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.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Environmental historian William Cronon awarded Wilderness Society’s highest honor
Environmental historian and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor William Cronon has been presented with The Wilderness Society’s Robert Marshall Award — the organization’s highest civilian honor — for his contributions to the protection of America’s wild places.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Environmental history, as seen through tortoises
Elizabeth Hennessy grounds her study of transnational histories in one amazing creature: the giant tortoise of the Galápagos Islands. She joins the UW-Madison Department of History and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies this year as an assistant professor of global environmental history, shedding new light on how geography, culture, and science intersect in a land long associated with Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Actions on climate change bring better health, study says
The number of extremely hot days in eastern and midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Mitman offers perspective on ‘toxic ecology’ surrounding Ebola crisis
In an essay published Sept. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Gregg Mitman, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History and Environment, reflects on the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the "ecology of fear" associated with it.

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