Milestones

Susan Huber Miller joins CALS Office of Academic Affairs

Susan Huber Miller will join CALS on September 14 to lead study abroad and international education programs for students, and will serve on the Academic Affairs leadership team for the college. Huber Miller brings extensive experience working with domestic and international students and developing global programs at the UW-Madison, says Sarah Pfatteicher, CALS associate dean for academic affairs. “Susan is an accomplished and respected leader of international academic programming, and also has experience in both agriculture and student services,” says Pfatteicher. “I am delighted that Susan will be joining the CALS team as we expand our international educational opportunities for CALS students.” Huber Miller comes to CALS from her dual roles in the Wisconsin School of Business as Director of Global Applied Learning, and as Managing Director of the UW-Madison Center for International Business, Education, and Research (CIBER) where she has held a series of leadership positions over the past 17 years. Prior to that time Susan worked with international students and alumni at the Wisconsin Alumni Association. "I’ve admired the work coming out of CALS for a long time and am thrilled to be ...
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Susan Huber Miller joins CALS Office of Academic Affairs
Uncategorized

NSF workshops on Food, Energy and Water (FEWS)

NSF has funded 17 workshops to address various issues related to the interactions of food, energy and water. The FEW workshops will each involve 30-80 participants. They are intended to facilitate partnerships among researchers in the natural sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and computing and engineering. Their goal is to find innovative approaches to understanding food-energy-water systems. For more information, see: New grants foster research on food, energy and water: a linked system.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
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NSF workshops on Food, Energy and Water (FEWS)
Events

Joe Lauer to discuss transgenic crops at WN@tL – Sept. 9

Wednesday Nite @ the Lab (WN@tL) on Sept. 9 will feature agronomy professor Joe Lauer on “Transgenic Crops and Cropping Systems in the Midwest." This talk runs from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. in room 1111 in the Genetics/Biotechnology Center and is free and open to the public. Here's the full description of the talk, from the WN@tL website: Speaker: Joe Lauer, UW-Madison professor of agronomy You either love ’em or hate ’em — GMOs, that is. The impact of transgenic crops has been as revolutionary as hybrid corn was in the 1930s, when farmers were reluctant to adopt scientific farming practices. However, within five years, more than 90 percent of Midwest farmers had adopted hybrid corn. Farmers have quickly adopted transgenic corn as well, but consumers have not. Thus, a “grand experiment” has been going on in the countryside since 1996. We’ll explore the ups and downs of the first 20 years of transgenic crops in our Midwest cropping systems. About the Speaker: Lauer grew up in north-central Minnesota and holds degrees from St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota. From 1985 to 1994, he ...
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
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Joe Lauer to discuss transgenic crops at WN@tL – Sept. 9
Happenings

Blending science and art: Genetics’ Ahna Skop named LSC affiliate faculty member

[caption id="attachment_49046" align="alignright" width="250"] Ahna Skop. Photo by: Jeff Miller/UW-Madison.[/caption] Art and science may seem like a mismatch, but to Ahna Skop, the newest affiliate faculty member in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, they make perfect sense. Raised by two artists and holding an associate professorship in the Department of Genetics, she strives to be interdisciplinary in all of her work. When not researching cell division in her lab, she is teaching her science students how to write effectively and think about using visuals to communicate. She also incorporates art into her research interests. For example, she has organized the bi-annual Worm Art Show for the International C. elegans Meeting for the past 19 years. “I know there are ways to communicate science effectively through the visual and I spend a lot of time thinking about them,” she said. “It’s not just through writing. There are ways you can clearly articulate science to the public in a very simply way with a nice image or illustration. When thinking in the visual you often see things in a way you wouldn’t have before.” Members ...
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
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Blending science and art: Genetics’ Ahna Skop named LSC affiliate faculty member
Events

UW Organic Vegetable Field Day features veggie tasting event – Sept. 8

Do you love your veggies? Would you like to help plant breeders make them taste even better? Members of the public who attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Organic Vegetable Field Day on Sept. 8 will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of vegetables being grown, evaluated and improved by UW researchers for—and with the help of—area farmers, farmers’ market vendors and restaurateurs. This free event will take place from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the university’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station, which has more than 10 acres of certified organic land. “We’re looking for feedback that can help inform our plant breeding efforts,” says event organizer Julie Dawson, a UW-Madison assistant professor of horticulture and UW-Extension urban agriculture specialist. “We’ll have varieties on hand that the chefs we’ve been partnering with have really liked so far, including some of the successes from last year and some of the newer varieties that are looking promising.” Farmers and gardeners who attend the event will have the opportunity to learn about vegetable varieties that have been performing well in organic systems and see them ...
Monday, August 31st, 2015
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UW Organic Vegetable Field Day features veggie tasting event – Sept. 8
Workplace

CASI agenda – September 2015

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC STAFF ISSUES September 9, 2015 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 250 Agricultural Hall AGENDA Introductions Approval of minutes from May 2015 meeting Election of CASI chair Election of Curriculum Committee representative APC and CASI Discussion: CASI activities for the coming year CASI communication with CALS academic staff Sub Committee membership and activities for coming year Academic Staff Awards and PD Nominations and Mentoring Communications, Website & Districting Personnel Procedures, Compensation & Governance Adjourn Next meeting: October 14, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m, 250 Agricultural Hall
Monday, August 31st, 2015
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CASI agenda – September 2015
Events

Save the Date: CALS Coffee set for Sept. 22

The first CALS Coffee of the new academic year is set for 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the lobby of the Genetics/Biotech Center building. Please save the date.
Monday, August 31st, 2015
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Save the Date: CALS Coffee set for Sept. 22
Teaching & Advising

Undergraduate Research Scholars program seeks mentors

Dear faculty, research staff and dissertators, The Undergraduate Research Scholars program invites you to become a research mentor! The Undergraduate Research Scholars program (URS) is currently accepting project listings from faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, research scientists, and dissertators who would like to involve a first-year student or sophomore as a research or creative work assistant during the 2015-16 academic year. The majority of Undergraduate Research Scholars are members of historically under- represented groups: students of color, women in science and engineering, and/or first-generation college students. They earn course credit for participating in a year-long course (two semesters) of study that includes a seminar on issues in research and hands-on experience with a mentor's research project or creative endeavor. The URS program promotes undergraduate research and intellectually creative engagement in all academic disciplines. The Benefits For researchers, the benefits of working with a URS Scholar include the satisfaction of fostering the development of the independent inquiry skills with a bright and eager student, acquiring valuable research assistance, supporting an undergraduate's exploration of academic and career interests, and connecting directly with the experiences of undergraduates on campus. Many URS students stay with their original mentors throughout their undergraduate careers. Our URS students have established an impressive ...
Monday, August 31st, 2015
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Teaching & Advising

New group for grad students involved in community-based work

The Morgridge Center for Public Service has created the Association of Graduate Engaged Scholars, a group for graduate students to share resources, network, and problem-solve around their community-engaged work. This group is for anyone who is interested in community-based work, and we are excited to bring graduate students together! Our first meeting is on Thursday, September 17 from 2-3 in the Round Room of the Red Gym (Room 154). Download this flyer for more information: Association of Graduate Engaged Scholars. For questions, contact Haley Madden at hmadden@wisc.edu or (608) 770-1811.
Friday, August 28th, 2015
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In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of Aug. 24-28, 2015

News Should the feds let more wildfires burn? My San Antonio 8/27/2015 Quoted: Sue Stewart, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Blue Sky Science: How do cows make milk? - Video Wisconsin State Journal 8/24/2015 Quoted: Laura Hernandez, Dairy Science State cheese takes top honor in Dairy Expo contest Wisconsin State Journal 8/24/2015 Mentioned: Babcock Hall Dairy Plant Cooperative steps up to bring grocery to Allied Drive neighborhood Wisconsin State Journal 8/28/2015 Quoted: Anne Reynolds, Center for Cooperatives Saliva-based fertility test wins Madison pitch contest Wisconsin State Journal 8/28/2015 Quoted: Katie Brenner, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry Mentioned: Doug Weibel, Biochemistry Madison startup bluDiagnostics wins Pressure Chamber, earns meeting with West Coast investors The Capital Times 8/27/2015 Quoted: Katie Brenner, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry BluDiagnostics Wins Again As WI Pledges Cash For Women Entrepreneurs Xconomy 8/27/2015 Quoted: Katie Brenner, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry Writer calls for long-term thinking about water quality Madison Magazine 8/28/2015 Quoted: Eric Booth, Agronomy Quoted: Adena Rissman, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Quoted: Chris Kucharik, Agronomy Dairy farmers concerned about immigration discussion - Video WISC-TV (Madison) 8/27/2015 Quoted: Mark Stephenson, Agricultural and Applied Economics For the Record: Dane County Parks mark anniversary WISC-TV (Madison) 8/26/2015 Quoted: Patty Loew, Life Sciences Communication Science On Tap Explores Pollinators Disappearance WXPR Wisconsin Public Radio 8/26/2015 Mentioned: Jeremy Hemberger, Graduate Student, Entomology Acid Whey - Video Wisconsin Dairy News 8/2015 Quoted: Mike Molitor, Wisconsin Center ...
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CALS in the News for the Week of Aug. 24-28, 2015