How much beef must be included in a dog food labeled “beef cuts”?
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These 12 alumni represent the depth and breadth of CALS graduates’ accomplishments. Selections for the list are made by the Grow staff and are intended to reflect a sample of alumni stories. It is not a ranking or a comprehensive list. To read more about CALS alumni, go to www.cals.wisc.edu/alumni/
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As I complete my time as interim dean, my thoughts turn toward the future. While I look forward to returning full-time to my duties as chair of the agronomy department, teacher and researcher—the sweet corn is calling!—this period of service has provided insights and food for thought that will stay with me as I continue [...]
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Kirking was raised on a family farm near Lodi and in the 1980s was a reporter for Agri-View. But for the past 20 years he has lived in Europe and now owns English Editorial Services, a firm based in the Czech Republic offering communication expertise in finance and the life sciences. Previously, Kirking had a career in stock brokerage and investment banking and also wrote a book, Untangling Bosnia and Hercegovina. Kirking is about to launch a consulting division to help American companies develop their businesses in Central Europe.
Balinas works as an inbound marketing manager for Zenoss, a start-up company that makes commercial open source software for managing IT infrastructures, whether they are accessed online (i.e. “cloud-based”) or on local servers. Balinas is responsible for cultivating a specific image, direction and voice through all major social media channels—a great fit, considering that he had created his own master’s degree emphasis on social media and public opinion. “Understanding how large crowds form opinions plays a major role in my duties,” he says.
Numerous lakes and streams are drying up in the Central Sands, but there’s little agreement on what’s causing it. An initiative led by CALS brings together scientists, farmers, residents, environmental advocates and other stakeholders to shed light on the problem and pave the way toward solutions.
The discovery-to-marketplace trail blazed by Harry Steenbock remains strong today. Here are some CALS-based businesses you should know about.
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Freshly minted PhD Dalrymple is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, where she also is a faculty associate of the university’s Water Sustainability Initiative. As part of a new plan to prevent flooding in the Iowa–Cedar Rivers Basin, Dalrymple is researching public concerns and individual attitudes toward flooding. “This will help shape the group’s communication and education initiatives to encourage preventive behaviors and overall watershed awareness,” says Dalrymple.
As executive editor for the environment at National Geographic magazine, Dimick has a job that thousands of aspiring journalists dream of. His favorite part, he says, is coming up with story ideas—exploring new scientific developments and discoveries that can produce interesting stories. When asked how he chose his field, Dimick says, “Perhaps it chose me. I grew up on a sheep and hay farm in Oregon, my parents were biologists, my grandfather was a doctor who loved photography. All of these influences are combined in what I do today as a journalist who works on environmental issues, trying to make them relevant and animated through visual storytelling.” Dimick, who last year received a WAA Distinguished Alumni Award, remembers his time at CALS as “very empowering.” “It showed me I could rely on my own instincts and initiative to do anything I wanted, if only I set a goal and went after it,” he says.