A legacy of learning: Three class of ’86 Badger moms watch their kids graduate

The boom boxes and big hair of 1986 have given way to today’s Twitter and “Game of Thrones.” But through three decades of change, tradition still matters. Three women who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and …

Helping Wisconsin farmers, one potato at a time

The plant disease known as late blight of potato is infamous for its devastating effects on Ireland in the mid-19th century: Its catastrophic impact on potato crops led to the Great Famine, a period of widespread starvation and mass emigration …

CALS horticulturalists help sow seeds of community in northern Wisconsin

Just as some seeds yield tomatoes, carrots and lettuce, others grow community and partnership. In a greenhouse in the northern Wisconsin town of Park Falls, all of those seeds are taking root with the help of CALS horticulture graduate student …

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas draws on the increasing power of citizen science

Slipping into a patch of woods in western Dane County, Jim Berkelman ignores the swarming mosquitoes and strains to sort through the early- morning chatter of warblers, robins and vireos and the nearby drum of a pileated woodpecker. “I’m hearing …

Kate Griswold: Poised for life’s 40 chances

People have around 40 productive years during adulthood to make a positive impact on the world, according to Howard G. Buffett in his book, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. It’s a concept that Kate Griswold, a senior …

Students’ experience with commodity trading translates into jobs

Using real-world commodity-trading software and armed with simulated trading experience in agricultural markets, some University of Wisconsin-Madison students are finding paths to jobs after graduation. “We prepare students by providing the knowledge of the trading software used by professionals and …

Concussion research charges ahead using fruit fly model

As a linebacker for the UW–Madison Badgers, Chris Borland made a name for himself as a hard-hitting tackler. His senior year, he was selected as a first-team All-American as well as the top linebacker and defensive player in the Big …

Teachers and mentors inspire a forestry career

Monroe, Wisconsin native Logan Wells credits his many teachers and mentors for helping him develop his academic strengths and an interest in forestry. Wells says their enduring patience and endless encouragement gave him the confidence to “dream big” and pursue his …