MARCH 13, 2014
Designing cities of the future
The Office of Sustainability and Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies are re-envisioning the cities of the future in a proposal being developed for the National Science Foundation’s Sustainability Research Network program.
MARCH 11, 2014
Tribal Youth Media Project yields movies that matter
The Bad River Ojibwe have a test called seven generations. When tribal elders need to make an important decision, they ask what that decision will do to their people seven generations down the road.
MARCH 11, 2014
Lass in class: Change of "Titanic” proportions
When I was a young child, my father made the mistake of allowing me the privilege of watching the cinematography goldmine that was "Titanic,” soon after I was entranced by a digitally remastered "Jaws” on VHS. Once the childhood tears subsided and I was properly scarred and terrified of big boats until my early adolescence, one thing did remain: I respected the power of the ocean. My most recent adventure in exploring the perpetually rainy Ireland brought me to the city of Cobh.
MARCH 5, 2014
Baby sea turtles spend ‘lost years’ in warm blankets of seaweed
Nosing their way out of eggs buried in sandy beaches from Florida’s east coast north into the Carolinas, baby loggerhead sea turtles race to the water as fast as their flippers will carry them and begin a swim frenzy to clear the predator-rich shore.
MARCH 4, 2014
Nelson Institute names recipients of 2014 alumni awards
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies has named the recipients of two new annual alumni awards, recently established to spotlight some of the accomplishments of the nearly 4,000 alumni of the institute’s graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs.
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Actress Rosario Dawson to keynote Nelson Institute conference in April
Actress and activist Rosario Dawson, cofounder and chair of the voting rights organization Voto Latino and an international advocate for women's rights and environmental quality, will keynote the eighth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on Tuesday, April 22 in Madison.
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Scholarship fund builds on DeWitt's passion for teaching
Cal DeWitt retired in 2012 after more than 40 years of teaching environmental studies at UW-Madison and the Nelson Institute, but his legacy lives on through the Cal DeWitt Scholarship Fund.
FEBRUARY 18, 2014
Lass in class: The wonder of Ireland’s water
Living in Ireland could quite easily be compared to walking slowly under a waterfall. One is neither warm, nor dry, in Ireland. It is simply a way of life.
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
Patz to speak on climate change at Birkebeiner ski race
Jonathan Patz, a UW-Madison professor of environmental studies and population health sciences and director of the Global Health Institute, will serve as keynote speaker at an event titled Conversations for Climate Action on Feb. 20 at the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wis.
FEBRUARY 11, 2014
Swarm of discoveries: Wisconsin insect collection one of the best
One of the University of Wisconsin-Madison-Madison’s greatest research treasures is hidden from sight. The Wisconsin Insect Research Collection is tucked away on the third floor of Russell Labs, a nondescript brick building that sits between Steenbock Library and the Babcock Dairy Store.