February 10, 2015

Sustainability Spotlight

2015 Sustainability Forum to focus on consumption habits
At the forum, academic, industry, and nonprofit leaders will strive to go beyond the rhetoric of the “three R’s” - reduce, reuse, recycle - to examine the reasons for and impacts of our everyday consumption habits, focusing on our use of food, clothing, shelter, and personal electronics.

Free registration is now open.

What's New at UW?

Chancellor Blank discusses challenges of proposed budget cut
Chancellor Rebecca Blank told the Board of Regents Thursday that a proposed cut in state support for the UW System would reduce student programming, lead to job lapses and layoffs, and reduce financial aid and access to the university. Watch video here (starts at 3:50).
UW launches new option for flexible and online degrees, certificates
In an effort to highlight UW–Madison's growing menu of flexible and online degree and certificate programs, the university is launching a new one-stop web portal at
Final MIU report proves value of targeted funding
Over the past five years, UW–Madison's Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU) has filled critical gaps at times when shrinking support from state and federal sources might have eroded aspects of the undergraduate experience.

Featured Events

Understanding Climate Change in Wisconsin
February 10, 2015 | 7-8 p.m. | 2300 S. Park Street
David Liebl, from the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, will present an overview of remote sensing technology being used to monitor atmospheric and surface change.
Three Minute Thesis
February 16, 2015 | 1-3 p.m. | Discovery Building
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international competition in which Ph.D. students explain their thesis research to a general audience. The competition is open to any UW–Madison graduate student in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering and math). Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants.

Food For Thought

Measles outbreak: Science denial has consequences
In the wake of this measles outbreak, attention has turned to the so-called "anti-vax" movement, in which parents opt out of vaccinations for personal reasons. These beliefs often center on a now entirely repudiated link between vaccines and autism.
Climate-friendly Valentine's Day gifts
This Valentine's Day, rather than focusing on those red and chocolate filled aisles, look outside the box for a gift with a smaller carbon footprint.

Jobs & Opportunities


Office of Sustainability student leader – Madison, WI
The UW–Madison Office of Sustainability is seeking its next student leader and student programs coordinator. This role guides the creation and implementation of programming that engages the creativity and energy of students on campus. Application deadline is February 13.
UW Arboretum restoration team leaders – Madison, WI
The UW Arboretum is hiring volunteer restoration team leaders to supervise restoration activities at the arboretum and lead restoration work parties. The position requires two years of service. Application deadline is March 16.
Sauk County Department of Conservation, Planning, and Zoning interns – Baraboo, WI
The Sauk County Department of Conservation, Planning, and Zoning is hiring three full-time interns for summer 2015 to aid in projects including conservation planning and surveying and designing water conservation practices. Application deadline is February 27.


Aldo Leopold Nature Center spring/summer naturalist positions – Monona, WI
The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is hiring several naturalists to teach spring field trips and summer camp programs. Application deadline is March 1.
Alliance for Water Efficiency administrative assistant – Chicago, IL
The Alliance for Water Efficiency is hiring an administrative assistant to provide support to its staff by managing meetings, scheduling, directing phone calls, preparing documents and other duties as needed. Application deadline is not listed.


Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships
Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional staff. Students receive $3,000 and faculty receive $500 to offset research costs. Application deadline is February 16.
UW System sophomore research fellowships
The UW System is funding sophomore research fellowships for undergraduate research done with UW–Madison faculty/instructional staff. Student researchers receive $2,500 and faculty receive $500 to offset research costs. Application deadline is March 9.
Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Education Community Fellowship will support undergraduate student projects aimed at public engagement in the student's own Wisconsin community. The fellowship is intended to be complementary to UW–Madison's Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Early application deadline is March 12 and final application deadline is March 26.


February 11, 2015
Slow Food Cafe
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Crossing, 1127 University Ave.
February 11, 2015
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: Wisconsin Fast Plants
7 p.m.
1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center
February 11-13, 2015
UW budget info sessions
Wed: 11 p.m.-12 a.m. (night session)
Thurs: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Fri: 9-10 a.m.
February 12, 2015
Biology seminar: Restoration all over again
3:30 p.m.
168 Noland
February 12, 2015
Weston Roundtable: A new electrical energy paradigm
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
February 13, 2015
Native, wild bees as crop pollinators
12-1 p.m.
150 Russell Labs
February 13, 2015
CPEP Seminar: Risk, marginality, and urban space
1:30 p.m.
811 Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
February 17, 2015
Environmental Studies Lunch & Learn
12-1 p.m.
15 Science Hall
February 18, 2015
Environmental justice in Guatemala
3 p.m.
206 Ingraham Hall
February 25, 2015
Wisconsin Ecology Undergraduate Job Fair
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Birge Hall atrium
February 26, 2015
Sustainability Forum: Rethinking our consumption
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Varsity Hall, Union South
February 27, 2015
Making the Connection: Environmental health in Wisconsin
12:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Health Sciences Learning Center
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