FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Pfeiffer awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant
Vera Pfeiffer, a doctoral candidate in the Nelson Institute's Environment and Resources program, has been awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for graduate research abroad. She will study ecology in the Czech Republic.
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Bringing satellites to users can improve public health and safety
The drumbeat calling scientists to share their work with the public is as loud as ever, and Tracey Holloway is happy to answer. It’s just that education isn’t exactly what she’s offering. She’s got satellites.
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Dan Vimont: Climate research and all that jazz
Dan Vimont was at a crossroads. With high school graduation approaching, he had been accepted to both the University of Washington, where he planned to study jazz piano, and Gonzaga University, where he considered pursuing physics. His heart said piano, but his head – and a nudge from his parents and other mentors – said physics.
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
Beyond eating: Indirectly, deer change the landscape
It is widely known that the white-tailed deer is a nonstop eater. Unless it is sleeping or fleeing from a predator, the keystone North American herbivore is nearly always nibbling.
JANUARY 25, 2017
UniverCity Alliance: Providing resources and saving money for Wisconsin cities
The UniverCity Alliance brings together students, faculty and research centers from across the UW-Madison campus and connects them to the places where people live. The goal of the project is to provide resources to communities to help develop the best solutions for urban growth and development issues.
JANUARY 11, 2017
Climate change is indisputable, despite political controversy
Recent developments in state and national politics have put climate change in the spotlight. As stories circulate in the media regarding positions on climate change within Wisconsin state government and the incoming presidential administration, several news outlets have published statements about climate change that do not align with established fact.
JANUARY 4, 2017
New CHE director Lynn Keller brings passion for environmental humanities
Every year, faculty and graduate students from the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE) file into a bus to begin a four-day journey across Wisconsin. This place-based workshop, centered on a different topic each year, is something Lynn Keller, professor of English and newly appointed CHE director, sees as one of the most important parts of the center’s annual programming.
JANUARY 4, 2017
Abrupt climate change could follow collapse of Earth’s oceanic conveyor belt
A new study, co-authored by Zhengyu Liu, professor of atmospheric and oceanic science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, shows Earth’s oceanic conveyor belt, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), could collapse as carbon dioxide levels rise and lead to abrupt climate change.
JANUARY 4, 2017
Aldo Leopold series involves community in environmental discussions
As environmental concerns grow more urgent, the work of Aldo Leopold remains a vital touchstone. The University of Wisconsin-Madison professor was a pioneering conservationist and the author of A Sand County Almanac, the seminal 1949 book about people’s relationship to nature. UW-Madison will honor Leopold’s legacy and connect it to our time with a wide-ranging series of seminars, lectures, and workshops.
NOVEMBER 7, 2016
Zebra mussels invade Lake Mendota
Last fall, students in a UW–Madison undergraduate limnology lab found invasive zebra mussels living in Lake Mendota for the first time. Center for Limnology (CFL) researchers monitoring for the invader continued to see the shelled freshwater mussel only sporadically.