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Reflecting the Wisconsin Idea

Sheila Leary

Sheila Leary

Director, The University of Wisconsin Press

The University of Wisconsin Press has embodied the Wisconsin Idea for 75 years, publishing books and journals for Wisconsin and the world. We both document the heritage, culture, and environment of Wisconsin and bring a wide range of scholarship, creative writing, and teaching materials to a global audience.

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Douglas Maynard

Douglas Maynard

Professor of Sociology

To me, the Wisconsin Idea involves the proposition that the knowledge we gain as scholars and teachers does not make us elite members of the society who only talk to selected others.

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Clifton E. Barber

Clifton E. Barber

Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension, School of Human Ecology

I feel that my scholarly efforts and activities are most worthwhile when I can discern their impacts on individuals, families, and communities in our great state.

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Ankur R. Desai

Ankur R. Desai

Associate Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

In many respects, the Wisconsin Idea is UW's true mission statement.

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Lynn Tarnoff

Lynn Tarnoff

Director, School of the Arts at Rhinelander

The Wisconsin Idea continues to be realized in the annual, one-week rural arts program known as School of the Arts at Rhinelander. In its 48th year, the importance of a supportive environment that enables people to grow as artists and express themselves in the arts is still obvious.

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Jean M. Bahr

Jean M. Bahr

Professor, Department of Geoscience

As a UW-Madison faculty member, the Wisconsin Idea has provided me with a host of opportunities to participate in collaborative water resources projects involving local, state and federal agencies, non-profits, and the public.

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Alfonso Morales

Alfonso Morales

Assistant professor, urban and regional planning

When I moved to Wisconsin I knew I was joining a university great for scholarship, but intent on realizing practical goals that make a difference in people's lives, locally and globally. The idea has no borders, nor do we, its practitioners.

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David Baum

David Baum

Department of Botany

Despite being a non-native Wisconsinite, I was immediately attracted to the Wisconsin Idea.

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Amy Charkowski

Amy Charkowski

Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology

The seed potato program that I administer has supplied the initial seed for crops worth approximately $1.5 billion since I started at UW–Madison. This program helps me understand the challenges that farmers face and therefore has helped me develop a more relevant research program.

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Anna Emmerich

Anna Emmerich

Undergraduate, Wausau

I have worked with the PEOPLE Prep Program and as homework help for the center. Firsthand, I have seen how the partnership with the university really helps academic enrichment ... and relationship building to help low-income children.

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Bridget Catlin Booske

Bridget Catlin Booske

Senior Scientist, UW Population Health Institute

I am excited to go to work everyday and live out the Wisconsin Idea, taking scientific knowledge and methods and developing and sharing practical and user-friendly tools and resources.

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