NOVEMBER 29, 2017
Buzzworthy backstory: Nelson alum shares story of the honeybee in latest book
From the dancing of honeybees to the production of honey, Heather Swan has always found honeybees to be fascinating creatures. So, it’s not much of a surprise to hear her lifelong relationship with the honeybees eventually led to her publishing a book exploring the relationship between honeybees and humans.
NOVEMBER 21, 2017
Nelson alumni give back: Mentorship opportunities in CESP Program
Nearly 50 Nelson alumni, environmental professionals, and University of Wisconsin-Madison students participated in a "Speed Mentoring” event in October. While the event was open to all UW students, there was a focus on students enrolled in the Community Environmental Scholarship Program (CESP). CESP program managers Cathy Middlecamp, professor in Environmental Studies, and Robert Beattie, faculty associate work with students who want to explore both environmentally sustainable pathways and engage with their local communities. The program offers opportunities for students to build partnerships with environmental organizations, volunteer on campus and with the local community, and receive professional development training—like attending the Speed Mentoring event. Prior to the event, Middlecamp and Beattie had students prepare ‘elevator pitches,’ a condensed one-minute explanation of their personal interests, career aspirations and past experiences. The elevator pitches were a means for students to start conversations with professionals and explain who they are and what they aspire to become. Following the event, students reported being more comfortable networking with professionals and communicating their academic and career goals. Many also said they were excited to attend another event with more professionals and alumni from an even broader spectrum of career fields. The event wasn’t just a learning experience for undergraduates. Mentorship often works best when both parties are able to learn from each other. Mentors were impressed with the student’s passion, energy and preparation. "It is fun to learn more about student interests and it helps my work to see the range of perspectives undergrads have about the environment and the different academic and professional goals they want to achieve,” one mentor said. "The students were very well-spoken,” said another. "[The event] was very impressive and to hear all their interests, aspirations, and how optimistic they were was very uplifting.” We extend thanks to the alumni who took time to give back to the Nelson Community and look forward to partnering in the future.
NOVEMBER 14, 2017
Nelson partnership continues with new Arboretum director
Karen Oberhauser, new director of the UW-Madison Arboretum, brings a vision for balancing species conservation, habitat, and resources with scientific research, education, and recreation for the Madison legacy dedicated more than eight decades ago by Aldo Leopold.
NOVEMBER 6, 2017
Vimont among panelists at WSF event
Nelson Institute’s Daniel Vimont, director of the Center for Climatic Research and avid trout fisherman was among an expert panel addressing Wisconsin's weather changes at a Wisconsin Science Festival event.
OCTOBER 31, 2017
‘Love Made Public’: Identity, Justice and the Public Land Legacy
Hundreds assembled to hear Carolyn Finney share her perspective on public lands for the 6th annual Jordahl Public Lands Lecture Series in her talk, "Ten Thousand Recollections: The possibility of us and the land on which we stand."
OCTOBER 19, 2017
Holly Gibbs receives the 2017 Letters & Science Distinguished Faculty Award
Holly Gibbs, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, and part of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and the Wisconsin Energy Institute, was recognized as the 2017 recipient of the Phillip R. Certain - Gary D. Sandefur Letters & Science Distinguished Faculty Award.
AUGUST 25, 2017
Importance of solar energy underestimated three-fold
A study by Nelson Institute Professor Greg Nemet and European colleagues shows that in 2050, the percentage of solar energy worldwide could be three times higher than previously projected. The study shows that costs have dropped and infrastructures expanded much faster than even the most optimistic models had assumed.
AUGUST 14, 2017
New video aims to preserve future of oak in Wisconsin
A new video, produced in collaboration between foresters and social scientists from UW-Madison, UW-Extension and the Department of Natural Resources, encourages Wisconsin woodland owners to adopt land management practices that encourage a future for oak trees in the state.
AUGUST 11, 2017
Canary in a coal mine: Survey captures global picture of air pollution’s effects on birds
The use of caged birds to alert miners to the invisible dangers of gases gave rise to the cautionary metaphor "canary in a coal mine.” But other than the fact that exposure to toxic gases in a confined space kills caged birds before affecting humans — providing a timely warning to miners — what do we know about the effects of air pollution on birds?
AUGUST 7, 2017
Marín-Spiotta leads initiative against sexual harassment
Erika Marín-Spiotta is partnering with scientific societies and geoscience faculty colleagues from institutions across the country to develop sexual harassment bystander intervention training for the earth, space and environmental sciences.