Research

Warning: Federal Actions Regarding UW Transport or Shipping of Hazardous Materials

Recently, a UW-Madison researcher packed commonly-used research materials (ethanol and epoxy resin/hardener) in checked baggage for a plane trip to another institution. Neither the researcher nor the responsible PI were aware that the materials were considered hazardous, nor were they aware of the regulations regarding the shipment of hazardous materials in commerce.  The research materials were confiscated from the checked baggage.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the event, which could result in citations and substantial fines.  All PIs are reminded that they are responsible for the following: It is the responsibility of the PI to know which substances are hazardous, which are not, and to communicate this information to laboratory members; All laboratories that transport or ship materials must  comply with International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and US Department of Transportation (DOT) shipping and transport regulations (http://www.ehs.wisc.edu/hazmatshipping.htm - Resources tab); PIs must be aware of the requirement for specific training related to the transport of biological, chemical and radiological materials, and ensure that anyone who will be transporting or shipping such materials receives such training; PIs must ensure that education on hazardous materials ...
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Warning: Federal Actions Regarding UW Transport or Shipping of Hazardous Materials
Teaching & Advising

CALS faculty to advise three Wisconsin Idea Fellowship undergrad projects

Among the six 2015-2016 Wisconsin Idea Fellowships awarded to UW-Madison undergraduate students, three will be overseen by CALS faculty mentors. The fellowship program, now in its 17th year, supports projects designed to solve problems identified by local or global communities. All three of the CALS-led projects address issues in Africa. One aims to reduce the prevalence of waterborne disease in South Africa; another will explore insect-eating practices in Zambia to address hunger; and a third will work to empower women and improve sanitation through a soap-making training program in Uganda. More about each of the projects: Waterborne Disease Prevention in Kumanzimdaka, South Africa Faculty Mentor: Michael Bell, Professor in Community & Environmental Sociology Student: Theo Loo, Microbiology and Global Health Currently, 40% of South Africa’s population lives in rural areas with little access to clean water, leading to illness and disease. In 2014, Theo and three classmates conducted a rapid health impact assessment that outlined several physical water source protection strategies to prevent waterborne diseases in Kumanzimdaka, South Africa. This WIF project builds on that assessment with the goal of reducing the prevalence of waterborne diseases in Kumanzimdaka. The project ...
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CALS faculty to advise three Wisconsin Idea Fellowship undergrad projects
Awards and honors

American Meat Science Association honors two CALS faculty

The American Meat Science Association will present two CALS faculty members with awards this summer at the Reciprocal Meats Conference, set for June 14-17 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jim Claus has been selected to receive the 2015 American Meat Science Association Distinguished Teaching Award. This honor recognizes Claus' commitment to teaching and his students' success, as well as to the future of the meat industry as a whole. Jeff Sindelar will receive the 2015 American Meat Science Association Distinguished Extension Industry Award, which honors the impact of Sindelar's outreach work across Wisconsin, the nation and the globe. The American Meat Science Association is made up of members who discover, develop and disseminate knowledge about meat science. Members include more than 1,000 scientists from universities, teaching institutions and meat processing companies in the U.S. and internationally.
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American Meat Science Association honors two CALS faculty
Events

Save the date: CALS Coffee on April 10

The next CALS Coffee will take place on Friday, April 10 from 8:30–9:30 a.m. The event is being hosted by Steenbock Library and will be held in the newly remodeled BioCommons space on the 1st (bottom) floor of the library. Faculty and staff are invited to stop by and connect with colleagues from across the CALS community.
Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Save the date: CALS Coffee on April 10
Teaching & Advising

April 7 event for graduate students: Careers in International Agriculture

Graduate students, are you interested in a career in international agriculture? Do you want to learn what a job in international agriculture entails? Would you like to ask an expert in international agriculture what types of qualifications recruiters are looking for? If so, attend "Careers in International Agriculture: What employers are looking for and students need to know" on Tuesday April 7th at 4:30 pm in 351 Moore Hall. Our experts will be two representatives from international organizations in D.C. and John Ferrick, Director of CALS International Programs. Join the International Agricultural Colloquium for lively discussion and snacks while learning how to land your dream job in international agriculture. See the event poster: Careers in International Agriculture
Friday, March 27th, 2015
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April 7 event for graduate students: Careers in International Agriculture
Teaching & Advising

Chadbourne Residential College faculty leadership opportunities

Please find attached a unique leadership opportunity on campus – Faculty Director for the Chadbourne Residential College (CRC). Considered one of our High Impact educational practices, these programs are funded in part by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates and are co-sponsored by individual Schools & Colleges. More information about the CRC can be found at http://www.housing.wisc.edu/residencehalls-lc-crc.htm. If you are interested in learning more about the CRC community, feel free to join a gathering of CRC students and staff between 3:00-4:00 pm on Friday, April 17 for CRC Tea. These monthly community gatherings provide a comfortable context for connecting with CRC students. You could also drop by the Residence Life Office (101 Chadbourne) and be connected with student leaders to visit with in CRC. -Elizabeth Quandt Hart Assistant to Dean Karl Scholz UW-Madison College of Letters and Science hart@ls.wisc.edu
Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Chadbourne Residential College faculty leadership opportunities
Awards and honors

David Hogg honored with Entomological Society of America award

David Hogg, professor and chair of entomology, has been honored with the C.V. Riley Award from the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America. The prestigious award recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the science of entomology, and Hogg was the unanimous choice with his impressive achievements in research, teaching and service. Hogg’s research focuses on the ecology and management of insects associated with field crops, such as the soybean aphid, and he aims to develop non-chemical methods for managing. He is also interested in agricultural sustainability and organic agriculture.
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David Hogg honored with Entomological Society of America award
Events

Concert benefiting student research scheduled for April 11

Tickets are now on sale for the fourth annual CIAS Loving of the Land Concert on April 11 on the UW-Madison campus. The event features Graminy, a “class-grass” ensemble bringing together classical and grassroots music. Graminy will be joined by MadFiddle, a youth violin ensemble, and Highway 151, which features some of Madison’s bluegrass veterans. The concert raises funds to support student research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. WORT, F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture and Wisconsin Farmers Union co-sponsor the event. For more information, see http://www.cias.wisc.edu/loving-of-the-land-concert-2/ and to buy tickets, visit http://lovingoftheland.brownpapertickets.com/.
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Concert benefiting student research scheduled for April 11
Events

Dave Nelson to discuss plans for new Madison Science Museum – April 1

Have you heard there's going to be a new science museum in downtown Madison? Learn the details at this week's Wednesday Nite @ the Lab talk featuring CALS' Dave Nelson. Nelson, an emeritus professor of biochemistry who is the college's de facto historian, has been instrumental in getting the museum idea up and off the ground and plans share his collection of old scientific instruments with the facility.
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Dave Nelson to discuss plans for new Madison Science Museum – April 1
Events

Food Research Institute Spring Meeting – May 20-21

Food safety experts from government, industry and academia will gather May 20–21 for the annual Food Research Institute (FRI) Spring Meeting at the Pyle Center on the UW–Madison campus. The formal program will include presentations by scientists from UW–Madison and other universities, as well as industry and government representatives, speaking on topics such as antibiotics and alternatives for animal production, microbial ecology, and microbial food safety and public health. See the full schedule of presentations at http://go.wisc.edu/00n9y1. Robert V. Tauxe, of the CDC, will present the William C. Frazier Memorial Award lecture and will be recognized for his contributions to food microbiology. The evening of May 20 will feature a poster session, reception and opportunities to network with colleagues. Anyone involved in food safety, product development, food microbiology, food quality assurance or public health is invited to attend. UW and State of Wisconsin employees receive a discounted registration rate of $50 per person. For more information and to register, visit the FRI website: http://fri.wisc.edu/events_meetings_profile.php?id=28.
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Food Research Institute Spring Meeting – May 20-21