Teaching Academy Summer Institute

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This week I am attending the Teaching Academy's Summer Institute. This weeklong program is part of a UW-Madison initiative to help faculty develop and maintain their teaching skills.

I am here redesigning my course on communicating science to policymakers. I am also learning a lot about technology that I hoep to incorporate into my extension work.

Chicago: Climate preparation and adaptation

apples; photo by 'Z_dead' from WikimediaThe New York Times had an interesting article this morning on efforts in Chicago to prepare and adapt to a changing climate. The article largely focuses on urban design and storm water, but also includes a bit on street tree species selection.

CORRECTION TO FF107: Proposed changes to the MFL

Richard Wedepohl (WWOA member very knowledgeable about property taxes) found an error in the Forestry Fact 107 on the proposed changes to the MFL. He noted that I had a spurious list of the Council on Forestry's concerns related to the MFL that I failed to check with the original. I corrected that and added two citations. I also added a correction section and an update section. I very much appreciate Richard catching this and bringing to my attention. The new version is posted in place of the old one (here).

Proposed MFL changes: short and simple

Recent UWEX press release describes proposed changes to MFL; Thank you Meg!

Bad apples: Their implications (Jeff Nunberg, NPR's Fresh Air)

apples; photo by 'Sven Teschke' from WikimediaWhile I am not a huge fan of NPR's Terry Gross and Fresh Air, I've always appreciated Jeff Nunberg, a linguist with a frequent column. This evening, he shares his insights on bad apples and their implications for lot--it might not be what you think.

What we count and why it matters: The Audit Society

abacus; photo by 'Mike Cowlishaw' from WikimediaIn recent years, we have become obsessed with counting things, that somehow numbers will provide documentation of effort and impact, and ultimately improve what we do. Michael Power, a professor of accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science, has something to say about this faith in numbers.

Legislative Council moves proposed MFL changes to the Legislature

State Capitol; photo by 'Pauliefred' from WikimediaYesterday morning, the Legislative Council met regarding the proposed changes to the MFL. The Council voted to allow full consideration by the Assembly and Senate as a single bill. That is, instead of seven different changes moving through the legislative process, the changes will be combined into one.

When I know more about committee assignments and a bill number, I will post.

Legislative Council to meet about proposed MFL changes -- May 4th 8:30 AM

State Capitol; photo by 'Pauliefred' from WikimediaI received word today that the Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council, the body that authorized the MFL study, will meet on May 4 to discuss, and I suppose, take action on the Special Committee's recommendations.

Time, location, and complete agenda have yet to be are posted. The meeting will commence at 8:30 in Room 412 East, State Capitol.

Some thoughts on peer-to-peer learning from the Woodland Owner Network

WON logoEli Sagor, University of Minnesota, recently posted on the Woodland Owner Network a summary of a peer-to-peer learning conference earlier this month. He outlined four directions that were important moving forward:

  1. Defining peer-to-peer learning,
  2. Identifying extension's role in it,
  3. Determining appropriate metrics, and
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