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September 2011
Meet the CALS Dean Finalists
Bioscience Vision Summit Sept. 8
Fire Up Sept. 10
Come to the Career Fair Sept. 15
Our New Honorees
Early October Events--Mark Your Calendars

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Meet the CALS Dean Finalists

dean finalists

Finalists James Moyer, Peter Hanson and  

Kathryn VandenBosch

Three finalists have been named for the position of CALS dean following an extensive national search. They will visit campus this month and offer a public presentation and question-and-answer session.
James Moyer
, a professor and head of the Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, has conducted research on major viral diseases that affect vegetable, ornamental and field crops, including fundamental investigations of the genome organization and genetics of tospoviruses. He has been recognized by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service and the floral crop industry for his contributions and is a fellow and former president of the American Phytopathological Society. Moyer will visit campus September 20-21.

Peter Hanson is global head of project and portfolio management at Georgia-based Merial, a leading animal health company. In his 14 years with the company, Hanson, who holds a D.V.M. in veterinary medicine, has worked extensively in animal health. His responsibilities have included a stint as head of pharmaceutical research and development and shepherding a new anti-inflammatory from development through FDA approval for treatment of pain associated with arthritis in dogs and horses. Hanson will visit campus September 15-16. 


Kathryn VandenBosch is a professor and head of the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. VandenBosch's research focuses on the genetics of plant-microbe interactions and nitrogen fixation in legumes. She also is active in university governance as a member and former chair of the Faculty and Senate Consultative Committees and, in 2006, served as interim dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. VandenBosch will visit campus September 27-28. 


You can read more about the finalists here. Times and locations for their public presentations will be announced soon by the UW-Madison Secretary of the Faculty.

Bioscience Vision Summit Offers "Tomorrow's Table" and More  

Tomorrow's Table book coverThis year's Bioscience Vision Summit, to be held on Thursday, September 8 at the Madison Marriot West in Middleton, features a keynote talk by Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, authors of Tomorrow's Table, about combining genetic engineering and organic farming to feed our growing population. The talk kicks off a day of thought-provoking sessions including how to further develop Wisconsin's bioenergy supply chain and genomic and proteomic technologies in drug development. The summit is held by BioForward, a statewide association serving the bioscience industry. This year the summit debuts a career counseling and networking session for post-docs, students and junior scientists. More information at

Fire Up is Here 

Fire Up!

Have fun for a great cause at the WALSAA Football Fire-Up and silent auction on Saturday, September 10, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., prior to the Badgers v. Oregon State Beavers game. The event, held at the UW Foundation parking lot (1848 University Ave., Madison), includes appearances by Bucky Badger, the UW Badger Band and UW Cheerleaders. The silent auction raises money to award scholarships to CALS outstanding sophomores and to outstanding students from the Farm and Industry Short Course program. Contact WALSAA at 608-438-1994 or for tickets and other information, including volunteer opportunities.  

Come to the Career Fair 

Come to the Kohl Center on Thursday, September 15, 4:30-8 p.m. for the Fall Career and Internship Fair, billed as the UW's biggest career of the year (alumni welcome!). Employers from a wide range of fields will have representation there, including many hiring in the agricultural and life sciences. Click here to register and see which employers will be there.

  Our New Honorees 

High honors from CALS this year go to dairyman John Pagel (Honorary Recognition Award), potato producer Stephen Diercks (Distinguished Alumni Award) and agricultural economist Edward Jesse (Distinguished Service Award). Click here to learn about these honorees' accomplishments and service to Wisconsin agriculture.

They will be honored at a banquet on Thursday, October 13 on the UW-Madison campus (Memorial Union). Friends of the honorees and friends of the college are cordially invited to attend. The registration deadline is Oct. 3. For more information, please contact Janis Simons at (608) 262-4930 or

  Early October Events--Mark Your Calendars  

Dairy Expo

CALS World Dairy Expo Reception on Wednesday, October 5, 4-6 p.m. in the Monona Room, Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center in Madison 


Fourth Annual Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit on Thursday, October 6 at Monona Terrace in Madison, with a focus this year on forging business/industry relationships. More information at

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