APRIL 22, 2015
2015 Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge exceeds expectations
An energy-efficient industrial mixer and a reusable to-go box won top honors at the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge, hosted for its third year by the Wisconsin Energy Institute and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
APRIL 15, 2015
Keller receives Guggenheim Fellowship to study environmental poetry
Three University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members have received 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships, awards that support remarkable mid-career scholars and artists.
APRIL 15, 2015
Food sovereignty project honored for engagement beyond campus borders
A project supported by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the School of Human Ecology is among six UW-Madison initiatives spanning four continents to be honored for engagement with local and global communities beyond university boundaries by the campus alliance Wisconsin Without Borders.
APRIL 7, 2015
Film looks inside Ebola from Liberian perspective
For Emmanuel Urey, a graduate student at UW-Madison, having to choose only one of his three children living in Liberia to bring to safety transformed Ebola from a disease into a personal nightmare.
APRIL 2, 2015
Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide
Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but UW-Madison researchers show in a study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.
APRIL 1, 2015
Team tracks the uncertain climate footprint of wetlands
When is a wetland a sink and when is a wetland a source? That is the question an international team of researchers set out to answer in a new study published online March 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ankur Desai, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one of just a few American scientists involved.
MARCH 31, 2015
Model helps Wisconsin city planners prepare to weather large storms
Floodwaters from Lake Mendota and Lake Monona could reach clear across central Madison's isthmus. If Lake Mendota breaks its banks, officials would be forced to close down Dane County Regional Airport.
MARCH 30, 2015
UW engineer models groundwater to help farmers at home and abroad
Argentina might seem a long way to go for an environmental engineer seeking to better understand land use in Wisconsin. But on his Fulbright Scholar Program-supported journey to Argentina in 2014, Nelson Institute faculty affiliate Steve Loheide sought to learn from the surprising parallels between Argentina and Wisconsin’s histories of land use and ecohydrology.
MARCH 27, 2015
Look beyond 'environment' in gauging public opinion, says Nelson Institute director
New poll results released this week suggest Americans are less worried about the environment than they were in 2014, with public concern at the low end of what Gallup has measured over the past 25 years.
MARCH 24, 2015
Students awarded Wisconsin Idea Fellowship for teacher training in Ecuador
Two undergraduate environmental studies students have been awarded a 2015-16 Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship for a project linking Ecuadorian teachers to the Latino Earth Partnership Environmental Education Program.