JUNE 3, 2014
Mobile sustainability game spurs students to take environmental action
Traversing the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus while consulting iPads and smartphones, the students in Cathy Middlecamp’s introductory environmental studies course could have been mistaken for anyone checking social media en route to class.
JUNE 2, 2014
Lass in class: Finding solutions – and yourself – through study abroad
Here I am back in Madison. Within the week of my return to this concrete campus, I have already gotten sunburnt at the terrace and spent the beginning of my summer nights watching the sunset fall over Lake Mendota. After months of exhausting travels, I relish the summer laziness. My first post seems forever ago, and it is a tad bittersweet writing my last.
MAY 27, 2014
Buried fossil soils found to be awash in carbon
Soils that formed on the Earth’s surface thousands of years ago and that are now deeply buried features of vanished landscapes have been found to be rich in carbon, adding a new dimension to our planet’s carbon cycle.
MAY 27, 2014
Lass in class: Escaping the city for pristine natural splendor
In an attempt to make the most of my experience abroad, I decided to spend two weeks after my classes were over to navigate three countries. I got sunburnt, encountered bed bugs, and faced a severe drop in my bank account. Yet I can honestly say that my experience in Rome, Kandersteg and Prague has left me with the most vivid memories of my study-abroad experience.
MAY 20, 2014
Next wave of research: Ecology, super-sized
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, home of pioneering ecologists who studied lakes, forests, wetlands and prairies, is playing a key role in the next wave of ecological research: large teams of scientists confronting the dilemma of a changing climate on a shrinking planet.
MAY 14, 2014
New undergraduate Sustainability Certificate launching
A new certificate in sustainability will be available to undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison beginning this fall.
MAY 14, 2014
Possible futures for the Yahara Watershed to be unveiled at public event
The Yahara Watershed is a unique and vibrant part of south-central Wisconsin. It is home to the state capital, 370,000 people, 170,000 acres of productive farmland, and four beloved lakes — Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa.
MAY 13, 2014
In the classroom, lab and community, UW graduates excel
This weekend's spring Commencement marks a new beginning for students whose time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been a transformative experience.
MAY 13, 2014
Ride sharing app ‘Coride’ aimed at intercity travelers
A young business a Nelson Institute grad student started, which links drivers with empty seats to people needing a ride between cities, is ready to launch a mobile app.
MAY 6, 2014
Lass in class: Reusable bags, disposable bottles and recycling dichotomies
One of the strangest transitions I have made while living in Ireland grew from one of the most inconsequential situations that I’ve encountered here. Unlike in the United States, Irish grocery stores provide no bags, neither plastic nor paper, upon check out. If you want to take your groceries home easily, it will cost you roughly 15 euro cents for a single bag that can barely hold your Frosties. It was an uncomfortable change for me to get used to, but the idea behind this I can support. Ten years ago there were an estimated 1 billion plastic bags littering the Irish foliage along highways and back roads. So the government decided to place a plastic bag tax on its citizens in order to support recycling efforts. Now, the sight of a floating plastic bag entangled in the Irish clover is a rare one.