March 5, 2009

DON’T FORGET
Go green at the Ag Hall morning break on March 17

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
McCown will step down as WISA director
Ben Brancel joins the College to help plan the future of CALS Research Stations
Update on energy-related stimulus program
Please use new room addresses when sending mail to Ag Hall
Researcher asks help in experiment on moral dilemmas
Change in flex parking eligibility requirement
Wisconsin Cheese Originals will highlight state’s specialty cheesemakers

NOTEWORTHY
CALS honors Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin
Jorge Escalante-Semerena and Ronald Raines receive Kellett Mid-Career Awards
Ann Palmenberg, Thomas Record elected fellows of American Acad. of Microbiology
Dick Cates honored at Wisconsin Grazing Conference
CALS student’s prize-winning video moves on to regional competition
Kids, cows, milk and CALS featured in Korean TV’s Dairyland special
Five students receive CALS Graduate Student Fellowships
CALS in the News: Feb. 23-27 and March 2-6

EVENTS
Madison Reads Leopold – March 7
Biotech pioneer speaks on From Research to Commercial Reality – March 9
FACETS forum: Sustainable Ag and Local Food Systems – March 11
CALS speakers at Wednesday Night @ the Lab – March 11 and 18
Video seminar: The Commonwealth of Universities – March 13
Lecture on worldwide issues related to wetland conservation – March 25
Brownbag: Differential tuition in public research institutions – March 25
UW System summit aims to foster entrepreneurial learning – April 2
Mapping Wis. communities using GIS and community analysis – April 14, 15 or 17
CALS co-sponsors event featuring ABC’s Bob Woodruff – April 16
Nobelists keynote McArdle Symposium on Cancer – Sign up by April 17
Steenbock Symposium July 30 – Aug. 2

EXTENSON AND OUTREACH
Feb. 19 dairy outlook: As milk prices drop, cow numbers begin to decline
Host an exploration station for April 4 Science Expeditions

INTERNATIONAL
Proposals for program to expand ag pathogen research in developing regions due March 31
Proposals for international planning visits and workshops due May 20
Program supports collaborations with developing nations in plant genome research

RESEARCH
Important info about Recovery Act/Stimulus funding opportunities
Funding Focus: NIH Recovery Act Limited Competition (apply by April 27)
Reminder-Annual CRIS Reports were due January 9th
Applying for USDAs Specialty Crop Research Initiative? Let us know ASAP
Upcoming USDA AFRI deadlines
Funding opportunities: federal, non-Federal
Fringe Benefits Rates for FY09
Streamline grant management: Upcoming trainings

GRAD STUDENTS
Nominate grad students for Peer Mentor Award by March 6
Volunteers sought for new edition of Guide to Graduate Student Life
Life Sciences Careers Day highlights career options for PhDs – April 25

TEACHING AND ADVISING
BIOCORE Applications due Friday, March 6
New campus advisor for pre-health students
Apply to be spring commencement student speaker by March 11
Farm Bureau seeks applicants for PR internship in D.C. by March 31

COMMUNICATIONS
Links to useful web resources for communicators

BUSINESS SERVICES
New consulting dates for Wisconsin Deferred Compensation and TSA vendors
Upcoming opportunities to learn about benefits

HUMAN RESOURCES
New Limited Term Employment information
Rate/title adjustment system manual

CALLS TO NOMINATE
Nominate by March 23 for Drexel award for innovative biomed engineering research
Nominate for Morgridge Center for Public Service Awards by March 26