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Amber Smith hired to support course internationalization

amber-sm-150x150CALS International Programs has hired Amber Smith to support its mission to globalize the undergraduate experience in the sciences. During her one-year appointment, Amber will collaborate with faculty and staff to enhance the international requirements and opportunities available to CALS undergraduates. As an assistant faculty associate, she will also design and teach a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) course in the fall of 2013. The course, which will integrate international and domestic students, will explore the role of plant breeding and genetics in global food security. “Amber brings both scientific expertise and a deep familiarity with the scholarship of teaching and learning,” says John Ferrick, director of CALS IP. “She is a welcome addition to our office at a time of increased awareness about the importance of global issues in undergraduate science education.” Amber comes to CALS from the Institute for Biology Education where as a postdoctoral fellow, she designed and implemented first-year transition programs for students interested in biology. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding Plant Genetics from UW-Madison and has been involved in teaching and learning projects across campus. To meet with Amber and learn more about her projects, contact:, 608-890-4196, 116C Agriculture Hall.