The Excellence in International Activities Award recognizes an individual engaged in international research, instruction, outreach, program development, or service. The 2018 International Activities Award goes to Karen Nielsen, Outreach Program Manager in the Department of Dairy Science.
Since arriving on campus, Karen has made international connections between UW–Madison and the rest of the world. In particular, she has facilitated deep collaborative relationships between the Department of Dairy Science and the dairy industry in China. Countless professionals and firms in both China and the U.S. have benefitted from this remarkable relationship.
Karen also developed training programs used by the Wisconsin Army National Guard during deployments to Afghanistan a few years ago. She enabled soldiers to train local citizens in farming and harvesting techniques.
Karen’s extensive, high-impact, and far-reaching efforts to manage research, instruction, outreach, and program development internationally are what make her so deserving of this award.