Karen Nielsen wins World Citizen Award from IIW

Karen Nielson
Karen Nielsen

Karen Nielsen, an outreach program manager in the Department of Dairy Science, is the recipient of the 2016 World Citizen Award from the International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW), an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective. Nielsen received the award at the institute’s annual World Citizen Celebration Dinner on Saturday, April 30. The event saluted individuals who have played a leadership role in shaping the IIW and its commitment to the local and global communities.

Nielsen earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in Chinese language, history, and culture from the University of Minnesota. She is an involved member of the Leadership Team of the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science’s Nestle China Dairy Farming Institute project, an initiative that develops curriculum and provides training to China’s dairy industry. Prior to this, Nielsen was the Director of the Babcock Institute of International Dairy Research where she played a crucial role in organizing custom dairy training programs for participants in 83 countries, initiated development of multilingual educational materials, and facilitated dairy research collaborations around the world. She also was instrumental in developing a UW partnership with the China Agricultural University in Beijing, which led to the formation of the Sino-U.S. Research and Development Center. In 2015, Nielsen started Global Dairy Outreach, LLC to continue the international outreach activities of the Babcock Institute.

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