Congratulations to the following faculty for their recent awards and promotions!
Morgan Robertson was unanimously recommended for tenure. He will be promoted to Associate Professor starting the next academic year.
Erika Marin-Spiotta received the
Matthew Turner was appointed as a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor. This is a new professorship title, sanctioned by the Dean of L&S and the Provost, that Matt may carry with him for the duration of his career here at UW-Madison. It also comes with a variety research and scholarly support for five years.
John (Jack) Williams has been honored with a Romnes Faculty Fellowship. The Romnes award recognize exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years. The winners receive an unrestricted $50,000 award for research, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The award is named for the late H.I. Romnes, former president of the WARF Board of Trustees.
Williams’s looks at vegetation change and its drivers, across diverse spatial and temporal scales, with an emphasis on the environmental changes of the last 20,000 years as a model system for global change research.
There was an unusually young scientist in the Williams Paleovegetation Lab in Science Hall this past summer.
After Mason Martinez, a junior from Madison East High School, was accepted into the UW High School Science Research Internship program last spring, he approached Prof. Jack Williams and graduate student, Sam Muñoz, about getting involved with geography/biology/ecology research. (more…)
Qunying Huang studies spatial high-performance cloud computing — sometimes referred to as “cyber GIS.” This mash-up of mapping and technology aids scientists in new discoveries, invites public access to, and advances public knowledge of, geodynamics, plays a role in emergency response planning, and much, much more.
The assistant professor of geography received her Ph.D. in geography from George Mason University, and says she is excited for everything at UW-Madison — even the cold winters.
We asked Huang to share a little about her research and her (cheerful) outlook. (more…)
Senior lecturer Bill Gartner had the privilege of working on the Menominee Reservation this summer as a Co‐PI, with David Overstreet (College of the Menominee Nation), on a project documenting the history of American Indian agriculture and land‐use in northeastern Wisconsin. They have discovered, mapped, and excavated several large raised field and storage pit complexes on the Menominee reservation. Archaeological excavations, archival research, and oral traditions suggest that the sites date from ca 1000 AD to the mid 19th century. The size and spatial organization of the native agricultural communities here have major implications for the cultural and ecological history of the region. (more…)