SAGE News Archive
Micah Hahn (SAGE Alum) was interviewed by the UW's WhyFiles about her work on a new viral disease carried by fruit bats in Bangladesh (Oct 2013)
Jason Vargo and Jonathan Patz wrote a critique on the new bike ban in Kolkata, India (24 Oct 2013)
Chris Kucharik was selected by Sustain Dane as a "2013 Badger Bioneer a local thinker and doer who is working toward sustainable change in the Madison region and beyond". (Oct 2013)
Holly Gibbs was recently awarded a grant from the Office of Sustainability, along with Cathy Middlecamp and Adrian Treves, for their work to integrate teaching with research on food sustainability. Gibbs will use the grant to expand her People, Land, and Food (Geo / ES 309) and Consumer-Driven Sustainability (ES 600) courses to include service learning projects aiming to develop metrics of campus food sustainability.
How Wisconsin's climate is changing Chris Kucharik talks about climate change and agriculture on Madison WKOW, Channel 27. (2/21/13)
In the spotlight: Rob Beattie helps students reach their full potential read the feature article on the Nelson Institute website (2/6/13)
Tracey Holloway named as Deputy Leader of the NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team (AQAST). NASA AQAST was created in 2011 by the NASA Applied Sciences Program to serve the needs of US air quality management through the use of Earth Science satellite data, suborbital data, and models. AQAST members have expertise in the wide array of Earth Science tools and data sets available from NASA and other agencies.
Jonathan Patz provided the opening Keynote Lecture for the 2012 Bioneers Conference held in Madison, WI, on December 12. View the Powerpoint Presentation -- be sure to view a 2-minute accompanying video "The Buses of Bogotá" (listed on slide 18 of the powerpoint) (Dec 2012)
Holly Gibbs interviewed and quoted in Rueters news article "Amazon forest destruction slowing - Brazil". (Read the article)
Holly Gibbs was a guest on the WPR Larry Meiler call-in radio show (7/25/12) talking about land use change and biofuels with John Greenler of the GLBRC
"Wisconsin Heat and Drought - SAGE Researchers featured on Wisconsin Public Radio impacts of recent weather conditions on agriculture (Prof. Kucharik on the Kathleen Dunn Show 7/10/12 and Prof. Holloway on WPR News 7/6/12)
Article to appear in Climatic Change by SAGE researchers Mutlu Ozdogan and Chris Kucharik, "Consequences of a regional nuclear conflict for crop production in the midwestern United States", shows that war-related climate change would substantially reduce crop yields.
The Gibbs research group has formed a partnership with Mongabay.com to write science news articles. Read Tyler Lark's first contribution, "Climate change to favor trees over grasses in Africa".
SAGE hosts a poster session at the 3rd annual meeting of the NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team (AQAST). The NASA AQAST team advances research to support integration of Earth system science with air quality management needs, and includes SAGE Prof. Tracey Holloway and SAGE Affiliate Dr. Brad Pierce among the 19 principal investigators.
SAGE is involved in the "Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge," a program that encourages people to bicycle for transportation and recreation by logging cycling miles. From May 1st to August 31st, SAGE students, faculty, and staff will be recording their cycling miles for commuting, running errands, or riding recreationally while competing against other teams around the state of Wisconsin and the country. (May 2012)
Congratulations to Holly Gibbs as part of a successful grant effort to the National Academies of Science Keck Futures Initiative Awards, "Assessing the sustainability of agricultural commodity chains: Contrasting ecosystem service impacts of small-scale agriculture and large-scale agribusiness" (May 2012). (news release)
Mutlu Ozdogan's research on mapping forest harvesting in the upper Midwest was featured in UW News. "Satellite technology enables rapid, accurate mapping of forest harvest in upper Midwest"
SAGE is excited to launch the 2012 edition of our innovation competition. Over the past three years, the Climate Leadership Challenge (CLC) has grown and changed, and this year our one-of-a-kind initiative is infused with a broader vision of sustainability. All along, the competition - funded with generous support from the Global Stewards Society - has endeavored to engage students from across the University of Wisconsin-Madision in a solutions-oriented perspective on sustainability. This "v. 2.0" of the competition aims to engage more students, strengthen the culture of environmental problem-solving, and generate even more world-changing ideas! With these goals in mind the competition has been renamed as the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize (GSSP)! (Sept 2011)
Tracey Holloway and Micah Hahn quoted in the Nelson Institute' s Insight article about the gender gap women continue to face when working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
Prof. Mutlu Ozdogan's work highlighted by UW News. The study investigated the impacts of irrigation on raising agricultural productivity globally and what this rise means for global carbon update by agricultural lands
SAGE researchers were featured in the "Wednesday Night @ the Lab" public lecture series throughout the month of July, 2011.
David Zaks' biogas work published in Chem. & Engineering News & Environ. Sci. Technol.
Study by Jill Baumgartner and Prof. Jonathan Patz reveals link between indoor air pollution and cardiovascular risk (read the UW News story) (July 2011)
Dr. Carol Barford will serve as interim director SAGE in 2011-12 while Tracey Holloway is on sabbatical leave.
Congratulations to UW-Madison undergraduates Joseph Keuler, Matthew Kirk, Patrick Kirk, and David Osmalov!! These four students won the $50,000 Grand Prize in the 2011 CLC for their proposal entitled: The Cellulose Digesting Biogas Plants for Hydrogen Production Project (CDBP). CDBP proposes an innovative new way to build a network of hydrogen biogas plants. The students hail from Business, Computer Engineering, Philosophy, and Chemistry -- a great example of the power of interdisciplinary problem-solving! In addition to the $50,000 cash prize donated by the Global Stewards Society in support of the CLC, the team has won a free 12-month lease at the UW Research Park MetroInnovation Center, and a free 3-month membership to Sector67, a community innovation space founded by 2009 CLC Winner Chris Meyer.
Gary Radloff, researchers, business leaders, policymakers and industry experts release strategic plan "The Biogas Opportunity in Wisconsin" (3/29/11) (read the press release)
Prof. Tracey Holloway appointed to new NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team, working to connect satellite data with energy and air pollution analysis (2/24/11) UW News
Prof. Molly Jahn, Professor, Departments of Agronomy and Genetics and Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Sustainability Sciences, is now a SAGE Affiliate (Jan 2011)
SAGE Prof. Chris Kucharik was a guest on the Larry Meiller show of Wisconsin Public Radio, discussing climate change and bioenenergy. download the mp3 file (17.9 MB)
Added for Spring 2011 - ES 250 Introduction to Sustainability Science, Prof. Tracey Holloway
SAGE/WBI policy analysis Gary Radloff quoted in the New York Times on the benefits of biogas and relevance to U.S. energy
Rachel Licker's Fall 2010 research trip and blog From the Ground Up: Exploring Global Breadbaskets was featured in the UW-Madison CREECA (Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia) newsletter
SAGE Director Tracey Holloway appointed to the Advisory Board of the environmental information and education website OurEarth.org. Click here to vote for OurEarth.org to receive $25K from the Pepsi Refresh Project.
Expanding croplands chipping away at worlds carbon stocks Dr. Paul West's work highlighted by UW News
View a micro-documentary of the 2010 Climate Leadership Challenge, featuring the finalists and winning teams.
SAGE Ph.D. student Claus Moberg and the Climate Leadership Challenge get great coverage by the Daily Cardinal in video reporting from the Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit; WBI Policy Director Gary Radloff and M.S. student Steve Plachinski also spoke from SAGE (more)
Erica Bickford to serve on a panel at Milwaukee Area Technical College for their Forward Wisconsin 3.0: Reducing Diesel Emissions for the Long Haul conference, covering multimodal transportation (Oct 2010)
SAGE Affiliate Ankur Desai (also in AOS and CCR) has had an active and accomplished 2010 so far!
SAGE Director Tracey Holloway has been selected to participate in UW Chancellor Biddy Martin's Meeting of the Minds Panel, Sept 29, in New York City. Four distinguished University of Wisconsin faculty members will travel to New York to discuss the intersection of media, the economy, politics, and the environment and the ethical considerations across these current issues. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chancellor Biddy Martin. Other participants include: Prof. Barry Burden, Political Science; Prof. Joel Rogers, Law, Political Science and Sociology; and Prof. Stephen J.A. Ward, Journalism Ethics
The 2009-2010 cohort of the Nelson Institute's graduate Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE) has begun work on two exciting capstone projects for outside clients. SAGE students Steve Plachinski and Aleia McCord are part of a team of five students working with the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative to explore the feasibility of expanded biogas production in Wisconsin. They traveled to Germany to examine German biogas and renewable energy strategies and policies to determine if similar plans might be viable options for Wisconsin. A four-student team including SAGErs Missy Motew, Vijay Limaye, and Marc Mayes are working with the Pan American Health Organization to better understand health impacts of oil exploration in the Amazon basin. SAGE provides administrative and faculty support for the CHANGE program. (Sept 2010)
Follow Rachel Licker's blog From the Ground Up: Exploring Global Breadbaskets on her research trip to Russia and France where she will be collecting information on the winter wheat cropping systems of the Southern Federal District (Russia) and Picardie (France) - two of the most important wheat growing regions in the world. (Sept 2010)
Holly Gibbs (joining SAGE in 2011) research featured in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Two SAGE researchers win transportation research awards. Tracey Holloway will be leading a study to assess "Freight from Space," using satellite-detected NO2 from the NASA OMI instrument to quantify truck, rail, and automobile emissions on highways and railroads across the U.S. SAGE Affiliate and Energy Institute Director Paul Meier leads and assessment of the potential benefits of natural gas in the freight sector vs. the electricity sector, in collaboration with Holloway. SAGE students Erica Bickford and Matt Luedke will be supported on these new initiatives, funded by the Center for Freight Infrastructure, Research, and Education (CFIRE) (August 2010)
Professor Greg Nemet receives new NSF award, "Choosing a Portfolio of Technology Policies in an Uncertain World" in collaboration with a colleague from U Massachusetts. Abstract and details, LaFollette article, UW Press Release
Dr. Carol Barford has just been appointed as a Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University for the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Barford will be based at Cambridge, where she'll continue her SAGE research on sustainable biofuels and agriculture, and advance international partnerships on sustainable land use and energy (7/19/10)
Professors Annemarie Schneider and Chris Kucharik and CES professor Katherine Curtis received NSF funding for their proposal "Projecting future demographic trends for populations vulnerable to climate variability and land use change in the Yahara watershed". This work builds off recent research by Curtis and Schneider linking population and climate change projections for communities at risk for sea level rise. The new project will begin this fall with incoming CHANGE IGERT graduate student Kate Anderson. (7/13/10)
Professor Chris Kucharik was interviewd by Darrell Anderson of The Successful Farming Radio Magazine. May 2010
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Governor Doyle and best-selling author Margaret Atwood attended the Earth Day CLC Awards Presentation. Margaret Atwood blogged about the event.
Congratulations to the 2010 Climate Leadership Challenge Winners!
Listen to a talk by Dr. Jonathan Patz, presented Feb 2010 as part of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Climate Briefing Series "Climate Change and Human Health". Listen to the entire series.
Congratulations to Professor Mutlu Ozdogan, who was recently interviewed for CALS' Grow Magazine for his work with former SAGE graduate student Nic Jelinski. Their research monitors the revival of agriculture in the Middle East after years of war and political unrest. Read the full article: Rebuilding Iraq's Farms from Ground and Sky
The National Academy of Science will officially release the final report, "Expanding Biofuel Production: Sustainability and the Transition to Advanced Biofuels: Summary of a Workshop" (2010). Tracey Holloway and Gary Radloff served on the workshop planning committee and SAGE faculty Chris Kucharik and Greg Nemet made presentations at the workshop in Madison in June 2009. A follow-up session will be held, April 8th, 2010, in St. Paul, MN where Jonathan Patz and Gary Radloff are on panel sessions.
Professor Mutlu Ozdogan was recently appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP). With his collaborators at IAP, Ozdogan is working to understand interactions between the atmosphere and land surface by investigating the impact of land use changes on boundary layer processes in Monsoon Asia.
CHANGE students Maggie Grabow, Micah Hahn, and Melissa Whited worked on a study for Representative Spencer Black as part of their CHANGE Capstone Experience. Their report examining the economic and health benefits of bicycling to the state of Wisconsin is available for download here. (Read the Press Release; WI State Journal; The Wheeler Report)
Jonathan Patz was interviewed by Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock where he discussed the impact of climate change on public health issues. Listen to the interview.
Judges named for 2010 Climate Leadership Challenge.
SAGE research team, lead by Prof. Greg Nemet, identifies cost savings from coordinating policies for climate change and clean air (Jan 22, 2009). Today Environmental Research Letters published a new study by Nemet, Tracey Holloway, and Paul Meier, finding an average cost savings of $50 savings per ton CO2 avoided by including the benefits on health-damaging air pollution. (ERL Press Release; press coverage: Badger Herald) (Article).
Tracey Holloway was featured in the "faculty spotlight" at the UW Badgers men's basketball game against Ohio State University on New Year's Eve Day. Not only did Wisconsin claim a 65-43 victory over OSU, but Holloway's research, teaching, and leadership as SAGE Director were highlighted to the packed Kohl Center. (Dec 2009)
Tracey Holloway and a team of colleagues were awarded a $1 Million NSF grant to promote the advancement of women in the Earth sciences. Holloway, a co-founder and board member of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN), has been working to build the international career development network since 2002, and the NSF grant represents the latest success of ESWN, which has grown from 6 women to nearly 1000 in just a few years. Another ESWN co-founder, Meredith Hastings of Brown University, leads the NSF initiative as a collaborative effort between Brown University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Colorado. (read the Brown University press release)
Gary Radloff, Policy Director of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI), has joined SAGE. Gary comes to WBI and SAGE from his position as Policy Director for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Welcome, Gary! (read the press realease)
Study Reveals Dynamic Wisconsin Climate, Past and Future. If the future scenarios being churned out by the worlds most sophisticated computer climate models are on the mark, big changes are in store for Wisconsins weather during the next century... Read the UW News Release. SAGE Professor Chris Kucharik is a part of this research team.
SAGE PhD Student David Zaks coauthors Deutsche Bank agriculture white paper, "Investing in Ariculture: Far-Reaching Challenge, Significant Opportunity. An Asset Management Perspective, June 2009". Read the UW Press Release; DB Climate Change Advisors (download the report)
Chris Kucharik's work was profiled in the April 2009 Focus on Energy Newsletter, which also reports Carol Barford's new grant, awarded earlier in 2009
Grand Prize $20,000: Cellulosic Biofuels - Using genetically engineered enzymes to increase the efficiency of biofuels (read the Badger Herald story announcing the winners)
The CLC competition was made possible through generous funding from the Global Stewards Society.
Prof. Tracey Holloway and Steve Vavrus, CCR, were interviewed for the April 16, 2009 Isthmus cover story, Hope for the Planet. "After years of sounding an alarm, some scientists are putting out a more optimistic message... We need to build greater emphasis on solutions, and the good news is, there are solutions all around us"... (read the article)
SAGE students and faculty participated in a key regional meeting Sept. 29-Oct. 2, on climate change and health in the Amazon. The workshop was co-organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, along with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Professor Patz delivered the opening keynote presentation, and PhD candidate Sarah Olson presented her finding on climate variability and malaria in Amazonia. (view more photos of the meeting)
New SAGE Director Appointed -- Prof Tracey Holloway. August 20, 2008. Prof. Tracey Holloway will serve as the new Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), leading the Center into its next phase of development and productivity. "This is an exciting opportunity," says Holloway, "SAGE has built a reputation for excellent research, teaching, and public outreach -- I am enthusiastic to continue this legacy and help the Center grow in new directions." Holloway has been with SAGE since 2003, when she arrived at the University of Wisconsin--Madison as an Assistant Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (she is also serves on the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the La Follette School of Public Affairs). Holloway earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Earth Institute of Columbia University from 2001-2003.
Jonathan Patz participates in meeting with Dr. Rajendra K. Pachuari, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley along with other civic and business leaders to discuss the importance of mitigating climate change. The meeting was arranged by the Enviornmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), July 2008.
SAGE student David Zaks, car divorcee, is featured as Community Car celebrates motorists 'divorcing' their cars. read the story
Jonathan Patz Recognized in Madison Magazine as one of Madison's "Green Heroes" 25 of the area's savviest, smartest, boldest, well-intentioned and hardest-working stewards of justice, humanity and the environment. read the article
SAGE-TNC-IBM Partnership Highlighted on World Water Day read the article
Increased ethanol production to worsen Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The rush in the United States to produce corn-based ethanol as an alternative fuel will likely worsen pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and expand the annual "dead zone" that kills fish and other aquatic life, according to new research by Chris Kucharik and former SAGE graduate student Simon Donner (now at the University of British Columbia). read the UW Press Release
SAGE grad students serve as "climate change advisors" for the latest issue of Yes! Magazine that focuses on climate change solutions. Current student David Zaks, and former SAGE grad students Chad Monfreda, Julie Vano, and Simon Donner participated. view the online magazine
Earlier plantings underlie yield gains in northern corn belt. U.S. farmers plant corn much earlier today than ever before and it seems to be paying off, at least in the north. A new study by SAGE Scientist Chris Kucharik finds that earlier plantings could account for up to half of the yield gains seen in some parts of the northern Corn Belt since the late 1970s. read the UW Press Release
Decades of Neglect in Energy Research Will Be Hard to Reverse. In the report, Big Oil U., the Center for Science in the Public Interest describes some striking trends in overall spending for such studies. The Report relied on Greg Nemet's data reported last year in the journal Energy Policy (Nemet, G.F. and D.M. Kammen (2007) U.S. energy R&D: declining investment, increasing need, and the feasibility of expansion Energy Policy 35(1): 746-755. Available through Science Direct.. read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UW-Madison joins largest climate change teach-in in U.S. history. The focus is on global warming solutions with the aim of preparing millions of students to become leaders in responding to the challenge. Jon Foley and Jonathan Patz presented talks. read more
Patz participates in Washington Post on-line chat "Science: How Climate Change Impacts Your Health". read the questions and comments
Foreign ozone emissions lower U.S. air quality. Study led by Tracey Holloway finds that up to 15% of U.S. air pollution comes from Asian and European sources. read the UW-Madison press release, Listen to a Radio interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Buisiness.com
SAGE team members participate in United Nations-sponsored climate change conference in Bali, Indonesia. Jonathan Patz and Holly Gibbs gave presentations. Over 180 nations participated in this event (Dec 2007) conference website
Experts promote the global warming diet. America's obesity epidemic and global warming might not seem to have much in common. But public health experts suggest people can attack them both by cutting calories and carbon dioxide at the same time. read the CNN article
Health toll of climate change seen as ethical crisis. The public health costs of global climate change are likely to be the greatest in those parts of the world that have contributed least to the problem, posing a significant ethical dilemma for the developed world, according to a study in EcoHealth by SAGE researchers Patz, Gibbs, and Foley.
SAGE faculty contribute to "Our Changing Planet" book. Jon Foley, Annemarie Schneider and Mutlu Ozdogan have all contributed chapters to a new book, Our Changing Planet, which illustrates how our global environment is changing, based on views from satellites.
SAGE Researchers Examine Worlds Potential to Produce Biodiesel. Seeking to understand which nations are best positioned today to enter the burgeoning biodiesel market, Matt Johnston and Dr. Tracey Holloway ranked 226 countries according to their potential to make large volumes of biodiesel at low cost. Their article "A Global Comparison of National Biodiesel Production Potentials " appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. Read more on the SAGE Energy page and the UW News article.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore Awarded 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. SAGE's Jonathan Patz served on the panel. Read more
SAGE's Jonathan Patz featured in UW Medical School Magazine. As Temperatures Rise, Global Health Declines declares the cover of the UW School of Medicine and Public Healths latest Quarterly magazine, which profiles the work of Associate Professor Jonathan Patz in a feature article on ecology and public health. Read the article
SAGE Welcomes 3 New Faculty Members Dr. Annemarie Schneider, Dr. Mutlu Ozdogan, and Dr. Gregory Nemet. Read more
SAGE Scientist Chris Kucharik participates in the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) conference. Wisconsin state legislators, environmental experts, policy experts, National Farmers Union (NFU) staff, WFU members, and the public gathered for in-depth discussions on environmental and health care issues.
SAGE Teams with IBM and The Nature Conservancy on Global Rivers Project to conserve some of the world's great rivers by meshing extraordinary computing power and science-driven conservation. read the press release; Madison.com
Governor Announces Global Warming Task Force and Office of Energy Independence. The global warming task force will be comprised of businesses, industry, environmental organizations, local governments, and private citizens. This new effort will be charged with developing a state plan of action to explore state and local solutions to global warming.Jon Foley will be on the Task Force. The Office on Energy Independence will coordinate the states efforts to grow Wisconsins bio and renewable economies and advise the Governor and cabinet agencies on ways to meet the goals of Wisconsins Declaration of Energy Independence . read the press release
State Senate Testimony, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
Jonathan Patz, participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The second part of its Four Assessment Report series, "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" was issued April 6, 2007. Patz is a lead author of one of the reports chapters. The international team of authors warned that human-generated warming is already making oceans more acidic and parched regions even drier. 20-30% of the world's species may disappear if the world warms another 2.7 to 4.5° F. Such warming could intensity ozone air pollution in the US and cause many diseases to increase around the globe. Read some of the press articles: Washington Post; Boston.com; Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Rocky Mountain News; USA Today; Daily Camera; Salt Lake Tribune; nature.com; Chronicle of Higher Education; The Times-Picayune; SFGate
SAGE Featured in U.S. News and World Report April 2007 issue America's Best Graduate Schools. read the article
Abrupt Climate Changes Much More Common Than Previously Believed UW news release; newscientist.com, highlighted as one of Science's "Editor's Pick of the Week - 20 April 2007"
Foley, Liu: UW leads in climate change research. The Wisconsin State Journal's Feb. 25 editorial, "Respond to global warming," wisely called for more state action to counter the growing challenge of climate change. Among its recommendations is for UW- Madison "to conduct more research on global warming." We couldn't agree more... read the article
U.S. needs to invest in clean energy. Rob Zaleski of the Capital Times interviewed Jon Foley about nuclear power and other alternative energies. read the article
Climate Change: Global Warming and Wisconsin - Our insatiable appetite for coal. The state's greenhouse gas emissions are rising at a rate far faster than the rest of the nation's. read the article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal
Foley et al. paper "Amazonian revealed: forest degradation and loss of ecosystem goods and services in the Amazon Basin" featured on cover of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and highlighted as the Feb 2007 Ecological Society of America's "Article of the Month".
Study: Earlier crop plantings may curb future yields. In an ongoing bid to grow more corn, farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt are planting seeds much earlier today than they did 30 years ago, a new study has found. read the UW news article on Chris Kucharik's recent research
SAGE students contribute to WorldChanging.com weblog. David Zaks and Chad Monfreda recently became contributors to WorldChanging.com, a weblog that discusses tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future. Worldchanging has featured the research at SAGE in the past (Atlas of the Biosphere, agriculture's global footprint, The Earth Collaboratory, deforestation and malaria, and global health) and reports on many topics of interest to the SAGE community such as alternative energy, green design, global environmental politics, pollution monitoring, and general issues of sustainability. Chad and David are responsible for covering the topics of sustainability science and the intersection of policy and science. Some of their posts: The Nano Café; Science and Sustainable Rebuilding; Protecting the Environment, Protecting Our Health; Nanotechnology for Clean Water; Setting the Ecological Agenda; Green Water and Sustainable Agriculture; Ecology for Transformation; The Access Praxis; ATEAM: Mr.T takes on ecosystems services; Interview with Jeff Christian; Interview with Kerry Emanuel
SAGE Awarded $3.4 Million NSF Graduate Training Grant. The Nelson Institute's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program will involve 10 faculty members in diverse departments ranging from atmospheric and oceanic sciences to sociology. The program will seek to interweave natural and social sciences to better understand the vulnerabilities and resilience of human communities facing complex environmental hazards such as global climate change. read the UW press release describing the two recently-awarded IGERT grants on campus
New Energy Institute takes shape on campus. SAGE is a key player in the development of The UW Energy Institute, an initiative on campus to collaborate in educational and research activities, build synergism and increase the national recognition of the energy research accomplished at this university. Started as informal discussions in Summer, 2005, the UW Energy Institute now coordinates a weekly seminar series, provides updates on energy research discoveries on campus, and is active in building the Nelson Institute's Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate Program. Tracey Holloway, hired under the Energy Science and Policy Cluster Initiative, serves on the Energy Institute Governance Committee.
The First Biennial EcoHealth Conference: Forging Collaboration Between Health and Ecology was held October 7th-10th 2006 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Meeting Theme: Promoting Global Health - Sustaining Natural Resources read more at the conference website
Why Files features SAGE Science. The award-winning "Why Files" on-line science magazine (whyfiles.org) features work from SAGE in their special 2006 Earth Day posting. In their report, the Why Files discuss the potential for "tipping points" in the global environment with Prof. Jon Foley, and other scientists at the 2006 AAAS Meeting.
As Amazon's Tree Line Recedes, Malaria-Wielding Mosquitoes Buzz In "By dramatically changing the landscape, we are tipping the balance in a way that is increasing the risk of malaria transmission," says senior author Jonathan Patz. "This is one of the most detailed quantitative field studies in the Amazon that directly addresses the potential link between deforestation and malaria." UW Press release
SAGE Maps Reveal Human Footprint on Earth. SAGE researchers, Navin Ramankutty, Amato Evan, and Chad Monfreda are tracking the changing patterns of agricultural land use around the world, including a look at related factors such as global crop yields and fertilizer use. Distilling that information into computer-generated maps, the scientists will present their early findings during the fall meeting (Dec. 5-9, 2005) of the American Geophysical Union. UW News release; audio interview with Navin Ramankutty on Wisconsin Public Radio (Real Player required); video segment of Navin Ramankutty on WISC-TV Channel 3, Madison; additional press coverage: UPI, National Geographic, The Guardian
Impact of Regional Climate Change on Human Health. Ironically, regions of Earth that contribute least to global warming are the most vulnerable to death and disease that higher temperatures can bring, says Jonathan Patz in the 17 Nov 2005 issue of Nature. (Patz will chair a related international conference EcoHealth ONE at UWMadison in Oct 2006). Abtract; full article (subscription required); Nature podcast; UW news release and images; Additional press coverage: Washington Post; Reuters; UPI
SAGE Global Land Use Data Website Now Online Scientists at SAGE have developed global databases of land cover and land use. These data sets are now available from a new website. They describe the geographic patterns of the worlds croplands, grazing lands, urban areas, and natural vegetation. The website also includes other popular data such as human population density. The new website, developed by Navin Ramankutty and Seth Price, provides easy access to the land use data in both tabular format (for countries, states, etc. of the world) as well as in map form. The site allows the user to manipulate the data to suit their own specific requirements, and download them in several different formats.
SAGE River Discharge Database Website offers monthly mean river discharge data for over 3500 sites worldwide. The data sources are RivDis2.0, the United States Geological Survey, Brazilian National Department of Water and Electrical Energy, and HYDAT-Environment Canada. The period of record for each station is variable, from 3 years to greater than 100. All data is in m3/s.
SAGE Soil Carbon & Nitrogen Data Website Scientists at SAGE have initiated long-term soil sampling and monitoring of agricultural land across southcentral Wisconsin. Soil carbon, nitrogen, bulk density and other assorted data on land-use history are available via this database.
SAGE Scientists Featured in HBO Documentary. SAGE faculty members Jonathan Patz and Jon Foley were featured in an HBO documentary "Too Hot Not To Handle" that aired on April 22nd, 2006.
Nature Conservancy Researcher Highlights Benefits of Great River Systems at International Conference. Nature Conservancy researcher and SAGE grad student Paul West showed how six of the worlds great river systems benefit people by putting food on the table, moderating the weather, slowing down climate change and regulating flooding during a presentation at the International Conference on Rivers and Civilization in La Crosse, WI. (June 2006)
Rate of African Forest Loss Underestimated: scientist - SAGE PhD candidate Holly Gibbs was interviewed at a Conservation International conference in Madagascar. (Reuters, June 2006)
New Maps Reveal Human Footprint on Earth - UW News release of Navin Ramkutty's work on global land use and land cover (UW News, 5 Dec 2005) (additional press coverage: UPI, National Geographic, The Guardian, WebIndia, EurekAlert, Innovations Report, Sydney Morning Herald, World Changing, The Repubblica, The Hindu, Taipei Times, Common Dreams, Mongabay, Biology News, NewKerala, Newswise, Minjok, Farmers Weekly Interactive, Science Daily, WBAY-TV, Live Science, Truth Out, Channel3000
Climate Shift Tied To 150,000 Fatalities - Piece in the Washington Post about Patz et al. 17 Nov Nature article "Impact of Regional Climate Change on Human Health". Earth's warming climate is estimated to contribute to more than 150,000 deaths and 5 million illnesses each year, according to the World Health Organization, a toll that could double by 2030... (Washington Post, Nov 17, 2005) (additional press coverage: Washington Post, Reuters, UPI, UW news release, The Independent; Guardian Unlimited, AllAfrica, Belfast Telegraph, Beloit Daily News, Common Dreams News Center, Grist Magazine, DrKoop, HealthCentral, Journal Sentinal Online, Planet Ark, SciDev Net, Monsters and Critics)
Listen to an Earthwatch Radio story featuring Jon Foley discussing landuse decisions (Earthwatch Radio, Sept 2005)
World Land Use Seen as Top Environmental Issue - UW News release of Foley et al. Science article "Global Consequences of Landuse" (July 21,2005)
Hazy Health Hazards - Jonathan Patz is an environmental health physician at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He studies the impacts of climate change on human health, and he says people are likely to have more problems with smog as the Earth grows warmer. (Earth Watch Radio, July 2005)
Climate Change to Bring a Wave of New Health Risks - Jonathan Patz Feb 2005 presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Additional press coverage: MSNBC, The Capital Times, Madison, WI, The Independent Online Edition, Scripps Howard News Service
Five Future Eco-leaders under 40 - Jonathan Foley is featured in the March 2005 issue of Plenty Magazine
SAGE Contributed to WWF's 2004 Living Planet Report which is the WWF's periodic update on the state of the world's ecosystems. View some animations put together by SAGE Graduate Student, Chad Monfreda, showing the changes in the world's ecological footprints over time.
SAGE's Atlas of the Biosphere Featured by WorldChanging.Org, (Oct 30, 2004)
As Humans Alter Land, Infectious Diseases Follow. As people remake the world's landscapes, cutting forests, draining wetlands, building roads and dams, and pushing the margins of cities ever outward, infectious diseases are gaining new toeholds, cropping up in new places and new hosts, and posing an ever-increasing risk to human and animal health. (UW-Madison News, July 2004)
Field of Dreams. Carbon farming could help solve golbal warming and provide profits for farmers - cover story article appeared in Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine, Feb 2004 (and our own Kim Nicholas Cahill was featured on the cover with field equipment)
Sustain Dane put the Spotlight on Chris Kucharik's prairie research. Sustain Dane is a Madison, WI based non-profit organization dedicated to creating a community that deeply enjoys, cares for and is sustained by its unique environment.
Prairie research at the roots of environmental health - Emily Carlson interviewed Chris Kucharik about his prairie restoration research at the UW Arboretum (UW-Madison News, Oct 2003). A variation of this article appeared in UW-Madison's Alumni Magazine, On Wisconsin, Fall 2003 (pdf 1.4 MB)
National Geographic's Map Drawn from UW-Madison Work (UW-Madison News Sept 2002). Visit the UW-Madison News site to download a 300dpi eps version of this map
What's Up with US Gluttany? Rob Zaleski interviews Jon Foley (Capital Times, Madison Sept 2003)
Should We Buy Biomass? Dr. Chris Kucharik talks about biomass, switchgrass, and Carbon cycling (The Why Files Science Behind the News, UW-Madison, Aug 2002)
Switchgrass: Is this simple prairie grass a panacea for the world? One of Dr. Chris Kucharik's research projects was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal (Aug 2002) 11.4 MB pdf
Amazon Basin Can Be a Carbon Source - Recent study by Drs. Aurélie Botta, Navin Ramankutty, and Jon Foley was highlighted (Environmental Data Interactive Exchange, Edie)
Practicing What He Teaches - an update on the Foley family (UW Alumni News)
Forest Management May Mitigate Global Warming - Dr. Carol Barford's research (UW-Madison News)
Computer Lab on Wheels - SAGE was one of the first two departments on campus to deploy a wireless computer classroom (DOIT Technology Newsletter)
Change Courts Ecosystem Catastrophe - Subjected to decades of gradual change by humans, many of the world's natural ecosystems - from coral reefs and tropical forests to northern lakes and forests - appear susceptible to sudden catastrophic ecological change (UW-Madison News)
World Land Database Charts Troubling Course - Over the past 300 years, in an ever-accelerating process, humans have reshaped the terrestrial surface of the Earth. In doing so, humanity has scripted a scenario of global environmental change whose impacts promise to be at least as severe as global climate change... (NASA Earth Observatory)
Africa's Lake Chad is Disappearing - Africa's Lake Chad, once one of the continent's largest bodies of fresh water, has shriveled to a ghost of a great lake (CNN)
Great Lakes 'Seasons' May Reflect A Warming Trend - Scrutinizing a 139-year record of Great Lakes water levels, a UW-Madison scientist has discovered a dramatic shift in the seasonal changes in water levels on the Great Lakes...
Green House - For many of us, the keys to turning down the earth's thermostat can seem as hazy as a distant cloud. But not the Foley family, for whom the battle against global warming starts at home... (Audubon Magazine)
The Brothers Foley Develop A Sense Of Humus - Jon and David Foley work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (The Global Citizen)
A Cimate Scientist Takes His Computer Model Seriously - Jon Foley makes computer models to study what might happen if the human economy continues to emit greenhouse gases. Like hundreds of other climate scientists, he is deeply worried about global warming. Unlike most scientists, he carries that worry into his personal life... (The Global Citizen)
Global Warming: Desperately Seeking Stability (UW-Madison's Why Files)
Forecasting the Ebb and Flow of a Rogue Mosquito (UW-Madison's Wisconsin Week)