CALS researchers awarded Baldwin grants

One Baldwin grant and two Baldwin mini-grants were awarded to projects led by CALS researchers this year. The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competitive grant program is open to UW–Madison faculty, staff and students. Grants of up to $120,000 and mini-grants of up to $4,000 are awarded.

Ira Baldwin, a longtime UW teacher, researcher and administrator, served as dean of the Graduate School and the College of Agriculture and as vice president for academic affairs. Ineva Reilly Baldwin taught and served in the university administration as assistant dean of women and associate dean of the College of Letters & Science. Their endowment is one of the largest gifts ever received by UW–Madison.

The projects involving CALS researchers are:

Baldwin grant: Building a Comprehensive Network of Fruit Growers to Improve Sustainable Production of Fruit Crops in Wisconsin
Christelle Guédot, assistant professor of entomology, and Amaya Atucha, assistant professor of horticulture

Fruit production in Wisconsin contributes over $400 million to the state economy and encompasses large-scale commercial growers, small-scale growers, as well as homeowners. The goal of the project is to develop new avenues for effectively delivering time-sensitive information on environmentally sound pest management practices and sustainable fruit crop production to all fruit growers, with special attention to underserved communities in the state of Wisconsin.

Baldwin mini-grant: West Madison Community Kitchen Program
Rachel Bergmans, MPH, Epidemiology Dissertator, Department of Population Health Sciences and Alexandra MacMillan Uribe, MS, RD, Nutritional Sciences Dissertator, Department of Nutritional Sciences

In Dane County, female-headed households and African American communities are more likely to live in poverty compared to the general population. Poverty is associated with a failed food system which, in turn, negatively affects eating behaviors. In collaboration with Lussier Community Education Center (LCEC) and High Point Church (HPC), the West Madison Community Kitchen (WMCK) program aims to empower and engage local low-income mothers and caretakers in a cooking class that emphasizes healthy, flavorful, time-efficient, and affordable meals to address malnutrition and food insecurity, and foster community cohesion in West Madison.

Baldwin mini-grant: A de-industrial home: Oral history and shared stories in Iron County
Amanda McMillan Lequieu, PhD candidate, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology

Between 1962 and 1980, the iron and copper mining companies that had sustained Iron County, Wisconsin since the late 19th century closed. Today, everyday life is challenging for one of the poorest and grayest counties in the state. This project will be a four-day public history event for residents of Iron County, Wisconsin, attending the Iron County Fair and Heritage Festival, culminating in a radio broadcast of edited, oral histories from residents. This project will enable more Iron County residents to engage with and contribute to their own regional story of boom, bust, and change.

Read more about the Baldwin grants here and the Baldwin mini-grants here.