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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

September/October 2015
WRM @ 50: Celebrating a Model of the Wisconsin Idea
This year, Water Resources Management celebrates its 50th anniversary. Born in conversations between visionary faculty such as Henry Hart, Arno Lenz and others, WRM has been preparing graduate students to work and lead in this critically important field. It was one of the first programs of its kind in 1965 and it remains a national leader today. Read more about WRM@50 in In Common.
Students develop carbon reduction strategies in Colombia
Baxter Healthcare has 53 clinics in Colombia that deliver two million therapies for patients with chronic kidney disease each year. Dialysis which flushes waste from blood, is a water- and energy-intensive therapy. In order to help the clinics reduce their carbon footprint, Nelson graduate students ran an energy analysis and recommended strategies. Read more about the project.
UW-Madison earns top-five ranking in conservation and natural resources education
According to College Factual, “Some of the best natural resources and conservation programs can be found at UW-Madison." Placing fifth among higher education bachelor's degree programs, UW-Madison and the Nelson Institute were recognized as a place that helps students gain interdisciplinary skills that shape them into future leaders. Share the news and brag to your friends!
Horowitz joins Nelson Institute faculty
This fall, Leah Horowitz is trading in her sun visor for a cheesehead as she joins the Nelson Institute as an assistant professor of environmental studies. Horowitz studies grassroots environmental governance, looking at how citizens engage with environmental issues. “Over the years, I have found that social relationships and networks are a big part of grassroots environmental engagements,” she says. Read more about Nelson's newest faculty member.
Understanding El Niño: Q&A with climate scientist Dan Vimont
The 2015 El Niño is expected to be one of the strongest on record. Nelson climate scientist Dan Vimont answers critical questions about El Niño in this Q&A. "We tend to think of El Niño as an event that brings disaster, but it’s an amazing phenomenon in our climate system. Change can be a good thing, especially if it brings more rain to California."
Jordahl Public Lands Lecture brings Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Timothy Egan to UW
New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Timothy Egan, will keynote this year's Jordahl Lecture, giving a talk titled: Still the Geography of Hope: How Public Land Can Restore the Soul, and the Environmental Movement. Egan, also a National Book Award winner, has written several books that span the American landscape delving deep into American history. Don't miss what will be a captivating talk!