The UW System’s annual impact on Wisconsin’s economy is estimated to be more than $15 billion. That represents a $15 return for every $1 invested in the UW by state taxpayers.
If the university is successful at providing a robust workforce and supporting vibrant industry clusters, stronger communities will follow. However, the public university must also take an active role in the process:
MADISON, Wis. – Maggie Layden is changing the world one vegetable peel at a time. Maggie is the project leader for the American Family Insurance initiative, “Our Dream of a Zero Waste Future.” By diverting the corporate cafeteria’s pre-consumer food waste from landfills, she is helping the Fortune 500 insurance company move closer to its goal of a zero waste future. A 2012 alumnus, Maggie credits the University of Wisconsin online Sustainable Management degree for her success today.
With a strong focus on the intersections between...
MADISON — Agricultural scientists from across the nation are embarking on a new five-year, $10 million, USDA-funded effort to identify dairy production practices that minimize the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG) and will be more resilient to the effects of a changing climate.
The project is led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and involves researchers and extension staff from seven universities, five federal labs of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.
U.S. Secretary of...
Business students and faculty members are immersing themselves in water activities as the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics expands its focus on the business of water.
As Milwaukee positions itself as a world water hub, UW-Whitewater is providing innovative and creative contributions to the growing regional cluster of freshwater businesses. From the new water business minor to the combined science-business degree with a water emphasis, the university is educating the future water workforce.
Students are busy with internships in...
UW-Eau Claire-Ministry Saint Joseph’s celebrate 25th anniversary of nursing partnership
EAU CLAIRE — Brian Tessmer is eager to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing but with a job in Marshfield and wife who teaches in Wisconsin Rapids, the central Wisconsin native has little interest in relocating to attend college. Earning an associate degree from a two-year campus and then pursuing a completion degree at another institution also is not appealing to him.
Fortunately for Tessmer and other talented students with strong ties to central...
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — “I knew that having an agricultural degree would give me the chance to make a difference, whether that is on a local level by helping farmers to grow healthy crops, or a global scale in helping to feed our growing population,” said Laura Kanis of Viroqua, Wis., who will graduate in May from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in soil and crop science.
UW-Platteville has seen robust growth in the School of Agriculture in recent years. With approximately 800 students majoring in agricultural degrees,...
Menomonie, Wis. — Callie Bernier’s interest in environmental science has taken her from a greenhouse to the statehouse in just four years.
Bernier worked in a greenhouse while in high school and loved it. She decided to pursue a career that would allow her to be outdoors and combine her two passions: plants and art.
Those passions, along with her academic skills, are taking her places. On Wednesday, April 17, she will be showcasing her interests in a slightly bigger house: the state Capitol in Madison. Bernier is one of eight University of...
Every day brings fresh revelations about sophisticated cyber criminals shutting down vast computer networks, hacking computers from half a world away to probe files, and stealing proprietary information. UW-Parkside faculty and students are using dedicated facilities to understand cybercrime and prevent it.
Find out how…
UW-Parkside educating cyber security sentinels
The headlines are global and Dr. Susan Lincke, computer science professor and certified systems information auditor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, knows all too well...
Kevin Potter stands in his office on the eighth floor of the Wisconsin Department of Justice overlooking the capitol. From a shelf filled with UW-La Crosse football memorabilia, he grips a coffee mug with a picture of himself and three other teammates in UW-L jerseys. The picture is from one of the years they won the conference championship under legendary Coach Roger Harring.
“You don’t always appreciate some of the things coaches imparted on you, but looking back you realize how smart they were,” says Potter, a 1977 graduate....
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Six University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduates returned to campus to present their experience living in Antarctica and working on the $280 million project, Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center for the National Science Foundation.
IceCube was primarily a physics collaboration, but required engineering components with constructing the infrastructure, machines and tools used for studying particles within the Antarctic ice. UW-Platteville graduates built equipment such as the hot water drill used to carve...
The professor knelt on the brightly carpeted floor to introduce herself to a small child.
“My name is Dr. Fox and I’m going to be in your classroom today,” she said.
Why is a college professor teaching kindergartners and first-graders? Because she’s “practicing what we teach’’ in an innovative program in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Education professors regularly advise their students to be ready to step into an unfamiliar classroom and take charge. Now, some of...