SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Off and running: Excitement builds as environmental studies major opens to students
For the Nelson Institute, Sept. 19 was a date long-circled on the calendar. That's when students could begin signing up for the new undergraduate major in environmental studies at UW-Madison. Excitement around the major has been building since its approval by the UW System Board of Regents in April.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
A gender gap to innovation: Responding to the underrepresentation of women in science
In response to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the continuing underrepresentation of women in science, we sought insight from within the Nelson Institute and the UW-Madison community regarding the causes and consequences of the gender gap in in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
AUGUST 29, 2011
Nelson Institute student, affiliate help launch fishing club for Latino youth
When the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources needed assistance in launching a fishing club for Latino youth in the Madison area, Andrea-Teresa "Tess" Arenas, a Nelson Institute honorary fellow, was eager to take the bait.
AUGUST 25, 2011
Irrigation impacts on global carbon uptake
Globally, irrigation increases agricultural productivity by an amount roughly equivalent to the entire agricultural output of the U.S., according to a new UW-Madison study.
AUGUST 25, 2011
UW"Madison limnologist receives international Water Prize
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf presented Nelson Institute affiliate Steve Carpenter, UW"Madison Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology and director of the Center for Limnology, with the Stockholm Water Prize Aug. 25 in a ceremony at the 2011 World Water Week conference in Stockholm.
AUGUST 22, 2011
Poverty and national parks: Decade-long study finds surprising relationship
If so many poor people live around national parks in developing countries, does that mean that these parks are contributing to their poverty? Yes, according to the conventional wisdom, but no, according to a 10-year study of people living around Kibale National Park in Uganda that was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
AUGUST 18, 2011
Dunwoody receives AEJMC Research Award
Evjue-Bascom Professor Sharon Dunwoody has received the prestigious Paul J. Deutschmann Award in recognition of her research career at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
AUGUST 18, 2011
Kanarek: Cancer rates show it's time for global asbestos ban
The use of asbestos building materials in developing countries results in millions of preventable cancer cases, a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health epidemiologist reports in the coming issue of Annals of Epidemiology.
AUGUST 17, 2011
Caught on tape: Researchers track, help protect elusive bear in Ecuador
While one of South America's most elusive animals makes its way through dense and rugged mountain forests, Nelson Institute researchers snap away, capturing images of the Andean bear. At least their hidden cameras do, set to automatically take pictures when motion sensors pick up activity.
AUGUST 16, 2011
Climate change could drive native fish out of Wisconsin waters
The cisco, a key forage fish found in Wisconsin's deepest and coldest bodies of water, could become a climate change casualty and disappear from most of the Wisconsin lakes it now inhabits by the year 2100, according to a new study.