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Tom Eggert

Tom Eggert

Business Sustainability, Wisconsin School of Business

The UW Haiti Microfinance Project began in 2010 to help Haitian people devastated by the Jan. 12, 2010 Haitian earthquake.

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Sage Goellner

Sage Goellner

Faculty Associate, UW–Madison Continuing Studies

By teaching French to community members, I contribute to the Wisconsin Idea by helping future travelers become good ambassadors for our state and country.

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Joe Lauer

Joe Lauer

Agronomist, UW–Madison

Being able to choose the right seeds of corn, soybeans, forages, oats, barley, and winter wheat for a specific location and set of growing conditions adds millions of dollars to the rural economy.

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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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Sharon Younkin

Sharon Younkin

Director of Community Service Programs, School of Medicine and Public Health

I am proud to uphold UW–Madison’s tradition of respectful knowledge exchange in service to the common good.

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Kathy Cramer Walsh

Kathy Cramer Walsh

Associate Professor of Political Science

It is my honor to work at a university that has a deep commitment to serving the public.

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Joanne Cantor

Joanne Cantor

Professor Emerita and Outreach Director

I make research understandable and offer strategies for preserving our productivity, creativity, and mental health in the Internet age.

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Wisconsin Beef Farmer

Wisconsin Beef Farmer

Thank you for taking the time to help the “little farmer.” We see and hear so much about how the bigger farms get so much attention, we certainly didn’t think we would matter much.

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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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Charles L. Cohen

Charles L. Cohen

Professor of History and Religious Studies

No other school in my ken comes close to UW-Madison in making the link between academic and civil society fundamental to its institutional mission.

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Jason Bittner

Jason Bittner

Deputy Director, National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education

For me the Wisconsin Idea is simple – the university provides a rich resource to policymakers, business owners, and residents of the state.

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