UW spinoff helps boost new crop in cranberry country

The overcast sky is clearing as a wave of moderate thunderstorms moves off to the east. On rolling, sandy terrain northeast of Tomah, in the heart of cranberry country, rows of short shrubs called aronia have reached two feet in …

Breeding for flavor: The Seed to Kitchen Collaborative

On a sticky weekday morning in August, a new restaurant called Estrellón (“big star” in Spanish) is humming with advanced prep and wine deliveries. All wood and tile and Mediterranean white behind a glass exterior, the Spanish-style eatery is the …

Jordan Ebert: A next-generation dairy farmer

Even though UW-Madison undergrad Jordan Ebert grew up on a dairy farm, he wouldn’t describe himself as a farm kid. “In high school, I focused on school and sports,” says Ebert. “I didn’t have farm chores like other kids who …

CALS expands food systems course offerings

This fall, CALS undergrads have a new food systems-related course option: Foundations in Agroecology (AGRON/ENTOM/C&E SOC 375). This interdisciplinary course, which aims to engage students in the complex interactions of agricultural production and food systems through multiple lenses, is led …

Teachers conduct bioenergy research at UW-Madison during summer vacation

Just days after shepherding their science students out of the classroom and into the less structured days of summer, Cherrie Anne Maner and Lisa Sorlie were already traveling to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus to hone their research skills and …

The island of giant mice

Two thousand miles east of the coast of Argentina, Gough Island rises out of the Atlantic Ocean in an awesome display of ancient volcanic activity. A green carpet of windswept mosses and grasses covers 35 square miles of jagged peaks …

Another name on the wall: CALS vegetable breeders leave their mark

Tucked behind campus’ Walnut Street Greenhouses sits a nondescript brick building known colloquially as the “Carrot and Beet Lab.” It doesn’t look like much, but its exterior tells the story of an important campus legacy. Etched into its walls are …

Biochemistry 501 brings technology and flipped classroom to summer term

Biochemistry 501: Introduction to Biochemistry is being taught in the summer for the first time, and with the support of a grant to bring active learning and technology into the classroom, the class has all the right elements for success. …

Teen workshop participants turn their camera on northern Wisconsin flooding

Life sciences communication professor Patty Loew and instructor Don Stanley went into this summer’s Tribal Youth Media Workshop at the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation with the goal of helping participants learn how to tell environmental stories. But the torrential rains …