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.

APRIL 18, 2012
$50,000 awarded in student sustainability competition
Four student teams won a combined $50,000 in the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize innovation competition hosted by the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

APRIL 4, 2012
A week of Tales: Environmental film festival returns to Madison
More than 2,000 attendees enjoyed 30 new and classic films, visits from six filmmakers and a keynote address by green jobs advocate Van Jones as part of the Tales from Planet Earth film festival March 25-31.

APRIL 4, 2012
"Certified Success": National Wildlife Federation spotlights Nelson Institute student research
Research by Steffenie Widows, a recent graduate of the Nelson Institute Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development program (M.S. '11), is the subject of a National Wildlife Federation article in the March 2012 issue of the organization's magazine National Wildlife.

APRIL 3, 2012
Earth Day conference to explore economic growth, happiness
Economic growth, consumption, sustainability and happiness will be explored during the sixth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day conference on Monday, April 16, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

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