DECEMBER 6, 2011
Snow in the Rockies, dry summers in the Southwest?
New simulations of summer rains in the arid American Southwest show that they are influenced by the previous winter's snowpack in the Rocky Mountains. Summer rains, called "monsoons," are the predominant source of rain in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, says Michael Notaro.

DECEMBER 1, 2011
Student research: Ryan Marsh helps conserve Madagascar's unique biodiversity
Ryan Marsh, a master's candidate in the Nelson Institute Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development program, has been studying conservation in Madagascar since 2008, when he first arrived there as a Peace Corp volunteer.

NOVEMBER 29, 2011
Langston awarded visiting professorship by King of Sweden
Nancy Langston, a professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and the Nelson Institute, has been named the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Sciences for the 2012-13 academic year in Sweden.

NOVEMBER 15, 2011
Video: EPA administrator lecture at UW-Madison
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus Tuesday, Nov. 15. See video of Jackson's lecture.

NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Michael Bell named director of UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Environmental sociologist Michael Bell has been named director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, a multi-disciplinary research and outreach program that focuses on developing sustainable production and marketing strategies for small to medium-sized agricultural and food enterprises.

NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Satellite technology enables rapid, accurate mapping of forest harvest in upper Midwest
Using satellite images, Mutlu Ozdogan, an assistant professor of forest and wildlife ecology and environmental studies at UW-Madison, is automatically generating maps showing where trees have been harvested in the form of clear-cut areas over five-year intervals.

NOVEMBER 9, 2011
Climate Wisconsin receives Emmy Award
Wisconsin's Educational Communications Board was recognized with an Emmy Award from the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the multimedia project Climate Wisconsin.

NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Study: Monkey mothers key to reproductive success of sons
In a study of wild primates, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Karen B. Strier describes a monkey society where equality and tolerance rule, and where sexually mature males, still living at home, seem to get helpful access to mates by the mere presence of their mothers and other maternal kin.

NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Increased use of bikes for commuting offers economic, health benefits
Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study just published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

OCTOBER 31, 2011
For land conservation, formal and informal relationships influence success
As the area protected by conservation easements has grown to 30 million acres, questions have multiplied. The answers are difficult to obtain, says Adena Rissman, an assistant professor of forest and wildlife ecology and environmental studies.

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