Application deadline extended for Grad/Professional and Capstone Certificate in Global Health

The UW-Madison Global Health Institute has extended the application deadline for the Graduate/Professional and Capstone Certificate in Global Health to Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The Certificate in Global Health program is designed to assist traditional and non-traditional students with interests in global health. The Graduate/Professional Certificate is available to graduate students as well as professional students in the health sciences. The Capstone Certificate is offered to individuals with a minimum of a Bachelors degree who have interest and/or experience in a global health-related field. The program is based in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and is administered by the campus-wide Global Health Institute at UW-Madison.

Through a nine-credit program of preparatory course work and culminating in a global health field experience, students will be prepared to address health disparities in a context of cultural diversity. Certificate recipients may serve populations internationally or work among the increasingly diverse population of Wisconsin and the United States. Through core courses and electives, students may focus their studies on health promotion, detection and treatment of disease, prevention and management of outbreaks, health policy, environmental health, or other interdisciplinary topics.

A detailed description of the certificate and an application form are available on our website, under the Education tab.

The application deadline for 2015-2016 has been extended to April 30, 2015.

Questions? Contact Betsy Teigland at the Global Health Institute,

Microbiology student wins Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student award

photo_patrick_dunnMicrobiology undergraduate Patrick Dunn will receive a 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student award presented by UW-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services. The award honors two adult UW-Madison undergraduate students each year whose determination and perseverance have enabled them to pursue academic work and contribute to the academic community through leadership and service. Read about the other winner here.

Patrick M. Dunn enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during high school and later suffered serious injuries during his third deployment in Iraq. He found work after an honorable discharge but eventually decided to fulfill a dream by going back to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Despite struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges related to his wartime service, Dunn has distinguished himself as a microbiology student, including as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of entomology professor Walt Goodman.

“Patrick is a model student, as evidenced by his Student Research Opportunity grant in microbiological sciences,” says Goodman. “His work ethic is outstanding; he has juggled several jobs while maintaining a full course load in microbiology.”

Dunn is the first veteran to win an Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award. He will be honored, and receive a $1000 scholarship, at the Continuing Studies awards and scholarships reception on April 28, 2015, in Union South.

Registration open for annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium

Registration is open for the 2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium, an annual UW event designed to help facilitate the sharing of educational innovations across campus. This year’s symposium, which runs May 20th & 21st at Union South, has the theme “Accelerate Active Learning.”

Participants will attend a variety of sessions that highlight research on student learning, active and engaged learning approaches, pedagogical and curricular innovations, and interactions between student experiences inside and outside the classroom.

More than 500 faculty, instructional staff and graduate students generally attend the two-day event. Reserve your spot by registering here:

For additional information, contact Sheila Stoeckel at

Teaching Academy Summer Institute call for applications

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 is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Teaching Academy Summer Institute, a four day boot-camp to improve teaching. The institute, which will be held June 1-4 at the UW Arboretum, will look at students, teaching goals, how to build a great course and how to take it forward.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit

Applications are due by April 25, 2015.

Four students receive Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) has awarded the 2015-16 Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships (WDGF). The College congratulates all of these fellowship recipients. We would like to thank the donors for making these awards possible and the committees that reviewed the nominations.

The estate of Elsa Thomsen established the Louis and Elsa Thomsen Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships to support graduate students who demonstrate excellence in research. Three fellowships are being awarded for 2015-16. The recipients of the fellowships and their respective degree programs include: Mengyi Cao, Microbiology Doctoral Training Program; Andrew Reidenbach, Integrated Program in Biochemistry; and Joseph Spraker, Plant Pathology.

The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board-Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for 2015-16 is awarded to Maribeth Kniffin, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Environment and Resources. The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board endowed an annual fellowship for the purpose of funding a graduate fellowship in potato or water research.

Our congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s WDGF awards and our thanks to the donors who made these awards possible.

CALS faculty to advise three Wisconsin Idea Fellowship undergrad projects

Among the six 2015-2016 Wisconsin Idea Fellowships awarded to UW-Madison undergraduate students, three will be overseen by CALS faculty mentors. The fellowship program, now in its 17th year, supports projects designed to solve problems identified by local or global communities.

All three of the CALS-led projects address issues in Africa. One aims to reduce the prevalence of waterborne disease in South Africa; another will explore insect-eating practices in Zambia to address hunger; and a third will work to empower women and improve sanitation through a soap-making training program in Uganda.

More about each of the projects:

Waterborne Disease Prevention in Kumanzimdaka, South Africa
Faculty Mentor: Michael Bell, Professor in Community & Environmental Sociology
Student: Theo Loo, Microbiology and Global Health

Currently, 40% of South Africa’s population lives in rural areas with little access to clean water, leading to illness and disease. In 2014, Theo and three classmates conducted a rapid health impact assessment that outlined several physical water source protection strategies to prevent waterborne diseases in Kumanzimdaka, South Africa.

This WIF project builds on that assessment with the goal of reducing the prevalence of waterborne diseases in Kumanzimdaka. The project will conduct water testing and water sterilization workshops, establish a community dialogue, and map houses, community centers, livestock feeding pastures and latrines. The project will then produce a recommendation for physical water source protection strategies, and has the potential to lay the groundwork for a systematic approach to reducing waterborne diseases across rural South Africa.

Expanding Entomophagy: Investigating potential barriers to mealworm consumption in Zambia and the United States
Faculty Mentor: Susan Paskewitz, Professor in Entomology
Student: Marjorie Kersten, Community and Environmental Sociology and Global Health

48% of Zambia’s population experienced food insecurity from 2012-2014, with December- March being the particularly difficult “hungry season” between crop production. But protein-rich insects provide a potential solution.

This WIF project will explore existing entomophagy (insect-eating) practices in Zambia through a survey focusing particularly on women, who are typically the primary contributors in developing world food systems. Based on the results, the project will develop complete meal plans that incorporate insects into traditional Zambian food.

The long-term goal of this project is to increase the acceptance and frequency of entomophagy within the Lusaka and Southern Province of Zambia and to improve food security and nutrition.

The Soap Project: Women’s Empowerment & Sanitation in Lweza, Uganda
Faculty Mentor: James Ntambi, Professor in Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences
Students: Mackenzie Carlson, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Corinne Praska, Genetics

On a previous trip to Lweza, Uganda, Mackenzie and Corinne had the opportunity to develop relationships with the community and learn about its needs. Women, in particular, expressed excitement for obtaining skills to make products that they could then sell to gain independence and economic stability. Local health care providers also expressed the need for better sanitation.

This WIF project aims to tackle both issues by launching a soap-making training program in the village. The project also aims to promote youth development, further educational opportunities and stimulate the local economy. Additionally, the project will develop marketing strategies to build long-term structures for the production and sales of local-made soap.

To read more about the fellowships and the other projects chosen this year, visit

April 7 event for graduate students: Careers in International Agriculture

Graduate students, are you interested in a career in international agriculture? Do you want to learn what a job in international agriculture entails? Would you like to ask an expert in international agriculture what types of qualifications recruiters are looking for?

If so, attend “Careers in International Agriculture: What employers are looking for and students need to know” on Tuesday April 7th at 4:30 pm in 351 Moore Hall. Our experts will be two representatives from international organizations in D.C. and John Ferrick, Director of CALS International Programs. Join the International Agricultural Colloquium for lively discussion and snacks while learning how to land your dream job in international agriculture.

See the event poster: Careers in International Agriculture

Chadbourne Residential College faculty leadership opportunities

Please find attached a unique leadership opportunity on campus – Faculty Director for the Chadbourne Residential College (CRC). Considered one of our High Impact educational practices, these programs are funded in part by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates and are co-sponsored by individual Schools & Colleges. More information about the CRC can be found at

If you are interested in learning more about the CRC community, feel free to join a gathering of CRC students and staff between 3:00-4:00 pm on Friday, April 17 for CRC Tea. These monthly community gatherings provide a comfortable context for connecting with CRC students. You could also drop by the Residence Life Office (101 Chadbourne) and be connected with student leaders to visit with in CRC.

-Elizabeth Quandt Hart
Assistant to Dean Karl Scholz
UW-Madison College of Letters and Science

CALS biochemistry grad student chosen to attend science advocacy workshop in D.C.

Danielle LohmanDanielle Lohman, a Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry, is one of two UW-Madison students recently chosen to attend the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering 2015 Workshop in Washington, D.C. in April. Lohman is a member of the Pagliarini lab, which investigates the biochemical basis for mitochondrial dysfunction.

The workshop, sponsored by a coalition of scientific groups, is organized to educate students about the role of science in policy-making, to introduce them to the federal policy-making process and to empower them to become a voice for basic research. The day after the workshop, students will meet with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff members to put into practice what they learn.

The graduate students chosen to attend were selected by the Graduate School through a competitive process based on their interest and involvement in science policy and advocacy.

Find out more about the workshop at or

Request for proposals: CIAS mini-grants for graduate student research

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) invites graduate student applications for the center’s 2015 summer mini-grant program, which is made possible through a generous donation from the Single Step Foundation. These awards will provide up to $2,000 for graduate student research. Undergraduate research is not eligible for funding.

For more information, visit: