Congratulations to PhD candidate Cathy Day for winning an Innovation in Teaching TA Award from the College of Letters and Science for her work making adaptations to Geog 339: Environmental Conservation. Faculty have struggled with how best to teach the topic of climate change in this course. The topic (dauntingly big) combined with the large lecture format led to students […]
Congratulations to PhD candidate Adam Mandelman on receiving a Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities. The Fellowship provides Adam with a one-semester stipend plus tuition and benefits in the next academic year as well as office space at the nearby University Club with other Institute fellows. The Institute fosters research […]
When alumni talk about their experiences as students in the Geography Department, they often speak of the fondness they have for Science Hall itself. Unique in character and steeped in history, Science Hall is a place where attachments are easily formed. Once home to all nearly all sciences on the UW–Madison campus, Science Hall has […]
Bill Cronon’s “American Environmental History” has been described as “life-altering” by many students who have taken the popular course. Watch this powerful video of last semester’s final lecture for Bill’s parting message to his students.
Prof. Ian Baird (Geography), Prof. Annemarie Schneider (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies) and other collaborators have received a $750,000 grant award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for their project, Forest, agricultural, and urban transitions in Mainland Southeast Asia: Synthesizing knowledge and developing theory.
Prof. Ian Baird has been awarded a one-semester “Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity (REI) Fellowship” at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison for the Spring 2015 semester. Ian will attend a weekly seminar next fall organized by fellows at the Institute and relieved of teaching and other duties in the following spring to allow […]
Congratulations to Ph.D. student, Peter Swift, for winning the Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award for Outstanding Research in Social Studies for his paper, “Changing ethnic identities among the Kuy in Cambodia: Assimilation, reassertion, and the making of Indigenous identity”. This paper has just been published in a special edition of Asia Pacific Viewpoint (Volume 54, Issue 3, pages 296–308, December 2013) about Indigeneity and […]
Badgers cross paths! When the Washington state legislature sought expertise in anticipating and adapting to climate change they turned to two of our alumni: Lisa Graumlich (MS ’79) and Jon Riedel (MS ’87). Despite their parallel careers studying climate impacts in high mountains and currently residing in the same state, their paths had never previously […]
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 […]
Newly created laser images of central Wisconsin show fields of dunes, most of which have never been seen before, that were blowing in the wind as recently as about 11,000 years ago. “They have been hiding in plain sight,” says Joseph Mason, professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Most are covered with trees […]