Safety is job #1

You name it, CALS employees face it: animals large and small; electrical equipment of every size and age; steam and water pressure machines; indoors and outdoors; weather good and bad; heavy machinery; a menagerie of power equipment; plug ins; breakers; lifts and hoists; dust, mold, and vapors…the list goes on.

Pamela Kostle, University Health Services fits a safety mask for ARS employee during the Hancock safety training day. Photos by Sevie Kenyon

Each piece of equipment and every situation poses a potential personal safety hazard. That’s why Jeff Breuer, Agricultural Research Station (ARS) safety director, works hard to assure CALS employees working for ARS have the proper safety gear and routine safety training to do the important and sometimes hazardous work for CALS. Each season he organizes a series of safety training events to provide the needed experiences.

Lockout devices displayed during Lockout/tagout safety training at the Hancock ARS employee safety training day. Photos by Sevie Kenyon

One such event was recently held at the Hancock Agricultural Research Station. The sessions that day included lockout/tagout training; respirator fitting; electrical and fire safety. Lockout/tagout is the process of shutting down a machine in order to safely perform maintenance or other work. Following standardized lockout/tagout procedures assures nobody comes along and turns the machine on while the service is being performed.

More pictures from the Hancock ARS training session are found here: flic.kr/s/aHskP5Y6Vy

CALS hosts Meat Animal Evaluation Triathlon

Students evaluating swine in the Stock Pavilion. Photos by Sevie Kenyon, UW-Madison CALS

UW-Madison CALS hosted the Annual Meat Animal Evaluation Triathlon  at the Stock Pavilion Feb. 17-18, 2017. The event brings undergraduate students together from as far away as Florida and Kansas with teams from 14 universities including UW-Madison and UW-River Falls in preparation for the national meat animal contest.

Making calculation during live animal evaluation in the Stock Pavilion, Photos by Sevie Kenyon, UW-Madison CALS

Bernie O’Rourke, UW-Madison Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, explains CALS has a deep history with this contest as emeritus animal science professor, Bob Kauffman, was instrumental in getting the competition started 53 years ago. She adds that the contest is referred to as a “triathlon” because of its three parts: evaluation of live animals (sheep, swine, beef); phenotypic genetic data evaluation; and finally, meat grading where carcasses are ranked and priced according to market standards.

“This is a practice event for the national competition,” O’Rourke says. “The experience is useful in learning about teamwork, communications, and decision-making – all things employers look for.” After graduation, O’Rourke says the students are better prepared to return to farms, work in the business, or even go on to veterinary or medical school.

Head and shoulder pictures March 8

Portraits done painlessly at the upcoming CALS head & shoulders photo studio session on Wednesday, March 8 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in room 38, Agricultural Hall.

You need these pictures in so many ways – websites, LinkedIn accounts, conference programs and posters, departmental directory, UW Experts database, Facebook, and other social media. For example, this is what we mean: https://flic.kr/s/aHskNy5Sje

The session is first-come, first-serve and is open to CALS faculty, staff, and graduate students. Here’s how it works: show up looking your best, sign in, get your picture taken, and in a few days you’ll be notified by email your picture is ready on CALS Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/uwmadisoncals/). Download and share as you please from there. CALS needs these pictures, too. But so if you’re shy about our use of your picture on Flickr, you’re excused from this awesome opportunity.

Some advice to keep it painless: wear a long-sleeve solid color shirt or blouse. A button-up shirt or blouse with collar open at the neck is most flattering. Cameras love blue; just saying. Makeup that reduces shiny skin also is useful. Try to avoid garish, loud, and busy. That tropical print shirt from Hawaii? Probably not you best bet.

See you Wednesday, March 8 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in room 38, Agricultural Hall.

Invitation to participate in UW-Madison Science Expeditions 2017

Science researchers and outreachers are invited to participate in the 15th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions on March 31 and April 1-2, 2017.

Why participate in UW-Madison Science Expeditions? UW-Madison Science Expeditions is an annual campus-wide science open house: it’s an opportunity for all of us to welcome everyone to their public, land-grant research university.

This campus-wide open house features three types of programs:

  1. Exploration Stations: hands-on exhibits where you share insights into your research.
  2. Science Spectaculars: presentations that engage a larger audience, usually in an auditorium.
  3. Destinations for Exploration: tours or Open Houses of venues across campus.

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).

If you know others who may be interested, please forward this information to them. Thank you for considering this invitation to participate in the 2017 UW Science Expeditions!

Ana Garic, ana.garic@wisc.edu  265-1861
Sue Gaard, sgaard@wisc.edu  263-6352
Kevin Niemi, kjniemi@wisc.edu 262-5480
Laura Hogan, lhh@medicine.wisc.edu  262-3234
Val Blair, VBlair@morgridge.org  216-5102
Travis Tangen, ttangen@warf.org  316-4385
Cheryl Redman, redman@biotech.wisc.edu  265-2019
Andrew Lokuta, ajlokuta@wisc.edu 263-7488
Tom Zinnen, zinnen@biotech.wisc.edu  265-2420
Liz Jesse, ejesse2@wisc.edu  920-564-0374

http://www.science.wisc.edu/events-science-expeditions

Lakeshore Nature Preserve student engagement grant proposals due Mar. 1

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee, a shared governance committee dedicated to overseeing the management of the 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve, is pleased to announce small grant opportunities (up to $1000 each) for undergraduates and faculty or staff working with undergraduates to facilitate the use of the Preserve for educational purposes. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Funds should be expended by Oct. 31, 2017 when a final report is due.

For more information, view this request for proposals (PDF):
https://ecals.cals.wisc.edu/files/2017/01/StudentEngagementGrant_17.pdf

Questions may be directed to Laura Wyatt, Preserve Program Manager, via laura.wyatt@wisc.edu.

 

 

Opportunities for undergraduates in collaborative research

Steven M. Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, recently shared the following message about Undergraduate Research Scholarships:

One of the things we value most about UW-Madison is our success in supporting and involving undergraduates in collaborative research.  This is an important high-impact educational practice that can enrich the Wisconsin Experience for undergraduates.  The Provost’s Office is especially pleased to announce that scholarships and fellowships are available to encourage and support that work.  Note that in some cases the faculty/staff mentor may also receive funds to support the collaborative research effort.  Please bring the following scholarships to the attention of qualified undergraduate students.

Applications are available via the websites listed below.  Questions may be directed to Julie Stubbs, Director of the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office (6 Ingraham Hall, 265-2428, awards@provost.wisc.edu).

SOPHOMORE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. Approximately 15 awards are available, funded by grants from the Brittingham Fund and the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs (e.g., supplies, faculty or student travel related to the project). At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2017, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is February 27, 2017. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the UAA website.
http://awards.advising.wisc.edu/sophomore-research-fellowship/

HILLDALE UNDERGRADUATE/FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AND HOLSTROM ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members.  Each provides a grant of $3,000 to the student and $1,000 to the faculty/staff mentor to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. The McPherson Eye Research Institute will continue to sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for vision based research (including bioengineering, imaging, data visualization, ophthalmology and general biology of the eye). The application deadline is February 13, 2017. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria, and FAQs can be found at the UAA website.
http://awards.advising.wisc.edu/hilldale-undergraduatefaculty-research-fellowship/
http://awards.advising.wisc.edu/holstrom-environmental-scholarship/

WISCONSIN IDEA UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three (3) academic credits, a stipend of up to $3,000 to a student ($5,000 for a group of up to five students) and up to $2,000 to help offset project related costs. The application deadline for 2017-18 fellowships is February 10, 2017. The on-line application, instructions and FAQs can be found on the Morgridge Center for Public Service website.
http://morgridge.wisc.edu/students-wisconsin-idea-fellowships.htm

UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS provide $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis, at UW-Madison.  Students must be enrolled in a degree program during the 2016-17 academic year (December 2016 graduates may apply).  Applications are due March 8, 2017.  Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the UAA website.  http://awards.advising.wisc.edu/university-book-store-award/

Your role as faculty or staff mentors is vital.  Thank you for your continuing support of the undergraduates who work with you in your research.

In memoriam: Thomas F. Selk

583c57d0e5342.imageThomas “Tom” Fredrick Selk, age 45, of Randolph, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Selk was employed at the Emmons Blaine Dairy Cattle Research Center at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station since 2012. He was born on Sept. 19, 1971, in Beaver Dam, the son of Vernon and Joan (Gove) Selk.

For more about Selk’s life, please read his obituary on madison.com.

Head & shoulders portrait session on Wednesday, Dec. 14

Get a picture of your mug at the upcoming CALS head & shoulders photo studio session on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 38 Agricultural Hall. A good photo can come in handy in so many ways – websites, LinkedIn account, conference programs and posters, departmental directory, UW Experts database, Facebook and other social media. This is what we mean: https://flic.kr/s/aHskK6hKc5

The session is first-come, first-serve and is open to CALS faculty, staff, and graduate students. Think of it as portraits made painless. This is how it works: show up looking your best, sign in, get your picture taken, in a few days you’ll be notified by email your picture is ready on the CALS Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/uwmadisoncals/). Download and share as you please from there. CALS will maintain your picture on its Flickr for use when you win that big award and an image is needed for your adoring public, for example.

Some advice to keep it painless: wear long sleeve solid color shirt or blouse. A button up shirt or blouse with collar open at the neck is most flattering. Cameras love blue if you have something. Makeup that reduces shiny skin also is useful. Try to avoid garish, loud, and busy. If you show up wearing an ugly Santa shirt we may send you home. But that never happens.

In memoriam: Thomas Drendel, retired Marshfield ARS superintendent

Tom Drendel, retired superintendent of the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, lost his battle with cancer on October 13, 2016 at the age of 63.

Drendel was born in Wheaton, IL and graduated from Hinsdale Central High School. He earned a degree in Animal Science from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Dairy Science from the University of Illinois. He worked for UW-Extension as an Agriculture Agent in Marinette and Jefferson Counties and as a feed consultant in Iowa. Drendel became the Superintendent of the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station in 1985 and remained there until his retirement in 2009. He continued to work part-time at the Station for another year and then became a Safety Specialist with the National Farm Medicine Center before completely retiring in the spring of 2012.

For more on Drendel’s life, please read his obituary.

Get a head & shoulders portrait on Wednesday, Sept. 21

Your mug is in demand. Every conference, web site, Linkedn account, brochure, proceedings, and departmental directory demands a likeness of you. Even Facebook and other social media cry out for a good picture of your face.

To help you meet the demand, CALS will offer a head & shoulders photo studio session Wednesday, Sept. 21 in room 38 Agriculture Hall from 1:30 to 4:00 P.M. It’s your chance to spiffy up and get that head & shoulders picture you know you need. By way of example, this is what we mean:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uwmadisoncals/albums/72157666768547972

The session is first-come, first-served and is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Think of it as portraits made painless. This is how it works: show up looking your best, sign in, get your picture taken, in a few days you’ll be notified by email your picture is ready on the CALS Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/uwmadisoncals/). Download and share as you please from there. CALS will maintain your picture on its Flickr for use when you win that big award and an image is needed for your adoring public, for example.

Some advice for the most painless portraits: wear long sleeve solid color shirt or blouse. A button up shirt or blouse with collar open at the neck is most flattering. Cameras love blue if you have something. Makeup that reduces shinny skin also is useful. Try to avoid garish, loud, and busy. If you show up wearing a completely inappropriate tee shirt we may send you home. But that never happens.