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Fruit Trees for the People
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July 2011

Dear CALS Alumni,

Welcome to CALS Connection. We offer this new venue as a way to share alumni news and help you engage more easily with the CALS community. Please let us know about any news or ideas to share in this newsletter or in Grow magazine. And for an even more direct conversation, we invite you to join us on Facebook or Twitter (links on the left).

Here's to new connections,

Joan Fischer

Putting CALS on the Map 

CALS map
We've long known that CALS is in the forefront of UW's global activity---but now we can see it. A new map documents the work of CALS faculty, researchers and students around the globe. Check it out---and if you have a CALS international story you'd like to add, please let us know. The map will be a permanent work in progress.

For more on CALS' international engagement, see the summer issue of Grow magazine, which highlights that work. You can also for click here for videos relating to our cover story about a study abroad program in Uganda that inspired undergraduates to found a nonprofit and enter community service professions at home and abroad.


The Dancing Mad Scientist

Jeffrey VinokurBiochemistry senior Jeffrey Vinokur loves science, loves to dance---and as the Dancing Mad Scientist, he gets to do both at once.

Vinokur's hip-hop laboratory extravaganza---for which "fiery," "explosive" and "steamy" are literal descriptions---last fall got him into the top 100 out of 70,000 hopefuls for NBC's "America's Got Talent" and his dance instruction channel on YouTube has surpassed 10 million views. This summer he's embarking on a national tour of schools and science centers.

"Science is happening all around us. Understanding and appreciating it is something I hope to help people do with my show," he says.

You can learn more about Vinokur in the summer issue of Grow and at

Fruit Trees for the People!   

Percy Mather v2
"When I retire, I shall plant fruit trees." That's not exactly how Percy Mather BS'68 Biochemistry, had planned to spend her life after work. But then she joined Madison Fruits and Nuts, a volunteer group that plants fruit-bearing trees in parks and other public spaces. Although its mission may suggest guerrilla action, the group works closely with city parks and other public authorities. Read more in the summer issue of Grow.


Farm Tech Fun 

Farm Tech DaysJoin CALS alumni and friends at Farm Technology Days July 12-14 near Marshfield (host: Seehafer Acres).  


CALS will host two receptions daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in "tent city"---look for the Wisconsin Alumni Tent.


The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) is holding a picnic on Wednesday, July 13, 3-8 p.m. at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station. Brats and more served, no reservations needed, friends and family welcome---just $10 at the door.


More info at and  


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