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March 29, 2005


Pesticide use policy reminder
In accordance with the university’s storm water permit and pesticide use policy, pesticide applicators are to notify Central Answering and Response Service at 263-3333 prior to using a pesticide. In addition, applicators are to notify faculty, staff, students and visitors of their pesticide use by a reasonable and effective means, such as posting signs where pesticides have been applied or distributing posters, flyers or electronic mail to people who may frequent the application area. Notices may be published on the safety department’s Web site at The policy also is posted there, along with pesticide label information, information about hazards and exposures to using pesticides, or information regarding pollutants in storm water.

The pesticide use policy encourages best management practices that maximize effectiveness and safety, and minimize environmental impact. Pesticides used in research and teaching are expected to abide by this policy’s objectives, although alternative procedures may be allowed for the purposes of academic study.

For more information, contact Sally Rowe of the safety department at 262-0979.

Seeking teaching abroad applicants
The Division of International Studies is accepting applications from faculty who wish to apply for the following three positions:

  • Teach two courses during fall 2006 or spring 2007 in the Florence Program, sponsored by UW–Madison, University of Michigan and Duke University. The language of instruction is English.
  • Teach two courses in the UW–Madison London Program during the fall or spring term 2006-07. Courses in English, art history, communication arts, history, political science, sociology, and theater and drama are desirable, but proposals will be considered from other disciplines.
  • Direct the 2006-07 program in Madrid, sponsored by UW–Madison, Indiana University and Purdue University. Requirements for this position include UW–Madison teaching and administrative experience, Spanish language fluency and research or related experiences in Spain or in a Spanish-speaking country.

Preference will be given to tenured faculty. Interested faculty should send a brief letter of interest, a curriculum vita, and two course proposals (one or two paragraphs each) by Friday, April 1, to Joan Raducha, Division of International Studies, 261 Bascom Hall. For more information, contact Raducha at or 262-2852.

Graduate School hosts Summer Research Opportunities Program
The Graduate School will host the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Conference July 15-17 in collaboration with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).

The CIC is the academic consortium of 12 major teaching and research universities in the Midwest. CIC member institutions host SROP to introduce underrepresented students to research at a top-notch university with the goal of encouraging them to attend graduate school. The SROP was initiated in 1986 by the CIC graduate deans to encourage talented undergraduate students to pursue graduate study and subsequently academic careers.

UW–Madison has 12 summer research programs, which bring approximately 120 students to campus each summer. The programs run up to 10 weeks. Students receive intensive research experiences while working one-on-one with faculty mentors and graduate students. Each student writes a paper and an abstract describing their projects and presents the results of their work at department symposiums.

For more information, visit sropprograms.html.

Executive Education offers course enrollments
The Executive Education program will offer five single course enrollments as contributions to academic staff professional development. The successful applicant will benefit from a negotiated course registration from the typical $431 per day to the reduced rate of $50 per day. Departments may have discretionary funds available to support this administrative fee. Individual courses may be selected from many of 300 programs. Any member of the UW–Madison academic staff is eligible to apply for a single course. For more information, visit

Student entrepreneurs prepare for competition
Now in its eighth year, the G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition continues to attract visionary students with an interest in entrepreneurship from across the UW–Madison campus. Teams of graduate and undergraduate students will showcase their business ideas on Friday, April 15, in Grainger Hall for a chance to win $22,000 in cash prizes. Past teams have pitched plans to market and sell products including energy-saving fuels, medical devices, plastic picnic ware, sports equipment, food products, software and Web sites.

The April 15 competition is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to attend with drawings for iPods among the door prizes. Team presentations run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in 3070 Grainger Hall. The celebration of the student visions and energy will include free food and a band beginning at 5:15 p.m. Top prizes of $10,000, $7,000, $4,000 and $1,000 will be awarded at 5:45 p.m. Door prizes also will be awarded at that time.

Subjects sought for study
Participants are needed for an experimental study, to be held April 5-10. Individuals with one of the following conditions are requested to participate in a 30-minute study designed to test an accessible exercise machine for people with a variety of disabilities:

  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Blind/low vision
  • Deaf
  • Overweight
  • Post-stroke symptoms
  • Parkinson’s disease

The study will consist of using a newly designed exercise machine by performing a short (less than five minutes) workout, followed by a short questionnaire. If interested, contact Amit Mehta at or 347-0309


WAGE seeks grant proposals
The Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) is offering an individual grant competition to support research projects on globalization and the international economy. Awards of up to $75,000 are anticipated for these one-time grants, which will range from $5,000-$15,000 and be available for use during fiscal year 2005-2006 (July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006).

All UW–Madison faculty and qualified members of the academic staff are encouraged to apply. The awards can cover any direct research expense such as graduate or project assistants, overseas travel, databases, books and materials, or workshop or conference expenses. The grants do not cover faculty or staff salaries.

The grants are meant to support research projects that explore the consequences and challenges posed by economic globalization and its governance, including proposals focused on social movements critical of globalization or raising questions of democratic accountability. Studies that have direct relevance to the Wisconsin economy are especially welcome as are requests for supplementary support for major projects.

Proposals should be submitted no later than April 4 to To apply, submit a short project description (no longer than 1,500 words) that details the research question(s) and methods of inquiry, along with a c.v. and a budget. All proposals should be submitted electronically. Attachments should be in MS Office or PDF format, and to the extent possible, combined into a single document.

Six paper copies of the entire application should be sent to Individual Research Award, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, UW–Madison, 321 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706.

For questions or concerns, contact Alison Alter, WAGE associate director, at For more information, visit

Funding available for teaching with technology
The Division of Information Technology Academic Technology is currently offering Innovation Awards through its Engage program to faculty and instructors who have ideas that will transform teaching and learning.

Awards vary based on the needs of each project and may include financial support and/or design consultation to transform an idea into reality. Projects should provide a creative solution to an instructional need or challenge.

To apply, e-mail a brief abstract of 100-150 words to or call 262-5667 with your idea. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. For more information, visit

Grant offers studying global studies on UW campus
UW’s Global Studies will run a Summer 2005 Scholar Access Grant program open to all faculty currently teaching at any two-year, four-year or technical college in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa or Minnesota. Awardees are funded to come to UW–Madison for one week between May 15 and Aug. 10 to consult with international studies specialists and to use the university’s international and global studies library collections.

Three scholars will be selected to participate in the program. Applications to study themes closely related to those of the Global Studies program, such as globalization, global citizenship, environment, sustainability and human rights, will receive priority consideration. The grant covers transportation to Madison, lodging, per diem and miscellaneous research expenses up to $750. At the end of the grant period, scholars must submit a short project report to Global Studies outlining Madison activities and specific plans to integrate information gained from the grant into courses.

Applicants should send a current c.v. and letter of interest outlining their research plan and its relevance to their undergraduate teaching. E-mail applications to with Scholar Access Grant Application in the subject line, or mail submissions to 301 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1380, marked as Attn: Scholar Access Grants. Applications must be received by April 4.

Global Studies invites global citizenship grants
The Global Studies program invites faculty proposals for research initiatives under the umbrella theme of “Citizenship and Global Security.” Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 will be awarded to successful applicants who initiate new projects or build upon existing ones focusing on some aspect of citizenship and/or security in the global era. Projects may address diverse topics such as environment, education, civil society, culture, media, labor, health or human rights. Research that engages conceptual issues concerning questions of belonging, entitlement and/or social action is especially encouraged.

Research funded under this initiative should contribute to the study of globalization at UW–Madison during the 2005-06 academic year and all funds must be spent prior to July 31, 2006. Global Studies furthermore seeks to identify projects that might be eligible for ongoing support as part of Title VI funding under the U.S. Higher Education Act (2006-10).

Applicants may propose a variety of activities, including lectures, workshops, conferences, speaker series, cultural activities, campus visitors and field research. Requests that leverage other sources of funding are encouraged. Awards will be administered through Global Studies to pay for specific items along the lines listed above. Awards may not be used for capital expenses, entertainment or student travel. Any international travel must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education. For further information, contact Global Studies.

Applicants should submit the following materials no later than April 15:

  • Cover sheet that includes project title, duration, participants and amount requested
  • Brief project description and expected outcomes (up to 1,000 words)
  • Budget that includes specific cost estimates
  • Abbreviated c.v. of project leader and other key personnel (up to four pages)

Proposals will be judged according to thematic relevance, originality, feasibility, outcomes and potential contribution to the future development of the Global Studies program.

Submit three copies of all materials to Global Studies, 301 Ingraham Hall, Madison, WI 53706.