SEPTEMBER 30, 2011
Microformer team wins second place in student humanitarian competition
Three College of Engineering graduate students won second place and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers 2011 Distinguished Student Humanitarian Prize for their work on the Microformer, a low-cost transformer built with recycled electrical components that began as an entry in the 2010 Climate Leadership Challenge.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
Collaboration with The Natural Step Monona has real-world impacts for students, community
While sustainability discussions have taken place all over the globe, serious challenges remain in engaging local communities. Environmental researchers need to address this issue. Seeing this as an opportunity, in the fall of 2008 I began volunteering with The Natural Step Monona, a grassroots community organization in Madison's neighboring city.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
A life's work: Graduate students share one man's story of beekeeping in Wisconsin
In his nearly 50 years of keeping bees, Eugene Woller says, a lot has changed to make beekeeping more difficult: farming methods, crops, pesticide use, and the emergence of new threats such as Colony Collapse Disorder. But the bee hasn't changed, says Woller, who owns Gentle Breeze Honey in Mt. Horeb, Wis.

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.

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