CALS instructors get grants for 11 international teaching projects

CALS International Programs has awarded UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff in the sciences more than $80,000 to support the design and implementation of innovative teaching projects that further introduce undergraduates to the international aspects of their fields.

This year’s recipients of Science Curriculum Internationalization Grants–which provide up to $10,000 to faculty and instructional staff members in the sciences–hail from a variety of departments, including Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Agronomy, Geography, and Bacteriology. Proposed projects include online case studies and learning modules, visits from international scholars, classroom-integrated use of social media, and field study abroad.

Since 2011, CALS International Programs has awarded nearly $300,000 in Science Curriculum Internationalization Awards. Together, these projects have impacted more than 60 undergraduate courses, reaching approximately 2000 undergraduates per year.

Read more about CALS’ curriculum internationalization program in the summer issue of Grow Magazine:

More information: Masarah Van Eyck,

2013-14 Science Curriculum Internationalization Award Recipients:

Samer Alatout, Community and Environmental Sociology
“Internationalizing environmental studies with technology”
Online case study; social media
IES 112: Introduction to Environmental Studies
CES 540: Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability

Jeri Barak, Plant Pathology
“To eat or not to eat? Are GMOs the answer to food insecurity?: Food insecurity, agriculture, and biotechnology in Zambia”
Online case study
Plant Pathology 311: Global Food Security (a First-Year Interest Group course)

Brad Barham, Agricultural & Applied Economics
“Blended learning module for Latin American Economic Development and Globalization, Development, and Poverty”
Case study
Agriculture and Applied Economics 462: Latin American Economic Development

Mark Berres and Jess Reed, Animal Sciences
“Avian influence in Vietnam: A case study for Introduction to Global Health”
Case Study
Agronomy/Entomology/Nutritional Sci 203: Introduction to Global Health

Randy Jackson, Agronomy
“Creating and implementing global learning modules for grassland ecology”
Video lecture capture
Agronomy/Botany/Soil Science 370: Grassland Ecology

Hasan Khatib, Animal Sciences
“International Perspectives on the science and ethics of genetically engineered animals”
Visiting scholars
AnSci 362: Veterinary Genetics

Lisa Naughton, Geography; Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
“Who Owns Paradise?: Competing claims to Tambopta, Peru, a last wilderness frontier”
Role-playing exercise and interactive map
Geography/Environmental Studies 339: Environmental Conservation

John Parrish, Animal Sciences
Online case study
“Impact of climate on male reproduction: Pigs in the Philippines”
Animal Sciences 434: Reproductive Physiology

Sara Patterson, Horticulture
“Multicultural aspects of horticultural food crops: Origins, culture, and cuisine”
Video course modules
Horticulture 120: Survey of Horticulture

Jon Roll, Bacteriology
“Undergraduate course internationalization with Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand”
Visiting scholar
Microbiology 303: Biology of Microorganisms
Microbiology 450: Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution of Microorganisms

Alan Turnquist, Greenhouse Learning Community
“Markets, Migration, and Militarization: Understanding sustainability in a global context”
Field study abroad; international delegation
Community and Environmental Sociology 375: Markets, Migration, and Militarization