extension associate dean and director
In the News

CALS In the News for the Week of July 12-18

In the News: Ouch! Mosquito population on the rise, experts say Kenosha News 7/18/14 Quoted: P.J. Liesch, Entomology Quoted: Susan Paskewitz, Entomology Awareness Is Overrated Science Of Us Quoted: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Everyone's eating butter again - if you can afford it CBS 7/14/14 Quoted: Brian Gould, Agricultural and Applied Economics Hail smashes crops, piles up inches deep in parts of Door County Wisconsin State Journal 7/16/14 Quoted: Matt Stasiak, Agricultural Research Stations UW-Madison scientists seek alternatives to cranberry pollination Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 7/13/14 Quoted: Claudio Gratton, Entomology Mentioned: Jeremy Hemberger, graduate student, Entomology University of Wisconsin scientists test alternative methods to pollinate cranberries StarTribune 7/17/14 Quoted: Claudio Gratton, Entomology Scientists test alternate pollination methods for cranberries wisconsinrapidstribune.com 7/16/14 Quoted: Claudio Gratton, Entomology Scout the End of July for Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybeans Wisconsin Agriculturalist 7/18/14 Quoted: Shawn Conley, Agronomy Wheel track damage to soybeans consideration Agri-View 7/16/14 Quoted: Shawn Conley, Agronomy Bacterial spot in tomatoes discussed Agri-View 7/13/14 Mentioned: Amanda Gevens, Plant Pathology New beginnings for the 67th Alice in Dairyland Agri-View 7/16/14 Mentioned: Zoey Brooks, alumnus, Animal Science The life and death of Wisconsin wolves - Audio CALS News 7/18/14 Quoted: Tim Van Deelen, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Empty nests: Wisconsin conservationists commemorate the passenger pigeons that once darkened our skies CALS News 7/14/14 Quoted: Stanley ...
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CALS In the News for the Week of July 12-18
Awards and honors

William Tishler honored by American Society of Landscape Architects

William Tishler, CALS professor emeritus of landscape architecture, will receive the 2014 Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The award recognizes significant and sustained excellence in landscape architecture education. “For over 36 years, Tishler has been a highly valued instructor and scholar," ASLA notes. “His finely crafted and reflective lectures helped his students develop a strong appreciation for landscape history and cultural landscapes as well as for the landscape architecture profession. He also documented the work of early Midwestern pioneers in landscape architecture, including Robert Morris Copeland, Horace William Shaler Cleveland, and Jens Jensen.”
Monday, July 14th, 2014
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William Tishler honored by American Society of Landscape Architects
Extension and Outreach

Search underway for UW-Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor

The University of Wisconsin System invites applications and nominations for the position of chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension. Details are available here.
Monday, July 14th, 2014
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Search underway for UW-Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor
Workplace

UWPD will hold full-scale emergency simulation on Thursday

The Emergency Management Unit of the UW-Madison Police Department will hold a full-scale exercise on Thursday, July 17th. More than 400 people are expected to participate in this real-life simulation of an emergency at Camp Randall Stadium.  Planning began over a year ago, and it’s the first time the University’s emergency response capacity will be tested at this level. See details on the UWPD website.
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UWPD will hold full-scale emergency simulation on Thursday
student honors

Ten Outstanding Sophomores recognized by WALSAA

[caption id="attachment_41154" align="alignleft" width="300"] Outstanding Sophomores 2014. From left to right, WALSAA Scholarship Co-Chairman Robb Bender, CALS Dean Kathryn VandenBosch, Abigail Ball, Katherine Griswold, Maria Gruetzmacher, Bethany Dado, Amanda Beltrame, Daniel Fox, Luke Drachenberg, Jayne-Norah Ntambi, Erica Ballmer, Patrick Carney and WALSAA President & Scholarship Co-Chairman Bryan Renk.[/caption] The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association recently continued its proud tradition of promoting student excellence at UW–Madison. After an unprecedented 86 submitted applications, the WALSAA scholarship committee narrowed down its search for the top 10 Outstanding Sophomores through a rigorous prescreening process that focused equally on academic achievement, campus involvement/leadership, community service, and relevant experience. From these 86 applicants, 24 were selected to interview in front of a panel of three WALSAA board members. Ten final awardees were selected based on interview performance. “It’s truly amazing what these students can accomplish in less than two years at Madison,” said Robb Bender, cochairman of the scholarship committee. “Although difficult to choose just 10 students, these well-rounded individuals are the cream of the crop.” Winners of the Outstanding Sophomore Award include: Abigail Ball, Waterford, animal science/dairy ...
Monday, July 14th, 2014
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Ten Outstanding Sophomores recognized by WALSAA
Milestones

New faculty Q & A: Erin Silva

Erin Silva is not new to campus, but in case you haven't heard, she's a new member of the CALS faculty: She recently moved from her post of associate scientist in the agronomy department to that of assistant professor in the plant pathology department. __________________ Describe your career path up to this point. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology from UW-Stevens Point.  During that time, I was able to participate in two internships through CALS at UW-Madison—one in dairy science and one in horticulture. It was through these experiences that I became interested in agriculture.  After graduating from UWSP, I went on to Washington State University to complete a master's degree and Ph.D. in horticulture with a focus on vegetable physiology. I then returned to UW-Madison to begin a postdoc with Phil Simon through the USDA Vegetable Crops Research Unit. From there, I moved onto a faculty position at New Mexico State University before returning again to UW-Madison. What is the main focus of your research program? My research focuses on production practices to enhance the productivity and profitability of organic and sustainable cropping ...
Monday, July 14th, 2014
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New faculty Q & A: Erin Silva
In the News

CALS In the News for the Week of July 7-11

Socioeconomic Status May Influence Understanding of Science: Socioeconomic status may influence understanding of science Feedstuffs 7/08/14 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Mentioned: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Quoted: Leona Su, graduate student, Life Sciences Communication Mind the gap: Socioeconomic status may influence understanding of science Phys.org 7/07/14 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Mentioned: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Quoted: Leona Su, graduate student, Life Sciences Communication Mind the gap: Socioeconomic status may influence understanding of science Parent Herald 7/07/14 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Mentioned: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Quoted: Leona Su, graduate student, Life Sciences Communication Socioeconomic Status May Determine A Person's Overall Understanding Of Science redOrbit 7/07/14 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Mentioned: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Quoted: Leona Su, graduate student, Life Sciences Communication Science Blog Readership Linked To Worse Understanding Among Poor People Science 2.0 7/07/14 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Mentioned: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Quoted: Leona Su, graduate student, Life Sciences Communication Mind the gap: Socioeconomic status may influence understanding of science UW-Madison News 7/07/14 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Mentioned: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Quoted: Leona Su, graduate student, Life Sciences Communication In the News: Growing Grain Gold For Beer Edible Milwaukee Mentioned: Peninsular Agricultural Research Station Blood ...
Friday, July 11th, 2014
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CALS In the News for the Week of July 7-11
Awards and honors

Donohue takes on roll of ASM president

[caption id="attachment_41045" align="alignleft" width="150"] Donohue[/caption] Bacteriology professor and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center director Tim Donohue stepped into the role of president of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) on July 1. The leadership transition was announced in an ASM news release. The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.
Monday, July 7th, 2014
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Donohue takes on roll of ASM president