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July 12, 2018
Tracey Holloway to be Interviewed on Science Friday

On Friday 7/13/18, at 12:15pm, Tracey will discuss the recent SAGE publication "Air-quality-related health impacts from climate change and from adaptation of cooling demand for buildings in the eastern United States: An interdisciplinary modeling study", by David W. Abel, Tracey Holloway, Monica Harkey, Paul Meier, Doug Ahl, Vijay S. Limaye, and Jonathan A. Patz. 

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July 05, 2018
Study Underscores Need for Clean Energy

In a special climate change issue of the journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) Medicine, a team of researchers from SAGE forecasts as many as a thousand additional deaths annually in the Eastern United States alone due to elevated levels of air pollution driven by the increased use of fossil fuels to cool the buildings where humans live and work. 

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May 20, 2018
Michael Eggen Awarded the Florence Margai Best Student Paper Award

Sage and Geography Ph.D. student Michael Eggen was awarded the Florence Margai Best Student Paper Award by the African Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers for his paper titled, Climate change impacts on major crops in the Ethiopia highlands: An agroecosystem approach. The work details how five crops respond to climate change when viewed within lower mountain, mid-mountain and upper mountain agroecosystems. Divergent impacts among crops and agroecosystems at a local scale has important implications for the resilience of smallholder systems and delivery of agricultural extension in the developing world.  Michael is advised by Mutlu Ozdogan. 

May 11, 2018
Congratulations to SAGE's newest PhD, Melissa Scott!

Her thesis is entitled "National Energy Choices: Opportunities for Improvements in Health & Ethics, and Prioritizing Vulnerable People" and her advisor is Dr. Jonathan Patz.

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April 23, 2018
Melissa Scott's PhD Defense, Wednesday April 25


Melissa (Hatch) Scott will present her doctoral research Wed. April 25, at 1 pm in Rm 1010 at the Global Health Institute offices in the Medical Science Center (MSC),  across from WID. Melissa's advisor is Dr. Jonathan Patz.


National Energy Choices: Opportunities for Improvements in Health & Ethics, and Prioritizing Vulnerable People

National energy choices play a pivotal role in the health of local communities impacted by energy pollution and the health of communities around the globe impacted by climate change. National energy choices, in the form of policies or governmental decisions, depend not only on empirical facts, but are also a function of a normative framework. This thesis aims to estimate the health benefits of more stringent alternative energy goals and the costs of reducing coal-fired power plant pollution in China (a rapidly developing nation), and to examine whether it is ethical for developed nations to continue burning coal for energy. National energy choices, particularly policies permitting the use of coal for energy, contribute greatly to the growing ethical crisis of climate change: that those nations that are most vulnerable to climate change, are least responsible. Thus, this thesis also aims to assess the vulnerabilities of two nations in the Caribbean – Haiti and Grenada—who are among a group of nations with negligible emissions of greenhouse gases and who are overlooked in regional assessments of climate change.

April 22, 2018
Elise Penn to Present Senior Thesis, Thursday April 26


Elise Penn, undergraduate in Geological Engineering and Applied Math, will give her senior thesis presentation “Diurnal Variation of NOx over the United States” at 2 pm on 4/26 in Room 272 of SAGE (Enzyme Institute, 1710 University Ave.).
Elise has been working with Prof. Tracey Holloway at SAGE for 3-1/2 years. Elise was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support her graduate work at Harvard, starting next year. As part of Elise’s completion of the GLE Honors requirement, she will be presenting her work to a public audience and her thesis committee, including Prof. Paul Block (CEE), Dr. Brad Pierce (NOAA, and SAGE Affiliate), and Prof. Tracey Holloway.
Summary: NOx is an air pollutant emitted by cars and power plants. Elise’s research investigates if satellites can "see" changes in NOx concentrations over a period of a few hours


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April 12, 2018
Marin Skidmore and Clare Sullivan awarded Tinker Nave Summer Research Grants

Marin will use the funding to survey cattle ranchers in the Brazilian Amazon and Clare will head to Colombia to survey ranchers there. Congratulations!


April 10, 2018
Grace Choi Named Weston Fellow for 2018-2019

Grace Choi will be SAGE's Weston Fellow for 2018-2019. The Weston Fellowship, as part of the Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship program, includes full tuition and stipend benefits. Choi will use the Fellowship to further her studies of satellite data, air quality and public health under the direction of Profs. Tracey Holloway and Jonathan Patz at SAGE. Congratulations, Grace!