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FEBRUARY 27, 2019
Nelson Institute ranks among top programs for study abroad participants
That’s why the Nelson Institute is proud to share that the most recent data from the International Academic Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that nearly half of all Environmental Studies majors participate in a study abroad program.


FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Nelson alumni launch food waste policy and practice event
Travis Blomberg, B.S. (2012)- Environmental Studies / Political Science / Integrated Liberal Studies, M.S. (2015) - Environment & Resources / Business, Environment & Social Responsibility George Reistad, B.S. (2011)- Economics and Environmental Studies


FEBRUARY 21, 2019
Nelson Institute teaching assistant to receive a 2018 Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Award
Nelson Institute teaching assistant Alexandra Lakind is one of fifteen students set to receive a 2018 University of Wisconsin–Madison Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Award. Honored for her contributions to the classroom, LaKind will receive the Early Excellence in Teaching Award during a reception on Thursday, March 7 from 3-4 pm in 911 Van Vleck Hall.


FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Conservation Coach
During her 15-year career in communications and media production, Nelson Institute alumna Marika Suval developed an acute awareness of the planet’s growing environmental problems. Whether reporting for public radio on environmental policies or highlighting the challenges faced by conservationists around the world, Suval took an active interest in the issue. Just a few years ago, Suval decided to apply to the Nelson Institute Environmental Conservation Professional Master’s program, a step toward her goal of putting her media career in service of pressing environmental issues.


FEBRUARY 18, 2019
Growing the Community
When UW-Madison alumna Elisse Pavletich began college, she knew she wanted a career that would make a positive impact on the world, but she didn’t have any definitive plans. That all changed when she met Nelson Institute advisor Becky Ryan who helped Pavletich to discover the Nelson Institute curriculum and the world of environmental studies. With Ryan’s support, Pavletich began to explore environmental education, community outreach, and the various career opportunities associated with this field of study. Through exploration and Nelson Institute’s individualized curriculum, Pavletich discovered her passion for environmental sociology and a career path that has brought her a lot of joy. Photos courtesy of Elisse Pavletich


FEBRUARY 14, 2019
Nelson Institute professor recognized by American Chemical Society
The American Chemical Society (ACS) recently awarded Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies professor, Catherine Middlecamp, with the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education. This award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to chemical education. A faculty co-director of the Community and Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) which helps students link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community, and interim director for academics and research in the Office of Sustainability, Middlecamp has shown a strong ability to engage faculty and students in chemistry by linking the material to the community and the planet.