Featured alum: Alexandra Branscombe


LSC Featured Young Alum:  Alexandra Branscombe
I kneeled over a small blue box covered in dials, hand poised over a detonator button. I yelled “fire in the hole,” three times (the safety protocol for a test range), then pressed the trigger. The concrete bunker muffled the sound of the explosion as the shape charge fired, but it was still strong enough to rattle my teeth. No, I am not an explosives expert—I am a science writer. Continue reading

Articles by LSC faculty and alum among the most cited in IJPOR

IJPORA recent report by the International Journal of Public Opinion Research shows that research by LSC professors Dominique Brossard and Dietram Scheufele, along with alumna Shirley Ho, are among the 10 most cited as of October 1, 2013.

Scheufele’s article on a media effects theory is the fourth most highly cited, while Brossard’s paper on public opinion of agricultural biotechnology is in sixth. A paper first-authored by Ho on public attitudes toward stem cell research is eighth most cited in the last two years.

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LSC co-sponsored talk on the neuroscience of art

coordinated seeingLSC joins an impressive partnership supporting scientists and artists in a free, all-day symposium on the neuroscience of art Friday, Nov. 1 at the UW Chazen Museum auditorium. The UW McPherson Eye Research Institute, which includes LSC faculty members Dietram Scheufele and Shiela Reaves, supports vision sciences as well as the visual arts from the UW Center for Visual Cultures. UW Art professor and national cartoonist Lynda Barry will join University of Minnesota neuroscientist Trenton Jerde to discuss  how drawing expands the human brain in space, movement and visual expression. Open to the public, this is the third symposium since 2008 among UW faculty across campus dedicated to the intersections of vision sciences and visual culture.

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LSC student selected for 40 Chances Fellow Program

Kate Griswold UW-Madison LSCAgriculture Future of America and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation have selected 40 students to take part in the 40 Chances Fellows Program. One of them is LSC student Kate Griswold!

This year, Griswold was selected by AFA to be a part of the 40 Chances Fellows program.

“The program is about giving 40 freshman the opportunity to focus on professional and leader development, as well as giving them some individual coaching,” said Derek Mulhern, program coordinator. “

The overarching goal of the Buffet foundation is to improve standards of living and food security for the world’s most impoverished population.

The 40 Chances Fellows will spend extensive time exploring agriculture and food-related issues, especially related to addressing world hunger. As the agriculture industry is faced with feeding more people with fewer resources, this next generation of agriculture leaders has many challenges and opportunities. The program’s objective is to give this group of student leaders an edge when it comes time to graduate, equipping them to make significant contributions to agriculture and food-related issues.

Griswold was one of 40 students chosen to take part on the fellowship. One hundred and sixty freshman students who attended the AFA Leaders Conference last fall were eligible for the honor.

She is a sophomore in UW-Madison Life Sciences Communication, with certificates in Leadership and International Ag. On campus, she is involved in National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA)Association of Women in Agriculture at UW-Madison, CALS Ambassadors, and Collegiate Farm Bureau at UW-Madison. She is also a member of CALS Student Association and Badger Dairy Club. This past summer she interned at John Deere.

Griswold plans to pursue a career in agricultural marketing, sales and communications, with the big-picture goal of helping consumers connect to farmers and better understand food production.

Ali Branscombe’s article featured in Badger Voice

branscombeLSC alumna Alexandra Branscombe recently published an article on Barnard Hall in celebration of its centennial. Barnard Hall, opened in 1913, was the second women’s dorm and is currently the oldest residence hall on campus.

Branscombe wrote the article as part of a class in the department, LSC 320: “Feature Writing,” taught by Susan L. Smith.

For more information on Barnard Hall, see Branscombe’s article in the Badger Voice.

Tegan Wendland publishes story on threat to WI vineyards

StuntedVinesLSC student Tegan Wendland recently published a news
story on how herbicidal drift could impact Wisconsin’s growing vineyard industry. Wendland is completing a yearlong paid internship with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit news organization affiliated with the journalism school at UW-Madison, Wisconsin Public Television, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Wendland has specialized in producing multimedia reports both for print and for air on WPR.

The story explores the potential economic and agricultural impacts of herbicidal drift originating from neighboring corn and soybean farms. The number of vineyards in the state has increased dramatically over the past few years and the diversity of agriculture makes drift an unavoidable threat, according to grape growers and UW Extension experts.

Read the full story here or listen to it on Wisconsin Public Radio.

LSC welcomes Jenell Johnson to our department

JenellJohnsonLSC is very excited to welcome Professor Jenell Johnson as an affiliate faculty member in our department. Prof. Johnson is an assistant professor in the UW-Madison Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her work examines the rhetorical interfaces between science, medicine, and the broader culture from which they emerge. Her expertise, therefore, nicely complements and expands on many of the central foci of LSC and we are looking forward to continuing the collaborations that first began with Prof. Johnson’s appointment as a Faculty Associate in LSC back in 2011.

Find out more about Prof. Johnson here.

Tom Still to moderate UW Regents conference

Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council and a senior lecturer in the tomDepartment of Life Sciences Communication, will moderate portions of a Sept. 5 University of Wisconsin Regents conference on “Finding Common Ground: Governance, Funding and Partnerships for Wisconsin’s Public University System.” Still was invited by the Regents to help lead the discussion, which will involve key Regents, UW System chancellors and administrators (including UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank), and leading state legislators. The event is scheduled to take place at the Gordon Dining and Event Center on campus. Guest speakers will include Charles B. Reed, former chancellor of the California State University System, and P.J. Hogan, vice chancellor for government relations in the University of Maryland System.

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