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  • Posted on November 2, 2023
    Of New Majors, New Departments, and New Ways of Problem-Solving

      We have some changes in the works here at CALS. For example, in recent months, we’ve made two significant academic and administrative moves to […]

  • Posted on July 7, 2023
    CALS Beyond Campus

      Summer is in full, fabulous bloom on the UW campus. The beauty of this place could tempt us to keep our focus here and […]

  • Posted on March 9, 2023
    First Impressions and Future Successes

      It’s been a little more than half a year since I joined CALS, and I’d like to share some thoughts and impressions as a […]

  • Posted on October 18, 2022
    An Introduction

      Greetings, readers of Grow — my fellow lovers of the agricultural and life sciences! Welcome to the fall 2022 issue. It’s my honor and […]

  • Posted on August 2, 2022
    Stepping Down, Staying On

      As I mentioned in the fall 2021 issue, I am stepping down as dean of CALS this summer. This will be my last column […]

  • Posted on April 29, 2022
    A Final Tally for All Ways Forward…and a Thank You

      In A Look Back on a Campaign for the Future (Grow, Fall 2021), managing editor Nik Hawkins offered a glimpse of what CALS has […]

  • Posted on November 8, 2021
    A Season of ‘New’

    This fall, we’re taking some of the first hopeful steps on the path back to normal. With pandemic measures in place, students and faculty have […]

  • Posted on June 16, 2021
    Tech Transfer Then, Now, and Tomorrow

    In 1925, biochemistry professor Harry Steenbock did something that, at the time, was considered highly unusual. He had developed a process for using ultraviolet radiation […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2021
    A Synchrony of Investments

    Last spring, I happily announced that our faculty ranks welcomed a tremendous influx of new talent, with 19 new hires in 2019. Now I’m pleased […]

  • Posted on October 1, 2020
    Toward a Truly Anti-Racist Place

    This spring and summer delivered difficulties unlike any we have ever seen. But take a moment. Take a breath. And take solace in the fact […]

  • Posted on June 11, 2020
    When Challenging Things Happen, Look for the Innovators

    I have no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered your lives, just as it has transformed the way CALS operates (at least for […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2020
    19 in ’19

    The faculty ranks are growing at CALS, and it’s a positive sign for the future of the college. Some major challenges in the last few […]