TUE AM News: UW-Madison recognized for innovation, economic impact; Ag harvest trends bode well for deer hunt, DNR official says

— UW-Madison has been named as an “Innovation and Economic Prosperity University” by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. 

Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin says the designation is “a testament to our critical role as an industry and community connector and an invitation for us to do even more to stimulate innovation and collaboration.”

The APLU selected UW-Madison as one of nine universities to get the IEP recognition this year, after an application process spearheaded by Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Steve Ackerman and Vice Chancellor for University Relations Charles Hoslet, according to a release. 

Ackerman says boosting the university’s industry engagement will bring benefits to students, faculty, businesses and communities across the region. 

“It will also increase opportunities for further federal and private funding of our research and graduate education missions, which is critical for UW-Madison’s competitive future,” he said in the release. 

The selection process included interviews with dozens of stakeholders last year, about 40 percent of which were with individuals and organizations outside the university such as businesses and government officials. 

Along with the designation from the APLU, the group’s IEP program also highlighted focus areas for continual improvement: promotion and clarification of intellectual property policies; “high-impact” public-private economic development partnerships; and research projects with “high potential for future expansion.” 

See more details: https://universityrelations.wisc.edu/iep 

See the release: https://www.wispolitics.com/2022/uw-madison-named-an-innovation-and-economic-prosperity-university 

— The DNR’s deer program specialist says the latest ag harvest trends are looking good for this year’s gun deer season. 

Speaking during a recent Department of Natural Resources webinar, Jeff Pritzl said this year’s harvest “is pretty much on track with the norms as well, which is good news.” He said most of the standing corn will be gone from farmland areas by opening weekend, which starts Nov. 19 and runs through Nov. 27. 

“That’s good news for the farmland deer hunters; it takes away a little bit of that extra hiding cover and sanctuary where deer like to hang out in standing corn,” he said. 

The latest USDA crop report shows harvesting of corn for grain was 55 percent complete as of Sunday — nine days behind last year but one day ahead of the five-year average. The soybean harvest is nearly complete at 95 percent finished, four days ahead of last year. 

Also on the webinar, DNR Secretary Preston Cole noted the annual deer hunt is “a time-honored tradition” for residents across the state. 

“Of course, cities, towns and villages around the state of Wisconsin benefit from the economic development lift from individuals and families who are making their way into the northwoods,” he said. 

Watch the webinar here: https://wiseye.org/2022/11/03/news-conference-wi-dnr-gun-deer-season-media-briefing/ 

See the crop report: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Wisconsin/Publications/Crop_Progress_&_Condition/2022/WI-Crop-Progress-11-07-22.pdf 

See a recent story on this year’s deer hunt: https://www.wisbusiness.com/2022/preliminary-figures-suggest-potential-rebound-in-deer-hunt-figures-in-southern-region/ 

— The state Department of Workforce Development will be launching a new career services platform in the spring through a partnership with the nonprofit Research Improving People’s Lives. 

DWD yesterday announced its plan to expand options for job searching, career coaching and hiring, aimed at supporting both workers and employers. According to the release, the tool will use past wage data, work history, skills and goals to recommend job options for users. 

The agency notes other states including Hawaii, New Jersey and Rhode Island have used RIPL research to bolster their respective workforce services. 

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— A Boston company called OutSystems has acquired Ionic, the Madison-based app development company announced. 

According to a release, this acquisition aims to help enterprise software teams “elevate their performance and build better applications.” Ionic was founded in 2012 by CEO Max Lynch and co-founder Ben Sperry, and will continue to operate as an independent company following the acquisition. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

In a statement, Lynch said Ionic and OutSystems together will be “an unstoppable force” in enterprise app development. 

“With OutSystems, we’ll be able to take our vision even further, provide additional value to our customers and community members, and significantly increase our investments in open-source product development and R&D,” he said. 

See more at Madison Startups: https://www.madisonstartups.com/ionic-acquired-by-outsystems/ 

— WisBusiness.com, WisPolitics.com and the Wisconsin Technology Council next week will host a free webinar focused on the economic ties between Wisconsin and Japan. 

The Nov. 16 webinar will be held at noon as part of an ongoing Trade Policy Initiative launched in spring 2021. “Japan and Wisconsin: Quiet partners in a turbulent world” will feature a panel discussion with executives involved with trans-Pacific commerce. 

The hour-long discussion will include representatives of Kikkoman Foods, Promega Corp., the Great Dane Brew Pub and Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics Inc. 

See event details and register here: https://www.wispolitics.com/event/free-webinar-on-japan-wisconsin-ties 

Check out the WisBusiness.com Trade Policy page: https://www.wisbusiness.com/trade-policy/ 

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