In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of October 25-31

In the News: State milk production breaks record for fifth straight month Wisconsin State Journal 10/27/14 Quoted: Brian Gould, Agricultural and Applied Economics Wisconsin milk production has record September WMTV 10/27/14 Mentioned: Brian Gould, Agricultural and Applied Economics What's the buzz? Midwest farmers offered federal aid to support bees Wisconsin State Journal 10/30/14 Quoted: P.J. Liesch, Entomology USP abuzz with 'Beyond the Hive' exhibit, activities stevenspointjournal.com 10/30/14 Mentioned: Claudio Gratton, Entomology UW-Madison Dairy Science Showcase to be held Nov. 6 Agri-View 10/29/14 Mentioned: Department of Dairy Science Technology, data give farmers an edge Coulee News 10/30/14 Mentioned: Paul Mitchell, Agricultural and Applied Economics More UW research reveals shredlage benefit Agri-View 10/29/14 Mentioned: Randy Shaver, Dairy Science Wisconsin farmers host southeast Asia grain and feed buyers Agri-View 10/29/14 Mentioned: CALS Book Signing with Jerry Apps Peninsula Pulse 10/31/14 Mentioned: Jerry Apps, emeritus ANRE Conference honors Wisconsin's ag specialists Agri-View 10/28/14 Mentioned: Julie Scharm, Program Assistant SSFC approves SPILL's budget, hears F.H. King's budget proposal The Badger Herald 10/31/14 Mentioned: F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture, student organization Innovations Could Feed the Hungry, Streamline Drug Production Product Design and Development 10/27/14 Quoted: Richard Vierstra, Genetics Mentioned: Aurelie Rakotondrafara, Plant Pathology Mentioned: Ashok Sundramoorthy, graduate student, Biological Systems Engineering What color is your carrot? - Audio CALS News 10/31/14 Quoted: Shelby Ellison, Horticulture Hunger and ...
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CALS in the News for the Week of October 25-31
People and Departments

UW to close Madison Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory and consolidate services at Marshfield

The college recently announced plans to close its Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory on the west side of Madison and consolidate services at the Soil and Forage Analysis Laboratory located in Marshfield. That consolidation would happen gradually over the next year and be completed by November 2015, says Richard Straub, CALS senior associate dean. The Madison lab will continue to process samples in the near term. In the longer term, the college will develop a plan for receiving samples in the Madison area and transporting them to the Marshfield lab to accommodate timely processing. “It was difficult for us to make this decision, but by consolidating testing efforts at the Marshfield facility, we will be able to remain competitive,” says Straub. “The lab has made significant contributions to the practice and advancement of agricultural and environmental testing in the past several decades. Staff members at the SPAL facility are highly capable, and have provided high quality analyses for a range of clients over the years. This decision is strictly a financial one.” The Madison Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory was established in 1913. The Marshfield ...
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UW to close Madison Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory and consolidate services at Marshfield
Happenings

Institute for Biology Education expands to become WISCIENCE

The UW Institute for Biology Education is expanding to become Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement —or WISCIENCE. The new mission extends across the natural sciences and expands responsibility for facilitating cross-campus collaboration and coordination in the areas of science outreach and support for groups underrepresented in science. The creation of an institute for science education was part of Chancellor Blank’s commitment to the White House’s initiative to increase college access for low-income students, particularly in science. It` also responds to a 2013 task force on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach and engagement that called for a centralized entity to promote collaboration and build overall capacity for science outreach. “We’ve partnered beyond biology on higher education initiatives with faculty and staff and promoted cross-campus collaboration on science outreach for a long time, and the majority of our student programs focus on addressing the needs of underrepresented groups,” says Janet Branchaw, Director of WISCIENCE and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. “We often contribute our expertise in science education to existing efforts, and we look forward to forming more partnerships that ...
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Institute for Biology Education expands to become WISCIENCE
Extension and Outreach

Hancock showcases fresh market potatoes this week

Interested in new varieties for the fresh market? Then you don’t want to miss this year’s Fresh Market Potato Expo, which will be held October 29–30 at the UW Hancock Agricultural Research Station. More than 50 advanced breeding lines and recently released varieties will be on display, including russets, reds, yellows, fingerlings, and other specialty types. The official program begins at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 with a presentation by Shelley Jansky, Ruth Genger and Julie Dawson on “Specialty Fresh Market Potatoes: Flavor, Appearance and Yield.” Afterwards, participants are invited to view, taste, and rate the varieties. In addition to the official program, the Expo is open 9 am – 4 pm both days as a self-guided event. For more information, contact Jeff Endelmen at endelman@wisc.edu or at 608-250-0754.
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Hancock showcases fresh market potatoes this week
Awards and honors

Julie Scharm and Cheryl Skjolaas win UWEX ANRE awards

The 2014 UW-Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension awards were presented at the dinner and awards reception on October 20. Among the recipients were Julie Scharm, program assistant for the CALS Office of the Dean and Director; and Cheryl Skjolaas, senior outreach specialist for the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. For more information about the awards, click here.
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Julie Scharm and Cheryl Skjolaas win UWEX ANRE awards
Awards and honors

Two CALS research teams win WARF Innovation Awards

[caption id="attachment_43236" align="alignleft" width="322"] Aurelie Rakotondrafara and Jincan Zhang[/caption] A discovery that could transform drug production and a fresh strategy for feeding a hungry world have claimed top honors from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. One of the winning teams is led by Aurelie Rakotondrafara, the other by Richard Vierstra. This year’s prizewinners included a special genetic sequence that could enable researchers to produce multiple proteins from a single strand of mRNA. The sequence, a type of internal ribosome entry site (IRES), was discovered in a wheat virus by UW–Madison plant pathologist Aurelie Rakotondrafara and collaborator Jincan Zhang. “The new IRES is the first of its kind that can be exploited in plant systems, with far reaching implications,” says Rakotondrafara. “The power to express multiple genes at once could lead to better biofuel crops and new drugs.” The researchers found the special sequence in the Triticum mosaic virus, which can express its protein at a higher efficiency from its single mRNA strand. Their discovery could change how biopharmaceuticals are made, like the antibody cocktail produced in tobacco plants currently being used to treat Ebola victims. A team led ...
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Two CALS research teams win WARF Innovation Awards
Milestones

Cathy Sandeen named UWEX chancellor

Dr. Cathy A. Sandeen, vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education (ACE) has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension. The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today approved Sandeen’s appointment, following the recommendation made by a selection committee. Sandeen will step into her new leadership post on December 15, 2014. Sandeen has served since 2012 as vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education, based in Washington, D.C. She oversees ACE’s national agenda to increase postsecondary educational attainment in the U.S., including coordination among national and international leaders from across higher education, foundations, business, and government. She leads the Center for Education Attainment and Innovation, including its major grant programs, federal contracts, service activities, partnerships, and development of new initiatives. She also serves on ACE’s executive leadership team. Sandeen previously served as dean of Continuing Education UCLA Extension at University of California Los Angeles (2006-2012), vice provost and dean of University Extension and Summer Session at University of California Santa Cruz (2000-2006), ...
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Events

A SCARY way to FIGHT HUNGER: Saddle and Sirloin’s Haunted House

Things will be spooky at the UW Horse Barn this Wednesday and Thursday. The Saddle and Sirloin club's Haunted House opens at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29 & 30 at that location. Admission is either $1 or a non-perishable food item. All donations benefit the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. With every $1 donated, three meals can be provided to families in need! For more information, visit www.secondharvestmadison.org.
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A SCARY way to FIGHT HUNGER: Saddle and Sirloin’s Haunted House
Health and Wellness

Update: Ebola and our campus

Although Ebola poses little threat to the U.S. general population and is very unlikely at UW-Madison, in light of ongoing concerns about the Ebola outbreak in western Africa and increasing concerns within the US, UW-Madison is carefully monitoring travelers to and from our campus. In order to ensure we are aware of all travelers, I ask for your assistance in communicating the following requirements to faculty, staff members and students. University staff, faculty, and students planning travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone must contact the University International Safety and Security Director, Ron Machoian, at rmachoian@bussvc.wisc.edu or 608-890-2446 before travel to discuss their plans and university requirements for such travel. Travel to these areas which are subject to a CDC Travel Warning is generally prohibited. In addition to the requirement that all faculty, staff, and students returning from affected areas are subject to a screening risk assessment and a period of health monitoring, we require that all campus guests and visitors follow the screening risk assessment and period of health monitoring. Faculty, staff and students must notify University Health Services (UHS) at 608/265-5600 ...
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Update: Ebola and our campus
Events

Dean VandenBosch headlines the next Science On Tap – Nov. 5

Many people may not be aware how partnerships with businesses, schools, and state and local governments have contributed to the excellence of UW-Madison. Indeed, these collaborations have fueled scientific discoveries and shaped teaching in classrooms on campus and around the world. Join CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Minocqua Brewing Company, as she examines UW-Madison's Partnerships in the Northwoods: Putting the "You" in UW. 2014 marks CALS' 125th anniversary—a fitting time to reflect back and look ahead. Kate will share how the UW, through collaboration and innovation, is building Wisconsin's economy, advancing health, promoting environmental stewardship and enhancing our quality of life. She will also explore some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. During this conversation she wants to hear from you! What role is the university playing in your neck of the Northwoods? What are the needs and opportunities for the coming decades? Kate encourages you to share your thoughts and ideas about ways the university works in northern Wisconsin. So come on out, join the conversation, and celebrate 125 years of ...
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Dean VandenBosch headlines the next Science On Tap – Nov. 5