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SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Growth field: Environmental studies a "college major with a future"
For the second year in a row, a leading magazine has named environmental studies a hot college major and singled out UW-Madison for its undergraduate programs in this growing field.


AUGUST 30, 2012
Early ambition: Peter McIntyre
By the age of seven, Peter McIntyre already knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. "I got my first fishing pole from my granddad when I was seven," recalls McIntyre, a UW-Madison limnologist and assistant professor of zoology since 2010. "It was a long family tradition, and from the day I got that fishing pole, I was an aquatic ecologist."


AUGUST 30, 2012
Problem solver: John Orrock
John Orrock has always had a fervor for figuring things out. But it wasn't until an ecology lab during his undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University that he realized he could spend his career asking and answering questions.


AUGUST 30, 2012
Dealing with change: Ellen Damschen
According to Ellen Damschen, if you understand the problem, you also understand the solution. An assistant professor in the Zoology Department, Damschen says climate change and global diversity are at the forefront of her research. She studies the factors behind how communities are composed and how human impacts alter ecosystems.


AUGUST 30, 2012
Embracing complexity: Jonathan Pauli
"Ecology isn't rocket science. It's much more difficult." Those eight words, written by UW-Madison's own Steve Carpenter, jumped out at Jonathan Pauli as he was starting graduate school. To this day the statement stands as his favorite way to describe the field of ecology.


AUGUST 30, 2012
Wisconsin Ecology: New cohort carries on century-old tradition
From sloth populations in Costa Rica to fish migrating along Southeast Asia's Mekong River to changing vegetation in the Pacific Northwest, ecology is everywhere. Yet for many of the brightest minds in the field, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the base camp from which to study some of the world's greatest conservation challenges.


AUGUST 23, 2012
West Nile's 'super spreader:' How about the American robin?
Since arriving in 1999 from Europe or Africa, West Nile virus has spread to nearly every state and a growing body of evidence is pointing to the iconic American robin as the primary culprit for spreading the disease in the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.


AUGUST 17, 2012
Holloway honored for education and mentorship in clean energy
Tracey Holloway, director of the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, is the recipient of the first-ever C3E award for education and mentorship in clean energy.


AUGUST 3, 2012
Layered learning: Students solve local challenges in community-scale composting class
After six hours of shoveling compost in 100-degree weather, Natalie Cook, Hui Wang and Jen Weisheit were deemed the compost queens. The UW-Madison students and five classmates were part of Community-Scale Composting, a summer capstone course for students earning the undergraduate environmental studies certificate or major.


AUGUST 1, 2012
Forget blizzards and hurricanes, heat waves are deadliest
When it comes to gnarly weather, tornadoes, blizzards and hurricanes seem to get most of our attention, perhaps because their destructive power makes for imagery the media can't ignore. But for sheer killing power, heat waves do in far more people than even the most devastating hurricane. Ask medical historian Richard Keller.


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