Ag Faces in the Crowd - Former UW geneticist dies

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CNH Industrial names global industry relations manager

Dan Danford has been named Industry Relations Manager, Precision Solutions and Telematics (PS&T), for CNH Industrial, parent company of agricultural machinery brands, Case IH and New Holland Agriculture, construction machinery brands, Case Construction Equipment and New Holland Construction, Iveco commercial vehicles and FPT Industrial powertrains.

Dan Danford

Danford will represent the interests and global strategic direction of CNH Industrial with key precision-facing organizations and partners, with an emphasis in North America and South America.

Danford joined CNH Industrial in 2012 as Public Relations and Sponsorship Manager for Case IH Agriculture in North America. Prior to that, he spent more than 18 years working in marketing communications agencies on behalf of global agricultural and industrial brands.


Former UW geneticist, nobel laureate dies

Oliver Smithies

Oliver Smithies, who shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for his work enabling scientists to manipulate DNA in a way that allowed the addition or subtraction of genes from the genome of a mouse, died on Jan. 10, 2017, in Chapel Hill, NC.

Smithies was a professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1960 to 1988, leaving to join the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical school.

Smithies devised a technique that involved introducing a desired genetic change into a mouse by injecting altered stem cells into mouse embryos. Mice born of the altered embryos could then be bred to produce progeny with altered genes.

Much of the work for which Smithies was recognized was performed at UW-Madison.