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‘Thursdays at the U’ to focus on maple syrup production in Wisconsin

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Ted Simpson

Ted Simpson

Ted Simpson will present “The Sweetest Story: The Making of Maple Syrup” from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, as part of UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays at the U" lecture and performance series. The event will be held in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Simpson, former president of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association, will discuss how maple syrup has traditionally been made in Wisconsin, how science and new technology have changed the process, and how maple syrup production may change in the future. He also will look at the sustainability of our maple forests given climate change and discuss maple products, markets and regulations.

Simpson taught classes for more than 25 years in both the Wisconsin Technical College and UW systems. In addition to teaching, he has written numerous textbooks and articles on computer networking and operating systems.  Simpson also has taught classes on maple syrup and has served as a guest presenter on the sustainability of maple syrup production.

While Simpson has retired from full-time teaching, he continues to serve as an author for Cengage Learning and enjoys being outdoors and learning about a wide variety of topics. His family has been making maple syrup since the 1920s.

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.