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From White Privilege to White Supremacy: An Illustrated Interview with Laura Pulido

Geographer and professor of ethnic studies at the University of Southern California, Laura Pulido, is known for her work on environmental justice, racialization, and activism. She completed a master’s here at the UW-Madison Geography Department in 1987 and returned this spring to participate in the departmental speaker series. Graduate students Heather Rosenfeld and Danya Al-saleh had the chance to interview […]

Knowing where you’re going makes it easier to get there

The Geography Department’s spring student professional development workshop series kicked off on March 11th with Interview Like a Pro. Joining workshop leaders Tanya Buckingham (Assistant Director, Cartography Laboratory) and Joel Gruely (Undergraduate Advisor) was Leslie Kohlberg, Assistant Director of Department Relations. Leslie discussed how to tell employers the value of their experience as UW-Madison students. She provided […]

In Memoriam: Professor Heidi G. Frontani

It is with great sadness that we report the death of alumna Prof. Heidi (Glaesel) Frontani from a sudden illness. Heidi received her Ph.D. from the department in 1997 under Prof. Matt Turner, after first working with Prof. Jim Delehanty (now Executive Director of UW’s Institute for Regional and International Studies). Heidi Glaesel Frontani, 50, passed […]

Alumna Allison Hegan publishes book on species conservation

Allison Hegan (Kleine) (B.A. ’10) has published a new book, No More Endlings: Saving Species One Story at a Time. Among the book’s other contributors are the UW–Madison’s very own professors Cal DeWitt, Lisa Naughton and Adrian Treves, and graduates Leela Hazzah, Stephanie Dolrenry, and Mike Wallace. A blend of story-telling, science, and imagery, No More […]

Geography alumnus named Rhodes Scholar

Colin Higgins (B.A. ’15) has been named a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, an honor reserved for the top undergraduate scholars. Higgins, of Middleton, Wisconsin, completed his undergraduate studies in May, triple majoring with comprehensive honors in environmental studies, geography and history. He is currently a graduate student in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs […]

Wisconsin Idea: Bringing environmental education to rural Ecuador

By Gilly McBride, Morgridge Center for Public Service Before they even left for their study abroad program in Ecuador last spring, UW-Madison students Brenna O’Halloran (B.A. Geography, Environmental Studies) and Lauren Feierstein had already decided they wanted to stay for the summer as well. In a pre-study abroad meeting, Catherine Woodward, a professor in the Nelson Institute as […]

More Alumni Updates

Submit your alumni updates here or email us at Christina Dando (Ph.D. ‘2000) was recognized by the National Council for Geographic Education at their 2015 annual conference with a Distinguished Teacher – Higher Education Award. Christina is an associate professor and graduate studies coordinator at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, Department of Geography & Geology.   Jonathan Goodell (BA ’15) Upon graduating […]

Alumni Updates

Submit your alumni updates here or email us at 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 […]

Tennessen on creating “universities of life”

What kinds of technologies do we need to build the lives, the communities, and the world that we want? Alumnus Travis Tennesen (PhD ’12) shares this inspiring TEDx Talk he recently gave at Penn State University. In additon to being a Penn State Geography instructor, Travis is the Executive Director of Sarvodaya USA, a part of the […]

Fall 2013 Alumni Updates

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 […]

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