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  • Posted on July 1, 2016
    Strengthening Our Global Engagement

    “The boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state.” That belief has broadened since the inception of the Wisconsin Idea early last century. […]

  • Posted on March 4, 2016
    Addressing Our Food Future

    In December, I was invited to attend a meeting hosted by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy focused on “Raising the Profile […]

  • Posted on November 3, 2015
    Recruiting and Retaining the Best

    Few people inspire students as much as our professors. When I ask students about their most important experiences at CALS, almost invariably they talk about […]

  • Posted on June 9, 2015
    Many Paths of Discovery

    Having an applied research goal can no doubt lend focus to the discovery process. For example, since its inception the charge of the Great Lakes […]

  • Posted on March 2, 2015
    Help Forge the Best Way Forward

    Each issue of Grow magazine is a special treat for me because it is a powerful reminder of our impact throughout Wisconsin and around the world. […]

  • Posted on November 2, 2014
    A Home for Signature Student Experiences

    A dean’s loss is our students’ gain—and I couldn’t be more pleased about it. I’m referring to the beautiful Queen Anne home—in the middle of […]

  • Posted on June 19, 2014
    A Helping Hand for Students

    A memory many of us cherish is the sense we had as young people that the world was wide open for our exploration. The CALS […]

  • Posted on March 6, 2014
    It’s Your Party

    This year marks CALS’ 125th anniversary, a milestone known as a “quasquicentennial.” One hundred and twenty-five is a proud age to reach. And we invite […]

  • Posted on November 20, 2013
    Growing Our Future

    As you read the feature stories in this edition of Grow, I invite you to consider how they reflect the mission, vision, guiding principles and […]

  • Posted on June 18, 2013
    Not Your Father’s Classroom

    It’s the Year of Innovation at the University of Wisconsin–Madison—and a big part of innovation concerns how we teach our students. Our college already is […]

  • Posted on February 15, 2013
    Why We’re Growing

    The start of a new year prompts thoughts about the future. That’s certainly been true for me as I wrap up my first year as […]

  • Posted on October 12, 2012
    Our Signature Foods—and CALS

    Wisconsinites aren’t called Cheeseheads for nothing. But consider, too, our deep love of brats fresh from the grill and a gooey ice cream sundae for […]