FEBRUARY 14, 2019
Nelson Institute professor recognized by American Chemical Society
The American Chemical Society (ACS) recently awarded Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies professor, Catherine Middlecamp, with the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education. This award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to chemical education. A faculty co-director of the Community and Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) which helps students link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community, and interim director for academics and research in the Office of Sustainability, Middlecamp has shown a strong ability to engage faculty and students in chemistry by linking the material to the community and the planet.
JANUARY 29, 2019
Nelson Institute Professional Programs Student Receives Ta Liang Scholarship
Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) professional master's candidate, Alana Herro has been named the winner of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Ta Liang Award, which helps to "facilitate research-related travel by outstanding graduate students in remote sensing.”
JANUARY 22, 2019
Nelson Institute Director investigates the implications of plantation-focused forestry efforts
New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies investigates the implications of plantation-focused forestry efforts that seek to put large percentages of countries under forest cover. While forests can offer carbon sequestration and other benefits, the study looks at the impact these policies have on pastoral and tribal communities as well as the greater environment. Co-authored by Nelson Institute Director, Paul Robbins, the findings of this study titled, "Ecologies of the colonial present: Pathological forestry from the taux de boisement to civilized plantations” were recently published in Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.
JANUARY 18, 2019
UniverCity Year program seeks faculty to partner with Pepin County in 2019
Finding practical solutions to community-based challenges is at the heart of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s UniverCity Year. The program is currently seeking faculty to teach courses and guide student research in partnership with members of Pepin County, Wisconsin during the 2019-2020 academic year.
JANUARY 3, 2019
Nelson Institute research showcases the benefits of non-lethal livestock protection method
New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies suggests that flashing lights may successfully protect livestock in the Andean plateau from predators such as Puma. Led by Nelson Institute postdoctoral researcher, Omar Ohrens, a member of professor Adrian Treves’ Carnivore Coexistence Lab within the Nelson Institute, the research took place over a four-month period during which Ohrens worked with indigenous Aymara people in Chile to experiment with anti-predator lights. Ohrens’ findings were published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on January 3, 2019. To learn more visit: https://news.wisc.edu/flashing-lights-protect-livestock-in-chile-by-deterring-pumas/
JANUARY 2, 2019
Nelson Institute Director serves as keynote speaker at international water conference
Nelson Institute Director, Paul Robbins will serve as the keynote speaker at the international conference, Water in the Americas, to be held January 9 – 11, 2019 in Paris, France. Organized by the Center for Research and Documentation on the Americas, the conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the contributions social science has made to water policy and the water sector in the Americas. From theoretical and methodological developments to the evolution of social science research as it relates to water, conference attendees will hear from more than 25 researchers and experts who will discuss the successes and challenges of social science in the water sector. Robbins will open the conference with his speech, The Political Ecology of Water: Justice, Power, and Flows.