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Reflecting the Wisconsin Idea

Anna Palmer

Anna Palmer

Continuing Education Services, School of Library and Information Studies

As someone who works with public libraries, I use the Wisconsin Idea as motivation when I'm feeling uninspired. If I do anything but my best, it's a disservice to the millions of Wisconsin residents who depend on their libraries to be valuable sources of information.

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Dawn Crim

Dawn Crim

Associate Dean for External Relations, School of Education

Because of many of the efforts of the university, the labor licensing policy committee and the student labor action coalition, factory workers feel empowered to fight for their rights regarding freedom of association and better wages.

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Robin Ryan

Robin Ryan

Director of Correctional Services, ARC Community Services, Inc.

ARC Community Services, Inc. hosts a free medical clinic for female halfway house clients who have no insurance.... The clinic is an excellent example of the Wisconsin Idea in practice ─ providing clients much-needed medical care and exposing students to the needs of patients in the community.

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Isaac Groshek

Isaac Groshek

Construction/Design Sub-group Leader, El Salvador Project Engineers Without Borders University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Wisconsin Idea harmonizes perfectly with the fundamental goal of Engineers Without Borders — to improve the lives of individuals though sustainable engineering projects using strategic, global partnerships.

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Allan Odden

Allan Odden

Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

The Wisconsin Idea is alive and thriving even in these tight fiscal times.

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Anne Moser

Anne Moser

Special Librarian

Whether I am reading with preschoolers from the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin Dells or helping a high school history teacher in northern Wisconsin find some good books to teach about water resources, the concepts embodied by the Wisconsin Idea guide my work every day.

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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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Denise Ney

Denise Ney

Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Following the Wisconsin Idea, our interdisciplinary research team has improved the PKU diet using glycomacropeptide (GMP), a protein found in cheese whey that can be made into palatable foods.

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Carolyn Kallenborn

Carolyn Kallenborn

Assistant Professor, Design Studies Department

The Wisconsin Idea reminds me that I need to use my knowledge, research, art, talents, passions and ideas to enrich people’s lives and to make meaningful work.

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Bruce Christiansen

Bruce Christiansen

Professor, Pathobiological Sciences

The Wisconsin Idea is also a persuasive reminder to remain both a learner and a teacher regardless of the setting.

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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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