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What's Going On at WICES?

Fall 2015 Environmental Classes:

Students wishing to take classes related to environmental studies, environmental sciences and environmental sustainability can find out what is available for the coming Fall Semester.

  • You will find some exciting new courses in this list, most of which will apply to a minor in Environment, Society and Culture or Environmental Science.

  • Most satisfy a broad range of general education, service learning, lab science, foreign culture, wellness, and/or cultural diversity requirements.

  • These classes are in many different departments and programs, including the relatively new Environmental Studies prefix, ENV.

Please contact your advisor or any faculty members of the Watershed Institute (Hibbard 3rd floor) if you have any questions.

A Community Effort for Cleaner Air, by Sydney Flottum


Sand Mining

This team is measuring particulate and silica levels around frac sand operations in Wisconsin to assess potential health risks, using a variety of air quality monitors… "The element of community involvement is intriguing and exciting," says Dr. Boulter. "Most scientific research on this topic is not accessible to the general public… So we asked ourselves, 'what does it mean to do science in a different way?' And the answer was, 'involve the community.'" By involving the community, the researchers hope to reduce, and even eliminate, the gap between science and everyday life to make information more accessible to the public."

"These research efforts are helping UW-Eau Claire students as well. "We are providing an opportunity for students to learn how to measure air quality and present their findings," says Dr. Pierce. "This is extremely valuable experience for them, and it's important to the Environmental Public Health program's goals." Keep your eyes peeled for their findings in print; the team's research has been accepted for publication in print in the Journal of Environmental Health November 2015 issue."  Read complete article about A Community Effort for Cleaner Air

2014 Domestic, Intercultural Immersion Experience - Portland, OR


Soll-Cronje-Portland-Sum14_8Last spring semester, Dr. Ruth Cronje, Dr. David Soll, and a group of eight undergraduate students from Dr. Soll's Sustainable Cities class made a nine-day voyage west to better understand how Portland is able to produce such a thriving, sustainable economy.  The trip provided a domestic, intercultural immersion experience to help students better understand diversity and inclusivity outside of the university.  During their time in Portland, the students tok a course at Portland State University, volunteered to feed the hungry, went on bike tours around the city, and visited several sites of green initiatives.  Read more...

Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies

Dr. David Soll recently received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Abel Wolman Award at its 2014 International Public Works Congress & SollPictureExposition in Toronto, Canada. Established in 1987, the Wolman Award is presented annually by APWA's Public Works Historical Society to recognize the best new book published in the field of public works history. Soll's book, "Empire of Water: An Environmental and Political History of the New York Water Supply," published in 2013 by Cornell University Press, was selected for the award by a committee of public works professionals and scholars. The book explores the history of New York City's water system from the late 19th century to the early 21st century, focusing on the geographical, environmental and political repercussions of the city's search for more water.See full story and related UW-Eau Claire news release.

Featured Alumna Profile Story - Laura Suppes ’07

May 14, 2014 by Alyse Brunella '14

Laura Suppes ’07, a UW-Eau Claire environmental public health graduate, has returned to campus as an assistant professor of environmental public health. “I am very excited to be back at UW-Eau Claire continuing the tradition of excellence and passing on my passion for the environmental public health field,” Suppes said. Suppes holds a master of  > Full story.

Professor, two students conduct research in India

This winter break, two UW-Eau Claire students had the opportunity to travel along with a professor on a research trip to India.  Junior Heather Spray and senior Greg Nelson accompanied Dr. David Soll, an environmental historian and in the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, on a roughly three week trip overseas to India. The trio divided their time between two cities, spending two weeks in Bangalore and five days in Dehli.  While abroad, they spent their time researching, networking and exploring India.  Read more....


Environmental News

News from NPR

Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine
Learn about how wasps aid in the wine making process.

Teaching Environmental Literacy: Seeking Balance
A change in policy requires schools to teach a basic understanding of environmental protection.

News from Science News

Bumblebees Navigate New Turf Without a Map
A new study finds that bumblebees can find the quickest route between flowers and the hive.

DNA Tags May Dictate Bee Behavior
The DNA pattern in bees changes when they find a new job in the hive.

Local News

VolumeOne Chippewa Valley Sustainable Future Festival: Enough For All Forever
Check out VolumeOne's story on the Sustainable Future Festival August 11th!

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