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.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
Acting U.S. Surgeon General, EPA Administrator lead UW co-hosted event on climate and health
On the day before the U.N. Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York, the University of Wisconsin-Madison – Global Health Institute, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Wisconsin Energy Institute and Office of Sustainability – join the health and public health communities to engage world thought leaders in A Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health that begins at 8 a.m. Monday in New York City.

From ecotopia to ecopocalypse: View eight student films
In 2013, visiting artist-in-residence Alex Rivera and UW-Madison professor Gregg Mitman taught an environmental filmmaking class, From Ecotopia to Ecopocalypse: Telling Digital Stories About the Environment, which led upper-level undergraduate and graduate students through the process of creating short fiction films on a theme of environmental futures.

Environmental studies students recognized for sustainability research
Two Nelson Institute undergraduate students have been recognized with Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education-Research Experience for Undergraduates (SIRE-REU) awards. Presented by the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability, the awards support undergraduate contributions to established research projects supported by external grants.

Study resolves discrepancy in Greenland temperatures during end of last ice age
A new study of three ice cores from Greenland documents the warming of the large ice sheet at the end of the last ice age – resolving a long-standing paradox over when that warming occurred.

AUGUST 29, 2014
Hahn recognized for early career contributions in ecology and health
The International Association for Ecology and Health has recognized Nelson Institute alumna Micah Hahn with its Exceptional Early Career Contribution to the Field of EcoHealth award, presented at the association’s biennial conference in Montréal, Canada, in August.

AUGUST 26, 2014
Studying connections between climate and health
Communities and scientists from across disciplines must collaborate to address climate change, ensure a livable world and provide health and well-being for future generations, the International Association for Ecology and Health declared at its 5th Biennial EcoHealth Conference Aug. 11-15 in Montreal, Canada.

AUGUST 26, 2014
Nemet explores links between energy technology, public policy
Greg Nemet is predicting the future. By interviewing energy experts, the La Follette School professor is learning about their expectations of what solar, and carbon capture and storage, will look like in 2040 and beyond.

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