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2018

May 20, 2018
Michael Eggen Awarded the Florence Margai Best Student Paper Award

Sage and Geography Ph.D. student Michael Eggen was awarded the Florence Margai Best Student Paper Award by the African Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers for his paper titled, Climate change impacts on major crops in the Ethiopia highlands: An agroecosystem approach. The work details how five crops respond to climate change when viewed within lower mountain, mid-mountain and upper mountain agroecosystems. Divergent impacts among crops and agroecosystems at a local scale has important implications for the resilience of smallholder systems and delivery of agricultural extension in the developing world.  Michael is advised by Mutlu Ozdogan. 


May 11, 2018
Congratulations to SAGE's newest PhD, Melissa Scott!

Her thesis is entitled "National Energy Choices: Opportunities for Improvements in Health & Ethics, and Prioritizing Vulnerable People" and her advisor is Dr. Jonathan Patz.


April 23, 2018
Melissa Scott's PhD Defense, Wednesday April 25

 

Melissa (Hatch) Scott will present her doctoral research Wed. April 25, at 1 pm in Rm 1010 at the Global Health Institute offices in the Medical Science Center (MSC),  across from WID. Melissa's advisor is Dr. Jonathan Patz.

 

National Energy Choices: Opportunities for Improvements in Health & Ethics, and Prioritizing Vulnerable People

National energy choices play a pivotal role in the health of local communities impacted by energy pollution and the health of communities around the globe impacted by climate change. National energy choices, in the form of policies or governmental decisions, depend not only on empirical facts, but are also a function of a normative framework. This thesis aims to estimate the health benefits of more stringent alternative energy goals and the costs of reducing coal-fired power plant pollution in China (a rapidly developing nation), and to examine whether it is ethical for developed nations to continue burning coal for energy. National energy choices, particularly policies permitting the use of coal for energy, contribute greatly to the growing ethical crisis of climate change: that those nations that are most vulnerable to climate change, are least responsible. Thus, this thesis also aims to assess the vulnerabilities of two nations in the Caribbean – Haiti and Grenada—who are among a group of nations with negligible emissions of greenhouse gases and who are overlooked in regional assessments of climate change.


April 22, 2018
Elise Penn to Present Senior Thesis, Thursday April 26

 

Elise Penn, undergraduate in Geological Engineering and Applied Math, will give her senior thesis presentation “Diurnal Variation of NOx over the United States” at 2 pm on 4/26 in Room 272 of SAGE (Enzyme Institute, 1710 University Ave.).
Elise has been working with Prof. Tracey Holloway at SAGE for 3-1/2 years. Elise was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support her graduate work at Harvard, starting next year. As part of Elise’s completion of the GLE Honors requirement, she will be presenting her work to a public audience and her thesis committee, including Prof. Paul Block (CEE), Dr. Brad Pierce (NOAA, and SAGE Affiliate), and Prof. Tracey Holloway.
Summary: NOx is an air pollutant emitted by cars and power plants. Elise’s research investigates if satellites can "see" changes in NOx concentrations over a period of a few hours

 


April 12, 2018
Marin Skidmore and Clare Sullivan awarded Tinker Nave Summer Research Grants

Marin will use the funding to survey cattle ranchers in the Brazilian Amazon and Clare will head to Colombia to survey ranchers there. Congratulations!

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April 10, 2018
Grace Choi Named Weston Fellow for 2018-2019

Grace Choi will be SAGE's Weston Fellow for 2018-2019. The Weston Fellowship, as part of the Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship program, includes full tuition and stipend benefits. Choi will use the Fellowship to further her studies of satellite data, air quality and public health under the direction of Profs. Tracey Holloway and Jonathan Patz at SAGE. Congratulations, Grace!


March 23, 2018
Grace Choi Receives GHI Research Award

Grace Choi received a $1,500 award for project-related expenses and supplies from the UW-Madison Global Health Institute for her research proposal "Satellite Data for Air Pollution Exposure and Public Health". Congratulations, Grace!


March 09, 2018
David Abel Receives Graduate Student Research Award

David Abel was awarded $5,000 for project-related expenses and supplies for his research proposal "Quantifying the Air Quality and Human Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency in the U.S." from the UW-Madison Global Health Institute. Congratulations, David! 


March 08, 2018
UW–Madison Entrepreneurs Win 2018 Energy and Sustainability Challenge

 

Entrepreneurial students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison recently took home cash prizes for new innovations in energy technology and environmental sustainability.
Participants in the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge (WESC), all current or former students in the UW–Madison College of Engineering, presented their ideas at the Energy Hub Conference on Friday, February 23, for a chance of winning the Dvorak Energy Prize, which recognizes excellence in developing a technology applicable to energy, and the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize, which rewards ideas with an environmental or sustainability focus.
The annual competition pushes students to develop concrete ideas, including complete technical and business plans, that have the potential to transform the way we use energy and natural resources.
Winners of the $5,000 Global Stewards Sustainability Prize were Aaron Olson and Mehrdad Arjmand of “NovoMoto”. NovoMoto is a for profit social enterprise that is providing clean, renewable, and sustainable electricity to communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. NovoMoto combines quality solar products, a locally sourced distribution and service network, and an innovative customer financing model to make significant social impact.
Winning second place and $1,000 were Kevin Barnett and Merve Ozen of “Pyran”. Pyran has developed chemical reaction technology to produce the chemical 1,5-pentanediol from renewable wood and crop wastes, providing a low-cost and renewable means of producing a chemical currently used to make everyday paints and plastics.
The Global Stewards Society’s Sustainability Prize is administered through SAGE. SAGE Director Carol Barford was a judge in the competition. 

 

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February 15, 2018
Holloway Receives Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities

Professor Tracey Holloway has been selected to receive the UW's 5th Annual Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities. The award consists of a certificate, recognition at the Friends and Family reception, and $2,000 of university expendable funds for professional activities. A large number of very strong nominations were received and only a small percentage of nominees will receive awards. Congratulations, Tracey!

 


January 29, 2018
Gibbs Publishes Paper in Nature Climate Change

A major reduction in global deforestation is needed to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss. Recent private sector commitments aim to eliminate deforestation from a company’s operations or supply chain, but they fall short on several fronts. Company pledges vary in the degree to which they include time-bound interventions with clear definitions and criteria to achieve verifiable outcomes. Zero-deforestation policies by companies may be insufficient to achieve broader impact on their own due to leakage, lack of transparency and traceability, selective adoption and smallholder marginalization. Public–private policy mixes are needed to increase the effectiveness of supply-chain initiatives that aim to reduce deforestation. We review current supply-chain initiatives, their effectiveness, and the challenges they face, and go on to identify knowledge gaps for complementary public–private policies.

 

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January 13, 2018
Jonathan Patz Delivers TEDx Oshkosh Talk "Climate Change is Affecting Our Health. Is There a Cure?"

Public health is being impacted by climate change via many pathways - from alterations in infectious disease transmission to water-source compromise, malnutrition, air pollution, and other factors. This talk includes recent analyses that show how mitigating global warming provides extensive health opportunities, as well as major savings in healthcare costs.

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