JUNE 11, 2015
Wisconsin engineers contribute to Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam discussion
To its home country, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam represents a crucial source of hydropower. But to Sudan and Egypt, Ethiopia's neighbors downstream on the Nile, the dam — known as GERD, and expected upon completion in 2018 to be Africa's largest — looks like a threat to agriculture and to Egypt's own power-generating Aswan High Dam.
JUNE 2, 2015
Private gifts ensure continuation of Nelson professorship
Thanks to the generosity of private donors, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will be able to continue to award the Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professorship despite its deletion from state law during the budget process.
JUNE 1, 2015
Holton Chair champions work in health and climate change
Internationally recognized for his work at the intersection of health and climate change, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Jonathan Patz says the new John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment will significantly advance this work.
MAY 26, 2015
Starved for fire, Wisconsin’s pine barrens disappear
A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.
MAY 22, 2015
Tolerance of wolves in Wisconsin continues to decline
Wolf. The very word can conjure an image of a venerable pack of canines passing quietly through moonlit woods. Or, it can evoke anger over livestock lost at the jaws of a hungry predator.
MAY 19, 2015
Pasture partnership supports organic dairy farmers across Wisconsin
In an effort to help improve the health of pastures owned by dairy farmers across Wisconsin and beyond, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have established a partnership with Organic Valley, the nation's largest organic farming cooperative, to study how to make pastures as productive, nutritious and sustainable as possible.
MAY 18, 2015
CFIRE summit to address sustainable transportation
What role will transportation play in creating a sustainable future? A multidisciplinary group of researchers will grapple with this question at the Next Generation Transportation for a Sustainable Future summit May 29, 2015, at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
MAY 15, 2015
Career profile: George Reistad ('11), Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
I currently work as the assistant policy director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in Madison, Wis. We focus on sustainable agriculture through three program areas: education, public policy and research. My position focuses on everything from local foods policy issues like the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program to federal conservation programs like the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program.
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.