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http://www.news.wisc.edu/wisweek December 9, 2009
Artist in residence finds comfort in woodworking Wisconsin Idea
By Susannah Brooks
t the top of the Humanities build-
ing, the wood studios seem like
part shed, part mad scientist lab.
in business class
Long, thin scrolls of wood strips hang from By Stacy Foster
the ceiling; the cast iron inner frame of a firstname.lastname@example.org
baby grand piano leans near a rocking chair
made from the instrument’s strings and It’s hard to imagine getting confused
legs. about something as simple as throwing
Between the industrial sanders and drill out your lunch scraps.
presses, one of Katie Hudnall’s test pieces rises But there it is at Grainger Hall’s Capital
from the floor on spidery legs. Open the door Café: a confounding array of options at
to a small cabinet, perched tenuously at eye the trash bins. One for vegetables and
level, and the wooden skeleton of an umbrella paper napkins, another for meat and
Photo: Bryce Richter
unfurls above: a study in fragility, symbiosis dairy, yet more for mixed paper, cans and
and protection. bottles, and plastic cups.
As the Windgate Wood Artist in Residence, The trash options are complicated by
Hudnall is winding down a semester of work- the café’s efforts to encourage its patrons
ing alongside student woodworkers. With Katie Hudnall, Windgate Artist-in-Residence in the Art Department, works on a mixed-media
sculpture in the wood shop at the Mosse Humanities building. Her show, “An Indirect Path,” to try composting their food waste. The
no formal teaching responsibilities, her time practice of biodegrading organic mate-
lasts through Friday, Dec. 11, at the Art Lofts.
here has provided not only an uninterrupted rials has been slow to catch on at the
period for her own work but a chance for the and wood sculptures, usually from found “People see old wooden things and have an
UW-Madison eatery because those who
students around her to see the life and pro- objects. Drawing inspiration from vernacular instant recognition that this has been handled
dine in the business school’s café often
cess of a working artist up close. architecture and exposed construction, she by a human being,” says Hudnall. “Even if it’s
don’t know what to do when confronted
Hudnall’s show, “An Indirect Path,” marks especially finds comfort in used, functional just a kitchen table, that surface that’s been
with the series of bins.
the culmination of her residency, the first of objects. dented a gajillion times, there’s just this amaz-
“It’s a lot to take in when you walk
six planned residencies within the next few Wood attracts her not just for its ubiquity ing history. The surface takes that in.”
up to a bin,” says James Harrod, project
years. The show runs through Friday, Dec. and ease of use but for its ability to transmit Never wanting for materials, Hudnall
manager for UW-Madison’s We Conserve,
11, at the Art Lofts, 111 N. Frances St. an object’s history. Plain or fancy, a wooden arrived in Madison with two bundles of
a conservation and environmental
Hailing from rural Virginia, Hudnall creates piece bears the imprint of the people who centuries-old lath rescued from a Richmond
awareness group. “We’ve found a lot of
functional (and not-so-functional) furniture have used it. Wood continues on page 11 confusion and a lot of waste still going in
to the compost bin.”
A group of UW-Madison students is
UW-Madison gifts for any holiday working to make the process a little less
confusing while educating diners about
By Kiera Wiatrak Send a School of Veterinary Medicine the benefits of composting. They’re part
email@example.com holiday greeting card to family, friends or of a class on sustainable and environ-
the neighbor dog whose owners swear he’s mentally sound business practices offered
The gift-giving season is right around the learned to read. through the School of Business. Each
corner. Wrap up your holiday shopping with This year’s card features a one-of-a-kind oil semester, student teams work to produce
these fantastic UW-Madison gift ideas for painting of a young girl admiring a pony at a “green” recommendations in response
friends, family and merry Bucky friends in horse show. Artist Gayle Leith, a 1988 gradu- to certain questions posed by their busi-
your life. ate of the school, titled her painting “Advice ness clients. Those questions range from
for Ladybug.” designing marketing plans to develop-
Card-carrying critters 1
For a suggested donation of $10 per card, ing organizational recommendations for
The next time Fido gets a cold, take him to 2
purchasers can indicate the name and address companies as varied as retailer Lands’
the School of Veterinary Medicine knowing
of the recipient on the donation form, and End and small Madison textile importer
you’ve contributed to the sustained excellence
leave it to the school to send the card. Terra Experience.
of the school and to quality of care for all of
Blank cards in sets of 10 or dog or cat art The We Conserve student group sur-
Madison’s furry friends.
Work off those holiday pounds with the veyed about 160 Capital Café customers
images from previous years are also available
classic-style cruiser custom Badger bicycle about ways to encourage composting,
1 while supplies last.
for a special holiday price of $249 after pol- developed an educational campaign to
ishing off your University Housing holiday teach those who are interested how to
or call 265-9692 to order.
cookies while watching the award-winning compost and enlisted help from design
Grab your virtual shopping cart 2
documentary, “Being Bucky,” which docu- students to redesign those confusing
Whether you’re an alum, a student or
ments the challenges of seven students trash stations.
regretfully call a different university your
beneath the Bucky costume, and costs Tom Eggert, co-director of the
alma mater, you are guaranteed to find
$21.99 in the marketplace. business, environment and social respon-
something that tickles you pink in red
If these one-of-a-kind gifts don’t make sibility program at the School of Business,
and white from the Wisconsin Alumni
you want to shout “On, Wisconsin!” out the teaches two classes on sustainable busi-
Association Badger Marketplace.
window, the marketplace still has dozens of ness practices that send students into the
Inspire your children to solve some of
options for you to choose from — whether business community to help clients from
their own life’s mysteries at UW-Madison
it be prints and holiday cards, a custom businesses of all sizes find ways to put
by purchasing the Big Bucky Badger
UW Tag Heuer watch or Badger apparel for sustainable business practices in place.
Mystery children’s book. Watch them
every taste and style. The classes started in the mid-1990s but
huddle under their blankets in fear
Find something right for you and your have gained importance as companies
that Bucky may never recover the lost
loved ones at http://www.uwalumni.com/. face pressure from customers, investors
game-day football until the book’s
shocking conclusion. Gift guide continues on page 12 Sustainability, continues on page 11
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or through one of the clinics sponsored by programming scheduled for the next several professor of sociology and educational policy For more information, call 263-2400,
Public Health Madison Dane County. weeks on the Big Ten Network. studies, discusses the current state of
stop by the Campus Information Center
Information about H1N1 vaccine clinics Monday, Dec. 14 in the Red Gym or the Welcome Center
n 3:30 p.m. “100 Years of ‘On, Wisconsin!’”:
n 9 a.m. “Wisconsin Reflections”: “Wisconsin at 21 N. Park St., or visit us online anytime
can be found at Public Health Madison Dane Half-hour documentary covers the history, lore
Reflections” is an interview show featuring
County. and meaning of UW-Madison’s fight song. at http://www.vip.wisc.edu. Below are
prominent UW-Madison alumni and friends.
Athletic director and former football coach Barry Tuesday, Dec. 22 two recent questions Ask Bucky received.
Badger fans travel with WAA Alvarez is interviewed. n 1 a.m. “Office Hours”: Features a discus-
Q: What are the details on the switch over to
to the Champs Sports Bowl n 3 p.m. “Office Hours”: Political science sion of AIDS research on campus and new
breakthroughs around the world. a new WiscMail?
The Wisconsin Badgers are headed to the professor Ken Goldstein hosts. Political science
professors and international relations experts n 1:30 a.m. “Wisconsin Reflections”: A: WiscMail is upgrading to a newer system
Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Features acclaimed jazz pianist and Wisconsin that is designed to look similar to systems
Jon Pevehouse and Andrew Kydd discuss the
Tuesday, Dec. 29, and loyal fans will follow United States’ new direction in Afghanistan, for- resident Ben Sidran. like Outlook, Thunderbird and Apple Mail.
the team as part of the official Wisconsin eign policy and developments in Iran. Monday, Dec. 28 Some of the new features of the new
Alumni Association (WAA) bowl tour. n 3:30 p.m. “Wisconsin Reflections”: Alumna n 9 a.m. “100 Years of ‘On, Wisconsin!’” WiscMail will include the following:
Suzy Favor Hamilton, Olympic runner and for- n 9:30 a.m. “Office Hours”: University Health n The ability to keep several messages
The WAA Champs Sports Bowl tour is
mer three-time Big Ten Female Athlete of the Services executive director Sarah Van Orman
open to all alumni, fans, friends and families. open at once
Year is featured. and pathobiological sciences professor Chris
Official WAA tour packages include lodg- n Move messages with a drag and drop
Tuesday, Dec. 15 Olsen discuss the truths and myths behind
n Search for addresses in the People
ing, game-day transportation, a game ticket n 1 a.m. “Office Hours”: University Health H1N1.
Services executive director Sarah Van Orman n 3 p.m. “Office Hours”: Professor Caroline search directory
in the Wisconsin section, admission to the
and pathobiological sciences professor Chris Levine discusses the role of the arts in democ- n Only one click to add someone to your
official pregame tailgate, the Badger Blast/ racy.
Olsen discuss the truths and myths of H1N1. address book
Huddle and exclusive invitations to Badger n 1:30 a.m. “The Wisconsin Idea”: Magazine n 3:30 p.m. “100 Years of ‘On, Wisconsin!’” The release is planned for late spring
celebrations. Tour packages start at $444 per style special features programs at UW- Madison Tuesday, Dec. 29 2010. Students and staff can familiarize
traveler. that highlight the Wisconsin Idea. n 1 a.m. “Wisconsin Reflections”: Richard themselves with the new system by clicking
As an official travel partner of Monday, Dec. 21 Davis, professor of bass, is interviewed. “Try the New Web Client” in the WiscMail
UW-Madison Athletics, WAA offers the only n 9 a.m. “Wisconsin Reflections”: CBS News section of their MyUW portal. See page 2 for
senior political correspondent and alumnus Jeff more information.
bowl tours that include around-the-clock
Greenfield is interviewed.
customer service and an on-site hospitality Q: Does the Dane County Farmer’s Market
desk staffed by travel professionals, as well as continue in the Winter?
deluxe accommodations and transportation A: The Dane County Farmer’s Market con-
tinues year round, although it moves indoors
to and from the game. Packages include the Based on these requests, the mail team For faculty hires authorized in this second
for the winter. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 19,
Red Deluxe Tour or the Short-stay Badger added the following features to make com- round, searches for these positions will com-
it is held from 7:30 a.m.-noon on Saturdays
Tour, with round-trip charter air or land-only municating better: mence in fall 2010, with faculty starting in
at the Monona Terrace. Beginning Jan. 9, it
options available. n Tabs let you read and write multiple fall 2011. Round three competition likely occurs at the Madison Senior Center (330 W.
Fans can book WAA Champs Sports Bowl messages. Use the preview pane to see mes- to occur in fall 2010 will lead to faculty hir- Mifflin) from 8 a.m.-noon, until it moves back
Tours and find more details online at http:// sage contents without leaving your inbox. ing authorization in early spring 2011, with to the Capitol Square on April 17.
uwalumni.com/bowltours. Packages are also n Search through all your messages fast, searches under way in fall 2011 for fall 2012 During the winter, the Farmer’s Market
available through the WAA Bowl Hotline at without opening a new window. starts. offers a variety of goods, including meat,
866-373-5073. WAA bowl tour representa- n Use drag and drop to move messages to In the first round, Martin and the MIU cheese, stored and fresh vegetables, and
tives can assist travelers with arrangements specific folders, including trash. oversight committee identified eight pro- fruits.
for air transportation. n One click sends a message or adds a per- posals, ranging from an electronic system For more information, visit http://www.
In addition, day-of-game packages, son to your address book. designed to capture notes of student meet-
including game ticket and admission to the n Start typing a UW-Madison name and ings with advisers to College of Letters & Panel addresses impact of national
pregame Badger Blast/Huddle tailgate, are People Search quickly pops it in. Science faculty lines, to become the first health care reform on communities
available at http://uwalumni.com/bowl. “The next release planned for the late recipients of funding. As part of the Forward Thinking speaker
Tickets to the Badger Blast/Huddle are also spring of 2010, will focus on customer Due to the large volume of proposals, full series, a panel of hospital and medical pro-
available for separate purchase. requests for greater customization. Enhanced posting to the Madison Initiative Web site fessionals will discuss the impact of national
color themes, better control of embedded will not be immediately available. health care reform on local health care.
New WiscMail launched to campus images and more control over features like To view the proposals, e-mail Sheila Voss at The event, “National Health Care
UW-Madison has launched its new WiscMail the preview pane are being pursued,” says email@example.com to receive access to Reform: Acting Nationally, Impacting
Web mail client. Brennan. the Madison Initiative MyWebspace page. Locally — What Will It Mean For You?”
Based on feedback from campus, the The mail team encourages campus to will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday,
Division of Information Technology (DoIT) UW-Madison receives $9.5 million Dec. 14, at the Union Theater. Register to
watch an introductory video to familiarize
created the new interface for faster and easier Gates Foundation grant attend at http://www.bus.wisc.edu/
themselves with the new features and conver-
e-mailing, with more features. The updated UW-Madison has received a five-year, $9.5 events/?EventID=3616.
sion options at http://www.doit.wisc.edu/ The panel will be moderated by NBC15’s
version offers much of the functionality wiscmail/web_client/. million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates
Sarah Carlson and will include Frank Byrne,
of Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail Foundation to identify virus mutations that
president of St. Mary’s Hospital; Jeffrey
— without having to install or configure any- Madison Initiative accepts would serve as early warnings of potential
Grossman, president and CEO of the UW
thing on your computer. 114 second-round proposals pandemic influenza viruses. Medical Foundation; Donna Katen-Bahensky,
Currently, the new mail client is avail- The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a virologist at the president and CEO of UW Hospital; Geoffrey
able through the WiscMail section at the (MIU) has accepted 114 proposals for review School of Veterinary Medicine, is principal Priest, chief medical officer at Meriter
MyUW portal and clicking “Try the New Web from its second-round deadline on Nov. 23. investigator on the project, which brings Hospital; Lon Sprecher, president and COO of
Client.” Eventually it will be available auto- Members of the Madison Initiative over- together an international team of scientists in Dean Health Insurance; and Jim Woodward,
matically through the WiscMail Web site. sight committee and the student oversight a quest for a more reliable method of identi- president and CEO of Meriter Hospital.
Pat Brennan, who manages the WiscMail board will begin reviewing proposals until fying influenza threats to human health.
service for UW-Madison, says DoIT initially the end of winter break and then make rec- To facilitate early recognition, Kawaoka
for undergraduates announced
gathered feedback from students, faculty and ommendations to Chancellor Biddy Martin and his colleagues will look for mutations
Faculty and staff are encouraged to invite
staff in the summer and fall of 2008 to deter- and Provost Paul DeLuca. Decisions for this in viral proteins that allow avian influenza
undergraduate students to apply for
mine which features customers wanted in second stage are expected in early spring. viruses to bind to human receptors or facili- the Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/
their e-mail client. “We’re pleased with both the number and tate efficient replication in human cells. Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom
After upgrading this spring, the mail team quality of the proposals that we’ve received,” Avian viruses don’t generally infect human Environmental Scholarships. The Holstrom
tested the product and introduced the pilot says Aaron Brower, vice provost for teaching or other mammalian hosts. But every once in Scholarships require an environmental focus.
in July to small groups of customers, Brennan and learning. “We want all deans and depart- a while, a mutation occurs that allows avian Submissions are due Feb. 15. Applications
added. By September, several thousand cus- ment chairs to know that we won’t be able to viruses to adapt to human cells. That is gen- will be available after Dec. 15. Details can be
tomers were testing the new interface. fund every worthy effort, and hope that many erally when a pandemic occurs. found at http://www.provost.wisc.edu/
Some of the most commonly requested can be resubmitted in future rounds.” By identifying mutations that might allow uaa/awards/hilldale.html
Brower says that a third round of propos- this to occur, Kawaoka and his colleagues The University Book Store Academic
features included the ability to keep several
Excellence Awards provide $1,000 to under-
messages open at once and multitask, to als will likely be accepted in fall 2010, with hope they can develop an early warning
graduate students who have distinguished
move messages with drag and drop, and to decisions announced by the end of February system that will make it easier to predict the
themselves by completing outstanding
integrate with the UW-Madison People search 2011. pandemic potential of influenza viruses. projects. Submissions are due April 5.
directory. Application forms are available at http://
December 9, 2009 3
f aculty and s taff
Star teacher takes a different approach to chemistry
By David Tenenbaum
This column features the We Conserve n the well of the lecture hall, Cathy
program and its work on campus. Learn Middlecamp begins Chemistry 108,
more at http://www.conserve.wisc.edu. Chemistry in Context, with some
encouragement: “This was your first exam,
When contemplating sustainability but you knocked it out of the park.” Before
practices at your department or office easing into the day’s topic, she tells a story
building, it’s important to remember showing that science is no stranger to real
that not all conservation efforts require life.
large-scale infrastructure adjustments. It’s a couple of months after Sept. 11,
There are many simple things that and she is returning from a tour of “ura-
can be done to promote waste reduction nium country” in New Mexico with Omie
by making a minimal investment. The Baldwin, a member of the Navajo nation
recent efforts of the university’s Division and social worker at University Health
of Recreational Sports demonstrate that. Services. The women are exploring an old
The changes being made by the uranium mine and mill where Navajo men
Division of Recreational Sports in a had worked and later contracted lung can-
drive to “go green” are uncomplicated, cer from exposure to the radioactive gas
yet they have the potential to greatly radon in the mines, which supplied the U.S.
diminish the environmental impact of atomic bomb project.
their operations. As Middlecamp boards her return flight,
For example, rather than print- she rolls a carry-on bag — freighted with
ing thousands of sheets of paper with uranium ore she collected — down the jet-
the facilities’ schedules on them, this way. Middlecamp reminds the class that the
year a small set of business cards were decay of uranium releases, “What? Right,
produced which encourage patrons to alpha particles.” A sheet of paper can block
check schedules online. The switch has alpha particles, so she’s not worried about
already vastly decreased the amount of airport radiation monitors — until the inter-
paper being wasted, and the hope is to com barks, “Passenger Middlecamp: Halt!
eventually eliminate even the business Your boarding has been denied by the FAA.”
Photo: Jeff Miller
cards and move to an entirely electronic Repeating “uranium is an alpha emitter,”
system. on her internal soundtrack, Middlecamp
The division also plans on using returns to the desk — and learns that radia-
new software to replace paper in the tion is not the problem — she has too many Wearing a traditional dogi and hakama, Cathy Middlecamp, a distinguished faculty associate in
membership registration process. This carry-ons. the Department of Chemistry, practices with Eric Saemann as she teaches a lunchtime aikido
class at Aikido of Madison. With deep roots in samurai tradition, aikido is a modern Japanese
initiative is especially relevant for fac- By the time she gets to the day’s subject,
martial art and one that practitioners use to non-aggressively defend themselves with body rolls
ulty and staff, because soon you will ground-level ozone pollution, Middlecamp and throws while also protecting their subdued attacker from injury.
no longer be required to fill out a form has subtly delivered a stack of lessons about
to use the facilities or rent a locker. the relationship of science and society:
Instead, you will be able to manage your Knowing science has practical value. The Personal engagement is a key to the Behind the master teacher is a rebel who
membership by simply signing in on a past is still with us. It’s legit to care about Middlecamp method. She is “a very high- says she “teaches science as if people mat-
computer. people — even miners who have long since touch professor, she’s engaging, looking tered.” In her course Integrated Liberal
Another interesting project is the succumbed to their hazardous national- for ways to get them involved in their own Studies 251, students read “The Radium
“Reuse a Shoe” program, which allows security service. learning through group projects, research Girls and the Firecracker Boys,” about the
people to bring their old footwear in to And science, like literature, is about stories. and labs,” says Aaron Brower, a professor of young women who died of oral cancer after
any of the recreational sports buildings The lecture on ozone pollution concludes social work and vice provost for teaching they painted luminescent radium on watch
to be reprocessed. The shoes are col- with some science-based health advice: and learning. “She works very hard at teach- dials in the 1920s, and about atomic scien-
lected by Madison Recycling and made because ground-level ozone forms in sun- ing; it’s a real priority, a labor of love, and it tists who proposed to use nuclear explosives
into raw material for tracks and basket- light, in summer it’s safest to exercise in the really shows.” to open a harbor in Alaska in the 1950s.
ball courts, among other things. morning. Middlecamp, a fellow of the Association These almost-forgotten stories of exploi-
While efforts such as these are specific The students may not know that their for Women in Science, the American tation and hubris show the trademark
to the Division of Recreational Sports, instructor once considered becoming a gym Association for the Advancement of Science, Middlecamp approach, notes Edwin Sibert
other steps taken could be equally ben- teacher. Growing up on Long Island, N.Y., and the American Chemical Society, is III, chair of the general chemistry divi-
eficial to other offices around campus. Middlecamp won the school’s athletic award married to Ralph Middlecamp, who is the sion (which serves non-science majors).
For example, to encourage respon- and was first in her class — a dualism that executive of the Madison St. Vincent de “She teaches chemistry by choosing topics
sible electricity use, stickers were placed continues today. Middlecamp, a distin- Paul Society. In 1997, at age 14, John, their that students care about, by showing the
on all computer monitors and light guished faculty associate in the chemistry only child, died of leukemia, but she puts role of chemistry in these topics, and then
switches that ask users to “turn me off” department and Integrated Liberal Studies, the enduring pain to good use. “Sometimes highlighting how an understanding of the
when finished or when leaving a room. also teaches the Japanese martial art of I think I’m a pathological optimist. How do underlying chemical principles allows us to
In addition, fliers posted on billboards aikido at Aikido of Madison on Madison’s you go on after you lose a kid? You make implement smart changes that affect all of
throughout the facilities provide staff east side. everybody your kid.” our lives.”
with easy steps that can be taken around “In my world growing up,” she says, “As a mentor, Cathy is priceless,” says The larger world and its problems are in
the office to promote sustainability and “women were teachers or nurses, and I Teri Larson, a Ph.D. student in curriculum the foreground as Middlecamp describes her
conservation. Some examples are recycle always thought I’d be teaching something.” and instruction who began working as a role as a teacher and mentor. “How do you
and reuse office supplies; put your After getting a bachelor’s degree in chemis- teaching assistant with Middlecamp more go on when the planet has these problems?
computer to sleep; turn off unneeded try at Cornell, Middlecamp earned one of than 10 years ago. “She’s always looking out You try to take care of them one at a time,
equipment; print smart; bring your own 100 Danforth Fellowships, which helped for the best interests of whoever she takes but you can’t think too small. In science, the
bottle; rethink transportation; use reus- fund graduate studies for students who under her wing. She does a good job of answers aren’t all in the back of the book.”
able kitchenware; use the stairs; and intended to teach. She earned a Ph.D. in seeking opportunities for them. I published In a research institution, Middlecamp is
educate and encourage others. inorganic chemistry at UW-Madison in my first paper because of her, spoke at my defiantly focused on teaching. “Because of
These ideas are not revolutionary or 1976, and taught in programs designed first national conference because of her.” who I am, I love teaching, students, learn-
controversial. They are common-sense to enhance minority and nontraditional Middlecamp’s many teaching awards ing from them. I cannot stay with balancing
reforms that demonstrate how easy it is students. In 1979, she began assisting at the include a UW System Teaching Scholar equations,” she says. “I tell students my
to “Be the We.” Chemistry Learning Center, a campus group award. This fall, she was awarded a Phi Beta goals are ‘for you to learn chemistry and
devoted to helping chemistry students Kappa award. “Nothing tickles me more,” to enjoy learning chemistry, so when you
master the subject. As the center’s director she says, “because the award is from the leave the course, you will continue learning
since 1988, she has written academic and students, and because Phi Beta Kappa rec- on your own. I am only with you for five
attitudinal tips for learning, even enjoying, ognizes interdisciplinary scholarship.” months, and I want you to engage, enjoy,
chemistry. find it worth your time.’”
4 Wisconsin Week
f aculty and s taff
Letter to the editor Milestones
Writer seeks to clarify Graduate School reorganization issue Kelly Cherry, Department of English, has
recently published her 18th and 19th full-
Editor’s note: The following letter was submit- the implications of such a plan for research suggested that the senate was approving a length books, “Girl in a Library: On Women
ted to Wisconsin Week on Nov. 17. For more and graduate education, be it resolved that “research overhaul.” The senate’s opposi- Writers and the Writing Life” and “The
Retreats of Thought: Poems.”
information about the resolution referenced in the Faculty Senate opposes any action to tion to the implementation of a plan until
the letter, visit http://www.news.wisc.edu/ implement such a plan, e.g., through the it has University Committee and senate Ian Duncan, Department of Medical
Sciences in the School of Veterinary
research-and-graduate-ed. creation of a new vice chancellor for research approval clearly slows down the administra- Medicine, was selected to the American
or changes in the functions of the Graduate tion’s “process.” However, precisely because College of Veterinary Surgeons Foundation
Dear editor, School, until the administration provides the administration has proceeded toward a board of trustees.
The Wisconsin Week article “Faculty a fully developed written plan in response restructuring without an actual detailed plan Becky Hoffman, a microbiologist in the
Senate OKs slow research overhaul” cover- to the University Committee’s ad hoc com- to which the faculty can respond, the senate Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene’s envi-
ing the Faculty Senate’s Nov. 2 response to mittee report and recommendations, which invoked its responsibility for the immediate ronmental flow cytometry unit, received the
Golden Spigot Award from the Water Quality
the administration’s desire to restructure has been reviewed and approved by the governance of the institution by adopting and Technology Division of the American
the Graduate School contains a number University Committee and the Faculty the resolution. What the resolution does call Water Works Association.
of misleading inaccuracies. The most seri- Senate with appropriate opportunity for for is deliberation and participation by fac- John Lee, industrial and systems engineer-
ous of these is a complete misstatement of comment by all members of the faculty.” ulty governance bodies, critical elements that ing, was named the Emerson Electric Quality
the resolution at the outset of the article. The faculty’s ad hoc committee that have been missing from the “process.” and Productivity Improvement Professor,
Because the rest of the article is based on the was charged by the University Committee Finally, Wisconsin Week’s selection of effective July 1.
incorrect characterization of the resolution, to determine the needs of the research quotations for the article exhibits the same Carol Menassa, civil and environmental
the University Committee requests that the enterprise was not asked to review the apparent attempt to mislead the reader to engineering, was named the M.A. Mortenson
Company Construction Engineering and
entire article be retracted. administration’s “plan” because the provost’s believe that the senate resolution supports Management Profoessor, effective July 1.
That fundamental problem occurs in the Power Point presentation lacks sufficient change as long as it is slow.
The Modern Language Association of
article’s first paragraph: “A proposed reor- detail to make its critique possible. But that’s There is broad-based faculty concern over America has award its 12th Aldo and Jeanne
ganization of the Graduate School will be not the only problem with the article. The how the senate resolution has been reported Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript
slowed down until university administra- resolution includes no reference to university by the administration. To correct the record in Italian Literary Studies to Kristin Phillips-
Court, Department of French and Italian, for
tors have responded to an upcoming review administrators responding to a review, but and give those in attendance an insight into
her manuscript “The Perfect Genre: Drama
of the plan…” Nowhere in the text of the rather, the resolution requires that before the actual tone and substance of the discus- and Painting in Renaissance Italy.”
resolution nor during the related debate was any plan go forward, it must have “been sion, the University Committee asks for
Jeffrey Russell, civil and environmental
an “upcoming review of the plan” ever ref- reviewed and approved by the University a formal retraction of the article and that engineering, was named the Pieper Family
erenced. The resolution, which, by the way, Committee and the Faculty Senate with Wisconsin Week publish this letter as well as Chair —Servant Leadership in the College of
garnered but one negative vote, reads as fol- appropriate opportunity for comment by all sociology professor Robert Hauser’s presenta- Engineering, effective July 1.
lows: “Whereas the administration’s proposal members of the faculty.” Wisconsin Week’s tion to the senate (below).
to reorganize the Graduate School has been article presents a reversal of this process.
presented without a detailed written plan Even the title of the article is mislead- William Tracy, chair
and without time for due consideration of ing. Neither the resolution nor the debate Friday Professor of Agronomy Professor wins national award
Teresa Balser, associate professor of soil
Faculty Senate presentation addresses recent resolution science, received the National Teaching
Award from the Association of Public
and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
Editor’s note: Robert Hauser, professor of the brakes in July. independent of possible later decisions of
The award recognizes outstanding
sociology, gave the following presentation at This fall, the provost has wisely sought fac- greater organizational import? To what extent
faculty members for their classroom
the Nov. 2 Faculty Senate meeting regarding ulty, staff and student reaction to his proposal are some of the more obvious problems
teaching, use of innovative teaching
a resolution about the reorganization of the — which remains about as sketchy as ever — already on their way to resolution through
methods, service to students and their
Graduate School. in a series of five town meetings. I attended recent, selective staff increases in compliance
profession, and scholarship.
My colleagues and I have not offered two of those meetings and viewed the video and RSP? And of great importance to my col-
Balser teaches upper-level soils
this motion out of knee-jerk opposition to of another. With a few exceptions, the leagues, among others: What are the effects of
and honors biology courses, a large
change. Far from it, we hope it will help responses to the provost’s proposal in those proposed organizational changes on research
introductory environmental studies
lead to thoughtful and expeditious actions well-attended meetings have been highly criti- activities that do not follow the dominant
class and graduate seminar courses for
to improve research administration at cal. In many cases, the provost’s responses to model that is most familiar to the present
professional and instructional develop-
UW-Madison. the questions raised in those meetings have administration?
ment. She is a sought-after speaker for
There are two intertwined issues: research been vague or uninformative. And town The provost has been quoted as describing
outreach activities with growers and
administration and shared governance. meetings, while useful and appropriate, are some recent compliance efforts as “mid-air
citizens interested in soil ecology and is
First, there are some problems with not mechanisms of faculty governance. collision avoidance.” We should equally avoid
co-writing an introductory environmen-
research administration and compliance. Such The attempt to make a major organizational trying to fly a new aircraft while building
tal studies textbook.
problems are to be expected in an organiza- change without appropriate buy-in from it. As demonstrated by many of the excel-
Balser is also involved in a wide
tion as large and complex as UW-Madison, faculty and staff was a major blunder — a lent questions raised at the town meetings,
range of efforts to help other teach-
and we can do and should do better. But we breach of trust when faculty morale was also the administration proposal contains some
ers improve their craft. She directs
are not in a crisis situation; solutions that ben- low for other reasons. To repair that damage, elements that have little to do with our cur-
the Institute for Cross-College Biology
efit all of us should be sought in a thoughtful we think it is most important that faculty and rent problems and that may well create more
Education, is a member of the Teaching
process that engages the entire university staff participate fully and appropriately in the problems than they solve. We need to take
Academy and is an affiliate of the Office
community. solution of our problems. We believe that pas- a fresh and thoughtful look at ourselves and
of Human Resource Development. She
The second issue is the process for dealing sage of our motion at the present time will be come up with thoroughly developed solutions
serves as the leadership development
with those problems. Thus far, the process helpful in that respect. that meet with approval — that have “buy in”
coordinator for the American Society of
has been less than exemplary. There are some real problems in research from faculty, staff and students.
Agronomy and regularly presents work-
Again, the issues of reorganization and administration and compliance. Speaking for myself, I think that the
shops on teaching and professional
shared governance are intertwined. Given the Like others, my colleagues and I have suf- problems we face have arisen from external
way in which the proposed reorganization fered inordinate delays and other problems pressures — largely from the federal gov-
The APLU also honored Michel
was initiated, should faculty and staff place with the Office of Research and Sponsored ernment — as well as from the growth and
Wattiaux, associate professor of dairy
their trust in a sketchy proposal that offers no Programs. Some of us have had painful expe- internal dynamics of our research enterprise.
science, with its Regional Teaching
details of the role of shared governance in its riences with compliance issues. There are My take on the matter — based on some 40
Award. The APLU commended
realization? problems in human subject training. And so years of experience here — is that univer-
Wattiaux’s strong focus on experiential
I will discuss the issues briefly and in on. But we also have had some very positive sity administration has drifted away from its
learning, noting that “his courses place
reverse order. experiences. traditional role — facilitating the day-to-day
students in the driver’s seat and he chal-
Last summer, the UW administration out- Based on the sketchy proposal presented at and year-to-year activities of the faculty — to
lenges them to think critically and from
lined a proposal to strip the Graduate School the town-hall meetings, we think it is fair to an excessive concern with meeting external
multiple perspectives. ”
of many of its research functions and to say that the administration has not yet made demands. I hope that approval of the present
Wattiaux teaches an undergraduate
place those functions, along with some other the case that its proposal to separate gradu- motion might help move us in a more pro-
seminar, a dairy husbandry practi-
functions, under a new vice chancellor for ate education and research administration ductive direction, both within the university
cum, courses on ruminant nutrition
research. is either necessary or sufficient to solve the and in our relations with outside institutions.
and environmental impact of livestock
That sketchy proposal would have been known problems in research administration.
management, and an international agri-
put in place with no faculty participation For example, would it make sense to con- Robert Hauser
had the University Committee not applied solidate compliance activities as a first step, Vilas Research Professor of Sociology
December 9, 2009 5
Advances r esearch
Like humans, ants use bacteria
to make their gardens grow
A new finding, reported in the journal Science,
documents previously unknown symbiosis
After mastodons and mammoths, a new landscape
between ants and bacteria, giving insight into
By Terry Devitt
how leaf-cutter ants have come to dominate
the American tropics and subtropics. firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s more, the work, conducted by a team
led by UW-Madison bacteriologist Cameron Roughly 15,000 years ago, at the end of the
Currie, identifies what is likely the primary last ice age, North America’s vast assemblage
source of terrestrial nitrogen in the tropics, a of large animals — including such iconic
Illustration: Barry Roal Carlsen, UW-Madison
setting where nutrients are otherwise scarce. creatures as mammoths, mastodons, camels,
“Nitrogen is a limiting resource,” says Garret horses, ground sloths and giant beavers —
Suen, a postdoctoral fellow and a co-author of began their precipitous slide to extinction.
the study. “If you don’t have it, you can’t survive.”
And when their populations crashed,
The partnership between ant and microbe
emptying a land whose diversity of large
permits leaf-cutters to be amazingly success-
animals equaled or surpassed Africa’s
ful. Their underground nests, some the size of
small houses, can harbor millions of inhabit- wildlife-rich Serengeti plains then or now,
ants. In the Amazon forest they comprise four an entirely novel ecosystem emerged as
times more biomass than do all land animals broadleaved trees once kept in check by Mastodons graze on black ash trees in a pleistocene swamp in this artist’s rendering. A new study
huge numbers of big herbivores claimed the by researchers at UW-Madison shows that the disappearance of North America’s large herbivores
not long after the retreat of the ice sheets that covered much of the continent triggered a dra-
“This is the first indication of bacterial landscape. Soon after, the accumulation of matic reshaping of the landscape.
garden symbionts in the fungus-growing ant woody debris sparked a dramatic increase
system,” says Currie. in the prevalence of wildfire, another key
A critical finding in the new study, according a rapid, ‘blitzkrieg’ overkill of large ani- nal decline and extinction began at the
shaper of landscapes.
to Currie, is that the nitrogen, which is extracted mals by humans,” notes Gill, nor was their Appleman Lake site sometime between 14.8
This new picture of the ecological
from the air by the bacteria, ends up in the ants decline due to a loss of habitat. thousand and 13.7 thousand years ago and
upheaval of the North American land-
themselves and, ultimately, benefits the nitro- However, the work does seem to rule out preceded major shifts in plant community
scape just after the retreat of the ice sheets
gen-poor ecosystems where the ants thrive. a recent hypothesis that a meteor or comet composition and the frequency of fire,”
The fungus-growing ants are technically is detailed in a study published Nov. 19
impact some 12.9 thousand years ago was notes Williams.
herbivores. They make their living by carving in the journal Science. The study, led by
responsible for the extinction of ice age Absent the large herbivores that kept
up foliage and carrying it back to their nests in UW-Madison researchers, uses fossil pollen,
North America’s signature large animals. them in check, such tree species as black
endless columns to provide the raw material for charcoal and dung fungus spores to paint
The study was conducted using lake sedi- ash, elm and ironwood began to colonize
the fungus they grow as food. “But plant-feed- a picture of a post-ice age terrain different
ment cores obtained from Appleman Lake a landscape dominated by coniferous trees
ing insects are known to be nitrogen-limited,” from anything in the world today.
explains Currie, “and the plant biomass nitro-
in Indiana, as well as data obtained previ- such as spruce and larch. The resulting mix
The work is “the clearest evidence to
gen is lower than what the insects need for ously by study co-author Guy Robinson of boreal and temperate trees formed a plant
date that the extinction of a broad guild of
survival.” from sites in New York. Gill and colleagues community unlike any observed today.
animals had effects on other parts of these
Enter the nitrogen-fixing bacteria, two species used pollen, charcoal and the spores of a “As soon as herbivores drop off the land-
ancient ecosystems,” says John Williams,
of which were isolated in laboratory and field col- dung fungus that requires passage through scape, we see different plant communities,”
a professor of geography and an expert on
onies of the ants. But merely finding the bacteria a mammalian intestinal tract to complete its Gill explains. “Our data suggest that these
wasn’t enough. It was necessary to prove that
ancient climates and ecosystems who is
life cycle to reconstruct a picture of sweep- trees would have been abundant sooner
the ants were utilizing the nutrient to confirm a the study’s senior author. What’s more, he
ing change to the ice age environment. The if the herbivores hadn’t been there to eat
true mutualism. says, the detailing of changes on the ice age
decline of North America’s signature ice them.”
The discovery of the nitrogen-fixing mutualism landscape following the crash of keystone
age mammals was a gradual process, taking While both the extinction of North
in ants has significant ecological implications animal populations can provide critical
about 1,000 years. The decline in the huge America’s ice age megafauna and the
given the dominance of ants in virtually all of insight into the broader effects of animals
the word’s terrestrial ecosystems. The new work
numbers of ice age animals is preserved in sweeping change to the landscape are well-
disappearing from modern landscapes.
suggests that an important source of nitrogen in the fossil record when the fungal spores dis- documented phenomena, there was, until
The study was led by Jacquelyn Gill, a
the American tropics and subtropics is derived appear from the record altogether. now, no detailed chronology of the events
graduate student in Williams’ lab.
through the partnership of ant and bacteria. Like detectives reconstructing a crime that remade the continent’s biological com-
The new work, says Gill, informs but
scene, the group’s use of dung fungus spores munities beginning about 14.8 thousand
Studies to improve cancer treatment does not resolve the debate over what
helps establish a precise sequence of events, years ago. Establishing that the disap-
A deeper understanding of genetic abnormali- caused the extinction of 34 genera or
showing that the crash of ice age megafauna pearance of the large animals preceded
ties in bone cancer cells, or osteosarcoma, in groups of large animals, including icons of
began before plant communities started to the massive change in plant communities,
dogs may yield clues that lead to improved treat- the ice age such as elephant like mastodons
change and before fires appeared widely on promises scientists critical new insight into
ment in both canine and human osteosarcoma. and ground sloths the size of sport utility
That’s what Timothy Stein, an assistant pro-
the landscape. the dynamics of extinction and its pervasive
vehicles. “Our data are not consistent with
fessor of oncology at the School of Veterinary “The data suggest that the megafau- influence on a given landscape.
Medicine, hopes to accomplish with a study of
spontaneously occurring tumors in dogs.
He and his colleagues are collecting samples Giant collider back in gear, sets record for collision strength
of bone tumors from dogs as part of an NIH-
funded study at the UW Institute for Clinical and By David Tenenbaum ATLAS detector is checking out very well. 13.7 billion years ago.
Translational Research (ICTR). Stein then looks email@example.com Recently, our group met for six hours, and Smith’s UW-Madison group helped
for differences in genes from dogs that have a everybody was showing what they learned.” design, install and test one of the four col-
higher level of an enzyme, alkaline phosphatase On Nov. 30, the world’s largest scientific Although the data contained nothing new, lider detectors, called the Compact Muon
(ALP). instrument, the Large Hadron Collider, set a the success was welcome, coming as it did Solenoid, a 12,000-ton apparatus located
ALP has been associated with a poorer record when it smashed one stream of pro- more than a year after an electrical malfunc- 300 feet underground.
outcome in both dogs and people with osteo- tons against another and then accelerated tion derailed the collider’s initial startup. Inside each detector, the streams of
sarcoma. If there are differences in the genes the beams to 1.18 trillion electron volts, Experts are now gaining confidence that the protons are channeled into collisions that
expressed between tumors from dogs with long, expensive project will start producing release streams of particles that will almost
exceeding the record held by Fermilab in
normal as opposed to elevated levels of ALP,
Illinois since 2001. scientific results in the winter. instantly be “seen” by tens of millions of
oncologists may be able to develop a new direc-
The restart is welcome news to a large The collider, operated by CERN, the individual detection elements. “When
tion for potential cancer treatments.
Stein is also looking at the role of beta- team of UW-Madison physics professors, European Organization for Nuclear particles enter the detector, they better hit
catenin, a protein important for keeping cells scientists and students, who have been Research, spans the French-Swiss bor- these elements in time,” Smith says. “It’s like
together as well as for cell growth and division, developing the collider’s technology and der, and has become the world center for being an orchestra conductor who is trying
in osteosarcoma cases. Beta-catenin is altered are ready to start a broad range of scientific particle physics. The giant machine’s fun- to conduct everything to within a few nano-
in a variety of cancers, including human osteo- experiments. “It’s a very exciting time,” says damental goal is to understand the physical seconds.”
sarcoma, and may allow these cells to proliferate professor of physics Wesley Smith, who world at the most basic level, and it could Wu’s ATLAS detector is 144 feet long
out of control. has been developing one of four mammoth illuminate such subjects as multiple uni- and 72 feet high. ATLAS, the largest of the
The hope is that breakthroughs in these particle detectors. “Although the first beams verses, dark matter and dark energy. collider’s four detectors, registers data on
canine bone cancer studies will yield new treat- Smith says that when the collider’s about 100 million channels simultaneously.
operated at low energy, they are teaching us
ments for humans as well, because dog and
a lot about the detector and its performance. 16-mile ring is operating at full strength of 7 Part of her long effort on the collider has
human bone cancers are similar.
It’s thrilling, after 15 years of effort, to see trillion electron volts, each proton will carry gone to developing software that will save
Stein encourages animal owners to con-
tact the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching data coming from what was once just a as much energy as it would gain from pas- interesting collisions for analysis and ignore
Hospital if their pet is diagnosed with cancer and design.” sage through 1.17 trillion car batteries. almost all of the torrent of incoming data.
they want options, especially for bone cancer. “Everyone is very excited,” says Sau Lan The collider is supposed to re-create the Otherwise, the detector could fill 100,000
Wu, professor of physics, who works on a conditions found one billionth of a second CDs per second.
detector called ATLAS. “We find that the after the big bang kick-started the universe
6 Wisconsin Week
r esearch Curiosities
Editor’s note: This column provides a glimpse
Stage fright is not an issue for Shakhashiri
into the science behind everyday life. Do you
have a question for Curiosities? Submit it to
By Chris Barncard science itself — is communicating
firstname.lastname@example.org an attitude about science, to get Q: Why do cats hate
people excited about learning,”
A: Because we teach
“After my first Christmas lec- Shakhashiri says. “Anybody can
them to hate it.
ture, someone gave me a picture mix chemicals to blow things up
There are plenty of cats
of a ham,” says Shakhashiri, a or make colors. What’s important that love water, accord-
UW-Madison chemistry professor. to me is tickling their brain, con- ing to Sandi Sawchuk, a clinical instructor at
“You can figure that out, right?” necting them to that progression the School of Veterinary Medicine.
On Dec. 6, Shakashiri wrapped of questions that is science.” Big, wild cats, especially those that live
up the 40th year of his wildly Young brains are open to that in hot, arid areas, often love to swim. An
popular Christmas lecture with guidance, as evinced by the Asian species known as the fishing cat uses
two packed performances of “Once crowds at Christmas lectures. The webbed paws to dive for fish, frogs and cray-
Upon a Christmas Cheery in the show is aimed at “kids of all ages,” fish.
Among domestic breeds, the Turkish Van
Lab of Shakhashiri.” Shakashiri says, and attended
is known for swimming. But most house cats
“That’s with all respect to Edgar largely by parent-child combos.
shy away from water.
Allen Poe,” Shakhashiri says. “I believe strongly in parental
“Because cats groom themselves, we as
“Although sometimes someone involvement in the learning pro- owners tend not to introduce them to bath-
will call it ‘Once Upon a Midnight cess,” he says. “The best is seeing ing like we do our dogs,” Sawchuk says. “Ask
Dreary in the Lab of Shakhashiri,’ both parents and children in the somebody who has show cats, which have
and I have to say, ‘There’s nothing audience reacting the same way to to be bathed regularly and have been in the
dreary in my lab!’” something amazing.” water since they were young. Those cats will
He’ll get no disagreement from Chemistry may have befud- tolerate it. There’s no fight at all.”
his audiences, who snap up tickets dled plenty of those parents The spray-bottle method of controlling cat
within a few days of the announce- — excepting, maybe, the former behavior — giving them a squirt between the
eyes when they jump up on the counter —
ment of each year’s show, filling Shakhashiri students who often
would make just about anyone wary.
a hall of 350 to watch gas-filled turn up with their kids — but
Photo: Bryce Richter It’s not uncommon for the owners of
balloons burst in flames, solu- that doesn’t mean the concepts
Sawchuk’s feline patients to describe their
tions change color at the chemist’s require throttling down for young cats sitting on the edge of the bathtub, bat-
command and liquids dance in minds. ting at the stream of water from the faucet or
magnetic fields. Bassam Shakhashiri, professor of chemistry, performs before an “There’s nothing to hold back,” showerhead.
In 1970, when Shakhashiri came audience filled with children and their parents during his annual Shakhashiri says. “The science “When they have the ability to control how
to Madison from the University “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery In the Lab of Shakhashiri” demon- speaks for itself. My choice is how much they can get near the water and how
stration program in the Chemistry Building. This year marks
of Illinois — after immigrating much I want to say.” much exposure they have, they don’t seem to
the 40th anniversary of the presentation.
from Lebanon in 1957, and study- Like each show that built to mind at all,” Sawchuk says.
ing at Boston University and the this year’s milestone anniversary,
tion, but because of the Christmas lecture,” Q: Can people actually speed read?
University of Maryland — he the Christmas lecture included a
A: Yes, but it has drawbacks, says Mitchell
figured his new chemistry students would he said. “It’s a privilege to communicate this special appearance by the element of cor-
Nathan, a professor of educational psychol-
enjoy a lively, visual end-of-semester review. knowledge to the community.” responding atomic number. The 40th was
“Word got out what I was going to do, And a calling. a showpiece for zirconium, and (like the Speed-reading courses teach techniques
and other students wanted to come,” he Shakhashiri says he is most proud of his metal) not just a low-rent version of the real for guiding the eye across and down the page,
says. “So I had to find a bigger room.” role as an educator at UW-Madison, where deal. and although that does raise the words-per-
In the intervening years, that room has he is the William T. Evjue Distinguished “We’re not talking about cheap thrills, but minute rate, “it’s extremely effortful to use
grown to include just about anyone with a Chair for the Wisconsin Idea. But he being intellectually stimulated,” Shakhashiri this technique. You may read in 30 minutes
TV set. The show — which was inspired by also founded the Institute of Chemical said. what I can read in two hours, but then your
the Christmas lectures delivered in London Education in 1983, and served for six years Of course, if you want to know some- system has to recover for a while, and you
by 19th century chemist and physicist as the National Science Foundation’s assis- thing new about niobium (atomic number can’t engage in much intellectual activity that
tant director for science and engineering involves the written word.”
Michael Farraday — has been a holiday sea- 41), it’s almost time to get in line for tickets.
Even though college students are a major
son staple on Wisconsin Public Television education. In 2007 the NSF’s governing “Farraday only did this for 19 years. I’m
market for speed-reading courses, Nathan
since 1973. board gave him its Public Service Award. already up to 40,” Shakhashiri says. “But
says speed-reading is unsuited for “reading
The videos make their way beyond the He has demonstrated chemical concepts I’m a very lucky person. I have in my group for deep comprehension, which is required
Wisconsin network, though. Shakhashiri in numerous countries and every state in very loyal and competent people. As long when we read to learn something.”
occasionally finds himself flipping chan- the union. as they are with me, and the university Many readers get bogged down reading
nels in a far-flung hotel room, only to come “Well, not in Alaska yet,” he says, with a encourages me, I’ll keep doing this.” every word, even those that tell us what we
across a begoggled Bucky Badger helping an shrug. “I don’t know about Alaska.” n The 40th anniversary Christmas lec- already know, but speed-reading is not the
equally familiar face swirl beakers on stage. Not that he wouldn’t go in a heartbeat. ture will be broadcast by Wisconsin Public only solution. Instead, Nathan suggests skim-
“A lot of people around the world know He has answered about 1,300 other invita- Television at 1 p.m. on Dec. 21; 1:30 p.m. ming and scanning, which helps a reader
about the UW Chemistry Department not tions over the years. on Dec. 24; and 1 p.m. on Dec. 28. take advantage of structure in the text.
“What I’m interested in — as much as the —University Communications
because of a paper in a scientific publica-
The story of sweet corn begins in UW-Madison genomicist’s lab
By David Tenenbaum tons of grain from more than 87 million a grocery bar code, and then painted with a the dwarf’s foot, or Snow White’s face. Our
email@example.com acres in the United States this year. fluorescent dye. optical maps, just like the box cover, give
Producing the genome sequence required When the bar-coded molecules are the big picture that allows the sequencers to
Last month, scientists revealed the genetic input from an unusal optical mapping facil- exposed to a blue laser, the amount of fluo- link up their smaller pieces into a complete
instructions inside corn, one of the big three ity in the Laboratory for Molecular and rescent light they emit reveals the length of genome.”
cereal crops. Corn, or maize, has one of the Computational Genomics at UW-Madison. each barcode feature. The microscopes in Shiguo Zhou, Schwartz’s colleague who
most complex sequences of DNA ever ana- Unlike traditional gene sequence work, the optical mapping system are fully auto- did much of the heavy lifting in the opti-
lyzed, says UW-Madison genomicist David which examines DNA letter by letter, the mated, so millions of bar-coded molecules cal map of maize, says the optical mapping
Schwartz, who was one of more than 100 optical mapping system looks at bigger can be pieced together to reveal the struc- system was “incredibly cost-effective and
authors in the article in the journal Science. pieces, and that has positioned the lab’s ture of a genome. invaluable in dissecting the infamously
“The maize genome is a true maze — full research as a key complementary compo- The optical map supplies a scaffold, complex maize genome.”
of confusing repeats and dead-ends that nent for working with the data produced by or big-picture view, of the structure of At the center of the Schwartz system is a
have troubled would-be sequencers for gene sequencers. the DNA under study, says Schwartz. series of automated microscopes that run
years,” says Schwartz. The first step in the optical mapping “Traditional sequencing must work on small 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “For the
Publication of the genome is expected system is to stretch out long, string-like chunks at a time, but the maize genome maize genome, we looked at about 2 million
to advance knowledge of corn’s ancestry, DNA molecules and stick them to electri- is incredibly complex, full of repeats, and molecules. If you had to do that by hand,
and also guide breeders trying to extract cally charged glass plates. These molecules that’s confusing. It’s like buying a 10,000- hunched over a microscope, you would
even more productivity from a crop that is are sliced up into a series of consecutive piece jigsaw puzzle; from looking at one grow dizzy from boredom,” says Schwartz.
expected to produce more than 200 million chunks, marking them in the same way as piece, it’s hard to know if you are looking at
December 9, 2009 7
December 9, 2009
Go Big Read makes promising start in first year Book Smart
By Gwen Evans Context. The class engages students with be returned to any campus library or in a Building Power:
firstname.lastname@example.org real-world issues that connect to chemistry, library drop slot. Architecture and
such as global climate change, air quality, A highlight of the Go Big Read program Surveillance in Victorian
and energy and food production. during the spring semester will be a forum America (University
t’s just a few months old, but Go Big
of Tennessee Press,
Read, UW-Madison’s new common- At the beginning of the semester, on food on April 23 at the Memorial Union
reading program has delivered some Middlecamp said she planned on using the as part of the alumni weekend day-on-cam-
impressive numbers. book to explore topics relating to growing pus program. Organized by the Wisconsin Andrzejewski,
The book, “In Defense of Food,” by and eating corn — its chemical composi- Alumni Association and CALS, the program associate professor
Michael Pollan, was used in 63 unique tion and nutritional value, of course — but will feature a day of food-related panels of art history
courses (that number explodes to 131 also associated topics such as corn’s impact and discussion on a variety of topics by
In the years following the Sept. 11 terrorist
when multiple sections are computed); on the environment and the use of high UW-Madison faculty and staff, such as attacks, the question of surveillance is more
8,628 copies of the book were distributed; fructose corn syrup in many processed research, health, economics, safety, history, pressing than ever. Proponents of national
some 8,000 people from campus and the foods. Her goal was to have her students law, food culture, urban agriculture, envi- security argue that we must implement video
community attended Pollan’s lecture at the learn chemistry along with seeing how ronmental impacts of food production and surveillance of public places to scan for suspi-
Kohl Center in September; 65 volunteer chemistry applies to complex issues that discoveries from UW-Madison that have cious people or objects. Others argue that
book discussion facilitators were recruited don’t have simple answers. changed the food landscape. such an erosion of civil liberties sends society
and trained; and 17 book discussions have She just wrote and gave that lecture on Specifics on the forum are taking shape, into a tailspin of stifled speech and the mis-
been held on campus and in the commu- high fructose corn syrup. “It has been ter- but confirmed topics include global obesity carriage of justice.
nity, facilitated by the volunteer leaders. rific working with Michael Pollan’s book. and diabetes issues; the international eco- Voyeuristic? Unseen? Expected? Anna
Andrzejewski shows that surveillance affects
In addition, groups around the state and I’d like students to learn more about sugars nomics of food; food safety and food safety
the way that we move through space, whether
UW-Madison alumni from New York to in foods and beverages every year, even if research; urban agriculture; Renaissance
it involves a closed-circuit television system or
Paris also held book discussions. Some of we’re not reading ‘In Defense of Food,’” cooking; and antitrust laws and agriculture. simply the careful placement of windows and
those groups watched Pollan’s lecture as says Middlecamp. More topics will be added, reflecting the mirrors.
it was streamed online. Those unable to Irwin Goldman, interim dean of the cross-disciplinary approach of the program. “How do cameras in a mall influence your
attend a discussion have participated virtu- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences George McGovern, former United States actions?” she asks. “Do you avoid them or
ally by posting to and reading a blog on (CALS), has used Pollan’s books in his representative, senator and presidential savor them? We talk about a modern ‘surveil-
the Go Big Read Web site (http://www. classes before Go Big Read. “I’ve always nominee, will be the keynote speaker. lance society,’ but the impulse isn’t new.”
gobigread.wisc.edu). Media coverage of the found his ideas are great for education and McGovern served as the director of the Andrzejewski says surveillance involves any
program and Pollan’s lecture reached across great for discussion. The level of inter- Food for Peace Program and chaired the act of sustained, close observation of others
Dane County, the state and the country. est in the classroom is very high and has U.S. Senate Select Committee on Unmet that is intended to transform behavior: of
those under surveillance and those who initi-
But what of those 131 classes that used generated some excellent class discussion,” Basic Needs. Day-on-campus events are free
ate it. Her recent book discusses how ideas of
the book for teaching and student learn- Goldman writes to the Go Big Read Steering and open to the public.
surveillance that began in the Victorian penal
ing? A key component of Go Big Read is Committee. Plans are also under way for next year’s system, and much earlier, spread to other
integrating the book into course content. Go Big Read is not over; it continues Go Big Read. The Go Big Read Steering architectural forms such as factories, post
The book was required reading for some throughout the academic year, and “In Committee will soon submit a list of final- offices and even religious camp meetings.
courses; in others, themes and issues raised Defense of Food” will be used in classes ists to the chancellor, who will make the Because of the hierarchies it enforced, sur-
in the book sparked discussions, papers during the spring semester, although a final decision early next semester. The book veillance within groups could be used to both
and presentations. Every student enrolled more modest two dozen or so faculty have selected will determine many of the associ- enforce separation and reinforce connections.
in a course using the book received a free currently committed to using the book. ated events and activities, but regardless The nature of this dichotomy still intrigues
copy of “In Defense of Food.” Students, faculty and staff who used the of the book, the steering committee antici- both scholars and public citizens today, and
Cathy Middlecamp, distinguished faculty book in the fall semester and no longer pates campus and community engagement, for good reason. Even the design of a mid-
century ranch house might have more to do
associate with a joint appointment in the want their copy, may donate them to be curricular use and a public event that will
with prison design than one might think.
Department of Chemistry and Integrated redistributed to students for classroom use bring people together to share ideas.
“In suburbs, for example, surveillance did
Liberal Studies Program, used the book in or for another community educational pur- not appear in the form of watchtowers, but
her course, Chemistry 108, Chemistry in pose if a surplus is returned. The books can rather in the layout of neighborhoods/subdivi-
sions and in the ‘accidental’ design of front
Winter commencement ceremonies planned for Dec. 20 picture windows,” she says.
Andrzejewski is most interested in using
By Liz Beyler professional degrees; all mas- art and architecture as indicators of social
email@example.com ter's degrees; and bachelor's history. Much of her work these days focuses
on vernacular architecture, using buildings
degrees from the College of
— their look, feel and function — to tell the sto-
Mid-year commencement ceremo- Agricultural and Life Sciences
ries of the people who interacted with these
nies at UW-Madison are scheduled and the schools of Education, places and objects.
for Sunday, Dec. 20. They will be Human Ecology, Medicine and To that end, she teaches a class on
held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Public Health, Nursing and American suburbs. Each week, her students
Kohl Center. Each ceremony will Pharmacy. chart the features of buildings in various
be approximately two hours long. At the 2 p.m. ceremony, Madison neighborhoods, going out into
Delivering the charge to the bachelor’s degrees from Madison’s neighborhoods and researching
graduates at both ceremonies will the School of Business, the them through original plat maps, building per-
be UW-Madison alumnus Neil College of Engineering, mits and photographs.
Willenson, founder and CEO of and the College of Letters “Studying vernacular architecture gets us
into stories of individuals often left out of
One Heartland (formerly Camp & Science, which includes
Photo: Jeff Miller
the written record and neglected in scholarly
Heartland), a charitable organiza- journalism, music and social
studies,” says Andrzejewski. “Ordinary hous-
tion that provides free programs work, will be conferred. ing — say, the veterans’ housing near Nakoma
and services to children and fami- Chancellor Biddy Martin speaks during a spring commencement ceremony. Parking will be available on Park, along the Beltline — can tell us how
lies affected by HIV/AIDS. Mid-year commencement ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20. a first-come, first-served basis veterans lived as they embarked on home
One Heartland has raised more in most university ramps and ownership in the years after World War II.”
than $40 million for the cause and lots. Between organizing a 2012 conference
is a model for similar programs bachelor of business administration degrees. Complimentary shuttle bus on vernacular architecture and helping
around the world. Gurmukh Mangat, whose degree is in service between the Lot 17 ramp at Camp administer a collaborative Ph.D. with the
Willenson, of Grafton, Wis., also co-cre- finance, investment and banking, will speak Randall and the Kohl Center will be provided UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture,
ated an AIDS awareness program known as every 10-15 minutes from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Andrzejewski has no shortage of scholarly
at the morning ceremony. Aaron “A.J.” Stoll
activity on her hands. She plans to continue
Journey of Hope. It gives children affected by will address the afternoon graduates. His Both ceremonies will be streamed live and
teaching about issues with applicability to
HIV/AIDS opportunities to share their expe- degree includes three majors: actuarial sci- will be accessible via the university's Web
the Upper Midwest, particularly since more
riences with school and community groups ence; finance, investment and banking; and site, http://www.wisc.edu. Windows Media localized studies have yet to synthesize a
and religious organizations. risk management and insurance. Player and a broadband connection are wider analysis of the region as a whole.
Also speaking will be two students from The following degrees will be conferred required to view them. Viewing will be avail-
— Susannah Brooks
the School of Business who will receive at the 10 a.m. ceremony: all doctoral and able at the start of each ceremony.
8 Wisconsin Week
To view event listings: http://www.today.wisc.edu/
Choral Union presents the Virgin Mary. Celebrating Haydn’s new taxonomy done on campus today. In con- ‘America’s greatest quartet’
four subtle, complex offerings position as Kapellmeister for the promi- junction with the UW-Madison Zoological comes to the Union Theater
While the Choral Union typically per- nent Esterhazy family, this Latin mass is Museum and the Wisconsin State For more than 30 years, the Emerson
forms a single major work each semester “rhythmically subtle and holds surprising Herbarium, the General Library System String Quartet has united technical mas-
— such as next spring’s Missa solemnis, moments,” according to Taylor. honors Darwin’s work with a new exhibit. tery with passion and expression. Its skill
by Beethoven — director Beverly Taylor Tickets are available through the “Organic Diversity and Evolution” is on has brought the group unparalleled acco-
will sometimes choose multiple works. Wisconsin Union Theater box office or view in the main lobby of the Memorial lades in the music world, including eight
This time around, a striking modern piece by phone at 265-ARTS. For more infor- Library through Feb. 1. Visitors are also Grammys and the Avery Fisher Prize.
joins a Baroque classic in a study of musi- mation, visit http://music.wisc.edu or encouraged to visit the exhibit “Science Now, the group hailed by Time Magazine
cal contrasts — and connections. contact the School of Music at 263-9485 Circa 1859: On the Eve of Darwin’s as “America’s greatest quartet” returns to
The 160-voice Choral Union, together or firstname.lastname@example.org. Origin of Species” on the ninth floor of Madison, at the Wisconsin Union Theater
with the 35-member Chamber Orchestra, the library in its Special Collections area. at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Tickets range
presents Leonard Bernstein’s 1965 This exhibit shows scientific develop- from $18-$40 general admission ($10 for
“Chichester Psalms” with Haydn’s ment occurring at roughly the same time UW-Madison students) and are available
1766 “Missa cellensis” at 7:30 p.m. on Darwin was synthesizing his own work. at the Union Theater box office.
Thursday, Dec. 10, and at 8 p.m. on Admission to the Memorial Library is free, The program spans the many styles of
Friday, Dec. 11. The program, in the but requires a UW-Madison ID or visitor’s the 19th century. Ludwig van Beethoven’s
Mosse Humanities Building’s Mills pass. Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127, comes
Hall, will begin with two short Russian Briefly introducing viewers to the back- from 1825, late in the composer’s life and
motets, “Ave Maria” by Rachmaninoff ground information that Darwin himself well into his period of profound hearing
and “Salvation is created” by Chesnokov. would have read, the exhibit provides an loss. Antonin Dvorak’s Quartet in E-flat
Tickets are $15 for general admission and overview of his work on the HMS Beagle Major, Op. 51, with his typical Czech
$8 for students and seniors. and his early work on organic change and touches mixing with classical styles,
The Chichester Psalms, sung in Hebrew, natural selection. Carnivorous plants and was written in 1878, during a period of
use text from six different psalms. The orchids demonstrate divergent and con- personal and professional success. And
Courtesy: Memorial Library
23rd psalm, sung here by boy soloist vergent evolution; wall charts show how Charles Ives’ Quartet No. 1 “A Revival
Chaitannya Agni of the Madison Youth early attempts at classification have been Service,” featuring contemporary experi-
Choirs, likely represents the voice of supplanted by modern systems. mentation with hymn themes, was written
David himself. Due to rhythmic complex- For more information, visit http:// in 1896 but not performed until 1957,
ity and shifts in range, the choral parts www.library.wisc.edu/news/releases/ three years after Ives’ death.
(particularly the tenor) are known for 2009/20091124-organicdiversityand For more, visit http://uniontheater.
their difficulty. Some of the music was evolution.html (for the exhibit) or wisc.edu/season/emerson2.html or con-
Library exhibits spotlight 150th
recycled from drafts of other Bernstein http://memorial.library.wisc.edu/about/ tact the theater at email@example.com.
anniversary of ‘Origin of Species’
works, such as West Side Story. policies.html (access information) or con-
Haydn’s festive “Missa cellensis in hon- Charles Darwin’s work on evolution tact Elisabeth Owens at eowens@library.
orem Beatissimae Virginis Mariae in C and diversity paved the way for much wisc.edu.
major” was composed as an offering to of the remarkable work on genetics and
Writer’s Choice: As pace slows, take a look at campus art exhibits
By Gwen Evans “Nicola López: Urban Transformations” biological and medical research.
firstname.lastname@example.org is on view through Jan. 3. Lopez’ work While at the Ebling, check out “It’s
ranges from small prints and collages Good for You: 100 Years of the Art and
he pace of events on campus is to larger-than-life installations. “Urban Science of Eating.” The exhibition is
slowing as the end of the semester Transformations” shows unpredictable part of Go Big Read. The show explores
nears. In other areas, things are cityscapes based on throwaways from the history of the food pyramid, Victory
barreling toward completing projects, fin- our industrialized and technology-laden Gardens, diet advice and other food-
ishing research and writing assignments, world. For example, a satellite tower related topics. The show is on display
and preparing for final exams. Perhaps it’s resembles a tree; pipes and girders spill through March 31.
time to hit the brakes and take a look at a to the floor, where their contents feed The Wisconsin Union Directorate Art
few campus art exhibits before they, too, flowers. Committee presents several early win-
say adieu. “Back in the World: Portraits of ter exhibitions in the Wisconsin Union
Katie Hudnall, the Art Department’s Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans” is also on Galleries through Jan. 19.
first Windgate Artist-in-Residence pres- view at the Chazen through Jan. 3. The n The work of Lisa Koch combines
ents her exhibition, “An Indirect Path,” at exhibit presents color portrait photo- the reflective and refractive properties of
the Arts Lofts Building, 111 N. Frances graphs of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans. glass with other media to investigate mix-
St., through Friday, Dec. 11. Hudnall Photographer James Gill took the photos ing different flows of information, Porter
is a woodworker, and these new works as part of Wisconsin Public Television’s Butts Gallery.
were created or completed in the campus Wisconsin Stories project. The photos n Evan Baden’s photos deal with the
woodshop during her residency (see page provide insight into the veterans’ memo- youth and ever-present technology, Class
1 for more on Hudnall). ries and experiences, which they carry of 1925 Gallery.
She describes her work as stories told with them, decades later. n A student-curated show is on display
“It’s Good for You: 100 Years of the Art and
with salvaged materials. Her finished If you visit the museum on Sunday, Science of Eating” is on display through at the Lakefront on Langdon Gallery. The
products can be functional pieces of fur- Dec. 13, you can also hear the School of March 31 at the Ebling Library. works are from undergraduates in the Art
niture or things that are less recognizable. Music’s Pro Arte Quartet Afternoon Live Department
Some pieces move, have hidden com- from the Chazen. On Jan. 3, Faculty from n Thomas Ferella’s black-and-white
partments, telescoping drawers, sections UW-Whitewater will perform. Concerts Colette Kolker Wagner” through Jan. 21. photos of lake ice surrounding the isth-
that crank in and out, or bits that slowly are free and start at 12:30 p.m. Wagner’s art photos feature water, leaves, mus are on view in the Theater Gallery.
unfurl from 10 feet to 18 feet. The Ebling Library, in the Health fog, boats, lily pads, and sunrises and
Two terrific shows are still up at the Sciences Learning Center, presents sunsets, capturing the beauty in natural
Chazen Museum of Art. “Elegance in Nature, Photography by landscapes. Wagner is also a scientist in
December 9, 2009 9
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Project helps seniors put their life stories on paper
By Jenny Price details of her experience.
email@example.com But even with that direction, Murray is
overwhelmed. “There’s just so much,” she
How would you tell the story of your life? says.
Would you start at the beginning with Mark sympathizes by talking about work-
childhood and your earliest memories, or ing on his dissertation, which he defends next
jump in somewhere in the middle, with the semester. “It seems undoable,” he says. “Soon
most dramatic moment? you’ve got a word, a sentence, a page.”
That’s what Mark Lounibos hopes to help “This has been in my head a long time,”
his students — all over the age of 65 — fig- Murray says.
ure out. Lounibos, a graduate student in “Well, let’s get it out,” Lounibos replies.
English and an instructor at the UW-Madison Three weeks later, she’s written four
Writing Center, leads a free weekly work- pages longhand on notebook paper, which
shop — called Life/Stories — at the Madison she reads aloud. She starts out describing
Photo: Bryce Richter
Senior Center, just blocks from campus. The the plans she made to leave her home in
goal is for participants to read and discuss September 2008 and then recounts driving
biographies and literary narratives and then seven hours to Marshall, Texas, with a friend
ultimately write their own stories. Lounibos to live in a motel.
hopes to build their final work into some Graduate student Mark Lounibos (right) listens to a story told by T.M. Dewitt (left) during a Life/ “By Saturday evening, we began to realize
Stories workshop at the Madison Senior Center. The goal of the program is for participants to read
kind of collection, either digital or printed. and discuss biographies and literary narratives and then ultimately write their own stories. our house was probably washed away,” she
The class sprung from conversations with wrote.
his wife, a nurse who works with elderly author on Mount Everest, “straddling the top In her purse, Murray carries before-and-after Adam Carlson, a UW-Madison freshman
patients. “Just talking to her and listening to of the world.” The passage also foreshadows photos of the house; all that was left after the planning to study nursing, was also there to
the kinds of encounters that she has … is for the story ahead, in which several climbers die. storm were pilings sticking out of the sand. listen and offer his thoughts, a useful per-
me a reminder about a presence in this com- Now that’s really painting a picture,” says Murray has always intended to tell her spective considering the audience Murray is
munity that is often overlooked,” Lounibos Jeanette Murray, one of his students, a former story. Among the possessions she lost was a writing for. Carlson volunteered to participate
says. registered nurse. “I want to read the whole shoebox full of scraps of paper with snippets after Lounibos visited his English 100 class,
His idea won a grant from Humanities thing.” and thoughts from her life she had jotted part of the First-Year Interest Group “Health
Exposed (HEX), a Center for the Humanities Murray, 79, has pictures in her mind, but down over the years. Care Systems in Contemporary America.”
program aimed at helping graduate students with dyslexia she struggles to express them in “My goal for coming here is direction … After Murray finishes reading, Lounibos
become “public scholars” who make a dif- writing. where, what and how?” she says during an suggests she add more details about how she
ference beyond campus by sharing their “I’d like to put it down for my grandchil- October session of the workshop. felt at various points of her journey. “Think of
knowledge and talents through projects with dren,” she says. “I don’t have anything from There is no single way to tell your life story, the details, think of the experiences, think of
community partners. my grandparents except memories.” Lounibos says, but suggests Murray consider the people you interacted with.”
During one session, Lounibos reads his She moved back to Wisconsin after flee- starting with the hurricane, since it was such Carlson agrees it could use more detail, but
students the opening pages of the best-selling ing Texas before Hurricane Ike destroyed her a momentous event and connects to other also says, “I thought it was the beginning of a
book “Into Thin Air,” which starts with the home on Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston. aspects of her life, and focusing on small very good story.”
F or the R ecord
Dec. 9, 2009-Jan. 27, 2010
Wisconsin Week, the newspaper of record for UW-Madison,
carries legally required notices for faculty and staff.
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Chancellor Biddy Martin announces the 19th year
Call for pre-proposals for the Reilly Baldwin
of the UW-Madison Academic Staff Excellence
Wisconsin Idea Endowment
Awards. This year nine extraordinary people will
The provost’s office is soliciting proposals from fac-
be honored for achievement in seven categories.
ulty, staff, and students for the spring 2010 Ira and
In addition, UW System will honor academic staff
Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
in four categories. Recipients of the UW-Madison
competition. This endowment helps foster the
Academic Staff Excellence Awards will be named
The Union has
in March and honored both at the May Academic
Proposals are encouraged for new outreach and
Staff Assembly meeting and at a reception hosted by
public engagement activities that partner with com-
Chancellor Martin in late spring. Martin urges every-
munity and off-campus organizations to extend and
one to participate in these programs by forwarding
apply our research, education and clinical knowl-
nominations for those academic staff who exemplify
edge to help solve problems or take advantage of
the sustained excellence, outstanding achievement
opportunities. Projects may begin on or after July 1,
and creative initiative that characterizes this world-
2010, and last up to three years. Proposals for initia-
tives up to $120,000 are encouraged. This year, the
Nomination guidelines and cover pages for all
endowment will grant up to $750,000 through the
awards can be found at http://acstaff.wisc.edu/
awards/default.aspx. Nomination packets for all
The Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
awards (including UW System and Regents awards)
call for proposals involves two steps: UW-Madison
should be sent to Donna Silver, Office of the Secretary
faculty, staff or students must first submit a pre-
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nomination deadlines for specific awards.
Pre- and full proposals must be signed off at the
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departmental and dean’s/director’s levels before sub-
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By Phone: (608) 263-1964 the eligibility criteria vary, there are two main cat- on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Pre-proposal finalists will be
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significant interruption in study, or have specific age funded programs. Questions should be directed to
and gender stipulations; and single-parent students. the endowment chair and assistant vice chancellor
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Sustainability Continued from page 1
and employees to be concerned about their pounds of textiles from Central America.
environmental footprint. “I was interested in figuring out how, as a
“The fear early on with sustainability is retail and e-commerce business, I can track
this is something only the big businesses energy use and show progress in a way
can afford to look at because they can hire a the customers can understand, and which
sustainability person,” Eggert says. “It turns is credible to my customers and myself,”
out, there’s an awful lot of small businesses Persson says.
whose niche is created by this.” Persson has been working with a team
Most of the consulting projects for of students who calculated her carbon
Eggert’s class are for off-campus businesses footprint and identified projects that would
that are wrestling with how to be more help her offset the environmental impact of
green or use more sustainable materials. her importing business. Some possibilities
A few years ago, Springs Window include purchasing sections of the rain for-
Fashions in Middleton wanted the class to est for preservation or buying solar-powered
assess its packaging and make green recom- stoves for smoke-free cooking, says Gergens
Photo: Bryce Richter
mendations. Polynice, a graduate student in sustainable
The students working for Springs had development, whose group is working with
a very simple idea: Put a message on the Persson.
package saying it was made from recycled Undergraduate Heidi Tune (center), along with fellow interior design students Molly Dimond
Meanwhile, Dodgeville catalog and online
material and offer specific instructions on (left) and Jeff Lindstrom (right), discuss design options for a composting station to be placed at retailer Lands’ End has a handful of proj-
how to recycle each type of material. Grainger Hall’s Capital Café during a class session at the School of Human Ecology. Tune enlisted ects it wants Eggert’s students to research.
“We went through all this work with sup- the help of Dimond and Lindstrom to tackle the design project, which originated with a class proj- It started with having the students recom-
ect in her Business Sustainability class working with the We Conserve program.
pliers to use recycled materials, but we were mend ways to build a coalition to support
so focused on our business we forgot to tell potential construction of alternative energy
the consumer about our program, and espe- and sustainable development at the Nelson classmates Molly Dimond and Jeffrey sources on its 175 acres of land outside
cially what to do to recycle the materials,” Institute for Environmental Studies and one Lindstrom incorporate elements of color- Madison to power the retailer and other
says Tom Rodgers, Springs’ marketing direc- of the students working with We Conserve. coding, clearer wording on signs and space partners.
tor. “Sometimes things are right in front of “If we can come up with a model and we for people to set down trays and sort gar- Robert McElroy, senior vice president
your face.” have a successful composting program that bage. for international and leader of Lands’ End
We Conserve is already collecting one to other large universities or a hospital or other “Through design, you can affect people’s green efforts, is hoping to tap the skills and
three tons a week of pre-consumer waste huge institutions can adopt in some form, emotions, movement and what they use and resources of Eggert’s students again in future
from food preparation and coffee grounds, that’s invaluable.” how they act,” Tune says. “That’s really what semesters.
and the program at Grainger Hall is The We Conserve group is also tackling we’re trying to start doing.” Ideas about sustainability and conserva-
intended to add post-consumer waste from the confusing setup at the café’s shiny alu- Other projects for Eggert’s class this tion are more engrained in students coming
eating facilities on campus. The students’ minum trash areas. Heidi Tune, an interior semester have impact away from campus. from a younger generation than many of
recommendations and designs could have design student in the School of Human Lynn Persson, owner of Terra Experience, those who work for their business clients,
implications for other universities or large- Ecology and part of the student group has been importing textiles from small he says.
scale organizations that want to encourage working with We Conserve, drafted two communities in Guatemala for more than “The younger generation is living this
composting. classmates in her design studies class to cre- a decade. But as she’s worked to increase every day,” McElroy says. “For people who
“Sustainability is not an end product… ate models of potential new trash stations to energy efficiency in her Madison office, she’s have been in business for some period of
it’s a continuous process,” says Tory Shelley, make the process less confusing. still concerned about the carbon footprint time, this is all brand new.”
a graduate student in conservation biology The three designs from Tune and her she’s leaving when she ships hundreds of
Wood Continued from page 1 UW-Madison addresses
building site. She and her friends, true to the work dried up. But because of this and other she says. “Now they’ve started to come back
spirit of artistic collaboration, have stayed on residencies, she has supported herself as a full- and do the same thing with me. I think people Chancellor Biddy Martin is asking Nike
the lookout for materials poking out of local time artist since February. were hesitant to do that at first, but now it’s to act during the next four months to
dumpsters. Other potential supplies include Still, the residency brings an added degree starting to move.” remedy reports of workers’ rights abuses
oak left over from a previous piece done by of freedom. Accustomed to structuring her Loeser is thrilled with the residency’s suc- at the factories of two of the company’s
visiting artist Forrest Dickey, itself reclaimed limited time after work, Hudnall continued to cess. After Hudnall’s success as the program’s subcontractors in Honduras.
from a barn on Dickey’s parents’ property. carefully restrict her time when her art became guinea pig, he and his colleagues eagerly At issue is the treatment of work-
Tom Loeser, head of the wood program self-supporting. Because her work had to pay anticipate the next resident in the spring. ers at two apparel factories, Hugger de
and chair of the Art Department, had seen the bills, she often focused on less experimen- “It’s exactly the way I envisioned it,” says Honduras and Vision Tex. Both factories,
the impact that visiting artists brought to his tal pieces, or smaller works that were more Loeser. “It's simple. The mandate to the resi- at which it is believed that collegiately
program. Beyond workshops and critiques, he accessible and easier to send to shows. dent is very straightforward, and she’s not licensed apparel was produced, were
wanted to show how students could take the “Since I got out of school in 2005, I’ve pulled in multiple directions. It’s working so shut down without notice in January.
information learned in a formal program and never built anything without a plan in mind,” perfectly.” Since then, their owners have alleg-
translate it to life as a working artist. says Hudnall. “I’d had such limited studio Conversely, Hudnall appreciates being in edly failed to pay workers a combined
“I was looking for people that were still time that any work had to be toward a piece the right place at the right time. total of more than $2 million in legally
somewhat fresh in the field, but still having that I knew was going to be a winner. One of “Tom’s saying, ‘Here’s something I can do mandated severance and back wages.
the biggest impact — fresh ideas, different the really sweet things about having four solid to further her career, and if she goes out and Nike is a UW-Madison licensee.
perspectives, especially different from my peer months to just ‘make’ constantly is that I can does better than she does now, that reflects To begin to address the issue, on Nov.
group,” says Loeser. “I tried to plug into what create a scary thing and say, ‘Maybe it’s not on my program.’ We both seem to be getting 3, Martin was the first college president
I thought were the most exciting people in the good, maybe it is good.’ I get to build it first great things out of the residency,” she says. to write to the corporation asking for a
next generation.” and then decide.” “Maybe I’m getting more right now, but hope- detailed remediation plan.
He describes Hudnall’s presence as an influ- In addition to her current show, Hudnall fully I’ll be able to do something for the wood In November, the university’s Labor
ential extra layer to the program. has presented at the art colloquium and par- program down the line. Because it’s a great Licensing Policy Committee (LLPC)
“One of the things I'm hoping for, and ticipated in individual critiques with graduate program: great people, great spaces, great recommended that UW-Madison initiate
I suspect, is that people don't realize how students, both inside and outside the wood tools.” termination of licensing agreements with
much they're learning from her. It's like a little program. Because of the residency’s extended Hudnall makes the most of her place in Nike in response to perceived material
energy zone over there in the corner.” yet temporary length, she finds herself per- the studio. She fills every space in her corner, breaches of the code of conduct.
Hudnall and Loeser, with other current and fectly poised to relate to the students. Those from the old lath stacked under a bench to the In response, Martin wrote the com-
prospective graduate students, connected at working around her can trust her for an hon- tiny spindly tables tucked between the ceiling mittee on Dec. 4 notifying the group
meetings of the Furniture Society. A graduate est opinion, yet not worry about her impact beams after completion. Scrawled notes on that she believes the company is work-
of Virginia Commonwealth University’s MFA on a grade or portfolio requirement. possible shapes and combinations are tacked ing in good faith toward a resolution and
program, Hudnall spent the last few years “I have nothing to lose,” says Hudnall. to the wall between detailed schematics and plans to give the company four months
sneaking studio time at night while working “I’m leaving in December, and none of these Vitruvian pencil sketches. to solve the issue or make “satisfactory,
as a cabinetmaker by day. people are my students, so I cart my stuff out Near the door, a makeshift score sheet bears demonstrable progress” or allow the
For Hudnall, the residency came at just the — most of them are on wheels — and I say, ‘Is a single, triumphant entry: “Katie Hudnall: 1. company’s relationship with the univer-
right time. As the economy slowed, building this working?’ and they’ll be a soundboard,” Art: 0.” sity to lapse.
December 9, 2009 11
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Holiday gift giving guide (continued from page 1)
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If your mouse is getting out jazz selections to spice up the yule log,
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Miss lazy weekend desserts music.wisc.edu/cdstore/. Where else
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Call it a day 3 discs priced up to $25.
cookies. 5 6
Go wild as you prepare to kick off the new Discounts on some CDs
Choose from the Holiday
decade with the 2010 Wildlife Phenology are available when pur-
Treat Box, which, for $9,
Calendar. chased directly from the
supplies three-dozen cook-
Take some family advice from fuzzy, scaly main office of the School picture of a beetle may have been
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The data in the calendar is based on You can purchase “The Why Files” for $15
cookies, for $16.25. Give a friend a beautiful silk scarf,
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professionals. Find the guiding light 7
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cafes, novelty items and university wear rating your favorite campus spot, team or But why? 6
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Purchase the gift card at the Memorial or “Sorry I Ignore You When The Badgers Tenenbaum with Terry Devitt, will
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