Friday Features - Feb. 5, 2016

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Friday Features
February 5, 2016

Shepherd returns to the Grammy Awards Ceremony

Senior Lecturer of English Composition I and II Stephen Shepherd has been invited to the Grammy Award Ceremony for the ninth consecutive year. The ceremony will be held Monday, Feb. 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Shepherd has released six albums in 12 years that charted 11 top 10 hit songs and 14 top 20 hit songs in 15 different countries. At previous Grammy ceremonies, Shepherd’s songs have appeared in six different Grammy ballot categories, including “Best Song” and “Best Americana Album.”

Hibbard’s research published in the Wisconsin Magazine of History

University Archivist James Hibbard has recently been published in the Wisconsin Magazine of History for his research on Francis Van de Wall.

“The Civil War Photography of Francis Van de Wall” is an account of the late photographer from 1860-1867. Hibbard illustrates how Van de Wall improved his photography as well as how photos were taken during the Civil War.

Haasl to speak at Stanford CEHG annual symposium

Assistant Professor of biology Dr. Ryan Haasl has been invited to speak at the Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics annual symposium on Monday, Feb. 29.

Haasl will be presenting the research that he and his team of undergraduate researchers have been conducting on the ecology and population genetics of the invasive plant Japanese hop. Over the past two summers, the research group has documented the localities of Japanese hop throughout southwestern Wisconsin and the surrounding area and have collected nearly 400 tissue samples to infer the geographical origin of Japanese hop and the rate of spread along different local waterways. To model the dispersal and genetic variation of this plant, the group is using spatially-explicit computer simulations.

The CEHG annual symposium aims to highlight current research from their member labs and create connections between CEHG and the genetic research community.

Exponent staff wins awards at Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention

Six members of the Exponent staff at UW-Platteville, Morgan Kielisch, Karlie Winchester, Hannah Helwig, Mackenna Moralez, Maren Donaldson and Desiree Roe attended the Best in the Midwest College Journalism Convention held in Minneapolis, Minn., in January. The staff won fifth place in Newspaper Special Edition, seventh place in Single Page Design, seventh in Website-Small School and tenth in 4-Year Weekly Newspaper. Jeff Kopsell placed ninth in News Photo and Moralez placed first place in the editorial/column category.

The Best in the Midwest College Journalism Convention is a gathering of college news journalist and advisors working with print and online media. The Associated Collegiate Press, sponsor of the event, prepares about 30 practical learning sessions, including general topic keynotes, problem-solving breakouts and discussion groups.

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