Encourage students to participate in the CALS Week Scavenger Hunt

The CALS Student Association is asking that CALS faculty and staff please encourage students to sign up for this coming Friday’s #findCALS Scavenger Hunt. A description of this fun student event, which is also posted on the CALS Week webpage, is below:

Join your fellow students in a brand-new CALS Week tradition—the 1st annual CALS Scavenger Hunt! Teams of 5-6 will compete for prizes courtesy of Babcock Hall Dairy Store (ice cream), Bucky’s Butchery (meat), the CALS Office of External Relations (ABCs of CALS poster), and more. To participate, sign your team up by using this webform. Then on Friday, April 25, monitor the CALS Student Association’s twitter account—@CALS_SC—from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Each hour, on the hour, the account will tweet out a hint (for a total of 8) that will guide you through the scavenger hunt. Sometimes you’ll be asked to answer a CALS-related trivia question. Other times, your team will need to recreate an historic photo—finding the original site, posing and taking a photo. Just send your answers and photos back to @CALS_SC via Twitter and use the hashtag #findCALS. When the CALS Scavenger Hunt is over, around 5:30pm, everybody—whether they participated in the hunt or not—is invited to Ag Hall for some Babcock ice cream. Be sure to stop by for a scoop!

Wednesday is Ag Day on Campus: Sample farm products on Library Mall

Be sure to stop by Library Mall on Wednesday to meet the farmers and agriculturalists who help produce the nation’s food. This event, the fourth annual Ag Day on Campus, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. l.

“We are excited to host Ag Day on Campus to help our fellow students learn about an industry that produces the food we consumer every day,” says Kate Griswold of the UW-Madison chapter of Collegiate Farm Bureau, which sponsors the event. “We are partnering for the second year with the University Club on campus and look forward to providing more amazing food products grown and produced by people in Wisconsin.”

Collegiate Farm Bureau members will be handing out food samples using products from Wisconsin, including milk from Sassy Cow Creamery, Rushing Waters Smoked Trout, Asian grilled pork belly, Baklava, and cheese and sausage. The public is also encouraged to check out the menu at the University Club that day, which will be featuring some of these products.

“Our members, with roots in agriculture, are excited to talk to anyone about the nutritious and safe food they grew up and are still helping to produce on their family’s or a local farm,” said Griswold.

Check out the Ag Day on Campus Facebook Event Page for additional information.

Learn about NSF efforts to improve undergraduate STEM education – April 21

Susan Rundell Singer, director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, will give a talk on the UW-Madison campus next week titled “From Research to Action: Improving Undergraduate STEM education.”

The talk will take place on Monday, April 21 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in room 1111 of the Genetics/Biotech Center Building.

Details are in the flyer below:Singer-flierfinal1

CALS Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships awarded

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) has awarded the 2014-15 Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships. The College congratulates all of these fellowship recipients. We also want to thank the donors for making these awards possible, the faculty who submitted nominations, and the committees that reviewed 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. Four fellowships are being awarded for 2014-15. The recipients of the fellowships and their respective degree programs include: David Duncan, Agronomy; Brendan Floyd, Integrated Program in Biochemistry; Rachel Mallinger, Entomology; and Jose Pablo Soto-Arias, Plant Pathology.

The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board-Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for 2014-15 is awarded to Kyle Rak, Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics. The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board endowed an annual fellowship for the purpose of funding a graduate fellowship in potato research.

The Senator Robert Caldwell Fellowship for 2014-15 is awarded to Lindsay Wells, Plant Pathology.  Grace Caldwell Hopkins established this fellowship to support graduate research on behalf of her father, Senator Robert Caldwell.

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

Encourage students to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Now in its fourteenth year, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is the largest professional conference for minority students to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), attracting approximately 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1200 faculty, program directors and administrators.

This year’s ABRCMS conference is set for November 12-15 in San Antonio, Texas. See the flyer below for information about important dates and deadlines for the conference.

The conference is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, and managed by the American Society for Microbiology. Read more about ABRCMS here.


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Global Health Institute applications for grad/professional certificates due April 15

The UW-Madison Global Health Institute is accepting applications for the Graduate/Professional and Capstone Certificate in Global Health. They are due Tuesday April 15.

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 worked or studied in a 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.

The application deadline for 2014-2015 is April 15, 2014.

Questions? Contact Betsy Teigland at the Global Health Institute.

Betsy Teigland, BSN
Programs Coordinator
Global Health Institute
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
4256 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53705-2221



608.262.2327 (FAX)

CIAS offers mini-grants to support grad student summer research

CIAS invites UW-Madison graduate students to apply for the CIAS summer mini-grant program, made possible through a generous donation from the Single Step Foundation. These awards provide up to $2,000 for graduate student summer research in areas related to CIAS’s work. Proposals in CIAS 2014 mini-grant priority areas are especially encouraged. The priority areas are perennialization of the landscape; climate change, agriculture and food systems; and labor and fair trade in local and regional food systems. The deadline is April 28, 2014. See http://www.cias.wisc.edu/grad-student-mini-grant-applications-due-april-28/ for specific instructions and more details.

Nominate a CALS senior for the Keylon Braxton Memorial Award

Would you like to recognize an outstanding senior in CALS? Please nominate a senior who has had a big impact at CALS during their undergrad years for the Keylon Braxton Memorial Award!

The Keylon Braxton Memorial Award is given to one undergraduate within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. This award was first developed in memory of Keylon Braxton, former advisor to the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Student Council. It serves to honor his service and dedication for the college. Each year, the award is used to recognize an individual that reflects Keylon’s exceptional motivation and enthusiasm for the college and its students. The recipient will receive an individual plaque, have their name engraved on the Keylon Braxton Memorial plaque located in 116 Agricultural Hall and be featured in CALS publications.

All nominations are due by Friday, April 18th. Please fill out the form at http://sc.cals.wisc.edu/form/keylon-braxton-memorial-2014.

Nutritional sciences offers new online capstone certificate for nutrition professionals

The Department of Nutritional Sciences has begun offering an Online Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition, a new certificate program designed to help nutrition professionals stay competitive in today’s complex clinical environment.

The program, which is offered entirely online to students worldwide, can help both new and advanced professionals in the fields of nutrition and dietetics to expand their knowledge and skills. It’s a good fit for recent graduates looking to improve their chances of being selected for highly competitive dietetics internships, as well as for practicing registered dietitians looking to advance their careers. Many other health care providers interested in clinical nutrition, including nurses and pharmacists, could also benefit from the program.

For more information, watch this YouTube video:

MOOC phase Ⅱ pilot call for proposals still open

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), are unique and exciting virtual teaching, learning and research experiences that are not for credit and freely available to many learners around the world.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking proposals from faculty who are interested in developing and delivering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in 2014-15, as part of a second phase pilot program. In 2013–14, UW-Madison launched four pilot MOOCs. Through videos, discussion forums and learning activities, more than 96,000 learners from around the world have had the opportunity to engage in a Universty of Wisconsin–Madison learning experience.

The deadline for proposal submissions is March 11, 2014, 4:30 p.m. Check out the Educational Innovation home page for more information.

Recognizing that even small projects have the potential for great impact, Educational Innovation Mini-Grants are a resource for faculty, staff, teaching assistants and students who are making a difference in teaching and learning and/or who might benefit from a small grant to initiate or further develop an educational project that supports innovation in a school, college or department.

Now in its third year, Educational Innovation (EI) continues to enhance student learning, reach more students and optimize resources. To further these goals, EI Mini-Grants (up to $1,000 each) will be available to support faculty, staff, teaching assistants and students as they explore ideas and efforts to advance teaching and learning innovations. EI Mini-Grants call for applications: Available now through June 1