Alumni



MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Kevin Thatcher Gerike ('12), Xavier High School
I am currently a teacher at Xavier High School on the island of Weno in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. I teach a range of science courses – environmental science, marine science, earth science, food and gardening, and I have also taught chemistry. I also started and continue working with Earth Council, a youth environmental organization on campus.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Missy Setz ('12), Geosyntec Consultants
I am a senior staff engineer at a geoenvironmental/geotechnical engineering consulting firm. I work on site remediation projects for various Air Force bases and am currently completing a geotechnical investigation on a dam as a response to the Fukushima disaster.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Courtney Wright ('11), Northwoods Wildlife Center
I am currently the assistant director of education at Northwoods Wildlife Center located in Minocqua, Wis., a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and education center that cares for 400-500 animals a year, as well as educating 30,000-plus people on topics related to the natural world. I help in all areas of the Center, from bringing educational programming to area schools, to creating and carrying out fundraising events, to assisting in wildlife rehabilitation practices.


MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: Clint Fandrich ('14), Wisconsin State Energy Office
I am working at the Wisconsin State Energy Office as a bioenergy analyst. Currently, my primary efforts involve an evaluation of Wisconsin's biogas/anaerobic digester industry to make policy recommendations for system operation, siting and economics.


APRIL 24, 2015
UW-Madison startup marries digital, physical worlds
A startup business that wants to link the realm of physical objects to the digital world of the Internet is basing its future on low-cost, highly engineered, one-of-a-kind plastic stamps.


MARCH 18, 2015
Alumna honored for career of science outreach in the community
Longtime UW-Madison campus and community outreach champion Dolly Ledin, an alumna of the Nelson Institute, has been awarded the Wisconsin Campus Compact 2015 Sister Joel Read Civic Leadership Award.


MARCH 6, 2015
Madison-born business, distinguished professor honored with Nelson Institute alumni awards
A team of online entrepreneurs and a pioneering professor have been named the recipients of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies’ second annual alumni awards, established in 2014 to spotlight the accomplishments of the institute’s nearly 4,000 alumni.


DECEMBER 22, 2014
A year of firsts and findings: Nelson Institute highlights from 2014
The interdisciplinary research, teaching and service of the Nelson Institute make UW-Madison a world leader in addressing environmental challenges. 2014 was no exception.


DECEMBER 4, 2014
Sturgeon 'thunder' research offers clues into sound-reproduction link
Lake sturgeon have been on the planet for 150 million years. Despite that long residency, scientists are still learning about these fish, the largest found in North America. An enduring question is what contributes to their survival skills. Answer: Sound. As one factor anyway.


OCTOBER 28, 2014
Audubon Society ecologist to address conservation of birds in the face of climate change
Chad Wilsey once spent his days at the head of the classroom, teaching the wonders of biology to students in middle and high school. Today he watches biology unfold in landscapes across America and works to intervene, modeling environmental change as a spatial ecologist with the National Audubon Society.


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