How can the next generation of researchers advance interdisciplinary research?
What mathematical equations go into a realistic air pollution model?
How can satellite data analysis inform policy-making?
Educational activities at SAGE range from mentorship of graduate and undergraduate research assistants, to individual classes taught by our faculty, to the development of the innovative, NSF-funded graduate Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE, offered through the Nelson Institute). The scope of these activities mirrors the strengths of SAGE's research program, linking cutting-edge science and analysis with real-world challenges and solutions.
A highlight of our educational activities is the Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE), a graduate certificate and fellowship program, now in its second year. University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty working on issues of vulnerability and sustainability of the global environment were awarded an IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant has supported the creation of a new graduate CHANGE Certificate, available through the Nelson Institute to all graduate students at UW-Madison. It also has established a fellowship that supports a small number of new PhD students each year. The CHANGE program involves faculty members in departments ranging across atmospheric and oceanic sciences, ecology, environmental studies, veterinary medicine, and sociology.
In addition to CHANGE, the Nelson Institute offers a number of graduate-level certificate programs to allow any UW-Madison student to gain breadth and depth on interdisciplinary topics. Of these, SAGE faculty are particularly active in supporting the Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP), Transportation Management and Policy (TMP), and Air Resources Management (ARM) Certificates. We also work with the School of Business in support of their Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility (BESR) Certificate. (Students interested in environmental social sciences are also encouraged to connect with the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), which administers the CHE certificate. Like SAGE, CHE is a research center in the Nelson Institute).
All members of the public and campus community are invited to attend our weekly SAGE seminar series, held from 4:00 - 5:00 pm most Thursdays in the SAGE Seminar Room (Room 272 of the Enzyme Institute, 1710 University Ave., Madison, WI). These informal seminars stress the exchange of research and professional development, with a an emphasis on discussion. Speakers are generally drawn from the UW-Madison community, with half of the period dedicated to group discussion and Q & A. To provide a venue for students and faculty to share recent activities, often the seminar time is devoted to a panel of three presenters on a theme, each talking for 10 minutes, followed by discussion. With engaging presentations and an involved audience, the seminars are a great component of our ongoing informal education. (UW-Madison students are welcome to enroll in ES900, Seminar on Sustainability and the Global Environment, to participate in the SAGE seminar as a 1-credit class, fulfilling in part the graded seminar requirements for the Environment & Resources M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Class offered every semester.)
SAGE is home to over 30 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, participating in the research, learning, and outreach activities of the Center. In addition, we support a handful of undergraduate students working on an hourly basis in research activities, computer support, and office administration. Our students span a range of departments across campus, broadly reflecting the affiliations of the SAGE faculty: the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Forestry, Geography, the La Follette School of Public Policy, School of Medicine and Public Health. More information for graduate and post-doctoral research and training opportunities is provided on our page: "For Prospective Students."
Classes taught by SAGE Faculty are often taught in the SAGE Seminar Room (Room 272 Enzyme) with computer lab activities in our high-tech classroom, with 22 iMac computers available for satellite data analysis, model development, group projects, and other class related activities.