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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

May/June 2015
Earth Day recap in photos and more
Nearly 1,500 guests gathered at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on April 20, 2015, to celebrate Earth Day and tackle some tough choices about the environmental challenges facing our rapidly changing planet. Experience the event through photos, Storify and related news coverage.
Graduate student helps birds fly again
Master's student Jackie Edmunds has always loved birds. So it’s no surprise that she spends her days feeding, nursing and otherwise assisting them. She works as the Wildlife Rehabilitation Training and Fundraising Coordinator at the Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center, which provides care for ill, injured and orphaned wildlife.
Donations sought for energy professorship
A deadline-driven fundraising effort is under way to endow a Nelson Institute professorship in energy, which would provide support in perpetuity for the Energy Analysis and Policy Program. The goal is to raise $500,000 by June 1, 2015, which would make this fund eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match from the Morgridge Match program. Please contact Ann Swenson for more information.
Alumna honored for community outreach
Longtime UW-Madison campus and community outreach champion Dolly Ledin (M.S. Land Resources '88) has been awarded the Wisconsin Campus Compact 2015 Sister Joel Read Civic Leadership Award for her over 25 years of science outreach and community-based learning work.
UW/Native Nations Summit
In March, more than 150 people from every native nation in Wisconsin and from across the UW-Madison campus gathered for focused conversations around university research partnerships and opportunities for additional mutually beneficial collaborations in the areas of environment, health and education. View photos from the event and learn more.
Nelson connections to Ebola film
In the midst of the Ebola outbreak in his hometown of Monrovia, Liberia, Nelson Institute graduate student Emmanuel Urey found himself constrained by travel restrictions and stereotypes when he tried to bring his children safely back to Madison with him. “In the Shadow of Ebola,” a new film by Nelson’s Gregg Mitman, captures Urey’s personal story.