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Memorial gathering for Miriam Kerndt

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Geography Library hosted a memorial gathering for Miriam Kerndt. Miriam was the head of the Geography Library from 1968 to 1999 and was the driving force in solidifying the Geography Library in Science Hall. Miriam passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at her Madison home at age 87.

Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide

Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a recent study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.

Maps Get a New History!

Celebrating the publication of Volume Six of the History of Cartography Cartography in the Twentieth Century Why do maps need a new history? Maps and mapping technology have become global in every sense of the word—appearing like magic on our hand-held devices, influencing our news, informing education, describing the human genome, and inspiring poetry. People, cultures, […]

Call for Summer/Fall 2015 Geography TA applications

The Department of Geography is now hiring for Summer/Fall 2015 TA positions. To insure full consideration, please complete the online application form by Monday, April 13. Applications will be accepted beyond that if positions are still available. If you have questions, please contact Sharon Kahn. Apply Online

Alumni Updates

Submit your alumni updates here or email us at news@geography.wisc.edu. Beth Schlemper (Ph.D. ’03), assistant professor at University of Toledo, received a three-year National Science Foundation, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant for a project entitled “Advancing Geospatial Thinking and Technologies in Grades 9-12: Citizen Mapping, Community Engagement, and Career Preparation in STEM”. She is currently preparing for […]

Sack receives Innovation in Teaching award

Congratulations to Ph.D. student, Carl Sack, for receiving a 2015 UW-Madison ‘Innovation in Teaching’ award. This annual award is given by the Graduate School, with funding support from the College of L&S, to recognize exceptional teaching by graduate students. Sack and other award recipients were honored at a ceremony on February 26th at Van Vleck Hall. Related: 2015 Campus-wide Teaching […]

Study shows Brazil’s Soy Moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon

by Kelly April Tyrrell, UW Communications Today, fewer chicken nuggets can trace their roots to cleared Amazon rain forest. In 2006, following a report from Greenpeace and under pressure from consumers, large companies like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart decided to stop using soy grown on cleared forestland in the Brazilian Amazon. This put pressure on commodity […]

Day awarded NSF grant for disseration research

Geography PhD candidate Cathy Day has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her dissertation research. Day’s interests center around how climate change influences agricultural systems and how humans perceive and deal with climatic shifts within a complex social-economic context. For her master’s degree, she researched the vulnerabilities of farmer livelihoods to climate change in Niger’s […]

Gibbs awarded third SIRE grant

Congratulations to Prof. Holly Gibbs for winning a 2015 Sustainability Innovation in Research and Education (SIRE) award for her proposal, Solutions for Food Waste Reduction: Integrating Teaching with Research on Sustainability. This grant from the UW Office of Sustainabilty (OS) will fund the development of a module on food waste for Geog 309 “People, Land, and Food” this semester and a new, interdisciplinary undergraduate capstone […]

Campus Food Map & Sustainable Dining Guide launched

The Office of Sustainability (OS) website now hosts the new “Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide“ created by UW–Madison students Danielle Caputo, Jen Tirella, and Russell Wagner. The interactive map includes reviews of all campus eateries and their sustainable dining options. The students developed this map as part of their capstone project in Env. Studies 600 “Consumer-Driven Sustainability” taught […]

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