Hello friends of the dairy community
Welcome to the Dairy Innovation Hub newsletter, an opportunity to find updates on Hub activities and progress and see feature stories about featured projects. Thank you for your interest in the Hub and we look forward to using this newsletter as another opportunity to maintain open communication with groups and individuals across the many facets of the dairy community.
As we begin another fall semester on campus, there is no doubt that this one looks and feels different than any other before. Despite the many differences in classes, student organizations, and research due to COVID-19, it has been exciting to reach many Hub goals over the last year. We have executed requests for proposals and funded projects for postdoctoral research fellows, short-term high-impact projects, faculty research fellowships, and capital equipment investments across UW-River Falls, UW-Platteville, and UW-Madison. The first two research and instructional faculty have been hired at UW-Platteville, and UW-River Falls and UW-Madison have identified their first 2 and 4 positions, respectively, and are moving through the process.
There have been two words that have repeatedly been echoed in all Hub discussions and are a cornerstone to how we have been operating: collaboration and communication. Collaboration has yielded added results in several ways. Collaborating across the three campuses has strengthened our core focus, collaboration across research teams results in additional benefits to the research output, and collaboration with stakeholders has ensured that we are asking the daring, bold questions to address the challenges faced by those in the dairy community today.
As we direct our focus on the goals and vision set out for the Hub, we strive to communicate each step of the way. Through several mechanisms ranging from the use of social media and YouTube videos about funded research projects, to the formal annual report, to an annual Dairy Summit open to all, we strive to keep our stakeholders informed. This newsletter will be a way for us to pass on updates and featured work on a quarterly basis. Feel free to pass on to others, give us feedback, or reach out regarding the stories or work that piques your interest. Two-way communication is our goal and keeping you informed is the first step!
Heather White, Ph.D.
Dairy Innovation Hub Faculty Director
associate professor, nutritional physiology
Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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