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OCTOBER 29, 2014
Tackling Ebola on many fronts
Nelson Institute faculty affiliates Gregg Mitman, Richard Keller and Tony Goldberg are among a cohort of researchers and physicians in the UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) community who have personally and professionally confronted the Ebola outbreak ̶ and are looking for ways to avoid the next crisis.


OCTOBER 29, 2014
Plump turtles swim better: First models of swimming animals
Bigger is better, if you’re a leatherback sea turtle. For the first time, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water.


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 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.


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