Workplace

Academic staff governance committees seek members

Each year the Academic Staff Nominating Committee is charged with finding candidates to serve on more than forty campus committees. Committees span a variety of interests including communications, compensation, awards, diversity, student affairs, transportation, athletics, information technology, and many more. If you would like to be considered for current and future committee openings, please complete the committee interest survey: http://go.wisc.edu/GetInvolved The survey provides a list of committees and links to more information. Indicating your interest is not in any way binding. As seats open up on your committees of interest, a member of the Nominating Committee may contact you to further explore your potential participation. Regular elections for standing committees of the Academic Staff Assembly take place each spring. Regular appointments to other shared governance committees are also made in the spring. Please note that not every committee has openings for new members every year. The following committees have immediate openings: Academic Staff Communications Committee Academic Staff Mentoring Committee Committee participation at UW-Madison is a great way for academic staff members to grow personally and professionally, to meet other staff outside their units, to learn more about how things work at UW-Madison, and to have a voice in campus issues. We won't ...
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Academic staff governance committees seek members
Workplace

30-Day benefit enrollment opportunity for same-sex spouse

As of October 6, 2014, same-sex marriage is legal and recognized in Wisconsin. This includes a legal same-sex marriage that occurred in another state or country prior to October 6, 2014, as well as the same-sex marriage licenses issued June 6 – 13, 2014 in Wisconsin. Anyone legally married to their same-sex spouse has until November 14, 2014, to enroll their same-sex spouse and that spouse’s dependents in the following benefit plans: State Group Health Insurance – earliest effective date of coverage will be October 6th, 2014 Dental Wisconsin Dental Insurance EPIC Benefits+ VSP Vision Insurance Individual and Family Life Insurance State Group Life Insurance Add Spouse/Dependent coverage if you have a dependent to insure for the first time Enroll in or add one level of coverage (note – changing the relationship with the same person from domestic partnership to marriage does not allow you to make changes to State Group Life Insurance coverage) All applications to add a same-sex spouse and the spouse’s dependents must be signed and dated by your department payroll and benefits office no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 14, 2014. Health insurance will be ...
Monday, October 20th, 2014
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30-Day benefit enrollment opportunity for same-sex spouse
Research

NSF ADVANCE Seminar Program ffor women postdoctoral scientists

With the goal of encouraging more women scientists and mathematicians to consider academic careers, especially at primarily undergraduate institutions, the UW System Women & Science Program is offering a Postdoctoral Seminar Program. Female postdoctoral scholars in STEM departments at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison are invited to apply to give a research seminar at one of the System's 11 comprehensive universities. Travel expenses will be covered by an NSF ADVANCE grant. In the spring semester the selected scholars will visit a campus, meet with students and faculty, and present a 40–45 minute research seminar to undergraduate students and faculty. This will be an opportunity for the scholar to practice interview skills and to learn about careers at primarily undergraduate institutions. The host faculty and undergraduates will benefit by meeting young women scientists doing interesting research projects, and learning about how scientific research is done at major research institutions. The online application may be found here.  The postdoc's research adviser will be asked to fill out a brief recommendation form, indicating permission to travel off campus. Application Deadline: Monday, November 17. Notifications of successful applications will be made by ...
Friday, October 17th, 2014
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NSF ADVANCE Seminar Program ffor women postdoctoral scientists
Calls to nominate

Nominate for campus-wide TA awards by Nov. 21

In order to recognize excellence on the part of campus TAs, the College of Letters and Science, with funding support from the Graduate School, administers four campus-wide awards for teaching assistants. These awards are open to all UW-Madison TAs, and they recognize: outstanding and inspirational performance on the part of new TAs (those with fewer than four semesters of teaching experience; TAs who, in addition to their regular duties, perform exceptional service related to the educational mission of their department (volunteerism, committee work, mentoring, etc.); TAs who bring extraordinary creativity to their work and have developed or adapted new teaching methods or techniques; Ph.D. TAs who have performed as outstanding teachers throughout their UW-Madison tenure (nominees should be at the end of their graduate careers and planning to defend their dissertations by the end of the school year). Each department may nominate up to three TAs per year and you may distribute those nominations across categories as you see fit, but a department or program may nominate an individual TA in only one of the four categories per year. Descriptions of the awards, eligibility criteria, ...
Friday, October 17th, 2014
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Nominate for campus-wide TA awards by Nov. 21
Workplace

Ebola: Travel Alerts and Directives

Although Ebola poses little threat to the general population in the USA and is very unlikely at UW-Madison, in light of ongoing concerns about the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, I would like to review our campus expectations for members of our campus community traveling to or from affected areas. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are currently subject to a travel warning against nonessential travel.  A travel alert has been issued for travelers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UW-Madison is following CDC’s guidance for universities and has been in touch with a small number of individuals who come from, or who have traveled to, regions most affected by the Ebola outbreak. No one has been assessed as having had risk exposure at this time. 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 commences to discuss their plans and university requirements for such travel. All faculty, staff, and students returning from affected areas must notify University Health Services (UHS) at ...
Friday, October 17th, 2014
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Ebola: Travel Alerts and Directives
In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of October 11-17

The Science of Supper Clubs: Kate VandenBosch: Serving supper with a side of science Wisconsin State Journal 10/11/14 Mentioned: Kate VandenBosch, Dean Get fish fry with a side of science at 'Science of the Supper Club' this Friday The Cap Times 10/14/14 Mentioned: CALS Quoted: Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean Mentioned: Babcock Dairy Correction: Science Festival-Supper Clubs story Associated Press 10/13/14 Mentioned: Jeff Sindelar, Animal Sciences Mentioned: Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean UW explores science behind Wisconsin supper clubs thenorthwestern.com 10/13/14 Mentioned: Jeff Sindelar, Animal Sciences Mentioned: Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean Science of Supper Clubs Wisconsin Science Festival Mentioned: CALS Supper club science? UW to explore greenbaypressgazette.com 10/11/14 Mentioned: Jeff Sindelar, Animal Sciences Mentioned: Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean UW-Madison to host science of supper clubs event Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10/11/14 Global Warming and Winter Birds: UW research: Global warming a welcome mat for small birds keen to winter up north Madison.com 10/16/14 Quoted: Benjamin Zuckerberg, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Quoted: Karine Princé, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Feeding backyard birds the right way involves more than seed, suet: Aerial View Cleveland.com 10/17/14 Quoted: Benjamin Zuckerberg, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Quoted: Karine Princé, Forest and Wildlife Ecology UW research: Global warming a welcome mat for small birds keen to winter up north The Chippewa Herald 10/16/14 Quoted: Benjamin Zuckerberg, Forest and ...
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CALS in the News for the Week of October 11-17
Events

Stop for a snack: Biochemistry’s Partners in Giving Popcorn Extravaganza

The Department of Biochemistry invites everyone to stop by its Popcorn Extravaganza on Friday, October 24th in the East Atrium of the Biochemistry Laboratories Building (433 Babcock Drive) from 8 am - 3 pm.  All proceeds will be given to the Partners in Giving Campaign.
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Stop for a snack: Biochemistry’s Partners in Giving Popcorn Extravaganza
Health

Orange maize in the diet can alleviate vitamin A deficiency

[caption id="attachment_43071" align="alignright" width="300"] Unlike white maize varieties, vitamin A maize is rich in beta-carotene, giving it a distinctive orange color. It could potentially provide 50% of daily vitamin A needs. Photo: Joslin Isaacson (HarvestPlus)[/caption] A new study led by CALS nutritional scientist Sherry Tanumihardjo has established that ‘orange’ vitamin A maize increases vitamin A storage in the body. This maize has been conventionally bred (non-GMO) to have higher levels of beta-carotene, a naturally occurring plant pigment that the body then converts into vitamin A. Lack of sufficient vitamin A blinds up to 500,000 children annually and increases the risk of death from disease (such as diarrhea in children). Vitamin A deficiency is widely prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. Foods that are good sources of vitamin A, such as orange fruits, dark leafy vegetables, or meat, are not always available, or may be too expensive in some regions. In many African countries, people eat large amounts of staple foods like cassava or maize. For example, in Zambia, people eat up to a pound of white maize daily. However, this white maize provides no beta-carotene. Switching ...
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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Orange maize in the diet can alleviate vitamin A deficiency
Teaching & Advising

WALSAA Innovation Grant Program offers money for CALS student groups:

WALSAA—the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association—would like to invite you and your respective CALS organizations and groups to apply for funding via the WALSAA Innovation Grant program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but target dates are October 1, February 1 and May 1. All applications will be considered regardless of date submitted. The program is aimed at CALS student organizations, teams, and groups. Events, conferences, conclaves and presentations are appropriate uses for an Innovation Grant. The key is innovation. What about the program is new and exciting? How are your members learning through a new process? Why is your event in 2015 different from the same event in 2014? Please direct all questions to admin@walsaa.org. The application can be found on the WALSAA Scholarship Page Read about last year's winners. We look forward to your applications!
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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WALSAA Innovation Grant Program offers money for CALS student groups:
People and Departments

Academic Planning Council Agenda for October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014 1:00-2:30 p.m., 2321 DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building Business Items Review agenda Revisions to current agenda Review minutes, October 7, 2014 Action and Discussion Items Budget reduction CALS Guiding principles for budget decisions Feedback from chairs CALS draft response to the Chancellor’s charge to model 2-4-6% reductions Budget Model Metrics College Structure Announcements and Informational Items Academic Affairs name change APC restructure vote update (http://apc.cals.wisc.edu/cals-apc-restructuring) Ropes course
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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Academic Planning Council Agenda for October 21, 2014