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MAY 31, 2012
Mapping Nelson Institute students' summer jobs, internships and study abroad
Nelson Institute students are closing their textbooks and transitioning to summer jobs, internships, study abroad programs and other activities. They'll gain hands-on experience in fields ranging from archeology to habitat restoration to children's gardening. The map below plots where many of our students will spend their summer fanning out across the state, the country and the globe.


MAY 31, 2012
Nelson Institute mission captured in short video
In this short video, Nelson Institute faculty and students share how they understand the environment " from the air we breathe to the water we drink to the places where we go through life, and how our joining together of disciplines translates into research and education that matters to the community and to the planet.


MAY 16, 2012
Forest ecologist receives distinguished award
David Mladenoff, the Beers-Bascom Professor in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, has received the 2012 Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award.


MAY 16, 2012
Nelson Institute class of 2012: Q&A with graduating students
Nearly 200 environmental studies students are just days away from becoming the newest alumni of the Nelson Institute, energized by the possibilities of a more sustainable future and their role in building it. We caught up with eight graduating members of Nelson Institute undergraduate and graduate-level academic programs to ask about their fields of study, highlights from their time at the university, and advice for students following in their paths.


MAY 11, 2012
Finding your passion through internships and study abroad: Lessons from student Joe Shook
Joe Shook can attest to the value of major and career exploration. "Students shouldn't settle into one mind set or one academic track to the point where they exclude other opportunities," said the University of Wisconsin-Madison junior. "I came in as an engineering major and decided that it wasn't where I belonged. I went to landscape architecture and decided that field wasn't for me either and switched my major again."


MAY 8, 2012
Assistant professor Monica White hired to lead environmental justice teaching and outreach
Monica White has been named assistant professor of environmental justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a new position created and shared by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.


MAY 2, 2012
Lion Guardians project led by Nelson alumna wins St Andrews Prize for the Environment
Lion Guardians, an innovative project led by Nelson Institute alumna Leela Hazzah and Ph.D. candidate Stephanie Dolrenry in Kenya, has won this year's St Andrews Prize for the Environment.


MAY 1, 2012
Nelson Institute students win Burrill Business Plan Competition
Aleia McCord and Sarah Stefanos, both graduate students in the Nelson Institute Environment and Resources and Humans and the Global Environment programs, won the $10,000 top prize in the Wisconsin School of Business G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition on April 27.


MAY 1, 2012
Mitman receives Welch Medal for "Breathing Space"
Gregg Mitman, Nelson Institute interim director and Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History and Environmental Studies, has been awarded the William H. Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine for his book Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape our Lives and Landscapes.


APRIL 24, 2012
UW welcomes new Nelson Institute director
Paul Robbins, the director of the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, has been named director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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