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.

MAY 6, 2014
Research by Nelson affiliates shapes national climate report
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, including many affiliated with the Nelson Institute, contributed to the third U.S. National Climate Assessment released by the White House on May 6.

MAY 2, 2014
Tolerance for predatory wildlife dependent on social factors
While promoting human tolerance is critical to the success of predator conservation efforts, the factors that affect people’s tolerance of wildlife are not well understood. A new paper published today (May 2) in Science seeks to help fill that knowledge gap, drawing on the latest data from around the world for insights that could aid future recovery and restoration efforts.

MAY 2, 2014
Faculty and students awarded Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education grants
Several Nelson Institute faculty, staff and students are among the recipients of 2014 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) awards from the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability.

MAY 2, 2014
Documentary with Nelson connections wins international award for archival footage
The trailer for "A Film Never Made,” a documentary codirected and produced by Nelson Institute faculty affiliate Gregg Mitman, captured the award for best use of archival footage in a short production at the 11th annual FOCAL International Awards April 30.

APRIL 30, 2014
Sue Montgomery: From family doctor to environmental health practitioner
In May, Sue Montgomery will graduate with a master’s degree in Water Resources Management (WRM). After a 20-year career practicing family medicine, she has removed her doctor’s coat to instead work to create a healthier environment.

APRIL 28, 2014
Nelson Institute student awarded $25,000 in national agricultural innovation competition
Mighty Mealworm, a team from UW-Madison that includes Nelson Institute graduate student Valerie Stull, was among the six top teams in the national Agricultural Innovation Prize and will receive $25,000.

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