JULY 8, 2020
‘Multispecies Justice’ conference highlights Indigenous knowledge, student research
In early March, a couple hundred gathered at the Pyle Center on the UW–Madison campus to participate in a graduate student conference highlighting social and environmental justice. Organized by graduate students and hosted by the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), the conference featured interdisciplinary researchers, graduate students, and local experts who discussed the fundamental connection between social and environmental justice.

JULY 7, 2020
Recent Nelson grad follows passion for people, sustainability, and the planet
Recent Nelson Institute graduate Jackie Millonzi spent her college career learning about environmental issues, engaging in sustainability programing, and teaching others about the importance of conservation. Through programs such as the Nelson Institute’s Community and Environmental Scholar’s Program (CESP) and the Office of Sustainability student internships, Millonzi was able to unite her passion for the environment with her desire to connect with local communities.

JULY 7, 2020
UniverCity Year program garners national attention for work in Monona
The UniverCity Year (UCY) program, which is administered with support from Nelson Institute affiliate faculty and staff, was recently featured in an article on the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC-N) website. EPIC-N is a national nonprofit association that unites communities with universities to improve the human condition. The article highlights UCY’s three-year partnership with Monona, during which University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and staff connected with Monona community members on 30 recreation, transportation, housing, and digital connectivity projects. Read more.

JULY 2, 2020
Alumna leads the way with Conservation Standards
As a senior researcher at the Research Center for Endangered Species National Institute of Ecology in the Republic of Korea, Nelson Institute alumna Anya Lim works on a wide variety of conservation planning projects. Whether the project involves Amur gorals or Chinese pond turtles, Lim utilizes the skills she gained at the Nelson Institute, specifically applying her knowledge in Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Conservation Standards), to plan and measure the success of these projects. In fact, Lim is among the first to apply the Conservation Standards in Korea and recently worked with colleagues to publish a Korean version of the Conservation Standards introduction book last year.

JUNE 30, 2020
UW-Madison Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Supports the Wisconsin Rainfall Project
In recent years, the number of heavy rainfall incidents has increased. What was once considered a 100-year storm is now a frequent occurrence. As such, many cities are looking to better understand extreme rainfall statistics in an effort to prepare their infrastructure and plans for this new normal. To aid in these efforts co-collaborators Daniel Wright, an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Nelson Institute affiliate, and David Lorenz, an associate scientist with the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research plan to provide updated rainfall statistics and develop an infrastructure resiliency community of practice as a part of a two-year Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment initiative.

JUNE 30, 2020
Research aiming to protect biodiversity receives UW2020 grant award
Francisco Pelegri, professor of genetics at UW–Madison, and Elizabeth Hennessy, assistant professor of history and environmental studies at UW-Madison, are collaborating on a project that aims to safeguard biodiversity through methods grounded in genetics and cellular development. Recently, their research was awarded a grant from UW2020, an initiative funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation that seeks to support groundbreaking research at UW–Madison. With this support, Pelegri and his team hope to discover new methods for protecting and restoring threatened ecosystems.

JUNE 29, 2020
Wetlands, woodlands, and an interdisciplinary approach
Throughout his career, Nelson Institute alumnus Warren Buchanan, has continued to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to science. A lesson he says he learned during his time as a graduate student with the Nelson Institute in the mid-1970s.

JUNE 18, 2020
New Climate Change Resource - WICCI Launches New Website
The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), led by the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is unveiling a new website as a part of its outreach efforts.

JUNE 18, 2020
Smart Restart: Campus update
On September 2, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will welcome students back to campus. In an effort to ensure a "Smart Restart” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has developed a comprehensive plan for resuming campus activities. The full plan is available on the Smart Restart website and all plan updates will be posted to this site moving forward. The UW-Madison COVID-19 website and the Nelson Institute COVID-19 website will remain active.

JUNE 17, 2020
Nelson alumnus devotes nearly three decades to protecting vital water resources
Steve Jann, an alumnus of the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management (WRM) program, has spent his entire career protecting vital water sources, both locally and nationally. Jann has been working in the water division at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5 in Chicago, for nearly 29 years, currently serving as the Chief of the Water Permits Branch. In reflecting on his career, Jann expressed immense gratitude for the WRM program, which he said equipped him with the knowledge and skills that he uses in his water-centered career every day.

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