DECEMBER 22, 2011
John Francis: Silent no more
Visiting professor John Francis' journey to the front of the classroom has been filled with twists and turns. Spurred by a 1971 oil spill in California, he took a vow of silence for 17 years and eschewed motor vehicles for 22 years, walking across North and South America and spreading inspiration and environmental awareness.

DECEMBER 22, 2011
Students explore role of film and new media in environmental conservation
Fourteen undergraduate students in a UW-Madison class, New Media for Environmental Communication, have created a series of nine short films spotlighting stories of environmental conservation and sustainable living.

DECEMBER 13, 2011
Nelson Institute students reflect on summer jobs, internships and study abroad experiences
As the spring semester approaches, students are beginning to look for new opportunities to get real-world experience near and far, whether going abroad, getting an internship or securing a part-time or summer job.

DECEMBER 8, 2011
For Midwesterners, more boxcars mean cleaner air
Shifting a fraction of truck-borne freight onto trains would have an outsized impact on air quality in the Midwest, according to Nelson Institute researchers.

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.

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