News


The Earth Science Women's Network, co-founded by Prof. Tracey Holloway, is now a non-profit organization made up of more than 2,000 women across the globe. Read the story in UW News (10/14/14)





Mutlu Ozdogan's work to update Wisconsin's Land Cover Map profiled on local news: New State map takes shape in Madison (9/5/14)




Jonathan Patz presented an article showing that actions on climate change bring better health at the "Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health" in New York Sept 23, 2014. Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak; Maria Neira, World Health Organization (WHO) director for public health and the environment; Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and many others will also participate in the event.The study includes SAGE professor Tracey Holloway along with other UW professors. (read UW news release)
(Article; Other reviews:The Guardian)




New research by Caitlin Kontgis, Annemarie Schneider and collaborators. Monitoring peri-urbanization in the greater Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, was recently published in Applied Geography. This research combines commune-level Vietnamese census information, dense time stacks of Landsat satellite data (1990–2012), and several spatial measures to quantify urbanization and peri-urbanization in the greater Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area from 1990 to 2012. The results indicate that 660.2 km2 of cropland was converted to urban uses (a near quintupling of urban land), while 3.5 million persons moved into the region, bringing the total population to nearly 12 million by 2012. The analysis also highlights the rapid, unplanned nature of peri-urban development: approximately one-third of new urban expansion occurs in areas >40 km from the core, with nearly 50% of population expansion occurring in communes classified as peri-urban. (full article)


SAGE alum Micah Hahn publishes paper on her PhD work on the Nipah virus in Bangladesh, "Sweet and Deadly: Bat-Borne Virus Brews in Bangladesh’s Date Palm Pots"



Events


Weston Roundtable Lecture Series

The Weston Roundtable is a weekly lecture series with on- and off-campus leaders in sustainability science, engineering, and policy. The unique, discussion-heavy format aims to build a community around policy-relevant sustainability science and engineering topics. The weekly 4:15-5:15 PM meeting includes a 40-45 minute presentation, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion. Each meeting is preceded by coffee, tea, cookies, and conversation. All lectures are free and open to the public

Location: 1106 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue, unless otherwise noted


Oct 23: Qunying Huang
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
UW-Madison

"Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Studies" Computing intensity of large scale simulations is among the most important issues in environmental science; new computing strategies are required. For example, to calibrate and validate climate change models, millions of model runs are needed to find the best model configuration. Each run may take several months. It is a great challenge to supply such massive computing power. Timely and precise short-term and regional event forecasting - dust storms and hurricanes, for example - also create computational challenges. This Weston Roundtable will present several cyberinfrastucture-enabled solutions to address the computing challenges for environmental studies.

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Student News and Awards

Congratulations to Valerie Stull on being a finalist in the UW-Madison Climate Quest Competition. Valerie and Rachel's project MIGHTi exlpores microlivestock farming – production of edible insects – as a means to cultivate an inexpensive and low environmental impact nutrient source that will be sustainable in a changing climate, while simultaneously mitigating food insecurity and empowering women in developing areas such as rural Zambia.
(Sept 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Limaye, who sucessfully defended his PhD thesis "Climate Change Impacts on Population Health: Modeling Exposures to Heat and Air Pollution" (May 14, 2014)

Alexandra Karambelas was the Graduate Student Winner of the AOSS Poster Reception Student competition (May 2014)


Vijay Limaye won Graduate Student Honorable Mention in the AOSS Poster Reception Student competition (May 2014)



Congratulations to Carly Mertes who successfully defended her Master's Thesis, "Detecting change in urban areas at continental scales with MODIS data" (5/6/14)


Melissa Hatch won a Bonn fellowship (April 2014)






Updated: 10/17/14

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