The Commons – October 2022

  • Participants sat in groups related to their specific project at the meeting. Photo credit: Anica Graney

    Rising Waters

    Wisconsin’s Koshkonong Creek and its communities have been in deep water in recent years due to increased flooding.

  • Sifting and Reckoning

    The Public History Project is part of a broader collection of efforts to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus.

  • Environment and Society

    Solutions, Not Problems

    If he’s being honest, Paul Robbins isn’t in love with the cover of his newest book.

  • Noah Weeth Feinstein

    The Stories Not Told

    In 2017, the country watched history horrifically repeated itself: Nazi and Ku Klux Klan emblems blazed as a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly.

  • Dean Paul Robbins and Emily Reynolds, director of community engagement and alumni relations, pose with the alumni award winners. L-R: Robbins, Patricia O’Kane, Keefe Keeley, Robert Ribe, Margaret Krome, Breana Nehls, and Reynolds. (Not pictured is Distinguished Alumni Award winner Ashok Sarkar.) Photo credit: Ingrid Laas

    A Rendezvous to Remember

    It was a night to remember as the Nelson community gathered for the first in-person Rendezvous event since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

  • Plants Under Stress

    Wisconsin plants and natural communities are stressed by climate change.

  • Waste book

    Joy Trip Reading Project Fall Book List

    “Who gets to use our nation’s wild places? Who is welcome in the parks?

  • Michael Notaro

    Director’s Cut: Michael Notaro

    I would like to introduce myself as the new director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research (CCR).

  • Enlightening Lightning

    Nelson alumna Jeannine Richards studies how lightning strikes shape tropical forests.

  • One hundred acres of beauty

    UW environmental power couple Susan and Steve Carpenter spend their free time restoring 100 acres of prairie in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.

  • Lawrence Bove. Photos courtesy of Weston Solutions

    Engineering Sustainability

    If you were part of the Nelson Institute anytime in the past decade or so, chances are you’ve heard of — or perhaps attended — a Weston Roundtable Series lecture.

  • Zac Freedman

    Q & A: Meet Zac Freedman

    “Can I just start by saying, I mean, this is a dream job for me!”

  • The Business of Forests

    It was hard to keep Nelson Institute environmental observation informatics (EOI) MS grad Alex Ramos away from his hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada when the opportunity to turn his passion into a full-time career came knocking.