UW-Madison launches Microbiome Initiative

We are not alone. Each of us carries a wide array of microbial species that outnumber our cells tenfold. Recent studies have shown that the complement of microorganisms, the microbiome, is an important determinant of human health and disease. The …

From space to the field: Farmers test new technology to better predict crop yields

Images captured from satellites orbiting 440 miles above the Earth tell a powerful, richly detailed story about crop yields—revealing the lushness or deficits of fields with surprising precision. With the help of about 100 farmers so far as part of …

Job outlook is bright for new CALS graduates

With graduation comes a surge of young professionals seeking new employment, and the future is looking bright for the latest batch of agricultural and life science students. While many CALS undergraduates go on to earn master’s degrees, hiring opportunities are promising for …

2016: 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 2016 a memorable year for the college: Kemp station celebrated grand …

Fast Plants Program’s new varieties are tailored for classroom use

A UW–Madison program built around plants that mature quickly enough to engage the scientific curiosity of elementary through college students is releasing two new varieties that make the popular plants even better suited to classrooms. The Wisconsin Fast Plants are …

UW scientists, students give a boost to science education in local schools

Genetics professor Audrey Gasch loves questions. It’s her job as a scientist to ask questions and then go seek answers. But it’s also her passion to help others ask questions, including some of Madison’s youngest future scientists. Gasch joined the …

Green Therapy: Redesigning landscapes to heal body and soul – drawing on CALS expertise

The teens in the rehab program can’t have drugs, so they use the waterfall instead. That’s how Lily Mank BSLA’15 explains the fact that when patients first visit the healing garden at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson adolescent substance abuse facility …