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JUNE 12, 2019
Sisters in Stewardship
As children, sisters Ismat and Iffat Bhuiyan dreamed of attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For Ismat, who was a few years older than Iffat, that dream became a reality in 2011, when she began her first semester as a biology major at UW-Madison. For Iffat, that dream came to fruition a few years later when she began her freshman year in the UW-Madison College of Engineering. While both were thrilled to be a Badger, they were looking for a way to connect their interest in environmental conservation with their career goals. That’s when Ismat happened upon the Nelson Institute Environmental Studies Certificate and the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP), a discovery that ultimately shaped the career trajectory for both sisters.


JUNE 11, 2019
Board of Visitors member & Nelson Institute alumnus Matt Dannenberg receives the Extraordinary People Award
On June 4, 2019 Nelson Institute alumnus (’10) and Board of Visitors member, Matt Dannenberg received the Extraordinary People Award from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV). Dannenberg, who currently serves as the Communications & Legislative Director at Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, received the award in honor of his efforts to protect state and natural resources. His notable contributions include his work to develop the Wisconsin Native Vote program, which encourages tribal members to vote and run for office and his eight years of service with the WLCV, which promotes public policy that benefits public health and natural resources.


JUNE 10, 2019
Nelson Institute affiliate Greg Nemet examines the drivers behind solar energy success in his new book
Discover the lessons solar energy can teach us about climate change innovations in the new book, How Solar Energy Became Cheap by Nelson Institute affiliate and La Follette School Professor Greg Nemet. Published on June 10, 2019, by Routledge, Nemet’s book includes a look at the impetus behind solar energy’s success and how other technologies can benefit from the lessons learning during solar energy’s rise. Read more.


JUNE 6, 2019
Nelson Institute CESP students fired up to help at Goose Pond
In early May, Nelson Institute students participating in the Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) assisted with a controlled burn at Goose Pond in Arlington, Wisconsin. The event was a part of junior Calla Norris’ efforts to organize an environment-based team building activity for her fellow CESP members.


JUNE 3, 2019
Nelson Institute & AOS Professor Ankur Desai named the Reid Bryson Chair
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Professor Ankur Desai has been named the Reid Bryson Chair for Climate, People and Environment. Named after Reid Bryson, who founded the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research (CCR), this prestigious three-year appointment will provide financial support and leadership opportunities that will allow Desai to expand his interdisciplinary research and leadership as it relates to climate change, the environment, and society.


MAY 22, 2019
Board of Visitors emeritus member John Nelson receives an honorary degree from Ripon College
On May 19, 2019, UW-Madison adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering, UW-Madison alumnus, UW Foundation Board member, and Nelson Institute Board of Visitors emeritus member John Nelson received an honorary degree from Ripon College in recognition of his efforts to advance scientific collaboration in relation to Green Lake.


MAY 16, 2019
Nelson Institute program coordinator, Sarah Graves co-authors newly released book
Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) program coordinator, Sarah Graves, is a co-author of the newly released book, Collaboration Across Boundaries for Social-Ecological Systems Science. Edited by Stephen G. Perz, the book outlines best practices and challenges related to interdisciplinary research. The recommendations are made through a set of chapters that feature first-hand experiences from researchers investigating social-ecological systems.


MAY 16, 2019
Inaugural Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Issue Brief focuses on nitrates
The Nelson Institute Issue Brief summarizes and conveys up-to-date scholarship from across the UW-Madison campus on key issues of environmental concern. This inaugural edition focuses on research related to high nitrate concentrations in groundwater, an issue that impacts rural and urban residents across much of the state. Read more.


MAY 15, 2019
Native Nations_UW Leadership Summit highlights directions for partnerships
Native Nations_UW Leadership Summit highlights directions for partnerships


MAY 14, 2019
Nelson Institute researcher Seth Spawn discusses land-use change and carbon emissions
UW-Madison Geography graduate student and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) researcher, Seth Spawn was recently featured in the Physics World article, Expanding US cropland emits same as 36 new power plants. The article highlights Spawn’s research into land-use change and its impact on carbon emissions. In particular, Spawn has been studying the impact of grassland loss on carbon levels. Grassland can contribute to a significant decrease in carbon emissions as the plants have natural carbon absorption and storage properties. In fact, in 2018 Spawn participated in a study led by The Nature Conservancy which showed that improved maintenance of grassland would allow for the annual absorption of one fifth of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to emissions from all U.S. vehicles. Read more.


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