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

May/June 2014
Earth Day conference recap
Did you miss this year’s Earth Day conference? Check out our photo gallery, plus videos of our featured speakers. And don’t miss our Storify, where participant perspectives from social media throughout the day help tell the story of the event.
Recipes for success
The Nelson Institute graduate student representatives hosted this year’s annual chili cook-off at Tenney Park – a great setting for the mix of grad students, faculty, staff and alumni to enjoy the lineup of competing crocks of chili. Check out the photos on our Facebook page. And get an authentic taste of the event by trying out the winning recipes for yourself.
Ensuring greater inclusion in our food system
Monica White arrived at UW-Madison in 2012 as a professor of environmental justice. Her research engages communities of color and grassroots organizations involved in developing sustainable community food systems. Learn more about her work in a short Q&A.
Last call: Help Cal DeWitt meet his goal
Thank you to those who contributed to Cal DeWitt’s student scholarship fund after seeing our story in March. Because of you, Professor DeWitt is halfway to his $10,000 goal, the amount needed to endow the fund. Please consider a gift by the June 30 deadline to honor Cal’s legacy.
Student awarded $25,000 in national competition
Nelson Institute graduate student Valerie Stull was on one of the six top teams in the national Agricultural Innovation Prize last month. Valerie and a student peer are working to produce edible mealworm protein powder to improve food security in parts of sub-Saharan Africa most affected by drought and climate change. Meet the Mighty Mealworm team.
And the path led to water
A soon-to-be graduate of the Water Resources Management program shares her story of a unique journey. Sue Montgomery left her 20-year career as a doctor of family medicine to follow her heart and pursue her passion for a healthy environment. See why.