Extension and Outreach

Giant ragweed takes top prize in ‘Biggest Weed’ contest

In a surprise showing at this year's ‘Biggest Weed’ contest held during Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, a giant ragweed was named grand champion. A total of nine weeds were included in the contest, which was hosted by University of Wisconsin-Extension weed experts, who also provided weed identification services during the three-day agricultural show. Of the samples, four were annuals, four were biennials, and one was a perennial plant, a common milkweed. Typically the biennial and perennial plants take the prize, notes Mark Renz, a weed specialist with UW-Madison and UW-Extension. But this year Wayne Greeler from Neillsville, Wisconsin brought in a specimen of giant ragweed - an annual plant - that was over 10 feet tall and seven feet wide. “It is uncommon for a giant ragweed to get this wide," says Renz. "The extra girth allowed it to take the grand prize.” For more information about identifying and controlling weeds in your field or yard, contact your local county Extension agent or visit the University of Wisconsin Weed Science website at http://fyi.uwex.edu/weedsci.
Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Giant ragweed takes top prize in ‘Biggest Weed’ contest
In the News

CALS in the New for the Week of August 23-29

In the News: Madison co-workers compete on "The Amazing Race" Milwaukee Tap 8/28/14 Quoted: Maya Warren, graduate student, Food Science Quoted: Amy Dejong, graduate student, Food Science Two UW-Madison grad students to compete on CBS's "The Amazing Race" WTAQ 8/28/14 Mentioned: Maya Warren, graduate student, Food Science Mentioned: Amy Dejong, graduate student, Food Science UW-Madison CALS to Help Organize 'Celebrate Ag' Football Event Wisconsin Ag Connection 8/28/14 Quoted: Kate VandenBosch, Dean Passenger pigeon: 'From billions to one, and then to none' in 100 years The Patriot News 8/28/14 Quote: Stanley Temple, emeritus, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Cranberry production cuts rejected by feds Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 8/23/14 Quoted: Ed Jesse, Agricultural and Applied Economics Wisconsin's Biggest Weed contest winners announced AG Professional 8/28/14 Quoted: Mark Renz, Agronomy Tour spurs plant-microbe interaction AG Professional 8/28/14 Quoted: Jean-Michele Ané Mentioned: Dhileepkumar Jayaraman, postdoctoral candidate, Agronomy UW study: Big rains in early spring responsible for most of Lake Mendota's phosphorous The Cap Times 8/24/14 Mentioned: Chris Kucharik, Agronomy UW Field Day tour focuses on greenhouse gases and crop management Agri-View 8/25/14 Mentioned: Arlington Agricultural Research Station Quoted: Matt Ruark, Soil Science Rocky Mountain spotted fever transmission faster than previously thought The Globe and Mail 8/25/14 Quoted: PJ Liesch, Entomlogy Ticks may transmit disease faster than currently thought Reuters Health 8/22/14 Quoted: ...
Friday, August 29th, 2014
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CALS in the New for the Week of August 23-29
Workplace

UWF check request process changing

Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association (WFAA) will soon go live with the ABE CRM database and Advancement Resources website that will replace their Campus Access system. This website will be used to generate check request forms, generate fund deposit forms, view fund information, and generate fund reports. If you are a current user of UWF’s Campus Access system who responded to their user survey earlier this year, you are eligible for access to the Advancement Resources website on September 2, 2014. Prior to receiving your credentials for the new system, you are required to review and agree to the WFAA Data Disclosure and Confidentiality Policy. WFAA created online video training to fulfill these requirements. Eligible staff members received an e-mail with the subject “Advancement Resources Website Training (Updated).” Please review this e-mail and complete the online video training by September 16, 2014.If training is not completed by this date, access will be removed and you will need to go through the standard process of requesting access through the new Advancement Resources portal at https://www.uwadvancement.org. New user requests will be accepted beginning September 2 ...
Friday, August 29th, 2014
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UWF check request process changing
Extension and Outreach

Volunteers needed for study on how yogurt affects intestinal health

The UW-Madison Dept. of Food Science is inviting healthy, overweight volunteers to take part in a research study. The purpose of this study is to find out how yogurt affects intestinal health. Participants will be asked to visit the study center at Babcock Hall in Madison, WI, for 5 visits over a period of 11 weeks. You will be asked to have blood pressure measurements taken, provide blood samples, to avoid particular probiotic foods, and keep track of your diet twice. To qualify for this study you must be the following: Premenopausal woman Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40 (If you are unsure of your BMI, ease go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm) Healthy, without cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis 21 to 55 years old Willing to eat 12 oz of yogurt or soy pudding daily for 9 weeks Willing to consume a high-calorie breakfast and have blood samples taken hourly for 4 hours at 2 visits Visit the study center weekly to pick up yogurt or pudding Participants will receive up to $300 for completing the study. To learn more about this study, contact Dr. Bradley Bolling at ...
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Volunteers needed for study on how yogurt affects intestinal health
Extension and Outreach

Proceeds from pints of pale ale help promote programs pertaining to passenger pigeons

BEER RELEASE PARTY AT CAPITAL BREWERY Thursday, September 4, from 6–9:00 pm at Capital Brewery, 8001 Terrace Ave., Middleton 2014 marks the centennial of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. To commemorate this milestone the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters is partnering with conservation biologist Stan Temple (UW Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology) for an array of fall programing related to the passenger pigeon. In support of Temple's work in educating the public about the challenges of conserving species, our friends at Capital Brewery are releasing Passenger Pigeon India Pale Ale. If you are in the neighborhood, come by the release party and enjoy a pint. A portion of proceeds from the sale Passenger Pigeon India Pale Ale will support wildlife conservation work in Wisconsin. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Proceeds from pints of pale ale help promote programs pertaining to passenger pigeons
Student opportunities

Tell your students: Steenbock Library luau on Sept. 3

UW students are invited to Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Drive, for the third annual Steenbock Library Luau. The free event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3. The Hawaii-themed party will feature refreshments, music, crafts, games, prizes, a photo booth, and a visit from Bucky Badger. The back-to-school luau is part of the campus-wide Wisconsin Welcome, which invites new and returning students to explore the university. Free food will be provided by Ian’s Pizza, Glass Nickel, Wings Over Madison, Fresh Market, and Babcock Hall Dairy Store. Bellydancing UW and the Madison Flow Club will perform while WSUM-FM 91.7 student radio spins tunes. Resource tables will include Sex Out Loud, University Archives, and campus police. To learn more, call (608) 263-3899 or visit this website.  
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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Tell your students: Steenbock Library luau on Sept. 3
Extension and Outreach

Boaters and anglers say they’re doing more to prevent spread of aquatic invasives

Wisconsin boaters and anglers report complying more often with steps aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in 2013 than they did in 2009, according to a new statewide survey conducted by researchers at the UW-Madison and UW-Extension in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. More than 20 species of AIS threaten Wisconsin waterways. These non-native plants, animals, and viruses can cause economic damage, reduce lakefront property value and diminish recreational opportunities. Boaters and anglers can spread AIS if they do not follow the AIS prevention steps, such as removing plants and animals from boats and draining water from motors and equipment. That means that informing boaters and anglers about the law, and achieving their cooperation, are necessary to protecting the state’s water resources. “For almost all of the AIS prevention steps, people in the 2013 survey said they cooperate more often than respondents in 2009,” said Bret Shaw, environmental communication specialist for UW-Extension and associate professor at UW-Madison in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, who co-authored the report. “For some laws in particular, such as removing plants ...
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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Boaters and anglers say they’re doing more to prevent spread of aquatic invasives
In the News

CALS in the News for the Week of August 16-22

Climate Change and Land Use: No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land Newswise 8/18/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land R & D 8/19/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology No One-Size-Fits-All Approach In A Changing Climate, Changing Land redOrbit 8/21/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land UW-Madison News 8/18/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land CALS News 8/18/14 Quoted: Volker Radeloff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology Mentioned: Sebastian Martinuzzi, postdoctorate candidate, Forest and Wildlife Ecology In the News: Organic, conventional dairies similar in cow health, milk Feedstuffs 8/21/14 Mentioned: Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science Study finds few differences in organic milk or health of dairy herds SustainableLife 8/21/14 Mentioned: Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science OSU study: Few differences in organic cow health, milk KTVZ.com 8/21/14 Mentioned: Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science Milwaukee custard stand owners, customers licked by rising prices Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 8/19/14 Quoted: Mark Stephenson, ...
Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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CALS in the News for the Week of August 16-22
Teaching & Advising

Moodle’s new look for fall semester

The newest version of Moodle sports a mobile-friendly interface and a new, streamlined, “look and feel” along with various improvements including: Ability to see all enrolled courses at-a-glance with optional “My Course Links” block Drag-and-drop functionality for activities New question types, including essays with answer templates, STACK questions and more. To learn about the new version of Moodle, please review the new features documentation or register to attend the upcoming “What’s New in Moodle” training noted below. Trainings Whether you are new to Moodle or an experienced instructor looking to better utilize your learning management system, there are a number of trainings coming up. Please remember to register if you can. Basic Overview of Moodle: August 19 10-12pm and August 20 10-12pm What's New in Moodle: August 20 11-12pm Quizzing Basics: August 19 1-2:15pm Gradebook Basics: August 19 2:30-3:45 Multimedia in Moodle: August 20 2:30-3:45 Case Scenario Builder in Moodle: August 20 1-2:15 pm New classes should be accessed through the UW portal or by going to: https://ay14-15.moodle.wisc.edu/ If you have any questions, please contact Tom Tabone at ttabone@wisc.edu.  
Monday, August 18th, 2014
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Moodle’s new look for fall semester
Student activities

Animal sciences senior gains first-hand research experience during FRI summer undergraduate program

[caption id="attachment_41795" align="alignleft" width="235"] Nicole Baker presents her research.[/caption] The Food Research Institute (FRI) Undergraduate Research Scholars presented their final research projects on Thursday, July 31. FRI Research Scholar Nicole Baker, a senior Animal Sciences major, conducted her summer research on the “Effect of prolonged cooling on Clostridium perfringens growth in a cured, ready-to-eat ham.” Baker’s research was sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors. “It is an honor to be able to contribute to improving food safety in the meat industry with my summer project,” Baker said. “The results of the project are expected to have an impact on the design of some processors' HACCP plans, which is very exciting for me.” Each summer, the FRI Summer Undergraduate Research Program supports talented UW–Madison students seeking a B.S. degree. The students work full-time on a food safety project in the laboratory of an FRI mentor, learn about food safety issues through weekly tutorials, and visit food processing facilities. The program culminates with the students’ final research presentations. Baker’s project focused on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Appendix B stabilization ...
Monday, August 18th, 2014
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Animal sciences senior gains first-hand research experience during FRI summer undergraduate program