Free course: Intro to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

“An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This free 7-week course will provide future and current STEM instructors with an introduction to evidence-based STEM teaching practices. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and then apply what they learn to the design of lessons and assignments they can use in future teaching opportunities. Those who complete the course will be more informed and confident teachers, equipped for greater success in the classroom.”

https://www.coursera.org/course/stemteaching

University Summer Forums – Call for proposals

Proposals for the University Summer Forums for summer 2015 (FY16) are now being accepted. The call and short proposal form are available online (http://summer.wisc.edu/courses/summer-forums.html).

The Division of Continuing Studies asks that proposals are routed through schools / colleges. Proposals from CALS departments should be submitted to the CALS Academic Affairs Office by Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Send them via email to jklatt@cals.wisc.edu or by campus mail to John Klatt / 1450 Linden Dr. / 116 Ag Hall. The Division of Continuing Studies will provide funding for instructional costs and course expenses as well as assist with course logistics and marketing. Two proposals will be selected campus-wide.

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 .

Important: Equity workshops for graduate assistants

New teaching assistants (TAs) and program/project assistants (PAs) are invited to participate in professional development focusing on diversity, discrimination and harassment to be offered during the fall 2014 semester. These sessions are presented and sponsored by the campus Office for Equity and Diversity, The McBurney Disability Resource Center, the Theater for Cultural and Social Awareness and the Office of Human Resources.

We encourage you to attend and participate in a session. In addition, please be aware that teaching assistants cannot be reappointed for more than one semester unless they have completed this professional development workshop. For example, a TA who was reappointed in the fall 2014 semester without having completed training cannot be reappointed again in the upcoming spring 2015 semester unless training has been completed prior to the start of classes.

Participants receive information about relevant laws, policies, regulations and resources; explore the practical application of these policies to classroom and learning environments; and engage in facilitated conversations designed to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and excellence through diversity. These sessions promote the development or competencies that sustain and strengthen UW-Madison’s position of preeminence in research and higher education and advance critical campus strategic priorities.

The session schedule, electronic copies of the materials referenced during each in-person presentation, and the registration link are available at http://www.oed.wisc.edu/graduate-assistants-equity-workshops.htm. Please register online, session space is limited. The available workshops and locations are provided below.

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 5-8 PM Union South
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 5-8 PM Union South
  • Monday, September 15, 2014 5-8 PM Union South
  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Monday, September 22, 2014 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Wednesday, September 24, 204 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014 9AM-Noon 8417 Social Science Building
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014 5-8 PM Memorial Union
  • Friday, October 10, 2014 9AM-Noon 8417 Social Science Building

Funding opportunity for grad students: Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the 2014-2015 Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program. This is an opportunity for one incoming or current graduate student who shows a strong interest in research of the nutritional value and importance of yogurt and probiotics. The winning applicant will receive a scholarship of $25,000, payable to the educational institution either for tuition, or research related projects or as otherwise allocated at The Dannon Company’s discretion—to enhance his or her academic path in this field during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Remind your students and alumni: Career and Internship Fair on Sept. 23

UW-Madison Career Services units will host the Fall Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, September 23rd, which will bring nearly 300 organizations to campus.

“UW-Madison Career Services units are excited about the number of companies coming to the Fall Career and Internship Fair,” said Angie White, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, from the College of Letters and Science Career Services at UW-Madison. “This is the largest one-day fair ever at UW-Madison. The Career Services units attribute this to more organizations eager to hire graduates and host internships.”

“This year, we expect 300 employers to attend, our largest fair ever. Both levels of the Kohl Center concourse will be filled with recruiters!” says Duane Cooper, Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Career Events in the Wisconsin School of Business.

The UW Fall Career and Internship Fair will also have an official Twitter hashtag, #UWCF. Employers, attendees and university staff members are encouraged to tweet about their experiences at the Career Fair, including jobs, pictures or any simple fun facts.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, School of Education, School of Pharmacy, School of Human Ecology, and the Wisconsin School of Business are working together to host the career fair, which will be held at the Kohl Center on Tuesday, September 23, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

All UW-Madison students and alumni, especially those looking for internships and full-time positions, are encouraged to attend. To view a full list of participating organizations, attendees should log-on to BuckyNet (buckynet.org) and click “events.”

UW career services units provide resources for students to explore career interests and develop skills that will make them successful as they seek employment or admission to graduate or professional programs.

For more information contact Megan O’Rourke at 608-262-3460 or morourke@cals.wisc.edu.

Call for Dan David Prize nominations and scholarship applications

The Dan David Prize is a joint international enterprise, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University.

The Dan David Prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world.

The Dan David Prize covers three time dimensions – Past, Present and Future – that represent realms of human achievement. Each year the International Board chooses one field within each time dimension. Following a review process by independent Review Commitees comprised of renowned scholars and professionals, the International Board then chooses the laureates for each field.

The Past refers to fields that expand knowledge of former times.
The Present recognizes achievements that shape and enrich society today.
The Future focuses on breakthroughs that hold great promise for improvement of our world.

Three prizes of one million US dollars each are granted annually in the fields chosen for the three time dimensions.

The 2015 Dan David Prize for the Future Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization that has made a major contribution to the field of bioinformatics and continues to significantly advance this field.

For more information, visit www.dandavidprize.org.

Dan David Prize scholarships

The Dan David Prize awards scholarships to registered doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, studying at recognized universities throughout the world, doing research in one of the selected fields for the year in which the application is being made, and whose research has been approved.

The Dan David Prize laureates annually donate twenty scholarships of US$15,000 each to outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral students of exceptional promise in the chosen fields for the current year. Ten scholarships are awarded to doctoral and post-doctoral students at universities throughout the world and ten scholarships at Tel Aviv University.

For more information, visit www.dandavidprize.org.

Tell your students: Steenbock Library luau on Sept. 3

luauUW students are invited to Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Drive, for the third annual Steenbock Library Luau. The free event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3.

The Hawaii-themed party will feature refreshments, music, crafts, games, prizes, a photo booth, and a visit from Bucky Badger. The back-to-school luau is part of the campus-wide Wisconsin Welcome, which invites new and returning students to explore the university.

Free food will be provided by Ian’s Pizza, Glass Nickel, Wings Over Madison, Fresh Market, and Babcock Hall Dairy Store. Bellydancing UW and the Madison Flow Club will perform while WSUM-FM 91.7 student radio spins tunes. Resource tables will include Sex Out Loud, University Archives, and campus police.

To learn more, call (608) 263-3899 or visit this website.

 

Moodle’s new look for fall semester

The newest version of Moodle sports a mobile-friendly interface and a new, streamlined, “look and feel” along with various improvements including:

  • Ability to see all enrolled courses at-a-glance with optional “My Course Links” block
  • Drag-and-drop functionality for activities
  • New question types, including essays with answer templates, STACK questions and more.

To learn about the new version of Moodle, please review the new features documentation or register to attend the upcoming “What’s New in Moodle” training noted below.

Trainings

Whether you are new to Moodle or an experienced instructor looking to better utilize your learning management system, there are a number of trainings coming up. Please remember to register if you can.

New classes should be accessed through the UW portal or by going to: https://ay14-15.moodle.wisc.edu/

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Tabone at ttabone@wisc.edu.

 

Animal sciences senior gains first-hand research experience during FRI summer undergraduate program

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Nicole Baker presents her research.

The Food Research Institute (FRI) Undergraduate Research Scholars presented their final research projects on Thursday, July 31.

FRI Research Scholar Nicole Baker, a senior Animal Sciences major, conducted her summer research on the “Effect of prolonged cooling on Clostridium perfringens growth in a cured, ready-to-eat ham.” Baker’s research was sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors.

“It is an honor to be able to contribute to improving food safety in the meat industry with my summer project,” Baker said. “The results of the project are expected to have an impact on the design of some processors’ HACCP plans, which is very exciting for me.”

Each summer, the FRI Summer Undergraduate Research Program supports talented UW–Madison students seeking a B.S. degree. The students work full-time on a food safety project in the laboratory of an FRI mentor, learn about food safety issues through weekly tutorials, and visit food processing facilities. The program culminates with the students’ final research presentations.

Baker’s project focused on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Appendix B stabilization guidelines for cured meat products. Baker used five cooling profiles that extended the time in which a ham containing 200 parts per million (ppm) of the antimicrobial sodium nitrite and 547 ppm of cure accelerator sodium erythorbate remained in phase one (130 to 80°F) or phase two (80 to 45°F) of Appendix B cooling guidelines. C. perfringens growth was tracked throughout each cooling curve.

FRI Associate Director Kathy Glass acted as Baker’s laboratory mentor, and Executive Committee members Jeff Sindelar and Andy Milkowski were research mentors throughout the project. Many full-time FRI staff also helped train techniques Baker used to carry out the research.

“Working with my mentors and the other staff at the lab was a very positive experience. Everyone was so helpful in taking time out to teach things that were completely new to me. They were always up for discussing my data with me and were immensely helpful every step of the way,” Baker said.

Baker’s research found that when 200 ppm sodium nitrite and 547 ppm sodium erythorbate were used to cure ham, the growth of C. perfringens was prevented, regardless of the amount of time phase one or phase two cooling was extended during her experiment. Baker noted, “One overarching theme of my research was that sodium nitrite is a powerful antimicrobial, especially when used with a cure accelerator.”

The opportunity to present her findings to an audience also provided Baker with a unique learning experience. “A huge part of the process was learning how to effectively communicate my results to others. Learning to present data in a clear way was a challenging, yet growth-promoting opportunity,” she said.

Baker said the entire research process — from planning the details of the research and conducting the experiments to reviewing the results and presenting the final project — was all part of an educational journey that she will value long into her future.

“My favorite part was the sense of accomplishment that was felt after successfully organizing an experiment and achieving clear results,” Baker said. “I learned so much about food safety by just being around experienced food microbiologists, and I have taken a lot of knowledge home with me.”

About the Food Research Institute

The Food Research Institute (FRI), a part of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, operates its own laboratories and administers its own research and service programs. The mission of FRI is to catalyze multidisciplinary and collaborative research on microbial foodborne pathogens and toxins and to provide training, outreach and service to enhance the safety of the food supply. To fulfill this mission, FRI conducts fundamental and applied research, provides accurate and useful information and expertise, delivers quality education and training, and provides leadership in identifying and resolving food safety issues to meet community, government, and industry needs.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Jahn, associate outreach specialist for FRI, at ljahn2@wisc.edu or 608-263-4229.