MARCH 1, 2018
Science with a Passion; Life and Death on a Remote Pacific Reef
Citizens, scientists and climate-curious individuals arrived in crowds to hear Dr. Kim Cobb deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Climate Change Symposium on Thursday, February 22, 2018. The annual event hosted by the Nelson Institute poses the question of how global climate change will affect the ways in which we live and interact with the world.

FEBRUARY 21, 2018
Global Connections: Nelson Institute representatives discuss global pollution in Kenya
The Nelson Institute’s Nathan Schulfer, assistant director for International & Professional Programs, participated in UNEA3 in Nairobi, Kenya in December.

FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Sustainability meets business with supply chain lecture
Sustainability and business are often juxtaposed as two ideals on opposite sides of the spectrum. A robust attendance of campus and community members turned out to learn about this timely topic.

JANUARY 29, 2018
Gaming offers educational lessons about ecological consequences
Games that prompt thought beyond winning or losing and into the complexities of real world environmental problem solving can be one tool in the tool box of environmental studies.

JANUARY 22, 2018
Nelson researcher aims to understand food systems, empower communities in new book
If everyone knew where our food comes from, it will eventually result in a higher expectation for our food system and it will change the nature of how we farm in general.

JANUARY 15, 2018
Nelson master’s graduate puts environmental conservation theories into practice
After taking ornithology courses, Sandberg was on the path to find a career that would help birds in their natural habitat. Now as a wildlife rehabilitator, she is able to do just that, placing birds and other native species back into the environment where they belong.

DECEMBER 15, 2017
Nelson researchers use satellite data to study carbon emissions from expanding ethanol cropland
Like many of our Nelson Faculty, Holly Gibbs is concerned about the effects of human activity on the landscape and local ecosystems.

DECEMBER 6, 2017
‘Land is Life’: Winona LaDuke honors the Earth at film festival opening
For the past five years, Native Peoples activist and registered Ojibwe Tribe member Winona LaDuke battled with crude oil companies over the controversial pipeline projects over Indigenous owned land.

NOVEMBER 29, 2017
Buzzworthy backstory: Nelson alum shares story of the honeybee in latest book
From the dancing of honeybees to the production of honey, Heather Swan has always found honeybees to be fascinating creatures. So, it’s not much of a surprise to hear her lifelong relationship with the honeybees eventually led to her publishing a book exploring the relationship between honeybees and humans.

NOVEMBER 21, 2017
Nelson alumni give back: Mentorship opportunities in CESP Program
Nearly 50 Nelson alumni, environmental professionals, and University of Wisconsin-Madison students participated in a "Speed Mentoring” event in October. While the event was open to all UW students, there was a focus on students enrolled in the Community Environmental Scholarship Program (CESP). CESP program managers Cathy Middlecamp, professor in Environmental Studies, and Robert Beattie, faculty associate work with students who want to explore both environmentally sustainable pathways and engage with their local communities. The program offers opportunities for students to build partnerships with environmental organizations, volunteer on campus and with the local community, and receive professional development training—like attending the Speed Mentoring event. Prior to the event, Middlecamp and Beattie had students prepare ‘elevator pitches,’ a condensed one-minute explanation of their personal interests, career aspirations and past experiences. The elevator pitches were a means for students to start conversations with professionals and explain who they are and what they aspire to become. Following the event, students reported being more comfortable networking with professionals and communicating their academic and career goals. Many also said they were excited to attend another event with more professionals and alumni from an even broader spectrum of career fields. The event wasn’t just a learning experience for undergraduates. Mentorship often works best when both parties are able to learn from each other. Mentors were impressed with the student’s passion, energy and preparation. "It is fun to learn more about student interests and it helps my work to see the range of perspectives undergrads have about the environment and the different academic and professional goals they want to achieve,” one mentor said. "The students were very well-spoken,” said another. "[The event] was very impressive and to hear all their interests, aspirations, and how optimistic they were was very uplifting.” We extend thanks to the alumni who took time to give back to the Nelson Community and look forward to partnering in the future.

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