Milestones

In memoriam: Neal L. First, pioneer in reproductive physiology

Neal Lloyd First, PhD, a pioneering scientist in genetics and agriculture, died November 20, 2014, of complications from cancer. He was 84. He is survived by his wife Dr. Marijo Kent-First and their two children Patrick and Nicholas; his former wife Edith Kerstetter First and their four children Douglas, Eric, Phillip, and Patricia; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Dr. First was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Irma First, and his brothers John and Richard. Funeral services will be held at Cox Funeral Home in Bainbridge, Georgia on Saturday, November 29, 2014, followed in January by a memorial service in Madison, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to support graduate student studies at the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program at the University of Wisconsin Foundation (http://erp.wisc.edu/giving/index.html).
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In memoriam: Neal L. First, pioneer in reproductive physiology
Extension and Outreach

Needed: Your ideas for exhibit on nutrient loading for next summer’s Farm Tech Days

Since next year's Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held in Dane County, the event's educational committee believes there is an opportunity to have some displays on an issue that affects the broader community. UW-Extension presents educational exhibits featuring CALS agricultural production departments and individual researchers' work. Some of these are geared to farmers, but many of the attendees are not farmers. We believe that the Yahara Lakes nutrient loading issue would be a great focus since it is an issue that affects all who live in the community. It's also a chance to highlight UW research that is helping Wisconsin. I would like to convene a meeting to see if there is interest in developing some multidisciplinary displays to: Identify the issues Identify solutions Provide actions that each person in the community can take to help solve the problem If you're interested, please go to this Doodle poll and indicate your availability. If the times don’t work but you are interested, please let me know and I’ll make sure to include you in future communications. Scott Sanford Outreach Specialist Biological Systems Engineering (608) 262-5062, sasanford@wisc.edu
Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Needed: Your ideas for exhibit on nutrient loading for next summer’s Farm Tech Days
Milestones

Cindy Fendrick named student services coordinator in CALS Transitional Advising and Outreach Services

After a one year interim appointment as the Director for Prospective Student Services, Cindy Fendrick will join the CALS' Transitional Advising and Outreach Services unit. Cindy is originally from eastern Wisconsin, but has spent the last thirteen years working in higher education institutions on the west coast and Nebraska. Cindy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Biology from the UW-La Crosse and Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Since her master’s degree, Cindy has had an array of roles in academic advising, student organizational advising, residence life, and adjunct faculty. She has roots in the Wisconsin agriculture industry and is excited to be back in the state supporting CALS' educational mission.
Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Cindy Fendrick named student services coordinator in CALS Transitional Advising and Outreach Services
Calls to nominate

Reminder: Applications for academic staff “distinguished” prefix due to CALS HR by Dec. 31

If you have academic staff for whom you will be seeking a Distinguished Prefix title, please note that the deadline to CALS Human Resources is December 31, 2014.  Although the campus deadline is February 1, the application needs to reach our office by December 31 to assure sufficient time is provided for college review/approval, incorporation of Dean's letter of support, and preparation/submission by campus deadline. When submitting to CALS, the application packet should be in a format that allows editing of the table of contents, without page numbering of the packet. This is so that once the Dean’s letter is incorporated, the table of contents can be edited and the packet then numbered according to campus guidelines.
Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Reminder: Applications for academic staff “distinguished” prefix due to CALS HR by Dec. 31
Calls to nominate

Time to nominate: Faculty teaching awards, academic staff awards, Hilldale awards, Gorst Herfurth award

We invite nominations for the following awards and funding opportunities. Please follow the links for more information, instructions, and specific contact information. Also please note the addition of a new faculty teaching award and information on academic staff awards. UW-Madison Faculty Teaching Awards Nominations Due: Monday, 1 December 2014 The Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, Chancellor's Inclusive Excellence Award, Class of 1955 Excellence Award, William H. Kiekhofer Teaching Award, Emil Steiger Teaching Award, and Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award all recognize outstanding and exceptional teaching by faculty of any specialty or rank. Nominations are accepted from faculty members, departments, or student organizations, and should be coordinated with the chair of the nominee's department. A list of past recipients and nominating procedures are available at secfac.wisc.edu/committees/teachingawards/AnnualCall.htm. NEW AWARD! -- Please note the addition of the "Chancellor's Inclusive Excellence Award" to UW's Faculty Teaching Awards. This award results from the UW-Madison Diversity Framework and is offered this year for the first time. Hilldale Awards and Hilldale Lecture Series Nominations Due: Monday, 15 December 2014 The Hilldale Awards recognize distinguished contributions to teaching, research, and service and are awarded annually to ...
Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Time to nominate: Faculty teaching awards, academic staff awards, Hilldale awards, Gorst Herfurth award
Awards and honors

Alan Attie and Andrew Bent named AAAS Fellows

Two CALS faculty members are among four from the UW-Madison that have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the society announced today. UW-Madison's honorees are: -Alan D. Attie, professor of biochemistry, "for distinguished contributions to genetics and endocrinology, particularly through characterization of the genetics of diabetes in mouse model systems." -Andrew F. Bent, professor of plant pathology, "for distinguished contributions in dissecting molecular interactions between plant pathogens and their host, and for selfless leadership in his professional societies." -Manos Mavrikakis, professor of chemical and biological engineering, "for outstanding contributions to our fundamental understanding of the site-specific chemical reactions leading to new catalytic materials." -Deane Mosher, professor of biomolecular chemistry, "for illuminating the roles of fibronectin, vitronectin, and thrombospondins in cell adhesion and migration, the assembly of the extracellular matrix, and human disease." Since 1874, members of AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society, have elected fellows based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science. The fellows will be formally inducted Feb. 14, 2015 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.
Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Alan Attie and Andrew Bent named AAAS Fellows
Calls to nominate

Experiment Station Award 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 ...
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Experiment Station Award for Excellence in Leadership
Calls to nominate

Experiment Station 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, November 24th, 2014
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Experiment Station Award for Excellence in Multistate Research
In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of November 15-21

In the News: Doug Moe: A bike trip to remember Wisconsin State Journal 11/16/14 Quoted: Max Horne, undergraduate student, Biological Systems Engineering Ripe with ideas Brava Magazine November 2014 Quoted: Sarah Botham, Life Sciences Communication Deltanoid and Beyond: Madison Legend DeLuca Has More "D" To Play Xconomy 11/17/14 Quoted: Hector DeLuca, emeritus, Biochemistry Sorbet a sweet palate cleanser Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 11/18/14 Mentioned: Center for Dairy Research The Economic Madness of Robin Vos Urban Milwaukee 11/18/14 Quoted: David Krakauer, Genetics Cranberry Growers Might Contribute More Funding For UW Research Wisconsin Public Radio 11/17/14 Quoted: Tom Lochner, alumnus, Agricultural and Applied Economics Ruegg: A new dairy initiative in China Dairy Herd Management 11/17/14 Quoted: Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science Vernon County welcomes new meat processing facility Agri-View 11/19/14 Mentioned: Doug Wolf, alumnus, Agricultural Economics New Madison Science Museum in works for downtown Isthmus 11/20/14 Quoted: David Nelson, emeritus, Biochemistry Agriculture, science top career prospects - Audio CALS News 11/21/14 Quoted: Sarah Botham, Life Science Communication Increased Crop Yields and Global Warming: Crops play a major role in the annual CO2 cycle increase UW-Madison News 11/19/14 Quoted: Chris Kucharik, Agronomy Study shows seasonal CO2 emissions from crops are growing more extreme The Daily Cardinal 11/19/14 Quoted: Chris Kucharik, Agronomy Crops help to drive greater seasonal change in CO2 cycle Phys Org 11/19/14 Quoted: ...
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CALS in the News for the Week of November 15-21
Research

Annual/Final REEport/CRIS Reports are Due January 5, 2015

TO: Faculty who have WAES 142 Formula Grants **Hatch, Hatch Multistate, Animal Health and Mc-Stennis Grants The Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station is requesting that you submit federal fiscal year 2014 (10/01/2013 - 09/30/2014) Experiment Station Project progress and termination reports to the Research, Education & Extension Project Online Reporting Tool using the REEport website, formally known as CRIS. REEport, which replaced CRIS in May 2013, is USDA’s electronic reporting mechanism used to document the progress of current Hatch, Hatch Multistate, McIntire-Stennis, Animal Health or NIFA Non-Formula grants. The January date is for all grants listed above, except NIFA Non-Formula grants (e.g. AFRI, OREI, SCRI etc.). Their due date falls on the anniversary start date. Please check the REEport site to make sure you are not overdue on a USDA grant progress report, if you do not have a current Hatch, Hatch Multistate, McIntire-Stennis or Animal Health grant. REEport Website: http://portal.nifa.usda.gov If this is your first time logging in, you will need to reset your password. The old CRIS system password will not work with REEport. Enter your email address and click “reset password”. You will ...
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Annual/Final REEport/CRIS Reports are Due January 5, 2015