JUNE 30, 2020
UW-Madison Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Supports the Wisconsin Rainfall Project
In recent years, the number of heavy rainfall incidents has increased. What was once considered a 100-year storm is now a frequent occurrence. As such, many cities are looking to better understand extreme rainfall statistics in an effort to prepare their infrastructure and plans for this new normal. To aid in these efforts co-collaborators Daniel Wright, an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Nelson Institute affiliate, and David Lorenz, an associate scientist with the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research plan to provide updated rainfall statistics and develop an infrastructure resiliency community of practice as a part of a two-year Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment initiative.

JUNE 30, 2020
Research aiming to protect biodiversity receives UW2020 grant award
Francisco Pelegri, professor of genetics at UW–Madison, and Elizabeth Hennessy, assistant professor of history and environmental studies at UW-Madison, are collaborating on a project that aims to safeguard biodiversity through methods grounded in genetics and cellular development. Recently, their research was awarded a grant from UW2020, an initiative funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation that seeks to support groundbreaking research at UW–Madison. With this support, Pelegri and his team hope to discover new methods for protecting and restoring threatened ecosystems.

JUNE 29, 2020
Wetlands, woodlands, and an interdisciplinary approach
Throughout his career, Nelson Institute alumnus Warren Buchanan, has continued to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to science. A lesson he says he learned during his time as a graduate student with the Nelson Institute in the mid-1970s.

JUNE 18, 2020
New Climate Change Resource - WICCI Launches New Website
The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), led by the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is unveiling a new website as a part of its outreach efforts.

JUNE 18, 2020
Smart Restart: Campus update
On September 2, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will welcome students back to campus. In an effort to ensure a "Smart Restart” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has developed a comprehensive plan for resuming campus activities. The full plan is available on the Smart Restart website and all plan updates will be posted to this site moving forward. The UW-Madison COVID-19 website and the Nelson Institute COVID-19 website will remain active.

JUNE 17, 2020
Nelson alumnus devotes nearly three decades to protecting vital water resources
Steve Jann, an alumnus of the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management (WRM) program, has spent his entire career protecting vital water sources, both locally and nationally. Jann has been working in the water division at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5 in Chicago, for nearly 29 years, currently serving as the Chief of the Water Permits Branch. In reflecting on his career, Jann expressed immense gratitude for the WRM program, which he said equipped him with the knowledge and skills that he uses in his water-centered career every day.

JUNE 12, 2020
Nelson Institute associate professor Holly Gibbs featured in The Economist
Holly Gibbs, an associate professor in the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and Department of Geography was recently featured in The Economist. The article, titled "How big beef and soya firms can stop deforestation” discusses Brazil’s rise in emissions and how that relates to deforestation.

JUNE 9, 2020
Nelson grad student among Planetary Health Scholars
The spring 2020 University of Wisconsin-Madison Planetary Health Scholars includes Nelson Institute graduate student Pearly Wong.

JUNE 4, 2020
Nelson affiliate faculty and co-director of UniverCity Alliance awarded WARF Named Professorship
Nelson affiliate faculty and co-director of the UniverCity Alliance Joel Rogers has been awarded one of just eleven WARF Named Professorships. This award honors faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors and is supported by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The award includes $100,000 of flexible research funds that will be available from 2020 through 2025 and naming rights. Rogers decided to name his after Noam Chomsky, the famous linguist and social activist. So, beginning next academic year, his official title will be the Noam Chomsky Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology.

JUNE 1, 2020
Nelson associate professor awarded Association for the Study of Food and Society book award
Nelson Institute professor of Environmental Justice, Monica White’s book, Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement, has been awarded the 2020 Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) Book Award in the First Book Category.