Stories of the Wisconsin Idea

Seminar Collaborators Discuss the Future of Farming

Third-generation farmer Mitch Breunig and UW-Madison assistant professor of dairy science Heather White lead a group of Wisconsin Idea Seminar participants through Mystic Valley Dairy in 2018. Over the years, Breunig has nurtured a tremendous partnership with UW-Madison, collaborating on new ideas and research to improve Wisconsin's dairy industry. (Photo by Michael P. King/UW-Madison CALS)

Mitch Breunig, third-generation farmer at Mystic Valley Dairy in Sauk City, and Kent Weigel, livestock geneticist and chair of UW-Madison’s dairy science department, passionately explained some current struggles associated with dairy farming in a recent …

Seminar Collaborator Elected as Council Chair of Dairy Innovation Hub

Third-generation farmer Mitch Breunig and UW-Madison assistant professor of dairy science Heather White lead a group of Wisconsin Idea Seminar participants through Mystic Valley Dairy in 2018. Over the years, Breunig has nurtured a tremendous partnership with UW-Madison, collaborating on new ideas and research to improve Wisconsin's dairy industry. (Photo by Michael P. King/UW-Madison CALS)

Mitch Breunig, third-generation farmer and UW-Madison alumnus, was elected as chair of the Dairy Innovation Hub advisory council. In this new position, Breunig will work to assemble the council, set agendas, and provide guidance to the …

Seminar Alumni Show Art at 2020 Faculty Exhibition

Faculty Exhibition 2020

Beginning on February 1 and extending until May 10, the Faculty Exhibition 2020 will be on display in the Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries and throughout the Chazen Art Museum. Wisconsin Idea Seminar participant Tomiko Jones …

Freshwater Scientist Makes Waves in Green Bay

Sarah Bartlett

Sarah Bartlett, Water Resources Specialist at NEW Water — a water resource utility serving Northeast Wisconsin that cleans 38 million gallons of clean water per day — is collaborating with the Wisconsin Idea Seminar to …

Fish Expert Keeps us ‘Current’ on Great Lakes Issues

Titus Seilheimer

Titus Seilheimer, Fisheries Specialist at the Wisconsin Sea Grant, is collaborating with the Wisconsin Idea Seminar to bring the 2020 Bay Tour to Two Rivers, Wisconsin, where participants will learn about commercial fishing operations. Seilheimer …

Seminar Alumna Tomiko Jones Receives Seed Grant

Image of Tomiko Jones by Catherine Reiland/UW-Madison

Tomiko Jones, assistant art professor at UW-Madison and 2019 Wisconsin Idea Seminar participant, recently received a Seed Grant Award for the Arts. Titled “These Grand Places”, the photography-based narrative communicates a socially engaged public land …

Images by WIS Participant and WIS Intern Place in Photo Contest

Image of Trout Lake Station by Bethany Prochnow

Water@UW-Madison hosts an annual photo contest, accepting submissions for both artistic photos and pet photos. This year, the top 3 images in the artistic category were won by 2019 WIS participant Christian Andresen and WIS …

James Deline Followed an Unusual Path to Become a Wisconsin Country Doctor

Dr. James Deline, a central fixture in the La Farge community, has practiced medicine in Vernon County for nearly 40 years. Deline works at the intersection of rural and Amish healthcare, and sees many rare …