CALS students visit AbbVie pharmaceutical company


A big question for college students is: What comes next? CALS students were among a group that took a career prospecting trip to AbbVie Careers, a pharmaceutical company based in North Chicago, Illinois. The visit included a tour and discussion with AbbVie employees. A photo from the tour portion of the visit is available on the CALS Facebook Page here.

Course materials development opportunity: Integrating statistics into classes

Do you want to integrate some quantitative learning into your course?
Do your students struggle to understand some course concepts that are grounded in statistical thinking?
Would you like to develop new materials for your course that address quantitative learning objectives, and would benefit from a team to help you?

If you answered yes to any of the above, consider joining the Spring 2016 course “Instructional Materials Development (IMD): Integrating Statistics into Courses” offered by the Delta Program. In this course, you will work with a team of STEM/SBE and statistics graduate students and/or postdocs to develop, implement, and assess a set of course materials to meet a need in your course. Materials development will be grounded in the foundational knowledge from disciplinary and educational research literature.

You would benefit most from this project-based course if:

  • You teach a course in the STEM or social science disciplines
  • You have, or want to develop, quantitative/statistical learning objectives
  • You can attend a weekly course meeting with your development team

Please contact Jess Maher at, if you are interested in learning more.

Call for proposals: 2016 Teaching Academy Summer Institute

Interested in Teaching and Learning? Need time to reflect on your teaching? Need time to develop or restructure a course or program sequence? Want to interact with others passionate about higher education?

The Teaching Academy has just the thing for you and your colleagues.

The Teaching Academy is pleased to announce the 16th Annual Summer
Institute on Teaching and Learning, a four day boot-camp to redesign a
course. We will look at who our students are, what our teaching goals
are, how to build a great course, and how to implement it all

The institute will be held for four days during the week of June 6-10,
2016 at the peaceful UW-Madison Arboretum ‹ a great place to reflect on
teaching and rejuvenate your passion for education. The typical day
runs from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

If you are interested or know of someone who is, please visit our
webpage for more information and apply by April
25, 2016. We are now accepting applications, with decisions being made
and notifications sent out in late April 2016.

For more information, contact Sue Wenker at

Alltech Young Scientist competition offers grad school slot, postdoc job as prizes

The Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program features the world’s largest agriscience competition. It offers the brightest scientific thinkers from colleges and universities across the globe an opportunity to compete at the highest level and be rewarded for their innovative research. Students are encouraged to join Alltech in pursuit of solutions in animal health and nutrition, crop science, agriculture analytical methods, food chain safety and traceability, human health and nutrition and other agriscience-related sectors, while also gaining valuable experience with the company’s global team.

The first phase of the competition is the nomination. For this phase, students must obtain nomination from professors to participate in the AYS program. A professor nominates students by filling out the AYS nomination form. Nominated students submit an agriscience research paper to enter the regional competition.

Phase two of the competition is the regional competition. Winners of the regional competition go on to the global competition, which involves an all-expenses-paid trip to the Alltech Young Scientist Discovery Week in Lexington, Kentucky.

Prizes: In addition to awarding the winners cash prizes, Alltech will offer the undergraduate winner a fully funded 4-year PhD program, to be agreed upon with the appropriate university and Alltech. The company will also offer the graduate student winner a post-doc position in an Alltech Bioscience Center (in Dunboyne, Ireland or Lexington, Kentucky, US) for up to 2 years.

Here are the relevant materials:

Note: Alltech does not take ownership of the research papers that students submit, but reserves the right to use only the title and abstract for promotional purposes.

For more information, contact Emma Offenburger at

Early-Career Faculty: Call for Applications to MTLE Faculty Fellows Program

The UW Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) program invites early-career faculty to apply for the next MTLE Faculty Fellowship, beginning in January 2016.

The goal is to support fast, effective, and efficient starters in teaching and tenure at UW-Madison. Over the course of a year, each cohort of MTLE Faculty Fellows engages in a modular curriculum designed to quickly connect Fellows with the many specialized programs across campus focused on teaching excellence, to facilitate innovation in their classes with learner-centered practices proven to enhance learning, and to foster a cross-campus community of practice shown to live well beyond Fellows’ time in MTLE. Through this program, Fellows report greater satisfaction and impact with their teaching, resulting in an efficiency that affords them more time for research, outreach, and service. In addition, Fellows gather evidence about teaching success to use in their tenure dossiers.

START DATE: January 13 (full day) and January 15 (half day) for Faculty Institute on Teaching

Please download this MTLE_Call_for_Applications_document or visit the MTLE website for additional detailsOnline applications are due November 15, 2015.

Questions? Visit the MTLE website or contact Nick Balster (faculty director) or Megan Schmid (associate director) at

Register now for the 2015 Plant Sciences Symposium

psgcRegistration is now open for the 5th annual Plant Sciences Symposium, organized by the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Council (PSGSC). This year’s theme is “Leveraging Data in Plant Sciences: In Vivo, In Vitro, In Silico.” Talks will cover various modern approaches to plant research, including remote sensing; genome editing; new phenotyping methods; plant pathogen outbreak modeling; genomic prediction; and more.

Symposium Details:
When: 7:30am-4:30pm, Nov. 5, 2015
Where: Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, H.F. DeLuca Forum
Registration: Due by Oct. 29, Open to all members of UW-Madison community
Cost: Free

Please visit the PSGSC website for more information, or download the symposium program (PDF).

For those who are unable to attend in person, the symposium will also be broadcast live online. More details about the webcast will be posted on the PSGSC website closer to the event date.


Engaged Scholarship Roundtable on Oct. 28

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 12.46.28 PMAn Engaged Scholarship Roundtable event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the Red Gym (TITU). Kathy Cramer, Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and Political Science faculty member, will be moderating a panel of speakers on the topic Incorporating Engaged Scholarship into the Tenure Dossier. Panelists include Tracy Schroepfer from Social Work, Sam Dennis from Landscape Architecture, and Adena Rissman from Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

Panelists will discuss how they purposefully integrated engaged scholarship into the tenure dossier, including developing a long-term plan for utilizing engaged scholarship, assessing community impacts, and documenting their scholarship as well as identifying impediments they encountered along the way and how those impediments were resolved.

All are welcome to attend.

The aspen and the caterpillar: Student-made video highlights ecological impacts of climate change

Entomology graduate students Michael Falk and Jeremy Hemberger put together this impressive video to illustrate Falk’s graduate research project. Shot on a Nikon D7000 digital video camera and edited using Adobe Premier Pro software, the video is the duo’s submission for the Entomological Society of America’s student video competition.

Their submission, which describes Falk’s research project and why it’s important, features footage of Falk doing fieldwork at sites near Portage and at Kemp Natural Resources Station, plus a fun stop-motion chalkboard drawing segment. Here’s a synopsis of his research (for those who prefer text), submitted by Falk:

As our climate continues to warm, how will temperature-sensitive ecological processes be affected? My research uses the relationship between early-spring insect defoliators and trembling aspen (a common host tree) to address this question. These particular insects benefit most from hatching in synchrony with aspen leaf flush, as younger leaves provide better nutrition than older leaves. Our lab groups (Dr. Ken Raffa & Dr. Rick Lindroth), however, recently discovered that warmer spring temperatures can disrupt the timing of this relationship. I am looking at the ecological ramifications of these shifts in synchrony, and assessing the potential impacts on both insects and trees. Through my research, I hope to provide more information on an essential, yet poorly understood topic: the ecological outcomes of climate change.

The video is also available on the Entomological Society’s YouTube page.

Falk is doing his graduate training in the labs of Ken Raffa and Rick Lindroth. Hemberger is in Claudio Gratton’s lab.

Food and agriculture prize for student inventors

The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for the most inventive students to apply for the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The competition is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students nationwide who have tested prototypes of tech-based inventions in four categories: food and agriculture, consumer devices, healthcare, and transportation.

Graduate student winners will receive $15K and winning undergraduate teams will win $10K. All winners will be rewarded with national media exposure and exposure to the investment and business communities, among other benefits.

Applications are open now through October 13, 2015.

For more information, contact Marlena Martinez Love, Awards Program Officer, at 617-258-5798 or

Call for proposals: Student orgs encouraged to apply for Kemper Knapp grants

The Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee is soliciting proposals for special projects taking place in the 2016-2017 academic year. The committee encourages registered student organizations to apply, but departmental/program co-sponsorship is required.

Knapp grants are usually in the range of $500 to $5,000. According to the terms of the original bequest, the committee favors projects that cross departmental lines and have an impact on the educational and cultural life of the university community, particularly projects that benefit undergraduate students.

When considering requests for funds, the committee keeps in mind the spirit of the will of Kemper K. Knapp. Included is the following language:

In general it is my wish that such funds be used for purposes outside the regular curriculum of the university . . . to cultivate in the student body ideals of honesty, sincerity, earnestness, tolerance, and social and political obligations.

The deadline for applications is Monday, October 26, 2015. For application instructions and additional information on the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest, please visit the Secretary of the Faculty website at

Knapp funds are not often used for purposes that can and should be supported elsewhere, such as from regular grants or research funding, from fees charged for performances, or from the regular university budget. Nor is the committee inclined to support exhibitions or lectures because other campus committees (e.g., Anonymous Fund Committee, Lectures Committee) have them as a central funding target.