Agriculture

Nominations Sought for World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is seeking nominations for an individual or individuals having demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need. Submissions are due by May 1, 2015. Nomination materials and guidelines can be found here.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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Nominations Sought for World Food Prize
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Nominate for campus-wide TA awards by Nov. 21

In order to recognize excellence on the part of campus TAs, the College of Letters and Science, with funding support from the Graduate School, administers four campus-wide awards for teaching assistants. These awards are open to all UW-Madison TAs, and they recognize: outstanding and inspirational performance on the part of new TAs (those with fewer than four semesters of teaching experience; TAs who, in addition to their regular duties, perform exceptional service related to the educational mission of their department (volunteerism, committee work, mentoring, etc.); TAs who bring extraordinary creativity to their work and have developed or adapted new teaching methods or techniques; Ph.D. TAs who have performed as outstanding teachers throughout their UW-Madison tenure (nominees should be at the end of their graduate careers and planning to defend their dissertations by the end of the school year). Each department may nominate up to three TAs per year and you may distribute those nominations across categories as you see fit, but a department or program may nominate an individual TA in only one of the four categories per year. Descriptions of the awards, eligibility criteria, ...
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Nominate for campus-wide TA awards by Nov. 21
Workplace

Academic staff governance committees seek members

Each year the Academic Staff Nominating Committee is charged with finding candidates to serve on more than forty campus committees. Committees span a variety of interests including communications, compensation, awards, diversity, student affairs, transportation, athletics, information technology, and many more. If you would like to be considered for current and future committee openings, please complete the committee interest survey: http://go.wisc.edu/GetInvolved The survey provides a list of committees and links to more information. Indicating your interest is not in any way binding. As seats open up on your committees of interest, a member of the Nominating Committee may contact you to further explore your potential participation. Regular elections for standing committees of the Academic Staff Assembly take place each spring. Regular appointments to other shared governance committees are also made in the spring. Please note that not every committee has openings for new members every year. The following committees have immediate openings: Academic Staff Communications Committee Academic Staff Mentoring Committee Committee participation at UW-Madison is a great way for academic staff members to grow personally and professionally, to meet other staff outside their units, to learn more about how things work at UW-Madison, and to have a voice in campus issues. We won't ...
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Academic staff governance committees seek members
Workplace

30-Day benefit enrollment opportunity for same-sex spouse

As of October 6, 2014, same-sex marriage is legal and recognized in Wisconsin. This includes a legal same-sex marriage that occurred in another state or country prior to October 6, 2014, as well as the same-sex marriage licenses issued June 6 – 13, 2014 in Wisconsin. Anyone legally married to their same-sex spouse has until November 14, 2014, to enroll their same-sex spouse and that spouse’s dependents in the following benefit plans: State Group Health Insurance – earliest effective date of coverage will be October 6th, 2014 Dental Wisconsin Dental Insurance EPIC Benefits+ VSP Vision Insurance Individual and Family Life Insurance State Group Life Insurance Add Spouse/Dependent coverage if you have a dependent to insure for the first time Enroll in or add one level of coverage (note – changing the relationship with the same person from domestic partnership to marriage does not allow you to make changes to State Group Life Insurance coverage) All applications to add a same-sex spouse and the spouse’s dependents must be signed and dated by your department payroll and benefits office no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 14, 2014. Health insurance will be ...
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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30-Day benefit enrollment opportunity for same-sex spouse
Student opportunities

ARS Internships—apply by Dec. 5

Summer 2015 applications due December 5, 2014 The objective of the Agricultural Research Stations’ Summer Internship program is to foster relationships between UW-Madison departments and station personnel. At the same time, the opportunity provides UW Madison undergraduate students a chance to become involved in applied research projects as they consider their career plans. These internships should be used as a recruitment tool and have a direct benefit to a student. Awarded internships provide students with an opportunity to see how large farms are managed, the responsibilities associated with a large farm, and the research activities occurring on each farm. To be considered for funding, the faculty member must have an active Hatch, Hatch Multistate, or McIntire-Stennis project during the summer of 2015. Five internships will be awarded for year 2015, each with $5000 of student labor (approximately 15 weeks, limited to UW-Madison undergraduate students) and $500 of supplies to be spent at the station on the student project. Last year, projects were awarded at Arlington, Hancock, Prairie du Sac and Spooner. For more information, see the Agricultural Research Station (ARS) Internship. Please direct all inquiries ...
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Calls to nominate

2015 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research

Call for nominations for the 2015 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research.  This is the sixth year of the award program and, as in past years, the intent of this award is to publicly recognize the high quality science being conducted through the Hatch Multistate Research Program and the impacts of that science on society.  In addition, it is intended to increase the visibility of the program within the higher education community with a formal presentation at the annual APLU meeting and notification of decision makers in Washington through news releases announcing the award winners. February 28, 2015 deadline for submission of nominations to the offices of your regional executive directors. Nominations for the 2015 award will be made through the five regional SAES associations (NCRA, NERA, SAAESD, WAAESD, and ARD).  Any approved multistate project is eligible for the award.  Each association will submit one nomination to be considered for the national award.  The regional nominations will be reviewed by the ESCOP Science and Technology Committee.  This Committee will make a recommendation for the national winner to the ESCOP Executive ...
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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2015 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research
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2015 Experiment Station Section Awards for Excellence in Leadership

The purpose of the award is to recognize those who have served the Regional Associations, the Experiment Station Section (ESS) and/or the national Land-Grant System with exemplary distinction. Through this person's leadership, he/she shall have personified the highest level of excellence by enhancing the cause and performance of the Regional Associations and ESS in achieving their missions and the Land-Grant ideal. Eligible for this award are former or current State Agricultural Experiment Station (SAES) leaders who have provided service as assistant director, associate director, director, or as chief operating officers with equivalent but variant titles (e.g. vice chancellor, associate vice chancellor, associate vice president, dean for research) and/or as a regional executive director. This award is distinctive in its expectations and not necessarily coincident with retirement, election to specific office or any other specific professional benchmark. Nominations for the recognition should be submitted to your regional offices by February 1, 2015. The Regional Associations will review the nominations and will select one regional winner. The Associations will submit the names of the winners to the ESCOP Chair by July 1 and he ...
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Research

NSF ADVANCE Seminar Program for women postdoctoral scientists

With the goal of encouraging more women scientists and mathematicians to consider academic careers, especially at primarily undergraduate institutions, the UW System Women & Science Program is offering a Postdoctoral Seminar Program. Female postdoctoral scholars in STEM departments at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison are invited to apply to give a research seminar at one of the System's 11 comprehensive universities. Travel expenses will be covered by an NSF ADVANCE grant. In the spring semester the selected scholars will visit a campus, meet with students and faculty, and present a 40–45 minute research seminar to undergraduate students and faculty. This will be an opportunity for the scholar to practice interview skills and to learn about careers at primarily undergraduate institutions. The host faculty and undergraduates will benefit by meeting young women scientists doing interesting research projects, and learning about how scientific research is done at major research institutions. The online application may be found here.  The postdoc's research adviser will be asked to fill out a brief recommendation form, indicating permission to travel off campus. Application Deadline: Monday, November 17. Notifications of successful applications will be made by ...
Friday, October 17th, 2014
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Workplace

Ebola: Travel Alerts and Directives

Although Ebola poses little threat to the general population in the USA and is very unlikely at UW-Madison, in light of ongoing concerns about the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, I would like to review our campus expectations for members of our campus community traveling to or from affected areas. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are currently subject to a travel warning against nonessential travel.  A travel alert has been issued for travelers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UW-Madison is following CDC’s guidance for universities and has been in touch with a small number of individuals who come from, or who have traveled to, regions most affected by the Ebola outbreak. No one has been assessed as having had risk exposure at this time. University staff, faculty, and students planning travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone must contact the University International Safety and Security Director, Ron Machoian, at rmachoian@bussvc.wisc.edu or 608-890-2446 before travel commences to discuss their plans and university requirements for such travel. All faculty, staff, and students returning from affected areas must notify University Health Services (UHS) at ...
Friday, October 17th, 2014
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In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of October 11-17

The Science of Supper Clubs: Kate VandenBosch: Serving supper with a side of science Wisconsin State Journal 10/11/14 Mentioned: Kate VandenBosch, Dean Get fish fry with a side of science at 'Science of the Supper Club' this Friday The Cap Times 10/14/14 Mentioned: CALS Quoted: Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean Mentioned: Babcock Dairy Correction: Science Festival-Supper Clubs story Associated Press 10/13/14 Mentioned: Jeff Sindelar, Animal Sciences Mentioned: Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean UW explores science behind Wisconsin supper clubs thenorthwestern.com 10/13/14 Mentioned: Jeff Sindelar, Animal Sciences Mentioned: Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean Science of Supper Clubs Wisconsin Science Festival Mentioned: CALS Supper club science? UW to explore greenbaypressgazette.com 10/11/14 Mentioned: Jeff Sindelar, Animal Sciences Mentioned: Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean UW-Madison to host science of supper clubs event Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10/11/14 Global Warming and Winter Birds: UW research: Global warming a welcome mat for small birds keen to winter up north Madison.com 10/16/14 Quoted: Benjamin Zuckerberg, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Quoted: Karine Princé, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Feeding backyard birds the right way involves more than seed, suet: Aerial View Cleveland.com 10/17/14 Quoted: Benjamin Zuckerberg, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Quoted: Karine Princé, Forest and Wildlife Ecology UW research: Global warming a welcome mat for small birds keen to winter up north The Chippewa Herald 10/16/14 Quoted: Benjamin Zuckerberg, Forest and ...
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CALS in the News for the Week of October 11-17