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<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Insects'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​Biology professor says severe cold can be tough for insects too</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClass20617D0760DC419C9A8AFDC654532EF3"><p>​</p> <div>WSAW Channel 7 Wausau</div> <div>By Hannah Anderson</div> <div>The winter we've had has numbed us to the bone so far here in Central Wisconsin.</div> <div>The coldness may be a good thing in the long run for us, however not so much for the bugs.</div> <div>A University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Associate Biology Professor Jamee Hubbard said even though the cold slightly cut down the number of mosquitoes we should expect this summer, the weather is the hardest on emerald ash borer insects.</div> <div><a href="/urc/uNews/Pages/WSAW-ColdInsects14.aspx"></a></div></div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Soybean Grant'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​UW-Stevens Point soybean researcher receives $150,000 grant</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClassA2C344D9F2034A8293ED21FDA4DEEDDC"><p><br />The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will receive $150,000 of a $450,000 grant from the United Soybean Board for research led by Associate Professor of Biology Devinder Sandhu. The plant geneticist is renowned for work to improve soybean yield and quality.</p> <div>The three-year grant begins March 1. At least 10 undergraduate students at UW-Stevens Point will work with Sandhu on this project aimed at improving genetic traits in soybeans.</div> <div>The United States leads the world in producing soybeans, the second largest crop in Wisconsin. To stay competitive in the world soybean market, plant geneticists look for ways to produce soybeans with improved oil quality, sugar and protein content.</div> <div>To improve soybean seed traits, Sandhu and his student researchers must first identify and characterize genes that control various traits. Sandhu was part of a group of scientists from all over the world who sequenced the entire soybean genome in 2010.</div> <div>In 2013, his research confirmed that a “jumping gene” induced random mutations in soybean genes resulting in undesirable traits. He used “jumping gene” to characterize several soybean genes.</div> <div> </div> <div>The next step is to test this on a larger scale. An estimated 100,000 plants will be grown at a collaborating research facility, Iowa State University. Students in Sandhu’s plant genetics lab at UW-Stevens Point will use several genetic and molecular approaches to determine the links between genes and characteristics.</div> <div>“Knowing which genes control specific traits, we will be able to develop high yielding, disease- resistant and nutritionally superior soybean varieties,” he said.</div> <div>The project provides training and research experience for undergraduate students, preparing them for graduate school or future jobs. These student researchers present their work at national and international scientific meetings and publish their work in scientific journals, Sandhu said.</div> <div>“This will be a great tool for scientific community working on soybeans. I am proud that UW-Stevens Point is a central player and leader in this cutting-edge research,” he said.</div> <div><a href="/urc/news/Pages/SandhuGrant14.aspx"></a></div></div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Breast Cancer'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​UW-Stevens Point professor getting up close with breast cancer</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClassBEC6A87118FF473FBDBBD81EA8695C0F"><p>​</p> <div>WAOW Channel 9 Wausau</div> <div>By Cassandra Vinch</div> <div>A UW-Stevens Point professor is taking her struggles with breast cancer to the classroom. She inherited the gene from her father and now wants to know more about it, in hopes of helping others.</div> <div>If you look at Diane Caporale, you'd probably never know she's had breast cancer, twice.​</div> <div>STORY and VIDEO​</div> <div><a href="/urc/uNews/Pages/WAOW-UnivEveCaporale13.aspx"></a></div> </div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Tick research'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​Professor studying tick population as tick-borne illnesses rise</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClass2F692F9F30DB4F7A9918DF69FDF942B9"><p>​</p> <div>Stevens Point Journal</div> <div>By Luke Ranker</div> <div>Ted Roeder spent the better part of his life outdoors. He practically lived outside while playing as a boy, four years as a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park, several years as a park ranger at Denali National Park in Alaska, and countless hours doing field work for a master’s degree and later a doctoral degree in botany. In all those years roaming the woods, Roeder was never concerned with a disease-carrying pest that’s becoming more common — ticks.</div> <div>...The number of ticks carrying Lyme disease and anaplasmosis could be increasing. Diane Caporale, professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has been collecting and testing ticks around Lake Joanis in Schmeeckle Reserve since 2000. In that time, the number of ticks found to carry Lyme disease has jumped from 4 percent in 2000 to 36 percent last year. Caporale has seen similar results from testing ticks found on her own land near Stockton.</div> <div>STORY and VIDEO</div> <div><a href="/urc/uNews/Pages/Caporale-tickborneillness.aspx"></a></div> </div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Student Award'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​Students and staff recognized for achievement</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClass830F3CD047824105BCC16F0C5A3B158A"><p>​</p> <div>The legacy of excellence continues at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, with the following recognized for achievement:</div> <div>    UW-Stevens Point University Dining and Summer Conference Services won a gold award from the National Association for College and University Food Services in the category of Residential Dining Special Event - Medium School. Its winning program, “Titanic – A Dinner to Remember,” offered students food, décor and entertainment similar to that on the Titanic’s ill-fated trip in 1912.</div> <div>    The gold award, the first-ever among UW System schools, was based on theme development and execution, menu and meal preparation, marketing and educational components. Using historical texts and photos, staff commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Titanic voyage. They now compete against Yale Dining (large school) and Brigham Hawaii Dining (small school) for the category's Grand Prize, decided later this month.</div> <div> has recognized the UW-Stevens Point intramural sports program as one of the best in the nation. Colleges were vetted based on the number of intramural sports on their roster, comprehensive qualities of team management and coaching, and surveys sent to students assessing how enjoyable intramural sports were to play at each school.</div> <div>    UW-Stevens Point offers 25 sports during two six-week blocks each semester to appeal to a variety of interests indoors and out. Participation has tripled in the past decade, giving students the chance to be physically active, get to know others and take a break from the pressures of academic life. See more at <a href=""></a>.</div> <div>    Corky McReynolds, director of UW-Stevens Point’s Treehaven field station in Tomahawk and a professor of natural resources, has become a certified professional facilitator (CPF) through the International Association of Facilitators. As one of three CPFs in the state and first in the UW System, McReynolds is certified to help groups and organizations with team development, strategic planning and management of projects, changes and conflicts. </div> <div>     <br />   <strong> Lori Rusch, a May 2013 UW-Stevens Point graduate from West Bend, won a $5,000 fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The daughter of Steve and Judy Rusch, she recently earned a degree in biology and German, and will continue her studies at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.</strong></div> <div><a href="/urc/news/Pages/July13Honors.aspx"></a></div> </div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Museum'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​UW-Stevens Point’s museum collections open to the public</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClass9CD67F437E97460886ED23996F07ACAB"><p>​</p> <div>The scientific research and teaching collections of animals, fish, plants and prehistoric specimens will be open to the public at the Fourth Annual Collection Crawl hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History.<br />The open house will be held Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  on campus, where more than 25,000 square feet is dedicated to museum collections.<br />The collection crawl includes collections housed within and beyond the museum, including the Freckman Herbarium. University students will be available to provide information and answer questions for the families, students and community members who attend. Participants can pick up free passports at the University Library and gather stamps for up to 11 collections throughout campus.<br />In addition to the museum exhibits, access will be available for the following collections: archaeology, entomology (insects), geology (rocks), herbarium (plants), herpetology (amphibians and reptiles), ichthyology (fish), mammalogy (mammals), ornithology (birds), paleontology (prehistoric life) and parasitology (parasites).<br />“The depth and breadth of the natural science collections held by UW-Stevens Point are astounding, and a credit to the faculty, students and members of the general public who have helped develop them,” said Ray Reser, director of the museum. “As one of the major educational outreach venues of the university, we are pleased to be able to provide community access to the specimens and scientific research that enhance our courses and make our exhibits possible.”<br />The UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History is an outreach and educational facility aligned with the College of Letters and Science. The only public natural history museum in North Central Wisconsin, the museum’s exhibits are located on the first floor of the University Library and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Metered parking is located in Lot R, which is accessible from Portage or Reserve streets.<br />Reser is available for media interviews prior to and during the collection crawl. To contact the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History, call 715-346-2858, email <a href=""></a> or visit <a href="/museum"></a>.</div> <div><a href="/urc/news/Pages/CollectionCrawl13.aspx"></a></div> </div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Aquaponics'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​UW-Stevens Point to host International Aquaponics Conferenc</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClass2E725308FB58462A8EC241F41FD1C793"><p>​</p> <div>The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will host its first international gathering of aquaponic experts on June 19-21.<br />“The International Aquaponics Conference: Aquaponics and Global Food Security” will bring together individuals with the goal of making an impact on food quality, security and sustainability using aquaponic methods, in which fish and plants are grown together in a symbiotic environment. Industry experts will share experience and knowledge in a fun and informative conference setting, providing participants a wealth of information on the rapidly growing aquaponics industry.<br />Those who should attend include current and prospective aquaponic growers, educators, ministers of agriculture, government representatives and those who manage agriculture, food and health regulations.<br />Conference highlights include:</div> <div>    the latest in aquaponic technology, methods and applications;<br />    information from industry experts about aquaponics and how it is feeding people around the world;<br />    discussions on its use in commercial, education, mission and integrated systems as well as food safety, fish feeds and regulations;<br />    a poster contest and prizes for student aquaponic research;<br />    demonstrations by local chefs on a variety of ways to prepare aquaponically grown fish and vegetables, with samples of the culinary creations;<br />    tours of a 5,000-square-foot aquaponic greenhouse;<br />    a Wisconsin-style picnic featuring samples of the state’s finest cheese, bratwurst and beverages; and<br />    the launch and first meeting of the International Aquaponic Society, a UWSP Foundation organization dedicated to aquaponic research and education. </div> <div>For more information and registration, visit <a href="/AquaponicsConference"></a> or contact UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education at 1-800-898-9472 or 715-346-3838.</div> <div><a href="/urc/news/Pages/AquaponicsConf13.aspx"></a></div></div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Hybrid Soybeans'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​Benefits of hybrid soybeans examined at free lecture</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClassAC79F85CAAC9494F9D42B90BA05609A4"><p>​</p> <div>The benefits of studying genetics to grow a better soybean, the second-most popular crop grown in Wisconsin, is the topic of a free public presentation sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.<br />Associate Professor of Biology Devinder Sandhu will present “Let’s Play Tag with ‘Jumping-Genes’: Soybean Research at UWSP” on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Pinery Room of the Portage Country Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Stevens Point. A question and answer segment follows the lecture. The presentation is the fourth of the eight-part College of Letters and Science 2012-13 Community Lecture Series.<br />Sandhu was part of a group of scientists from all over the world who sequenced the entire soybean genome in 2010. The new soybeans serve as an excellent source of oil and protein. His research is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as the United Soybean Board.<br />“Although soybean genome is sequenced and we know about arrangement of the genes in the genome, still there is lot to learn,” said Sandhu. “Now the biggest challenge is to determine functions of these genes. Here at UW-Stevens Point, my lab is using several different genetic and molecular approaches to establish a link between genes and characters. Knowing which genes control specific traits, we will be able to develop high yielding, disease resistant and nutritionally superior soybean varieties.”<br />Currently, more than 25 UW-Stevens Point undergraduate students are part of Sandhu’s lab. “One of the main reasons I work at a teaching university is to work directly with undergraduates,” says Sandhu. “I truly invest in undergraduates.”<br />Sandhu earned his doctorate in agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He teaches several courses at UW-Stevens Point, including Introduction to Plant Biology, Principles of Genetics and Plant Genetics. He has also won numerous awards, including the UW-Stevens Point University Scholar Award, The Pucci Family Faculty Award, the Department of Biology Excellence in Scholarship Award and the UW System Faculty Diversity Research Award.<br />The entire College of Letters and Science Community Lecture Series schedule and previously recorded videos may be viewed at <a href="/cols/lectureseries"></a>. </div> <div><a href="/urc/news/Pages/COLSlecture12-Sandhu.aspx"></a></div> </div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Brewing'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​Microbiology for Brewers course offered</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClass16D582FC82E249C88D9BDC5F990A7FA9"><p>​</p> <div>Whether you make beer at a local business or at home, learn more about the brewing process at “Microbiology for Brewers” offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Continuing Education on Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30.</div> <div>Held in a fully equipped microbiology lab at UW-Stevens Point, the course will be taught by Associate Professor of Biology Terese Barta and will include the biological aspects of managing yeast and bacteria in the brewing process. Participants will also learn how to determine yeast populations, how to detect and identify bacterial contaminants and microscopic staining, and observation techniques.</div> <div>Offered to a small group of 12 will allow for personalized attention for each participant. The course is for established brewers only, as this is not a course on how to brew beer.  The course cost of $169 includes all materials. </div> <div>To register or for more information, call UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education at 1-800-898-9472, or visit <a href="/conted/ConfWrkShp/Pages/BrewingMicrobiology.aspx"></a>.</div> <div><a href="/urc/news/Pages/MicrobiologyBrewers12.aspx"></a></div> </div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
<DIV><div class='article'><a id='Staff Award'></a><h1 class='ms-rteElement-H1'>​Outstanding UW-Stevens Point faculty and staff recognized</h1> <img src=/biology/SiteAssets/images/news/blank.gif style='float:right;'><div class="ExternalClass2138E5BE1D4D4E0BB1CB3E665B7E55A1"><p>​</p> <div>Faculty and staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point have been recognized for outstanding work during the 2011-2012 academic year.</div> <div>Selected for the Excellence in Teaching Award were Valerie Barske, assistant professor of history; Cortney Chaffin, assistant professor of art and design; Nisha Fernando, associate professor of interior architecture; Richard Hauer, associate professor of urban forestry; and Alek Toumi, professor of French.</div> <div>Recognized with the University Scholar Award was Dan Breining, professor of Spanish, and Susan Brewer, professor of history. The recipients of the University Service Award were David Hastings, professor of music, and Nancy LoPatin-Lummis, professor and chair of history.</div> <div><strong>The Academic Staff Excellence Award was given to</strong><strong> John Hardy</strong><strong>, associate lecturer and lab/greenhouse manager in biology</strong>, and the Academic Staff Spirit of Community Service Award was given to Eric Olson, director and specialist with UW-Extension Lakes.</div> <div>Winner of the Classified Staff Carolyn Rolfson Sargis Award was Anne Swenson, a library acquisitions and library services assistant-advanced.</div> <div><a href="/urc/news/Pages/FacStaffAwards12.aspx"></a></div> </div> <br style='clear:both;' /></div></DIV>
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