AUGUST 19, 2014
Fulbright Award takes Patz to Ethiopia
A Fulbright Scholar grant will take Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute (GHI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to Ethiopia to work on issues involving livable cities, climate change and health during the spring semester of his 2014-2015 sabbatical.
AUGUST 18, 2014
No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land
As climate change alters habitats for birds and bees and everything in between, so too does the way humans decide to use land. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Aarhus University in Denmark have, for the first time, found a way to determine the potential combined impacts of both climate and land-use change on plants, animals and ecosystems across the country.
AUGUST 14, 2014
New analysis links tree height to climate
What limits the height of trees? Is it the fraction of their photosynthetic energy they devote to productive new leaves? Or is it their ability to hoist water hundreds of feet into the air, supplying the green, solar-powered sugar factories in those leaves?
AUGUST 11, 2014
Climate conundrum: Conflicting indicators on what preceded human-driven warming
When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently requested a figure for its annual report, to show global temperature trends over the last 10,000 years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Zhengyu Liu knew that was going to be a problem.
JULY 9, 2014
Project to evaluate how farmers markets benefit communities
A new project in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Farmer's Market Coalition will analyze the impact of farmers markets in communities.
JULY 1, 2014
New MOOCs to focus on environmental and community themes
Beginning in 2015, UW-Madison will take Leopold’s words to heart by offering six Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on topics ranging from Shakespeare’s dramas and the digital humanities, to understanding Leopold’s land ethic, to the relationship between climate change and public health.
JUNE 3, 2014
Mobile sustainability game spurs students to take environmental action
Traversing the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus while consulting iPads and smartphones, the students in Cathy Middlecamp’s introductory environmental studies course could have been mistaken for anyone checking social media en route to class.
JUNE 2, 2014
Lass in class: Finding solutions – and yourself – through study abroad
Here I am back in Madison. Within the week of my return to this concrete campus, I have already gotten sunburnt at the terrace and spent the beginning of my summer nights watching the sunset fall over Lake Mendota. After months of exhausting travels, I relish the summer laziness. My first post seems forever ago, and it is a tad bittersweet writing my last.
MAY 27, 2014
Buried fossil soils found to be awash in carbon
Soils that formed on the Earth’s surface thousands of years ago and that are now deeply buried features of vanished landscapes have been found to be rich in carbon, adding a new dimension to our planet’s carbon cycle.
MAY 27, 2014
Lass in class: Escaping the city for pristine natural splendor
In an attempt to make the most of my experience abroad, I decided to spend two weeks after my classes were over to navigate three countries. I got sunburnt, encountered bed bugs, and faced a severe drop in my bank account. Yet I can honestly say that my experience in Rome, Kandersteg and Prague has left me with the most vivid memories of my study-abroad experience.