CALS Awards: Academic Staff Excellence Award recipients

Last week we released the news about all of the CALS Award recipients, and this week we begin to share more information about all of the individual winners, starting with the Academic Staff Excellence Awards.

Kathleen A. Glass

Through Kathy Glass’s work as the Associate Director of the Food Research Institute and Director of its Applied Food Safety Laboratory, she has developed a national and international reputation for assisting the food industry to address and prevent food safety problems.

With more than 35 years of food microbiology research experience, Glass has willingly shared her insights for lab design and staffing. She has contributed extraordinary effort to aiding the design of the Food Product Safety Laboratory in the new Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery Building. Now that construction is nearly complete, she is actively assisting in developing the business plan and staff plan for the laboratory.

Glass’ research in the meat industry is highly regarded among both consumers and producers. Her ongoing passion to help allows her to address current challenges that the meat industry is facing. On countless occasions, her research has allowed meat companies to stay in business, successfully navigate challenging times, and even grow.

Recent dairy-related research by Glass’ lab resulted in changes to the United States Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. Despite not having an Extension appointment, she conducts several hands-on workshops each year to train members of the food industry in critical issues related to the safety of dairy and meat products.

It is her passion and productivity that makes her a valuable asset to the CALS community.

Janet Newlands

Janet Newlands is the Senior Information Processing Consultant in the Department of Bacteriology. In her 25 years since joining the department, Newlands’ skills have continued to grow. Trained as a geneticist, she became a self-taught computer systems manager.

Newlands’ day-to-day duties involve IT support to the faculty, staff, and students in the department which includes oversight of servers and data, network support, security, software setup, upgrades, and troubleshooting for departmental computers and printers. Moreover, Newlands provides service that often goes unnoticed like coordinating events in the Ebling Center and assisting with AV needs for the past 10 years, supporting outreach projects in the Microbe Place, and assisting with the department equipment inventory.

Newlands is a valued colleague in CALS, providing service and IT advice to other units on campus. She has been active on a number of committees including the CALS Committee on Academic Staff Issues, Compensation and Economic Benefits Committee, Network Advisory Group, Bacteriology IT Advisory Committee, and the Raper Symposium Committee.

Newlands is the type of person that always says “yes.” She is eager to troubleshoot problems and her deep knowledge of campus resources makes her an indispensable asset to the CALS communities.

Gregg Sanford

Gregg Sanford is an associate scientist and senior lecturer in the Department of Agronomy. In addition to these appointments, Sanford has provided research leadership in his positions in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and CALS’ Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS).

In 2019, Sanford led the development of a four-year, $500,000 grant project from USDA’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems program for an innovative research project. He proposed to apply a range of so-called sustainable intensification treatments to a 30-year cropping systems experiment known as the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST). This effort contributed to the agronomy department’s successful five-year, $10 million grant proposal to USDA NIFA for project called Grassland 2.0.

At the GLBRC, Sanford leads efforts to cultivate and maintain genetically modified poplar trees that are critical feedstocks for many of the bench scientists in the center. In CIAS, Sanford provides leadership to the research aspects of a $750,000 Cover Crops Research and Outreach Project (CCROP)–a role where he’s spent significant time compiling cover crop research data from multiple scientists on and off campus to build a database from which we can begin to predict the efficacy of cover crops in the upper Midwest.

One of the highest rated instructors in the CALS Farm and Industry Short Course program, Sanford was awarded the 2018 J.S. Donald Short Course Teaching Award by CALS. Sanford has fully embraced the Wisconsin Idea and has demonstrated a very high level of leadership throughout all of his research, teaching, service and outreach activities.