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APRIL 30, 2016
Photos: Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, ‘Everyone’s Earth’
Nearly 1,000 guests from across Wisconsin and the upper Midwest gathered on April 25 for the 10th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, Everyone's Earth: Sharing Experiences on a Restless Planet.


APRIL 29, 2016
Town of Dunn award highlights UW role in local land ethic
It’s suitable that a talk with two of Wisconsin’s most prominent wetland biologists should occur in a wetland located just south of Madison. On a raised path through Waubesa Wetland, Joy Zedler, who will receive the Town of Dunn’s Stewardship Award on April 30, is talking along with Cal DeWitt, who won the inaugural award in 1991.


APRIL 22, 2016
Two environmental studies students awarded Wisconsin Idea Fellowships
Two undergraduate environmental studies students have been awarded 2016-17 Wisconsin Idea Fellowships. The fellowships are awarded annually to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student or group of students at UW-Madison, in collaboration with a community organization and a UW faculty or staff member, to solve issues identified by local or global communities.


APRIL 19, 2016
Forensic botany course covers legal side of wood, pollen, contraband logging
Whether it’s a putative perpetrator with a peculiar pollen in his poncho, a possible plantation of proscribed opiates, or a shipment of lumber from a tree protected by international treaty, botanical identification can make or break a criminal case. This spring, UW–Madison students are getting a chance to expand their skills beyond the traditional academic realm in Botany 575: Forensic Botany.


APRIL 15, 2016
Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup report available as resource for citizens and local municipalities
The Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup, a UW-Madison/UW-Extension-led group tasked with assessing the potential advantages and concerns associated with manure irrigation, has released its final report, co-edited by Ken Genskow, a faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.


APRIL 14, 2016
Woodward honored with 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders award for sustainability work in rural Ecuador
Catherine Woodward, a faculty associate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, has been honored with a 2016 Wisconsin Without Borders award. Woodward was awarded Excellence in Service Learning for her work with conservation and sustainability initiatives in rural Ecuador.


APRIL 14, 2016
Nelson Institute faculty, students contribute to better health through messaging in Ecuador
Some communities in Ecuador face high incidences of water-borne illness because of contaminated water or poor hygiene and sanitation. It’s a multipronged problem calling for an interdisciplinary approach combining natural, medical and social sciences. Bret Shaw, a UW-Madison professor of life sciences communication and a faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, last year helped implement a social science approach with funding from the UW-Madison Global Health Institute.


APRIL 14, 2016
Study projects the future of Atlantic climate variability
Using computer models with future global warming scenarios, UW-Madison Professor Zhengyu Liu recently investigated the effects of climate change on the amplitude and time scale of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), an ocean current that is a key component of the climate system.


APRIL 14, 2016
Nelson Institute students awarded summer fellowships for community-based projects
Environmental studies students Maria Castillo and Katherine Piel have been awarded 2016 Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowships to support community-based project across the state this summer.


APRIL 7, 2016
Studies of ecological change and inland waters among UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative proposals selected
Research projects including Nelson Institute faculty affiliates Stephen Carpenter, Christopher Kucharik, Jack Williams, Emily Stanley and Ankur Desai are among 14 highly innovative research projects chosen for the first round of funding by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative.