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MAKE a difference in the future of rural Wisconsin by supporting the Wisconsin Rural Youth Scholarship Fund. As Bill Berry writes in this issue (see page 20), the state’s rural communities have a lot to offer. You can help UW-Madison maintain a strong rural presence on campus by easing the financial burden for rural students. Go to www.supportuw.org for more information.

VISIT Agricultural Hall to see the newest works from the Wisconsin Regional Art Program. It’s the Year of the Arts on UW-Madison’s campus, and CALS is helping mark the occasion ny featuring eight new prints and paintings in the lobby of Ag Hall. The college began showcasing rural-themed artworks in its flagship building last year.

CHECK OUT the birth of the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery during its grand opening Dec. 2-11. The week’s events include tours of the extraordinary new facility, which will support innovative research projects in the biological sciences, as well as public programs to learn more about scientific research. Go to www.discovery.wisc.edu for more details.

HEAR expert opinions on the state of farming at the Wisconsin Agricultural Economic Outlook Forum on Jan. 19. Sponsored by CALS and UW-Extension, the fourth annual forum brings together some of the nation’s top economists and commodity specialists to analyze the dynamics affecting the state’s agricultural industries and share their views on the future direction of the farm sector.

EXPLORE cool science at UW-Madison’s weekly Wednesday Nite @ the Lab series. The free, on-campus lectures showcase the latest discoveries from UW researchers, spanning topics from astrology to zoology. Can’t make it to campus? No problem—the series is shown live on the web. Check out www.uw.alumni.com/wednitelab/ for more information.

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