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June 2013
A Joyful Commencement
Alice in Dairyland
Remembering Mike Foster
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Cool Science Image Winner
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A Joyful Spring Commencement

We celebrated more than 600 CALS graduates at the UW-Madison commencement ceremony on May 18. Following the ceremony, the new graduates enjoyed cake, UW Band music and an opportunity to pose for a picture with Bucky Badger.

Bucky provided big laughs and big smiles like the ones on Shannon Phillips, Jackie Fisher and Katy Warren (pictured). More pictures of happy graduates and their families can be found on the  CALS Facebook page.
CALS Alumna is New Alice in Dairyland
Kristin OlsonThe name may be fanciful, but whoever bears the title "Alice in Dairyland" is a hardworking public relations professional. During a one-year appointment with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, "Alice" travels around the state, nation and world to promote Wisconsin products and educate the media, youth and civic groups about Wisconsin's agricultural industry.

This year's Alice is Kristin Olson, a 2010 graduate in life sciences communication. Originally from Fond du Lac, Olson grew up showing dairy cattle with her family's small show herd, Crestbrooke Holsteins and Jerseys.

As a student, Olson was involved in several organizations, including the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club and the National Agri-Marketing Association.
Remembering an Esteemed Leader
Mike Foster On May 21, members of the CALS-based Food Research Institute (FRI), along with family and friends, honored Mike Foster, who passed away in February at the age of 96.

Foster brought the Food Research Institute from the University of Chicago to UW-Madison in 1966 and became the FRI's first director. As a result of this move and Foster's direction, CALS became a world leader in food safety and foodborne disease research.

Prior to leading the FRI, Foster received his PhD in bacteriology from UW-Madison, and after leaving military service in 1945, he returned to the UW as an assistant professor of agricultural bacteriology.

WALSAA Seeks Board of Director Nominations

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) is looking for Board of Director nominations.  


WALSAA board members work to keep students, faculty and alumni connected to CALS. Board members are expected to attend quarterly meetings and actively serve on at least one committee. Committee work includes selecting scholarship recipients, planning events such as the Farm Technology Days Picnic and the Football Fire-Up, and recruiting new lifetime members. 


If you are interested in a position on the Board, contact WALSAA at or (608) 438-1994 with your name and phone number. Nominations are due by July 15.
Cool Science Image Winner from CALS
Cool Science Image An image by Sheryl A. Rakowski, senior research specialist, Department of Bacteriology, was among 10 winners of the 2013 UW-Madison Cool Science Image contest. Her winning entry was Middle Earth, slime mold as macroscopic "flash mob," depicting a fantastical picture of amoebae in their social manifestation. All 10 winning images can be seen here. Rakowski's photo will be featured in Grow magazine this fall.


Corporate Open House on August 22
UW-Madison is hosting its second annual Corporate Open House on Thursday, August 22. The event will spotlight some of the exciting research that is going on at the UW and provides an opportunity for corporations to learn more about deepening their relationship with the university.

CALS is hosting a special event that morning that will feature information on internships--how they benefit corporations, what they mean to students and how CALS works to make internships successful for everyone involved.


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