UW Libraries: Changes to placing requests, reserves and ILL

UW-Madison Libraries, along with all UW System libraries, will migrate to a new Library Services Platform in early 2015. While most library resources and services will remain unaffected by this change, there are three critical issues and dates to bring to your attention.

  • Placing Requests for Materials. Beginning January 8, 2015 the “Place Request” button in the Library’s online catalog will be disabled until migration is complete on February 9, 2015. This affects requests for materials from UW-Madison or UW System libraries only. Plan now to request these materials earlier than January 8, or use an Interlibrary Loan request during the migration window.
  • Faculty Placing Materials in Course Reserves. Reserve processing will be impacted by the migration. To minimize this impact and ensure we are able to obtain and process needed materials, we ask that all reserve requests for the spring semester be submitted as early as possible. This includes materials placed on reserve in previous semesters – items are not retained on reserve for subsequent semesters. If you have questions about reserves at Steenbock Library, please contact Kathryn Maloney (kathryn.maloney@wisc.edu).
  • Interlibrary Loan. Starting January 21, 2015 you will need to log in to your Interlibrary Loan account to view the list of materials charged out to your via Interlibrary Loan. These items will no longer be listed through your Library or My MadCat account after this date.

We regret any inconvenience these changes may cause and ask for your patience as we work to integrate all UW System libraries for the first time in our history. We are confident that once the migration is complete faculty, students, and staff across the entire UW System will benefit from the capabilities and features offered by the new services platform.

Please contact Steenbock Library (asksteenbock@library.wisc.edu; 262-1371) with any questions or concerns you might have.

Call for proposals: 2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium

The 2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium aims to bring us together to share ideas, strengthen collaboration, and take risks so we can accelerate progress toward excellent educational experiences for our students and for ourselves.

We seek proposals for engaging sessions and posters that spotlight active learning in all corners of UW–Madison, for example:

1. Approaches that change the learning environment of traditional classrooms by rethinking the role of engagement, research, or technology;

2. Learning innovations that span disciplines;

3. Collaborations that enable us to be more effective and efficient;

4. Student engagement in new modes of learning that augment and enhance their educational experiences; or

5. Models that improve learning outcomes and academic achievement for all students.

Faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are all welcome to submit proposals to lead a session or present a poster.

Proposed presentations should be 60 minutes long and feature clear plans for the audience to participate in the session. Posters submissions should have a clear purpose and connect to the symposium theme. Presentation and poster submission forms are available here.

Contact Sheila Stoeckel, Co-Chair, at sheila.stoeckel@wisc.edu, if you need more information.

Forestry club says “thanks” for another great tree sale

The UW Forestry Club would like to thank all of its supporters for another successful Christmas tree sale. Many of you have purchased trees for years, even decades! Your generosity will help undergraduate forestry students participate in professional development activities, which will prepare them for leadership in natural resource management. We look forward to seeing you next year for our 42nd annual sale.
Donnie Radcliffe, UW Forestry Club President 
Scott Bowe, Faculty Advisor

Rachel Dvorak named Marshall Scholarship finalist

Rachel Dvorak, a senior majoring in biochemistry, was a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, one of the top awards in education. Dvorak hopes to receive a doctorate in neurology, as well as a medical degree, in order to conduct research in neurology. She aims to develop treatments and prevention methods for dementia-related diseases and disorders. She is president of the UW-Madison Campus Lions Club and serves as a peer tutor in several subjects — an unusual amount of extracurricular activity for someone who has already begun a demanding research career.

ARS internships – apply by Dec. 5

Summer 2015 applications due December 5, 2014
The objective of the Agricultural Research Stations’ Summer Internship program is to foster relationships between UW-Madison departments and station personnel. At the same time, the opportunity provides UW Madison undergraduate students a chance to become involved in applied research projects as they consider their career plans. These internships should be used as a recruitment tool and have a direct benefit to a student. Awarded internships provide students with an opportunity to see how large farms are managed, the responsibilities associated with a large farm, and the research activities occurring on each farm.

To be considered for funding, the faculty member must have an active Hatch, Hatch Multistate, or McIntire-Stennis project during the summer of 2015.

Five internships will be awarded for year 2015, each with $5000 of student labor (approximately 15 weeks, limited to UW-Madison undergraduate students) and $500 of supplies to be spent at the station on the student project. Last year, projects were awarded at Arlington, Hancock, Prairie du Sac and Spooner.

For more information, see the Agricultural Research Station (ARS) Internship.

Please direct all inquiries to Michell Sass, (608) 265-9534 or msass@cals.wisc.edu .

Science Curriculum Internationalization Awards deadline Dec. 15

Awards of up to $10,000 are now available to support UW–Madison to faculty and instructional academic staff members in the sciences who wish to incorporate international content into one or more undergraduate science courses.

Deadline: Monday, December 15, 2014

Special consideration will be given to proposals that:

  • make use of innovative technology (e.g. data visualization, online case scenarios, connected classrooms)
  • demonstrate collaboration between two or more departments/units
    expose students to aspects of scholarly research
  • substantially integrate visiting international scholars into one or more undergraduate courses

Non-tenured faculty, academic teaching staff, and new applicants are encouraged to apply. More information: http://go.wisc.edu/8e962k

Encourage students to participate in International Education Week

The UW-Madison is gearing up to celebrate International Education Week November 17-21, 2014. The special week, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

During International Education Week, UW-Madison students are encouraged to:

  • Talk to their advisors about how they can fit study abroad into their academic plans.
  • Make an appointment to visit the CALS Study Abroad office to learn about the variety of programs offered throughout the academic year.
  • Participate in one or more of the campus and community events listed here: http://intl-institute.wisc.edu/iew/events.htm

Students often find that international experiences are among the most meaningful and memorable experiences they have during college. In summer 2014, biology major Bri Murphy spent eight weeks abroad in Tecpán, a rural town in Guatemala. She helped with education and outreach in the agriculture and medical branches of an NGO focused on rural development.

“This internship provided an invaluable opportunity to apply my classroom knowledge, and to contribute a comprehensive approach to development,” says Murphy. “While I was pushed out of my comfort zone, being able to work on the global scale offered a chance for me to grow and to gain a perspective that is difficult to achieve within the borders of a developed nation.”

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Bri Murphy (center) spent eight weeks in rural Guatemala doing an agricultural development internship in summer 2014.

UW’s Global Health Institute offers a range of awards and grants

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute is pleased to announce four funding opportunities for innovative research in global health.

These Global Health Institute awards and grants are dedicated to furthering the Global Health Institute’s mission of fostering a deeper understanding of the complex determinants of health and disease for people, animals and ecosystems. Awardees will work locally and globally within and across disciplines to advance health and well-being for today and the future.

With the following awards and grants, the Global Health Institute looks forward to empowering the outstanding work and promise of University of Wisconsin-Madison students, staff, and faculty.


Graduate Students

Faculty and Staff

The application deadline for all proposals is 5:00 p.m. on January 12, 2015. In addition, Seed Grant applicants must submit a letter of intent by 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2014.

For more information, please contact the Global Health Institute at 265-9299 or globalhealth@ghi.wisc.edu

Classroom groups welcome to visit HungerU mobile exhibit next week

HungerU_Logo_grayscaleUW-Madison professors are invited to take classroom groups to visit the HungerU mobile educational classroom when it stops on the UW-Madison campus next week. The goal of the touring exhibit, which has already stopped at over 45 universities across the country over the past two years, is to build awareness of global hunger issues and the critical role modern agriculture plays in putting food on people’s tables.

The HungerU trailer, which expands into a 40×40-foot classroom space, features interactive displays, games and other educational materials designed and staffed by HungerU crew members. It will be stationed in front of the Chazen Museum on East Campus Mall on Nov. 6 and 7 and will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on both days.

Instructors who plan to bring their students to the exhibit are encouraged to make advanced arrangements by contacting Malorie Cardon at msc@nottocmarketing.com.

The HungerU Tour is a special project of Farmers Feeding the World and the Farm Journal Foundation. UW-Madison is one of 17 tour stops the project will make throughout the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest this fall. The visit was arranged by CALS and two student organizations: the Collegiate Farm Bureau at UW-Madison and Collegiate FFA.

To find out more about the event visit HungerU.com, facebook.com/HungerU and twitter.com/hungerutour.