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Reflecting the Wisconsin Idea

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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Lynet Uttal

Lynet Uttal

Director, Asian American Studies Program

The Wisconsin Idea expands what counts as “scholarship” and supports my work to address real needs of Latino immigrant families in Madison as well as lead service learning courses to Honduras and Mexico.

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Todd Allen

Todd Allen

Director, Center for Material Science of Nuclear Fuels, Idaho National Laboratory

I was introduced to the Wisconsin Idea when given the opportunity to participate in the Wisconsin Idea Seminar, an excellent one-week trip of introduction to the State. In response, I decided to connect to local high school students interested in science and technology by creating the Capital Science & Engineering Fair.

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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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Janet Gilmore

Janet Gilmore

Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and the Folklore Program

My twist on the Wisconsin Idea encourages a reverse flow of knowledge from outside the classroom into the classroom, which loops back out again, affording a greater sense of exchange, collective knowledge-building, and social equity between the state’s people and the university.

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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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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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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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Paul Chotlos

Paul Chotlos

Madison School Counselor, O'Keeffe Middle School

As a counselor, I share with medical and pharmacy students the challenges facing public schools, and the UW students provide emotional and academic support for middle schoolers, resulting in better doctors and pharmacists, and middle schoolers with more confidence and excitement.

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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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Charles Hoslet

Charles Hoslet

Managing Director, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations

Working with Wisconsin's business community gives us the opportunity to exercise the Wisconsin Idea every day. I'm proud that our office extends the work of the university in ways that weren't even dreamed of 100 years ago.

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