Awards and honors

CALS’ Nancy Keller and Ron Raines appointed to WARF professorships

Two CALS professors were among six UW-Madison faculty recently appointed to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation named professorships in 2014: Nancy P. Keller, Robert L. Metzenberg and Kenneth B. Raper Professor of Mycology, whose research is on the genetic regulation of metabolism and fungal development, focusing on the virulence of the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Ronald Raines, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Biology, has produced an enzyme in clinical trials as an anti-cancer agent, created stable synthetic collagens and devised chemical processes to convert biomass into refined fuels and chemicals. More details are available in this UW-Madison news release.
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CALS’ Nancy Keller and Ron Raines appointed to WARF professorships
Awards and honors

Genetics’ Jean Petersen wins UW Academic Staff Excellence Award

Jean Petersen, student services coordinator in the genetics department, is among nine members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s academic staff who were selected to receive 2014 Academic Staff Excellence Awards. The Academic Staff Assembly will honor Jean and the other recipients at its meeting on Monday, April 14. They will also be honored at a reception with the chancellor on Wednesday, April 23 at the Fluno Center. Here's Jean's write-up from the original UW-Madison news release about the awards: Jean Petersen, student services coordinator in the Department of Genetics Martha Casey Award for Dedication to Excellence [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200"] Jean Petersen[/caption] Petersen considers herself “the bridge to the richness of the genetics department.” She advises both undergraduates and graduates in academics and, often, life. She spurs them to think about careers and sort out strategies and opportunities in the face of unexpected challenges. At all levels, Petersen has encouraged a healthy environment for student-faculty interaction, building a community where everyone can thrive. Genetics majors want to be involved as leaders in CALS. Faculty want to be involved as mentors, not just teachers. Petersen also ...
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Genetics’ Jean Petersen wins UW Academic Staff Excellence Award
Events

Learn about NSF efforts to improve undergraduate STEM education – April 21

Susan Rundell Singer, director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education, will give a talk on the UW-Madison campus next week titled "From Research to Action: Improving Undergraduate STEM education." The talk will take place on Monday, April 21 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in room 1111 of the Genetics/Biotech Center Building. Details are in the flyer below:
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Learn about NSF efforts to improve undergraduate STEM education – April 21
student honors

CALS Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships awarded

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) has awarded the 2014-15 Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships. The College congratulates all of these fellowship recipients. We also want to thank the donors for making these awards possible, the faculty who submitted nominations, and the committees that reviewed nominations. The estate of Elsa Thomsen established the Louis and Elsa Thomsen Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships to support graduate students who demonstrate excellence in research. Four fellowships are being awarded for 2014-15. The recipients of the fellowships and their respective degree programs include: David Duncan, Agronomy; Brendan Floyd, Integrated Program in Biochemistry; Rachel Mallinger, Entomology; and Jose Pablo Soto-Arias, Plant Pathology. The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board-Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for 2014-15 is awarded to Kyle Rak, Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics. The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board endowed an annual fellowship for the purpose of funding a graduate fellowship in potato research. The Senator Robert Caldwell Fellowship for 2014-15 is awarded to Lindsay Wells, Plant Pathology.  Grace Caldwell Hopkins established this fellowship to support graduate research on behalf of her father, Senator Robert Caldwell. Again, our congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s ...
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CALS Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships awarded
Events

Start gathering items for next week’s CALS Week Food Drive

The CALS Week Food Drive, organized by the CALS Student Association, will run from April 21 - 25 this year. You can donate items at marked locations in Ag Hall, Animal Sciences, Biochemistry and Steenbock Library throughout the week. Please download this CALS Week Food Drive poster and share/post it to help spread the word!
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Start gathering items for next week’s CALS Week Food Drive
Student opportunities

Encourage students to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Now in its fourteenth year, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is the largest professional conference for minority students to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), attracting approximately 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1200 faculty, program directors and administrators. This year's ABRCMS conference is set for November 12-15 in San Antonio, Texas. See the flyer below for information about important dates and deadlines for the conference. The conference is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, and managed by the American Society for Microbiology. Read more about ABRCMS here.
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Encourage students to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
Events

Wednesday Nite @ the Lab this week: Bill Tracy on breeding better sweet corn

If you haven't been to Wednesday Nite @ the Lab in awhile, consider attending this week to hear CALS agronomist Bill Tracy's talk titled "Building Better Sweet Corn." The talk is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 in room 1111 of the Genetics/Biotech Center Building. Click here for more information about the event or here for more details about Tracy's talk.
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Wednesday Nite @ the Lab this week: Bill Tracy on breeding better sweet corn
Teaching & Advising

Global Health Institute applications for grad/professional certificates due April 15

The UW-Madison Global Health Institute is accepting applications for the Graduate/Professional and Capstone Certificate in Global Health. They are due Tuesday April 15. The Certificate in Global Health program is designed to assist traditional and non-traditional students with interests in global health.  The Graduate/Professional Certificate is available to graduate students as well as professional students in the health sciences.  The Capstone Certificate is offered to individuals with a minimum of a Bachelors degree who have worked or studied in a health-related field.  The program is based in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and is administered by the campus-wide Global Health Institute at UW-Madison. Through a nine-credit program of preparatory course work and culminating in a global health field experience, students will be prepared to address health disparities in a context of cultural diversity.  Certificate recipients may serve populations internationally or work among the increasingly diverse population of Wisconsin and the United States.  Through core courses and electives, students may focus their studies on health promotion, detection and treatment of disease, prevention and ...
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Global Health Institute applications for grad/professional certificates due April 15
In the News

CALS in the News for the week of April 5-11

In the News: Produce prices might mean new markets, new gardeners GazetteXtra 4/06/14 Quoted: Steven Deller, Agricultural and Applied Economics Best of The Gazette, April 8: Frozen pipes, produce prices and a tough loss GazetteXtra 4/08/14 Quoted: Steven Deller, Agricultural and Applied Economics Healthy Easter a way to get kids to prize fruit over chocolate eggs Wisconsin State Journal Quoted: Susan Nitzke, emeritus, Nutritional Sciences Five UW undergrads win prestigious national scholarships Madison.com Mentioned: Anna-Lisa Doebley, undergraduate, Genetics Mentioned: Rachel Dvorak, undergraduate, Biochemistry Tim Eisele: UW professor celebrates passenger pigeon, laments its extinction Madison.com Quoted: Stan Temple, emeritus, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Wisconsin beer, brats threatened by EU trade deal The Badger Herald 4/10/14 Quoted: Mark Stephenson, Center for Dairy Research Quoted: Kyle Stiegert, Agricultural and Applied Economics UW Slow Food's simple family dinners offer seasonal dining for just $5 apiece 77 Square 4/10/14 Mentioned: Slow Food, student organization Student sustainability leader wins Udall scholarship UW News 4/09/14 Mentioned: F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture, student organization Wisconsin: Schreiber Adds Facility in Richland Center Ag Web 4/07/14 Mentioned: Center for Dairy Research Bucky's Butchery v. 2.0: Students brainstorm ideas for new campus meat shop eCALS 4/06/14 Mentioned: Animal Science Snapshot Wisconsin will use crowdsourcing to help ID animals in trail camera pics eCALS 4/07/14 Quoted: ...
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CALS in the News for the week of April 5-11
Events

Support students by attending UW Undergrad Research Symposium – April 10

Please support undergraduate research by attending the 16th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, April 10, 2014! All symposium activities will take place on the upper floors of Union South. The event is free and open to the public, and there's a new search bar on the symposium website to look up specific student names or keywords. The symposium agenda includes: Noon - 12:25 p.m.: Welcome Remarks in Varsity Hall 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.: Session One: Talks, Posters, and Project Displays 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.: Session Two: Talks, Posters, and Project Displays 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.: Session Three: Talks, Posters, and Project Displays 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Performance Workshop in The Marquee 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Ideas to Excellence Reception in Varsity Hall  
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Support students by attending UW Undergrad Research Symposium – April 10