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OCTOBER 28, 2014
Audubon Society ecologist to address conservation of birds in the face of climate change
Chad Wilsey once spent his days at the head of the classroom, teaching the wonders of biology to students in middle and high school. Today he watches biology unfold in landscapes across America and works to intervene, modeling environmental change as a spatial ecologist with the National Audubon Society.


OCTOBER 27, 2014
Video: Ebola prompts interdisciplinary response at UW-Madison
Gregg Mitman was shooting a documentary in Liberia this summer when Ebola hit the headlines. Tony Goldberg has studied bats and the diseases they carry in Uganda. Back on campus, professors Mitman, Goldberg, and Alta Charo discuss how UW–Madison is involved in holistic, cross-disciplinary efforts to understand the Ebola crisis and propose solutions.


OCTOBER 22, 2014
Objects of the past and future fill Anthropocene ‘cabinet of curiosities’
After reaching your hand into a Hazmat glove, you pull a BlackBerry Curve 8300 from a slick of crude oil. This BlackBerry – an icon of connectivity and productivity upon its release in 2007 – now seems unwieldy in comparison to today’s smartphones, which have driven it into obsolescence. The "extinct device” – meant to represent a future fossil – is one of 25 objects that will be presented Nov. 8-10 at The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities.


OCTOBER 21, 2014
Searching a Nigerian forest for answers to emerging health challenges
Sagan Friant's latest research discovery in Nigeria was no fluke. Except that it was. While studying a population of red-capped mangabeys in the rainforest, Friant discovered a lung fluke, a small parasitic worm, in the monkeys.


OCTOBER 21, 2014
When the isthmus is an island: Madison’s hottest, and coldest, spots
As Dane County begins the long slide into winter and the days become frostier this fall, three spots stake their claim as the chilliest in the area.


OCTOBER 21, 2014
Stefanos receives Fulbright award for doctoral research
The Nelson Institute's Sarah Stefanos is one of seven doctoral students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison awarded U.S. Department of Education grants totaling $306,628 through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program.


OCTOBER 17, 2014
Anna M. Gade: Exploring the confluence of religion and environment
Connections between faith and environmental stewardship have been the focus of a growing conversation in evangelical Christianity, led in part by Nelson Institute emeritus professor Cal Dewitt. But other religious communities, including Islam, have also been exploring this relationship, according to Nelson Institute professor Anna M. Gade.


OCTOBER 13, 2014
Holloway to students: Science can be more than you’d expect
Growing up, Tracey Holloway loved visiting the Adler Planetarium in her hometown, Chicago. So it was extra exciting when she got the opportunity this summer to speak at their Career X-Ploration Day. Holloway, a professor of environmental studies in the Nelson Institute, was given five minutes to speak to high school students from the area interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


OCTOBER 8, 2014
New nonprofit supports women in science
Tracey Holloway was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in 2002, Ph.D. from Princeton University freshly in hand, when she and five colleagues teamed up to create an informal support network for other women in their field.


OCTOBER 8, 2014
An Alpine research adventure: On sabbatical in Germany studying the climate
Ankur Desai, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and a faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, recently returned from a year abroad, completing a sabbatical in Germany and also traveling to Iceland, India, Israel, Italy and Poland.


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