Tim Donohue, the power of microbes and the pull of Rockaway Beach

Long before Tim Donohue became a CALS bacteriology professor and the director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), he was a teenage beach cleaner and would-be biologist growing up on the boardwalk of New York City’s Rockaway Beach. …

Bolstering the Bees: UW Scientists Contribute to State’s Pollinator Protection Plan effort

Wisconsin’s honey bees help support an $88 billion agricultural enterprise and play an important role in ecosystems throughout the state. But our bees face challenges. Wisconsin lost around 60 percent of its managed honey bee hives due to extreme cold …

CALS to host campus-wide microbiome symposium on April 20

Please mark your calendars for Exploring Microbiome Opportunities in Agricultural and Life Sciences, a CALS-led symposium dedicated to exploring the role of the microbiome in biological research across the UW-Madison campus. The one-day symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Additional …

Campus canid update, including new way to report sightings

The following is an update on our UW campus foxes and coyotes submitted in late December by Marcus Mueller, a wildlife ecology graduate student involved in the Urban Canid Project. The project, led by CALS wildlife ecologist David Drake, seeks to better understand urban canids and help support their …

CIAS leading effort to improve food transportation systems

Moving food from rural areas to large metropolitan regions is an expensive proposition. People across the supply chain, from regional shippers and distributors to planners and food activists, are looking for ways to reduce costs and increase efficiencies while meeting …

Genetics student helps found new UW undergrad research journal

CALS student Eddie Ruiz, a junior majoring in genetics, is one of the co-founders of The Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology (JUST), a new journal that will highlight the research of UW-Madison undergraduates. Ruiz and fellow co-founder Stephanie Seymour, a junior studying molecular …

When less is more: CALS down to five undergrad degree options

At this winter’s commencement ceremony, CALS will graduate more students than in years past, while offering fewer degrees. How can that be? This apparent conundrum is the result of a simplified curriculum adopted by the college in the spring of …

2015: CALS Year in Review

The end of the year is a great time to look back and reflect on the accomplishments of the CALS community. Here are some of the stories that made 2015 a memorable year for the college: CALS adds six new …

Farmers benefit from UW – Vita Plus connections

It’s a crisp fall day as Augusta Hagen drives south of Monroe, Wisconsin into Illinois. Mahon Farms Dairy is just across the state line in Winslow and sits amid a landscape of cornfields and fall foliage, punctuated with wind turbines. …