The Commons – April 2023

  • The Night of the Badger comic. Photo courtesy of Mike Baron

    Day (and Night) of the Badger a Success!

    Thank you! We are grateful for everyone who participated in UW–Madison’s annual day of giving, Day of the Badger, this year held on March 28–29.

  • Tien Vo

    Rooted in the Ground

    You could say undergraduate student Tien Vo is very grounded.

  • “Fall” from the series “Hatsubon” Medium: pigment print on silk, 65”x52.” Photo by Tomiko Jones

    Meet Tomiko Jones

    Capturing the beautiful, dynamic, and sometimes sorrowful moments nature has to offer is no easy feat and takes a careful eye.

  • UniverCity Year Better places together

    Electrifying Outagamie County

    Buckle up and hit the gas ... or should it be electricity?

  • Illustration of a mobile phone with a text overlay that says "Batteries and Electrification: Is it Sustainable?"

    A Successful Sustainable Success

    Reports suggest that switching from fossil fuels to batteries and electrification in the U.S. transportation, industrial, and commercial and residential sectors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent in just a few decades … but everything has its costs.

  • Nuclear Fallout in Virtual Reality

    On March 9 and 10, 2023, the Graduate Associate Organizing Committee at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) was proud to organize a two-day screening of the virtual reality documentary On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World), an event cosponsored by CHE and the Associated Students of Madison and open to both current UW–Madison students and faculty as well as members of the greater Madison community.

  • Bertalot pilots the Center for Limnology’s boat “Humpback” during a sampling day last summer. Photo by Ally Kundinger

    The Reward of Research

    As a recent runner-up for the Center for Climatic Research’s Reid Bryson Scholarship poster session, undergraduate senior Sean Bertalot never expected such a distinction just a few short years ago. 

  • Cave Secrets

    In studying a stalagmite from Wisconsin's Cave of the Mounds, a UW-Madison research team found evidence of “a series of massive and abrupt warming events that punctuated the most recent ice age.”

  • David Kolodziejski

    EOI Graduate Passionate to Provide Climate Solutions using Remote Sensing and GIS

    Recent graduate of the environmental observation informatics (EOI) MS program, David Kolodziejski found his niche in geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing after a long period of career exploration.

  • Pursuing Goals and Upholding Values to Inspire Others

    Sustainability certificate student Michelle Yang featured in the Wisconsin School of Business’s “Next Generation of Business Leaders.”

  • Seeds of Strategy

    Seeding longleaf pine understories with a mix of native savanna species could help restore one of North America's biodiverse ecosystems.

  • Wisconsin’s Climate: Warmer, Wetter, and More Extreme Events

    The WICCI Climate Working Group addresses challenges and shares recommendations.