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Read the latest installment of The Commons, a bi-monthly newsletter for Nelson Institute alumni and friends.

The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

March/April 2015
Is this brutal winter linked to climate change?
Prolonged cold snaps on the East Coast, California drought and frozen mornings in the South all have something in common. Stephen Vavrus, a senior scientist with the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, published a new study with a colleague from Rutgers that links regional and seasonal conditions in the Arctic to more extreme weather across the country. Read more.
New additions to Earth Day Conference
Monica White, assistant professor of environmental justice, will open the conference in a joint plenary session titled Creating More Livable Cities: Lessons from Chicago and Detroit. Also added: concurrent sessions on business sustainability, public health, climate change, waste reduction, wildlife conservation, the future of the Yahara Lakes and more. See the conference program for the latest updates. There's still time to register!
Alumni networking reception April 1 in Washington, D.C.
Please join us for an informal evening of reconnection and networking with alumni and friends at The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C.! Some of our top undergraduate students, who will be in D.C. on the Nelson Institute's inaugural Career Discovery Tour, will also be there. And Nelson Director Paul Robbins will be on hand to catch up. RSVPs appreciated by March 23.
Alumni award winners announced
Congratulations to Jami Morton (M.S. ER ‘11) and Neva Hassanein (Ph.D. LR '97), the 2015 recipients of the Nelson Institute’s alumni awards. Morton's former colleagues at Nelson's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Claus Moberg and Matt Luedke, will receive honorary alumni awards. We’ll present the awards at the Earth Day conference. In the meantime, learn more about the winners.
Connect with alumni, students, partners
Looking for an easy way to network with the ever-growing Nelson community? The Nelson Institute Network on LinkedIn is your answer. Join the 1,000+ members and stay in touch with faculty, alumni, current students and other professional contacts. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, or would like assistance with setting one up, our career advisor Pete Locascio is happy to help. Join today!
 
Could mealworms put a dent in Africa’s protein deficit?
Insects are an overlooked, healthful, economically viable and sustainable source of nutrition for people. Nelson doctoral student Valerie Stull, along with a fellow graduate student, are working to introduce kits for farming mealworms to regions such as sub-Saharan Africa. The two recently won the Climate Quest competition for this work. Learn more.