Workplace

Agenda for CALS Equity and Diversity Committee meeting on Feb. 11

The CALS Equity and Diversity Committee is meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in 250 Ag Hall. The agenda is below: Additions to the agenda Approval of minutes Sarah Pfatteicher – Presentation of Vital Signs Group reports Learning Communities Diversity Education within CALS Recruitment & Retention Announcements LaRuth McAfee is organizing Affinity Group Grad Student Mixers.  All mixers are at the University Club at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Black/African American – Friday, Feb. 19 Native American – Tuesday, Feb. 23 Asian American – Tuesday, March 1 Hispanic/Latino – Tuesday, March 8 Faculty of Color reception on Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center.  Registration:  http://go.wisc.edu/x72764 http://equitydiversity.cals.wisc.edu/
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
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Agenda for CALS Equity and Diversity Committee meeting on Feb. 11
Extension and Outreach

Invitation to participate in UW Science Expeditions

UW-Madison Science Alliance is seeking university faculty, staff and students to participate in the 14th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions event, which will take place April 1-3, 2016. Why participate in UW Science Expeditions? UW Science Expeditions is an annual campus-wide science open house. It’s an opportunity for campus researchers and students to welcome members of the general public to the state's land-grant research university and share the great work being done here. The event features three types of programs: 1. Exploration Stations: Hands-on exhibits where you share insights into your research. 2. Science Spectaculars: Presentations that engage a larger audience, usually in an auditorium. 3. Destinations for Exploration: Tours or Open Houses at venues across campus. *To Sign up to lead an Exploration Station, a Science Spectacular or a Destination for Exploration, please register at http://go.wisc.edu/pt5t4q. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ana Garic, UW Nutritional Sciences, at 608-262-9346 or ana.garic@wisc.edu. If you know others who may be interested, please share this information with them.
Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Invitation to participate in UW Science Expeditions
Workplace

Applications being accepted for Spring 2016 Academic Staff Professional Development Grants

Academic staff are encouraged to apply for Spring 2016 Academic Staff Professional Development Grants. These grants are intended for professional development and/or training to improve the effectiveness of academic staff members in their current roles. Applications for the upcoming round of grants must be submitted online by March 11. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of the two upcoming brownbag lunch info sessions about the grant program, titled “Writing a Successful Professional Development Grant.” The sessions are offered: Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, Union South Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, 1345 HSLC For deadline and further information, read the attached PDF documents below or go to the Academic Staff Professional Development Grants page on the Academic Staff website. Additional questions can be directed to Heather Daniels (263-1011) or Jake Smith (263-2985). Spring 2016 Professional Development Grant Announcement Professional Development Proposal Instructions Professional Development Grants FAQS
Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Applications being accepted for Spring 2016 Academic Staff Professional Development Grants
Calls to nominate

Nominations sought for 2016 World Agriculture Prize

The Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agriculture and Life Sciences has announced a call for nominations for the 2016 GCHERA World Agricultural Prize. The aim of the prize is to encourage the global development of the mission of higher education institutions in education, research and innovation in the agricultural and life sciences by recognizing the distinguished contribution of an individual to this mission. Information on the terms and conditions for nominations are available as a PDF file. The closing date for nominations is April 25, 2016. The $50,000 prize is sponsored by the Education Development Foundation of Nanjing Agricultural University and will be awarded at a ceremony in Stellenbosch, South Africa on Sep. 20, 2016. For additional information, visit the GCHERA website.
Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Nominations sought for 2016 World Agriculture Prize
Events

Badger Meat Science Club hosts “whole hog break down” fundraiser

The Badger Meat Science Club is hosting  a "Whole Hog Break Down" fundraising event on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Participants in the workshop begin with a full side of pork and learn the basic anatomy to break down the hog to its primal cuts. Then they have the opportunity to butcher their own cuts and roasts to take home at the end of the workshop. The $150 registration fee includes the workshop, supplemental reading materials, and up to 30 pounds of fresh pork cuts. The event is open the public, but limited to eight individuals/teams. To register or get additional information, contact Megan at BadgerMeatScience@gmail.com. All proceeds go to the Badger Meat Science Club travel fund. Interested in going whole hog, but can't make it to the fundraiser? Bucky's Butchery is taking orders for whole hogs and sides of pork. To place an order, e-mail the butchery at meatlab@ansci.wisc.edu or call (608) 262-1793 to fill out a Pork order form over the phone. Ordering from Bucky's Butchery supports the education and training of undergraduate students working at the Meat Lab.
Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Badger Meat Science Club hosts “whole hog break down” fundraiser
Awards and honors

Dominique Brossard, Dietram Scheufele serve on NAS science comm committees

The Department of Life Sciences Communication is continuing its strong involvement in the National Academy of Sciences as chair Dominique Brossard and professor Dietram Scheufele have each been asked by the National Research Council to serve on new committees. Brossard is on a committee exploring “Science Literacy and Public Perception of Science,” while Scheufele is vice-chairing “The Science of Science Communication: A Research Agenda” with former AAAS CEO Alan Leshner. [caption id="attachment_51979" align="alignright" width="181"] Dominique Brossard[/caption] “Science Literacy and Public Perception of Science” will analyze data about science and health literacy and also how, or if, they are linked to public support of scientific issues. It will formulate a final report on the state of science literacy research and also identify research holes where more work needs to be done. “Science literacy can be a complex issue,” Brossard explained. “What do people need to know about science? It’s really a philosophical question. This committee will address that question and sort through current research on the topic and also explore the potential link between scientific literacy and public attitudes and behavior.” While Scheufele has been ...
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
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Dominique Brossard, Dietram Scheufele serve on NAS science comm committees
Calls to nominate

Nominations sought for Robert Rabson Award in area of bioenergy research

The American Society of Plant Biologists has issued a call for nominations for the Robert Rabson Award in the area of bioenergy research. The Robert Rabson Award recognizes Bob Rabson’s steadfast advocacy of plant biology through creation of funding programs in the Department of Energy for research in basic energy sciences. The award recognizes postdocs and faculty-level early career scientists, whether or not members of the Society, in academic, government and corporate research institutions who have made excellent contributions in the area of bioenergy research. The committee defines early career as within five years of receipt of the PhD. The biennial award is a monetary award that also provides a one-year membership in the Society. Society members can submit nominations online via the ASPB Awards & Funding System. Non-members are invited to join the society or to identify potential candidates to a current member. Additional information is available in this nomination solicitation letter.
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
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Nominations sought for Robert Rabson Award in area of bioenergy research
Calls to nominate

Awards for mentoring undergrads in research, scholarly and creative activities

The Office of the Provost is offering awards to recognize the important role mentors have in fostering undergraduates’ intellectual, personal, and professional growth. We encourage students to participate in high-impact practices including research, scholarly and creative endeavors. These awards provide members of the faculty, academic staff, and post-doctoral fellows/graduate students with recognition for their excellence in mentoring undergraduates and contribution to a core component of students’ Wisconsin Experience. The awards will provide $2,000 of university expendable funds. Descriptions of the eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and application materials for these awards are described in this document. The awards will be presented to recipients at a reception at the close of the Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Union South. It is a requirement of the program that they attend to receive their award. The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Nominations should be sent to Assistant Vice Provost Laurie Mayberry, laurie.mayberry@wisc.edu. Questions can be directed to Vice Provost Steve Cramer at steven.cramer@wisc.edu.
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
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Awards for mentoring undergrads in research, scholarly and creative activities
Events

CALS Wellness Committee suggestions: Yoga, meditation and tai chi opportunities

Have you wondered about ways to bring stress-reduction, relaxation or more focused attention into your workday? Yoga, meditation and tai chi are activities that might help. There are several opportunities on the UW campus for students, faculty and staff to participate in group yoga, meditation or tai chi classes this spring. It might be just what you need to stretch your body and your mind, and bring a little bit of peace and tranquility to your day. Meditation Free drop-in meditation classes are led by UW psychologist Dr. Bob McGrath on the following schedule: Tuesdays, 12-12:45pm – 21 N. Park Street Room #1108 Wednesdays, 12-12:45pm – Union South – Check Today in the Union (TITU) for the room location Thursdays, 12-12:45pm – Union South – Check Today in the Union (TITU) for the room location For more information: http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/services/wellness/meditation.shtml Yoga UW Recreational Sports offers several classes in various styles of yoga at campus recreational facilities. Cost varies depending on membership to Rec Sports. For more information: https://recsports.wisc.edu/fitness.htm#mind-body-studio Tai chi Instructor Robert Yu from the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) is currently leading two beginner-level tai chi classes this semester (January 27 to ...
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
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CALS Wellness Committee suggestions: Yoga, meditation and tai chi opportunities
Extension and Outreach

CALS in the News for the Week of Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2016

News Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals Announces Appointment of Douglas Jermasek as Chief Executive Officer Yahoo! News 2/2/16 Mentioned: Hector DeLuca, Biochemistry Why You Should Never Buy Bagged Greens Houston Chronicle 2/2/16 Quoted: Jeri Barak, Plant Pathology Novolyze introduces its Scientific Advisory Board Bloomberg Business 2/4/16 Mentioned: Kent Juliot, Alumnus, Food Science Visiting scholar researches the ethics of gene editing The Daily Pennsylvanian 1/30/16 Quoted: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals Announces Appointment of Douglas Jermasek as Chief Executive Officer WKOW 2/2/16 Menioned: Hector DeLuca, Biochemistry Coyotes to be trapped, tagged for monitoring in Wauwatosa, West Allis Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 1/28/16 Mentioned: David Drake, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Marcus Mueller, Graduate Student, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Focus on Dane County: UW-Madison, Monona to collaborate on city project Wisconsin State Journal 2/5/16 Mentioned: Department of Urban and Regional Planning UW evolutionary biologist Sean Carroll named winner of prestigious Lewis Thomas Prize Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 1/29/16 Mentioned: Sean Carroll, Genetics UW biologist Sean Carroll wins writing prize Wisconsin State Journal 1/29/15 Mentioned: Sean Carroll, Genetics Fertility app maker BluDiagnostics raises $1.2 million of debt funding Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2/4/16 Mentioned: Katie Brenner, Biochemistry Trap and tag: New effort begins to tackle coyote problem in Milwaukee County Fox 6 Now Milwaukee 2/1/16 Mentioned: Urban Canid Project, Dept of Forest ...
Friday, February 5th, 2016
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CALS in the News for the Week of Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2016