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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

November/December 2014
VIDEO: Ebola prompts interdisciplinary response
Nelson Institute faculty members Gregg Mitman and Tony Golberg are among a community of UW researchers confronting the Ebola outbreak and investigating ways to avoid the next crisis. Mitman, who was shooting a documentary in Liberia this summer when Ebola hit the headlines, brings the perspective of history, while Goldberg focuses on how diseases like Ebola spread. Watch the video.
Explore a cabinet of curiosities Nov. 8-10
Like a poetry slam where the performers are historians, geographers, anthropologists and artists, the Anthropocene Slam will feature pitch sessions from an international array of scientists and scholars explaining why their object is representative of the age of humans. Elizabeth Kolbert will present the free keynote lecture on Nov. 8. Explore the program. Can't attend in person? You can watch online.
Will you share and support the future of the Nelson Institute?
The Nelson Institute inspires and enables outstanding interdisciplinary environmental research, training and outreach across the UW-Madison campus. Your support of the UW Annual Fund helps us continue this work. To support Nelson, be sure to choose "Other Designation" and enter Nelson Institute in the gift designation box.
Seeking nominations for 2015  Nelson Alumni Awards
Nearly 4,000 Nelson Institute alumni are applying their knowledge and skills to make the world a better and more sustainable place. Our alumni awards help spotlight these accomplishments and impacts. The winners be honored at the April 20 Earth Day Conference. Know someone making a difference? Please submit your nominations by Feb. 2.
Student investigates emerging health challenges in Nigeria
Sagan Friant, a Ph.D. candidate in Environment and Resources, has been studying monkeys in Nigeria to better our understanding of health-related consequences for both humans and wildlife living in a shared, changing global environment. Her research could provide a glimpse into how different life stages and vulnerable groups respond to new health threats. Read more.
Audubon ecologist, Nelson alumnus will give lecture Nov. 17
We recently had a chance to talk with Chad Wilsey (MS, CBSD '05) about his work studying the impacts of climate change and land use change at the National Audubon Society. See what Chad had to say about Audubon’s recent report suggesting climate change is the biggest conservation threat facing North American birds, and don't miss his campus lecture.