Jonathan Patz presents 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)

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"

Maggie Grabow and Jonathan Patz took part in a briefing for legislators at the Capitol on the economic and health benefits of bicycling in Wisconsin (5/13/14),View a poster describing the briefing.

Annemarie Schneider

Professor Tracey Holloway was featured in a Nature article focusing on her recent work helping to found the Earth Science Women's Network in 2002, lead its effort to become a non-profit, and touches on "turning points" in her career since college. (4/9/14) 


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 2: No Lecture

Oct 9: Kimberly Carlson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute on the Environment
University of Minnesota

"Certified Sustainable: Examining the environmental efficacy of roundtable sustainability certifications in the tropics" Tropical commodity crop production in an increasingly globalized food system has diverse environmental impacts, including deforestation and carbon emissions.Third-party sustainability certification seeks to reduce negative consequences by requiring that producers meet a set of standards. These range from avoidance of high conservation-value landscapes to compliance with government regulations. While certification rates are increasing, the environmental benefits of certification standard adoption remain largely untested. We evaluate how multi-stakeholder roundtable certification of palm oil and soybean is improving environmental outcomes.

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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: 9/30/14

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