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How science should respond to fake news

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Events

Registration deadline approaching for UW-Madison Science Expeditions

Registration for the UW-Madison Science Expeditions 2017 (March 31 - April 2) is open until March 15. Current Science Expeditions activities include: Exploration Stations on Saturday at the Discovery Building and additional Exploration Stations at Signe Skott Cooper Hall and Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) on Sunday (current list of Exploration Stations); Destinations for Exploration at Washburn Observatory, DC Smith Greenhouse, Birge Hall Greenhouses, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science Building (AOSS), UW Madison Scientific Glassblowing Lab, UW Geology Museum, Picnic Point, UW Health Clinical Simulation Center; and   Science Spectaculars presented by Wonders of Physics, Science is Fun and Students Participating in Chemical Education (SPICE). *To Sign Up to lead an Exploration Station, a Science Spectacular or a Destination for Exploration, please register at https://goo.gl/forms/fZA4HQ89JYIOh1Z02. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tom Zinnen (zinnen@biotech.wisc.edu, 608-265-2420) or Ana Garic (ana.garic@wisc.edu, 608-265-1861).
Monday, February 27th, 2017
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Registration deadline approaching for UW-Madison Science Expeditions
Workplace

CALS Wellness Lunch and Learn: Eating healthy in the winter

Join the CALS Wellness and the UW-Madison Dietetics and Nutrition Club for a nutrition-themed Lunch and Learn for faculty, staff, and students. The topic will be "Squash the Winter Blues: Eating Healthy in the Winter" and will be held noon - 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 in 227 Nutritional Sciences. Snacks will be served. Join us to discuss fun and delicious ways to eat healthy this season. We'll include recipe ideas and tips on where to get your fruits and vegetables during the winter.
Monday, February 27th, 2017
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CALS Wellness Lunch and Learn: Eating healthy in the winter
Calls to nominate

Nominations open for 2017 Honorary Recognition, Distinguished Service, Distinguished Alumni awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honorary Recognition Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Distinguished Alumni Award. These are the highest honors awarded by the college and they recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to their communities, their chosen career fields, and the citizens of the state and the nation. An individual may be considered for only one award during a given year, so nominators should select the most appropriate award for their candidate. Please note that nominations remain valid for three years and that once an individual has received an award, that person may not be nominated again, for any award, for three years. Information for each award, a listing of past honorees and nomination forms are available at cals.wisc.edu/honorary. Nominations are due April 7, 2017.  As you consider possible nominees, think about those individuals who have demonstrated leadership and been an inspiration to others in agriculture, natural resources, and/or the life sciences. The 2017 Awards Banquet and Ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Varsity Room at Union South. A reception will be ...
Monday, February 27th, 2017
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Nominations open for 2017 Honorary Recognition, Distinguished Service, Distinguished Alumni awards
Calls to nominate

Nominations being accepted for GCHERA World Agriculture Prize

CALS International Programs would like to encourage faculty and staff to nominate colleagues (or themselves) for the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences World Agriculture Prize. This $50,000 prize is intended for an academic/faculty member from a higher education institution in recognition of the academic/faculty member’s lifetime achievements working in the disciplines relating to the agricultural and life sciences - in education, research and innovation. Such disciplines are inclusive of both the natural and social sciences. This impact will most likely be demonstrated in the work of the nominee in the development of the institution(s) in which the nominee has served, and in the local and wider geographical region of those institution(s), but not necessarily globally. View the call for nominations for more details. CALS IP can help prepare and submit nominations. Please send in your suggested nominees to CALS IP (calsip@cals.wisc.edu) by March 15.
Monday, February 27th, 2017
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Nominations being accepted for GCHERA World Agriculture Prize
Happenings

Spring 2017 issue of Grow features science farm, milk marvels and more

The spring issue of Grow magazine will soon arrive in your mailboxes--and it's also available online. Check it out for exciting features including: * The Science Farm--A decades-long field project offers key insights into different approaches to agriculture. * Lactation Sensation--Dairy scientist Laura Hernandez marvels at milk. And she's exploring how to improve the processes that create it, for the benefit of both cows and humans. * Students on the Cutting Edge--In labs and in the fields, in private companies and in public agencies, research and internship opportunities abound for CALS students. Their experiences lead to personal and professional growth--and give them an advantage when it comes to employment. * Sloths! Five things you should know about them, according to wildlife ecology professors Jonathan Pauli and Zach Peery. And, as always, if you ace our Final Exam, you might win a box of cheese from Babcock Hall.
Monday, February 27th, 2017
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Spring 2017 issue of Grow features science farm, milk marvels and more
In the News

CALS In the News for the Week of Feb 17 – Feb 24

News about Winter Heat Wave Warm weather could impact Door County cherry crop FOX 11 Online, 2/21/2017 Quoted: Matt Stasiak, Peninsular Agricultural Research Station Warm weather could impact Door County crops WSAW, 2/21/2017 Quoted: Matt Stasiak, Peninsular Agricultural Research Station Warm weather impacting Wisconsin wildlife WMTV - NBC15, 2/22/2017 Quoted: Stanley Temple, Forest and Wildlife Ecology News about "Fake News" False Information Labeled "A Cancer" On Enlightened Democracy AAAS.org, 2/18/2017 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication It’s human nature, and not social media, to blame for fake news Daily News and Analysis, 2/19/2017 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication Communication expert explains how science should respond to fake news ScienceBlog.com, 2/18/2017 Quoted: Dominique Brossard, Life Sciences Communication News Portia de Rossi is the secret weapon of “Santa Clarita Diet” Salon.com, 2/21/2017 Quoted: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Listeria Poses Miscarriage Threat In Early Stages Of Pregnancy Tech Times, 2/21/2017 Quoted: Charles Czuprynski, Food Research Institute. In a time of division, could science find a way to unite? The Christian Science Monitor, 2/22/2017 Quoted: Dietram Scheufele, Life Sciences Communication Blue Sky Science: How do bees make honey? La Crosse Tribune, 2/20/2017 Quoted: Johanne Brunet, Entomology Corn Specialist: Go back to the basics in low-margin year The Country Today, 2/20/2017 Quoted: Joe Lauer, Agronomy Management tips ...
Friday, February 24th, 2017
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CALS In the News for the Week of Feb 17 – Feb 24
Teaching & Advising

BioScience Exploration Fair – March 8

Talk with advisors from multiple bioscience majors and certificates all in one place and think holistically about your education, including long-term planning, career exploration, and learning beyond the classroom. The fair will be held Wednesday, March 8 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the DeLuca Forum in the Discovery Building. For more information, contact info@advising.wisc.edu.
Friday, February 24th, 2017
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BioScience Exploration Fair – March 8
Events

Campus chefs and students to host breakfast at Farmers’ Market – March 11

Chefs from UW Housing and students with the Dietetics and Nutrition Club will team up on Saturday, March 11 to prepare a delicious and healthful breakfast at the Dane County Farmers' Market. This event will showcase the talents and skills of the students and chefs of UW-Madison while becoming more connected with the community. The breakfast menu is designed to use products from the Market and highlight the indigenous culture in a healthful way.
Friday, February 24th, 2017
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Campus chefs and students to host breakfast at Farmers’ Market – March 11
Happenings

Daniel Phaneuf releases environmental economics textbook

A new book by Daniel Phaneuf, a Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, aims to familiarize students with an emerging field. Titled “A Course in Environmental Economics: Theory, Policy, and Practice,” the graduate-level textbook explores themes integral to the field of study. Researchers in environmental economics study how people interact with the environment, and how regulations can be designed to achieve environmental policy goals. According to Phaneuf, the two existing books that defined the field had become outdated and failed to cover many contemporary topics. The new textbook is an effort to tie together theory, empirical evidence, and policy in an accessible and comprehensive way. The textbook has garnered advance praise from Phaneuf’s peers in the field. Calling the work a “synthesis of existing knowledge,” Phaneuf hopes graduate students will turn to the textbook to learn how the core canon of environmental economics developed. Phaneuf co-authored the book with Till Requate, a Professor of Economics at the University of Kiel in Germany. A native of Minnesota, Phaneuf earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint John’s ...
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
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Daniel Phaneuf releases environmental economics textbook
Calls to nominate

Internal Competition – DOE Frontier Research Center

The Office of Basic Energy Sciences in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science established the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program, to accelerate such transformative discovery, combining the talents and creativity of our national scientific workforce with a powerful new generation of tools for penetrating, understanding, and manipulating matter on the atomic and molecular scales. We anticipate that there will be a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) later this year (2017), similar to the one in 2014, for an open competition for new EFRCs. Success in pursuing large-scale center proposals requires significant advance planning — typically far more than the amount of time given between an actual FOA and the proposal deadline.  Therefore, in anticipation of a forthcoming FOA, we are conducting an early internal competition for this anticipated limited submission opportunity. Amount per award: $2- $4 million per year Number of awards: The award size will depend on the merit review, the number of meritorious applications, and the availability of appropriated funds. Eligibility The DOE will limit the number of proposals that an institution may submit as the lead.  To increase the likelihood of ...
Monday, February 20th, 2017
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Internal Competition – DOE Frontier Research Center