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.
MARCH 27, 2017
Champion of citizen science and international expert in energy efficiency honored with Nelson Institute alumni awards
A geospatial data scientist with a passion for mobilizing public participation in science and an international expert in energy efficiency have been named recipients of the Nelson Institute’s alumni awards.
JANUARY 4, 2017
Aldo Leopold series involves community in environmental discussions
As environmental concerns grow more urgent, the work of Aldo Leopold remains a vital touchstone. The University of Wisconsin-Madison professor was a pioneering conservationist and the author of A Sand County Almanac, the seminal 1949 book about people’s relationship to nature. UW-Madison will honor Leopold’s legacy and connect it to our time with a wide-ranging series of seminars, lectures, and workshops.