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No better time to tend to your lawn

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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The home gardener’s nightmare

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of August 16-22

Climate Change and Land Use: No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land Newswise 8/18/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land R & D 8/19/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology No One-Size-Fits-All Approach In A Changing Climate, Changing Land redOrbit 8/21/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land UW-Madison News 8/18/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land CALS News 8/18/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology In the News: Organic, conventional dairies similar in cow health, milk Feedstuffs 8/21/14 Mentioned: Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science Study finds few differences in organic milk or health of dairy herds SustainableLife 8/21/14 Mentioned: Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science OSU study: Few differences in organic cow health, milk KTVZ.com 8/21/14 Mentioned: Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science Milwaukee custard stand owners, customers licked by rising prices Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 8/19/14 Quoted: Mark Stephenson, ...
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CALS in the News for the Week of August 16-22
Teaching & Advising

Moodle’s new look for fall semester

The newest version of Moodle sports a mobile-friendly interface and a new, streamlined, “look and feel” along with various improvements including: Ability to see all enrolled courses at-a-glance with optional “My Course Links” block Drag-and-drop functionality for activities New question types, including essays with answer templates, STACK questions and more. To learn about the new version of Moodle, please review the new features documentation or register to attend the upcoming “What’s New in Moodle” training noted below. Trainings Whether you are new to Moodle or an experienced instructor looking to better utilize your learning management system, there are a number of trainings coming up. Please remember to register if you can. Basic Overview of Moodle: August 19 10-12pm and August 20 10-12pm What's New in Moodle: August 20 11-12pm Quizzing Basics: August 19 1-2:15pm Gradebook Basics: August 19 2:30-3:45 Multimedia in Moodle: August 20 2:30-3:45 Case Scenario Builder in Moodle: August 20 1-2:15 pm New classes should be accessed through the UW portal or by going to: https://ay14-15.moodle.wisc.edu/ If you have any questions, please contact Tom Tabone at ttabone@wisc.edu.  
Monday, August 18th, 2014
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Moodle’s new look for fall semester
Student activities

Animal sciences senior gains first-hand research experience during FRI summer undergraduate program

[caption id="attachment_41795" align="alignleft" width="235"] Nicole Baker presents her research.[/caption] The Food Research Institute (FRI) Undergraduate Research Scholars presented their final research projects on Thursday, July 31. FRI Research Scholar Nicole Baker, a senior Animal Sciences major, conducted her summer research on the “Effect of prolonged cooling on Clostridium perfringens growth in a cured, ready-to-eat ham.” Baker’s research was sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors. “It is an honor to be able to contribute to improving food safety in the meat industry with my summer project,” Baker said. “The results of the project are expected to have an impact on the design of some processors' HACCP plans, which is very exciting for me.” Each summer, the FRI Summer Undergraduate Research Program supports talented UW–Madison students seeking a B.S. degree. The students work full-time on a food safety project in the laboratory of an FRI mentor, learn about food safety issues through weekly tutorials, and visit food processing facilities. The program culminates with the students’ final research presentations. Baker’s project focused on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Appendix B stabilization ...
Monday, August 18th, 2014
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Animal sciences senior gains first-hand research experience during FRI summer undergraduate program
Events

WN@TL: Stan Temple on the extinction of the passenger pigeon

WN@TL: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Aug. 20, 7–8:15 pm, UW Biotechnology Ctr, 425 Henry Mall, Rm. 1111 In 1914, the last surviving passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo, ending a calamitous half-century during which the pigeon declined from billions to one and then to none as a result of uncontrolled market hunting and the resulting disruption of nesting colonies. The loss of one of the world’s most abundant birds stands as the iconic extinction event in our country’s history. The 2014 centennial of this tragedy offers a very “teachable moment” about the world’s ongoing extinction crisis and our relationship with other species. Nationally and in Wisconsin, events are being planned by various groups to observe the centenary, including Stan Temple's talk at Wednesday Nite @ the Lab this week. Wisconsin is a focal point because of our state’s history of involvement with the pigeon. Accounts by early Wisconsin naturalists such as John Muir describe flocks darkening Wisconsin’s sky. In 1871, the largest nesting ever recorded occurred in central Wisconsin. Read more.
Monday, August 18th, 2014
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WN@TL: Stan Temple on the extinction of the passenger pigeon
Events

SciMed Graduate Research Scholars Poster Session – Sept 3rd

The Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars program (SciMed GRS) is hosting their annual poster session featuring over 50 graduate students from the SciMed GRS community. SciMed GRS is a fellowship program for underrepresented graduate students in CALS, MPH, School of Pharmacy, and School of Veterinary Medicine. The poster session will be from 4–6 pm on Wednesday, September 3rd at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. SciMed GRS Annual Poster Session Wednesday, Sept 3rd 4-6 pm Town Center, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Monday, August 18th, 2014
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SciMed Graduate Research Scholars Poster Session – Sept 3rd
Milestones

Alissa Grenawalt joins animal sciences Extension team

Alissa Grenawalt has joined the Department of Animal Sciences as an Extension outreach specialist working on programs related to youth, livestock, poultry, horse and meats, Previously Grenawalt spent 12 years as Green County 4-H and Youth Development agent. Grenawalt holds a B.S. in animal science and an M.S. in agricultural industries, both from the UW–Platteville. Alissa grew up on a commercial beef and farming operation in rural Rock county. She along with her family continues to farm and raise commercial and registered Red Angus cattle. She can be reached at (608) 890-0432 or agrenawalt@wisc.edu.  
Friday, August 15th, 2014
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Alissa Grenawalt joins animal sciences Extension team
Extension and Outreach

Organic ag field day — Aug. 25 at Arlington

Successful organic farming isn’t just about producing and marketing a healthy crop. It’s also about building healthier soil. Soil health gets a lot of attention in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s organic agriculture research program, and it will be a key focus at this year’s Organic Agriculture Field Day on Monday, August 25 from 1–4 p.m. at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station. “The national organic standards require farmers to incorporate production practices that lead to improving soils,” says Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor of plant pathology. “So one our research goals is to understand how various production practices affect different soil parameters especially as it relates to soil health. The impact of production practices on soil health is a component of a number of UW organic ag studies, Silva says. “For example, we have been looking at the impact of various rotations and cover crop practices on organic matter and soil microbial activity. We’ve also been interviewing organic dairy farmers about their overall crop and livestock management practices and then taking soil samples on those farms and looking at the soil microbial activity, organic matter and the nutrient status of the soil,” she says. Tours at the field day will feature research trials focused on organic no-till soybeans, a discussion ...
Friday, August 15th, 2014
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Organic ag field day — Aug. 25 at Arlington
In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of August 9-15

In the News: Thousands attended Farm Technology Days in Portage County WTAQ 8/15/14 Mentioned: Ron Schuler, Biological Systems Engineering Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity The Scientist 8/14/14 Quoted: Federico Rey, Bacteriology Field Day to Focus on Organic Vegetables Wisconsin Ag Connection 8/14/14 Quoted: Julie Dawson, Horticulture Column: Why I cycled more than 500 miles for trees postcrescent.com 8/13/14 Mentioned: Bruce Allison, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Meat prices soar postcrescent.com 8/9/14 Quoted: Dan Schaefer, Animal Sciences Cranberry growers struggle for income amid oversupply postcrescent.com 8/10/14 Quoted: Ed Jesse, Agricultural and Applied Economics Why isn't there a Shazam for bird songs? Technology Tell 8/12/14 Quoted: Mark Berres, Animal Sciences Alfalfa mosaic virus, phytophthora plaguing soybeans Agri-View 8/13/14 Quoted: Damon Smith, Plant Pathology Mentioned: Amanda Gevens, Plant Pathology The Vineyards of Cambridge materializing The Cambridge News & The Independent 8/14/14 Mentioned: Bill Ranguette, alumnus, Landscape Architecture Warmka named Fairest of the Fair Beaver Dam Daily Citizen 8/13/14 Quoted: Carrie Warmka, undergraduate student, Dairy Science Agronomy and Soils Field Day scheduled in Arlington Agri-View 8/11/14 Mentioned: Arlington Agricultural Research Station Mentioned: Department of Agronomy Arlington Station Agronomy/Soils Field Day is August 27 Wisconsin Ag Connection 8/12/14 Mentioned: Arlington Agricultural Research Station Mentioned: Department of Agronomy Fall is best time to care for lawns - Audio CALS News 8/15/14 Quoted: Doug Soldat, Soil Science Images: A great day at ...
Friday, August 15th, 2014
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CALS in the News for the Week of August 9-15
Teaching & Advising

Kelli Cameron to lead CALS international programs for students

Kelli Cameron will join CALS on Aug. 25 to lead study abroad and international internship programs for students. "I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with CALS students, faculty and staff as we discover, plan and promote study abroad programs,” Cameron says. “Studying abroad is not about the destination, but the journey. Every step of the process helps develop our personal abilities and professional interests." Cameron brings to the position a rich and diverse background in both higher education and industry, says Sarah Pfatteicher, CALS associate dean for academic affairs. "Kelli has expertise not only in international education, but also in agriculture, fundraising, marketing and more," Pfatteicher says. "This breadth, along with Kelli's infectious enthusiasm, will serve our students well and help to ensure continued strong engagement by CALS in global education." Cameron's prior positions include posts at Blackhawk Technical College, Purdue University, American Family Insurance, and Johnsonville Sausage. She holds a B.S. in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Extension from Iowa State, and an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in International Extension Education, from Purdue University.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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Kelli Cameron to lead CALS international programs for students
Student opportunities

Grad students: Submit proposals for Plant Sciences Symposium by Aug. 31

The Plant Sciences Graduate Student Council (PSGSC) is in the midst of planning the annual UW-Madison Plant Sciences Symposium. This fall our symposium will be entitled Plants and Society: Integrating Food and Science in Today’s Culture. The theme of the the integration of multiple disciplines and perspectives in addressing research inquires related to agriculture. This year we are adding four 15-minute presentations to the schedule. PSGSC invites students from departments related to agriculture to join us in creating another great symposium. This is a great opportunity for students to work on professional presentation skills as well as receive recognition from the UW-Madison community, and the larger international audience that the symposium attracts via the live webinar. The symposium will be held on Friday, October 3rd in Union South. We would like to give everyone an opportunity to apply for the chance to be one of our featured speakers in this year’s symposium. Student presenters will be given 15 minutes to talk about their work, followed by 5 minutes for questions. To apply please send a brief abstract (max 300 words) describing the research you would like to present and a current CV to psgsc@rso.wisc.edu. After review by the council, ...
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
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Grad students: Submit proposals for Plant Sciences Symposium by Aug. 31