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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

November/December 2017
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Tales from Planet Earth
Professor Gregg Mitman and Peter Boger (PhD, ER ‘15) are bringing Tales back to campus this weekend, November 3-5, 2017. The theme “Land is Life” was selected to demonstrate UW-Madison’s commitment to increasing diversity and furthering its relationships with Wisconsin’s sovereign Native Nations. Admission to all films and events is FREE, thanks to generous sponsors and campus partners. View the full schedule.
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Environmental Monitoring Reimagined for the 21st Century
We have launched a new professional program. The Master of Science in Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) is a 15-month curriculum that focuses on advanced technical training in remote sensing and integrated technology, and emphasizes modeling and analytical tools as well as training in innovative leadership.Applications are now open for a program start date of June 2018. For more information visit the program website.

Jordahl Public Lands Lecture
We had the great pleasure of welcoming Carolyn Finney back to campus on October 19th to deliver the 6th annual Jordahl Public Lands Lecture. Finney explored the nature of identity and its relation to not only ownership, but also the kinds of ownership that can take place on the land, the barriers she encountered, the lessons she learned, and the insight she gained. She emphasized the importance of understanding and sharing who you are, how you are seen, how you are seeing the world to construct an understanding of how to view the relationship between human and landscape. This event was made possible by a number of generous sponsors and partners. Read more.
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Rendezvous on the Road: Minneapolis
The Nelson Institute is taking our annual Rendezvous on the Terrace gathering on the road.  Our next event will be held Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Minneapolis with Nelson Institute Director Paul Robbins, Emily Reynolds, Assistant Director for Community Engagement and Alumni Relations, and Sarah Graves, Program Coordinator, Environmental Observation and Informatics. We invite you to join us. RSVP HERE
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Speed Mentoring
In late October, 18 alumni and friends of the Institute with 40 Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) undergraduate students participated in a speed mentoring event. CESP is for students who want to link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community and seeks to support historically underrepresented students, including students of color, first-generation college students, veterans, returning adult students. We hope you will consider making a gift in support of this life-changing program.  Gifts in any amount are needed and appreciated.
Faculty Spotlight
Professor Tracey Holloway has been awarded the Gaylord Nelson Chair for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021. This honor is awarded to members of the Nelson Institute faculty for innovative thinking, research excellence and significant contributions to its broad range of interdisciplinary academic, research, and community service programs. Holloway leads an air quality research program in the Nelson Institute for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) that employs computer models and satellite data to understand links between regional air quality, energy, and climate. Congratulations Professor Holloway!

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November 2, 2017
Not Like It Used to Be: Outdoor Recreation in a Changing Wisconsin
In partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival

November 3-5, 2017
Tales from Planet Earth Film Festival: "Land is Life"

November 15, 2017
Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer
In partnership with the Madison Audubon Society

November 30, 2017
Rendezvous on the Road: Minneapolis

April 23, 2018

12th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference:
Up for the Challenge: Innovation for People, Places, and the Planet


Searching for Answers on a Warming Planet: Why We May Need Climate Engineering

“Our Wisconsin: The Climate Change Effect,” an hour long WKOW-TV documentary featuring a number of Nelson Institute faculty

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