2019 Spring Symposium

A big thank you to all who attended our CALS Go-Global Symposium!  A special thank you to all of our poster presenters, including the three winners of the $500 travel award:

Zuzana Burivalova, Nelson Institute and Forest & Wildlife Ecology: “What Works in Tropical Forest Conservation and What Does Not? An Interactive Evidence Base”

Dorothy Lsoto, Biological Systems Engineering: “Improving outcomes from Anaerobic Digestion Systems in East Africa”

Christopher Wirz, Life Sciences Communication: “Development of a Forecast-Based Flood and Health Risk Management System to Support Advanced Disaster Preparedness in Peru”


Photos of the event can be found here: (More will be added as they are available)




CALS Global of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce the 2019 Go Global Symposium: Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Through University Engagement

The event features research, education and outreach that advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through University Engagement.  Come learn about the exciting international activities of faculty, staff and students. As well, this is a great opportunity to explore new ideas and potential collaborations.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2-5pm

175 Biochemistry Laboratories, 433 Babcock Drive, UW-Madison

2:00-2:10    Welcome by CALS Dean Kate Vandenbosch
2:10-2:20    Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Through University Engagement by Mary Rathbun, United Nations Association of Dane County
2:20-2:30    CALS Award for Excellence in International Activities by Sundaram Gunasekaran, Director CALS Global
2:30-3:30    Poster Session
3:30-4:30    Reception
4:30-5:00    Poster Awards

This event is free but space is limited. Please register below.

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Symposium Posters

+Goal 1: No Poverty
  • Michel Wattiaux: “Animal Agriculture and Sustainable Development: A Course to Engage Students in the Roles of Livestock in Developing Countries”
+Goal 2: No Hunger
  • Daniella Echeverria, Renesha Carter, Theresa Nepomuceno, Kevin Recinos, Henry Ruiz, Claudia Calderon: “Community-Based Learning and Sustainable Food Systems”
  • Erin Lowe: “10 years of Agroecology: Highlighting the UW Agroecology Program’s contributions to environmental, social, and economic sustainability in agriculture”
  • Claudia Irene Calderon: “Assessment of mycotoxin levels in maize as part of a One Health approach towards food security in the western highlands of Guatemala”
  • Emily Millar, Adam Bolton, Shelby Ellison, Philipp Simon: “At the Root of Nutrition: Carrots to Combat Vitamin A Deficiency”
  • Alysia Vang, James Ntambi PhD: “Hypertension and Hyperglycemia Rates in Ugandan Communities”
+Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • Colin W. MacDiarmid: “The role of the essential nutrient zinc in the maintenance of protein homeostasis”
  • Ahmad F. Alshannaq, John G. Gibbons, Mi-Kyung Lee, Kap-Hoon Han, Seung-Beom Hong, Jae-Hyuk Yu: “Controlling aflatoxin contamination and propagation of Aspergillus flavus by a soy-fermenting Aspergillus oryzae strain”
  • Geoffrey Siemering, Matt Ginder-Vogel, Sara Balgooyen, Nicolas Robins, Bryn Thoms: “Addressing Mercury, Lead, and Arsenic Mine-Scarred Land in Huancavelica, Peru”
  • Daniel Esquivel-Alvarado, Emilia Alfaro-Viquez, Christian G. Krueger, Jess D. Reed: “Anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin in three tropical Vaccinium species from Costa Rica”
  • Jenna Guernsey, Dr. Ampa Suksatu: “Investigating the Efficiency of Myriocin and D609 in ZIKV Suppression”
  • Joel Hill, Desiree Casimiro: “Crossing Borders – Cervical Cancer Screening as Part of Service Learning”
  • Christopher Wirz: “Development of A Forecast-based Flood and Health Risk Management System to Support Advanced Disaster Preparedness in Peru”
  • Kaiyu He, Xiahong Xu, Sundaram Gunasekaran: “Detecting Pesticide Residues in Water and Fresh Produce”
+Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Kim Santiago, Ayse Okur Ozdemir: “Creating an Assessment Program to support International Education Initiatives in the Department of Ag & Applied Economics”
  • Maria Moreno, Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong, Claire Bjork: “Latino Earth Partnership – Ecuador: Engaging Teachers and Students in Learning through Conservation and Restoration”
+Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Hilary Urena-Saborio, Hasbleidy Palacios-Hinestroza, Belkis Sulbaran-Rangel, Sundaram Gunasekaran: “Using Mexican agave bagasse-based filter membrane for water purification”
  • Anurag Mandalika, Troy Runge: “Arsenic Removal from Groundwater using Iron supported on Biomass”
+Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Dorothy Lsoto, Rebecca A. Larson, Joseph Sanford, Aleia McCord, Vianney Tumwesige, Josephat Musinguzi, Doreen Nampamya: “Improving Outcomes from Anaerobic Digestion Systems in East Africa”
  • Derek Ho, Troy Runge, Anurag Mandalika: “Delignification of manure using the white rot fungus, Ceriporiopsis subvermispora, to improve biogas generation”
+Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Fernando Greve: “Why is Productivity slowing Down?
    An Explanation Based on Aggregate Demand
    Measured by Country Economic Complexity”
+Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Tanapat Palaga, Supatta Chawalitpong, Caroline Hanson: “Cytotoxicity Screening Test in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cell Lines”
  • Araujo Fernandes: “Deep Learning image segmentation for extraction of body measurements and prediction of body weight in Nile Tilapia”
+Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Khadija Siddique, Sabir Hussain, Ikram Ahmad, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Sundaram Gunasekaran: “Wastewater Remediation Using Biosynthesized Nanoparticles”
+Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Siraprapa Brooks, Aaron C. Bastian, Anthikan Klomchit, Surangkana Chimthai, Maiyer Vang: “Fungal Fungicides: Clean Pesticides for Sustainable Agriculture”
+Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Alfred E Hartemink, Nathaniel Chaney, Jingyi Huang, Jun Zhu: “Global mapping of soil water content at fine spatio-temporal resolutions using deep learning and big data”
  • Jenifer L. Yost, Alfred E. Hartemink: “Soil carbon in sandy soils around the globe”
  • Mizuhiro Suzuki, Jeremy Foltz: “Climate change and economic development: Evidence from Ethiopian manufacturing sector”
+Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Zuzana Burivalova, Rhett Butler, Tom Allnutt, Dan Rademacher, David Wilcove, Nick Salafsky, Daniela Miteva, Annika Schlemm: “What works in tropical forest conservation, and what does not? An interactive evidence base”
  • Max Oliveira, Rodrigo Werle: “A Cropping-System Weed Management Survey of Brazil, a breadbasket country in the tropics”
  • Sumanta Chatterjee, Jingyi Huang, Alfred E. Hartemink: “Calibrating a national soil moisture model using ground data, remote sensing, and digital soil mapping”
+Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
  • Linda Vakunta, Luke Moore, Ashley Prudhom, Alhaji Njai: “University-School-Community Partnership: Multidisciplinary Environmental and Community-Based One Health Education, Infectious Disease, Nutrition Promotion, and Sustainability Innovation in Rural Sierra Leone”