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April 2013
UW STEM Career Fair
AWA Breakfast on the Farm
Connect with Students
CALS in the NY Times
New Fund Honors Francis Hole
FISC Grads Celebrated
The Cows Came Home
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Tons of Science Fun with CALS April 5-7
Wisconsin Energy Institute
Celebrate the Wisconsin Energy Institute's grand opening April 5-6. The building includes state-of-the-art labs and other cutting-edge facilities used by CALS bioenergy researchers.
The first weekend in April brings with it an array of science activities on campus for visitors of all ages. The grand opening of the Wisconsin Energy Institute--the new building on the corner of Old University and Campus Drive--takes place with a ribbon cutting, public symposia, a career fair and fun family activities April 5-6. The opening coincides with the 11th annual Science Expeditions April 5-7 taking place in various locations around campus. Visitors can take tours of labs and museums, participate in hands-on exploration, and speak with CALS and other campus researchers about their latest work.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Energy Institute and Science Expeditions websites.

Come to the STEM Career Fair   

Career Fair
Come meet--and recruit!--CALS students at a career fair focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions on Thursday, April 11 from 1-4 p.m. in the Engineering Centers Building, 1550 Engineering Drive.

The UW STEM Career Fair is offered by CALS, the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Science. Registration is through BuckyNet. Contact Maria McGinnis, director of employer relations, with any questions.


Breakfast on the Farm with Women in Agriculture

AWA Breakfast on the Farm The 18th annual Breakfast on the Farm, a fundraiser for the Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA), takes place on Sunday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Stock Pavilion at 1675 Linden Drive.


Guests will enjoy pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, apple sauce, milk, coffee, juice and a sundae for dessert. After a delicious meal, visit the petting zoo, dance to polka music and get your picture taken with Bucky Badger.  


Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (65+), $5 for students (K-UW) and $3 for children ages 5 and under. Bring a can of food for Second Harvest Food Bank and get $1 off admission. Hope to see you there!  

Connect with Students
Undergrad Symposium Come to Union South on Thursday, April 18 from 5-6 p.m. for the Ideas to Excellence Reception. This event is sponsored in part by CALS Career Services and provides an opportunity to see high quality undergraduate research projects and to interact with faculty, staff and students.

And there's more. Students will share their scientific advances at the CALS Undergraduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 23 in the Microbial Sciences Building. Remarks begin at 9 a.m., followed by presentations. Posters are on display until 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
CALS in the NY Times
NYT Cover We get pretty excited when CALS faculty and alumni are featured in publications like the New York Times, so when it happened twice in two weeks, we were very proud.

Food science alum Jim Behnke (MS'68, PhD'72) was featured in "The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food," on February 20. In the article, he discusses the challenge of working as an executive for a food company with the growing obesity epidemic in America.

Two weeks later, life sciences communication professors Dominique Brossard and Dietram Scheufele explained their research on readers' perceptions of an article after reading comments on the post. "This Story Stinks" was published on March 2.
Fund Honors Francis Hole, "Ambassador of Soils"
Francis Hole A unique fund has been established to honor the late Francis D. Hole, a professor of soil science and geography. Hole was known for his passion for soil and his spiritual, soulful and artistic nature as well as his scientific excellence, curiosity and creativity.

The F. D. Hole Soils Study and Expedition Endowment will be used to  support students participating in soil expeditions that provide hands-on learning and uphold Hole's philosophy to "read each landscape for practical purposes or simply for the pleasure of it."
Congratulations, FISC Graduates!
FISC Grads
The Farm & Industry Short Course (FISC) program held its 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, March 23 in Union South. Parents, friends, family and significant others joined to celebrate the accomplishments of the 109 graduates (pictured).

Seventy-three students graduated with a one-year certificate and 36 students earned a two-year certificate. Many students also earned specialty certificates. Speakers included Dean Kate VandenBosch, class president Bryan Cramer and, by popular student vote, professor Milo Wiltbank and fellow student and FISC ambassador Cory Brown.

As It Turns Out, the Cows Were Missed
Hundreds of people came to the newly remodeled Dairy Cattle Center to help welcome the cows back to campus and into their new home on Saturday, March 9.

The $3.5 million renovation includes the Boumatic Milking Center, an upgraded cooling ventilation system and 84 stalls, one for each of the center's residents. It also includes two 60-foot upright silos, grain bins, feed-mixing equipment, a manure-handling system and a teaching arena. Each aspect of the renovation was designed with the cows' safety and comfort in mind.

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