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One scientist’s view of the science-policy interface: From the silly to the sublime, from sharks to rats

One of the many challenges that scientists face is the ability to talk science to non-scientists. As graduate students and postdocs, we are trained to speak the language of science to our colleagues, peers, and students, but rarely does this training extend to the general public. Recently, Jane Lubchenco (marine ecologist, distinguished Professor of Zoology […]


“Feeling the Jazz”: Lessons in Mentoring from An Old Friend

  Exactly 6 years ago to this week, I got one of those phone calls that you hope you never get. The caller ID said it was my old friend and post-doc advisor, Bob Denno, calling me at home. Typical for him. But on the other end of the line was his wife, Barb, calling […]

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UW-Madison scientists seek alternatives to cranberry pollination

By Emily Conover of the Journal Sentinel Cranberries are blooming this month in Wisconsin — each delicate blossom awaiting a visit from a bee to pollinate it before the plants can produce their famously tart, red berries. To ensure the flowers are pollinated, cranberry farmers need bees — lots of bees. Farmers typically hire beekeepers […]

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A year in the life of a field ecologist

  Check out this story by Krista Eastman about bioenergy fieldwork in the Gratton lab! Fieldwork Season Nets Insects, Explores Bioenergy Crop Impacts-By Krista Eastman On a lightly overcast morning in early June, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and UW-Madison entomologist Claudio Gratton’s team of researchers and technicians file into a passenger van and […]

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