Awards and honors

Ron Raines receives Vincent du Vigneaud Award from American Peptide Society

Ronald Raines, the Henry Lardy Professor of Biochemistry, recently earned the Vincent du Vigneaud Award from the American Peptide Society (APS). “This is a tribute to the dedication of my students and postdocs,” says Raines, who is also a professor of chemistry. “Without them I could do little. It’s great to bring this honor back to the university.” Raines holds 51 issued U.S. patents and is a founder of Quintessence Bioscience and Hyrax Energy. He has discovered that unappreciated forces stabilize all proteins, as well as created forms of stable synthetic collagen. He has also done work with anti-cancer agents and biofuels. Many of his patents rely on peptides for their success, and this is his second award from APS — his first being the Rao Makineni Lectureship Award in 2007. Vincent du Vigneaud, the namesake of the award he recently earned, was a famous peptide chemist who earned a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1955 for, among other achievements, the first synthesis of a polypeptide hormone. He is the third winner of the Vincent du Vigneaud Award from the University of Wisconsin­–Madison. Samuel ...
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Ron Raines receives Vincent du Vigneaud Award from American Peptide Society
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USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Offers Potato Breeding Research

The purpose of this grant program is to support potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. As used herein, varietal development and testing is research using conventional breeding and/or biotechnological genetics to develop improved potato varieties. Aspects of evaluation, screening and testing must support variety development. NIFA is soliciting applications for FY2017 Potato Breeding Research program that address one or more of the following research areas that will produce outcomes important to the U.S. potato industry: Superior performing varieties developed with resistance to established and emerging pests and diseases including but not limited to potato virus Y, damaging nematodes, the late and early blight pathogen, white mold, powdery scab, storage rot diseases, PMTV, and Dickeya that limit sustained production, profitability, and market competitiveness; Improved water and nutrient use efficiency traits for varieties that result in decreased demand for irrigation and fertilizer applications, while maintaining desired yield and quality; Desirable yield, storability, consumer, and other value-added quality traits are identified and developed for use in new potato varieties; or High ...
Friday, January 20th, 2017
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USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Offers Potato Breeding Research
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Multistate Groups Inviting Participation

W_TEMP4177, “Enhancing the Competitiveness and Value of U.S. Beef.” W_TEMP3191, “Elder Financial Exploitation: Family Risk and Protective Factors.” W_TEMP4133, “Costs and Benefits of Natural Resources on Public and Private Lands: Management, Economic Valuation, and Integrated Decision-Making.” WERA_TEMP1022, “Meteorological and Climate Data to Support ET-Based Irrigation Scheduling, Water Conservation, and Water Resources Management (from WDC18).” WERA_TEMP1009, “Systems to Improve End-use Quality of Wheat.” To View the Proposals: Go to the National Information Management Support System at http://www.nimss.org Insert your login and password. (If you don’t have a login ID, you’ll need to register, also at the URL above. If you forgot, please use the “Track ID” function on the login page. Please do not re-register.) In the Top Menu, Select Project then Select View Projects Enter the project number (from above) ************************************************************ Please Contact Casey Hillmer at 608-262-2397 or casey.hillmer@wisc.edu if you would like to be added to a proposed multistate project. Thank you. Please contact the Administrative Advisor (David A. Benfield) of the multistate project if you have questions about the proposed project. ************************************************************** Contact Chris Hamilton at 608-262-2349 or christina.hamilton@wisc.edu if you have questions about the use of NIMSS. Contact Casey Hillmer at 608-262-2397 or ...
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Multistate Groups Inviting Participation
In the News

CALS In the News for the Week of Jan 13 – Jan 20

News You'll Get Sick When You Find Out Why A Highway Was Covered In Skittles The Huffington Post, 1/19/2017 Mentioned: UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Communication: Post-truth predicaments Nature Publishing Group, 1/18/2017 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Science Communication Grocery store offers 'ugly' produce to combat food waste Channel 3000.com, 1/18/2017 Quoted: Monica Theis, Food Science Jeanne Carpenter Talks Cheesetopia Minneapolis  Heavy Table, 1/19/2017 Mentioned: Center for Dairy Research Chris Rickert: Message to fake dairy: We've got our milk. You get your own Madison.com, 1/19/2017 Quoted: John Lucey, Food Science 'It's an environmental issue': Shorewood Hills to discuss free-ranging cat ban Madison.com, 1/17/2017 Mentioned: Stanley Temple, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Building Blocks: UW-Madison Meat Science Laboratory dailyrepoter.com, 1/11/2017 Mentioned: Wisconsin Master Meat Crafter Training Program 25 years plus: sheep odyssey ends Agri-View, 1/17/2017 Mentioned: Dave Thomas: Animal Sciences Schultz Selected as WCGA Communications Specialist Wisconsin Ag Connection, 1/20/2017 Mentioned:  Lizzy Schultz, Alumna, Animal Sciences 2017 Dairy Outlook Morning Ag Clips, 1/17/2017 Quoted: Mark Stephenson, Center for Dairy Profitability Small businesses key to state's economic growth The Eagle, 1/17/2017 Quoted:  Steven Deller, Agricultural and Applied Economics Education notes: Free FAFSA help session set HTR Media, 1/15/2017 Mentioned: Kenneth G. Weckel, Emeritus, Food Science Food Processor Scholarships Available for 2017 Wisconsin Ag Connection, 1/16/2017 Mentioned: Kenneth G. Weckel, Emeritus, Food Science Of Interest  2016 warmest year on record globally, NASA and NOAA ...
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CALS In the News for the Week of Jan 13 – Jan 20
Events

WN@tL this week: Tom Crenshaw on vitamin D and bone abnormalities

Animal science professor Tom Crenshaw will be the featured speaker at Wednesday Nite @ the Lab this week. His talk, titled “Vitamin D and Bone: Turning an Accident into an Opportunity for Discovery,” will include information about the progression of an accidental deletion of vitamin D from the diets of the swine research herd that was later proven to have induced kyphosis (an abnormal spinal curvature), especially if the deficient diets were fed to sows during pregnancy. He and his research team have shown evidence for a strong influence of the maternal diet on bone abnormalities in the offspring. Crenshaw’s talk runs 7:00-8:15p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in room 1111 of the UW Biotechnology Center. It can also be viewed via live webcam at https://www.biotech.wisc.edu/webcams.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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WN@tL this week: Tom Crenshaw on vitamin D and bone abnormalities
Teaching & Advising

Reminder: Call for Proposals for the Teaching and Learning Symposium due Jan. 22

2017 UW-Madison Teaching & Learning Symposium May 17, 2017 Session and Poster Proposal Deadline: Sunday, January 22, 2017 Theme: Teaching the Wisconsin Experience The Wisconsin Experience is a unique set of institutional values to which those who support teaching and learning contribute each day. This historical mission connects us – faculty, staff, and students – as a community that fosters an appreciation for diverse perspectives, seeks active engagement with each other in both curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities, and shares the vision to lead for positive change. The 2017 Teaching and Learning Symposium aims to bring campus together to share ideas about student learning, collaborate with colleagues, and discover unexpected networks. We are seeking proposals for engaging presentations and posters that spotlight teaching and learning across campus and specifically address one or more of the following new Wisconsin Experience dimension areas: Empathy and Humility Develop and demonstrate cultural understanding of self and others Engage locally, nationally, and globally in respectful and civil manner Appreciate and celebrate one another’s abilities, views, and accomplishments Relentless Curiosity Actively learn with expert teachers, scholars, and peers Engage in creative inquire, scholarship, and research Develop resilience and foster ...
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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Reminder: Call for Proposals for the Teaching and Learning Symposium due Jan. 22
Bioenergy and Bioproducts

Rebecca Larson, Troy Runge to discuss anaerobic digesters at upcoming WEI forum

The CALS community is invited to attend the first of the Wisconsin Energy Institutes' new Forward in Energy Forums. Details of the event are included below. If you are interested in attending, please be sure to register here. Who: Troy Runge, Rebecca Larson, Victor Zavala. Moderated by Ian Coxhead. What: Nutrient Management as a Case Study When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Where: Wisconsin Energy Institute, Room 1115, 1552 University Ave. Description: The impact of energy policy on health and wellbeing is a central issue facing the state of Wisconsin. WEI's first Forward in Energy Forum of 2017 will bring together experts from across campus to discuss the challenges in ensuring Wisconsin’s water quality and agricultural systems. Moderated by interim WEI director and University of Wisconsin–Madison chair of the agricultural and applied economics department Ian Coxhead. Groundwater pollution is an issue across the state, and recently-proposed legislation on anaerobic digesters have put the topic front and center. A process by which farmers recycle manure or other organic waste into energy and crop fertilizer, anaerobic digestion has gained steam as a potential solution to the problem of groundwater contamination. Join assistant professors of biological ...
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Rebecca Larson, Troy Runge to discuss anaerobic digesters at upcoming WEI forum
Awards and honors

Ron Raines elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Biochemistry professor Ron Raines has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his research illuminating both the chemical basis and the biological purpose for protein structure and protein function. This honor is conferred upon academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.
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Ron Raines elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Awards and honors

Shutske receives service award from Wisconsin Agri-Business Association

John Shutske, professor of biological systems engineering and UW-Extension biological systems specialist, is the recipient of the Outstanding Service to Industry award from the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association (WABA). The award recognizes dedication and support to WABA and its members. Shutske was on hand to receive the award at an ceremony held during the Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic event, which took place Jan. 10-12 in Madison.
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Shutske receives service award from Wisconsin Agri-Business Association
Events

University Roundtable to feature Chris Todd Hittinger – Apr. 19

The University Roundtable will be gearing up soon to offer a featured monthly luncheon speaker from the UW-Madison community including CALS' Chris Todd Hittinger on April 19. The program is held in Varsity Hall at Union South from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $12 (please note that this is an increase from previous semesters). Here is the schedule for the spring semester: Wednesday, February 8 Researching Zika Virus at UW-Madison David O’Connor Approximately one year ago, a team of UW-Madison scientists and their colleagues in Colombia and Brazil began studying how Zika virus makes people and animals sick. Dr. David O’Connor, Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, will discuss what has been learned so far and what big questions remain unanswered. Reservation Deadline: Noon, February 1 Registration Link: http://go.wisc.edu/5h1t78 Wednesday, March 8 Watching TV through Toddlers’ Eyes Heather Kirkorian Adults tend to think of TV viewing as a simple and passive activity. However, research with infants and young children demonstrates that watching and learning from screen media are complex activities requiring viewers to coordinate several cognitive processes. Using evidence from her own experimental research as well as others’, Dr. ...
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University Roundtable to feature Chris Todd Hittinger – Apr. 19