Forward in Energy: Best of 2013
As we embark upon a brand-new year, we are celebrating our best moments of 2013. For the Wisconsin Energy Institute, it was a year of beginnings – our building opening, a focus on programs for students, a seed grant opportunity for campus, and hosting our first Badger football pre-game events, to name a few.
The stories and images below are a snapshot of the people, programs and happenings at the Wisconsin Energy Institute – all possible because of our faculty, staff, students and supporters. We hope to see you back here in 2014.
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What’s that buzz? During this year’s harvest time, a UW–Madison graduate student created an online bee identification guide to aid farmers, landowners, and curious minds.
UW–Madison researchers working at the intersection of basic and applied science focus on key factors like cost, environmental impacts... and sometimes, color.
Last spring we visited a project in the heart of Wisconsin, where faculty and private business owners are working to produce energy from a resource that is in little danger of running low: cow manure, or “brown gold.”
This video celebrates the construction of the new Wisconsin Energy Institute, and introduces you to the people, research and facility we support.
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During WEI tea time, UW-Madison student Wally Graeber, a Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies major, showed faculty showed faculty, staff and students how to assemble their own terraqua units—small-scale systems that promote recycling, reusing and composting, and engage in sustainable living.
Dr. John Greenler, Wisconsin Energy Institute director of educational programs, demonstrated ethanol production with an experiment that allowed students, researchers and staff to pick their own feedstock, add yeast to a small plastic bag with water and ferment. Participants created varying amounts of ethanol while enjoying coffee and tea at WEI tea time.
We had the distinct pleasure of hosting UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank last month. Tim Donohue, Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, guided her on a tour of the building and gave an overview of energy research on campus.
Last April, the WEI hosted its first annual energy careers event. The networking opportunity connected talented students to quality energy employers, and encouraged diverse pathways to developing careers in energy.
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This New York Times infographic illustrating carbon dioxide emissions from individual countries as a percentage of the world's total was one of our most shared pieces of content in 2013.
David Crawford, a University of Minnesota undergraduate musician, didn't show people that climate change was happening, he let them hear it. Crawford's song turns historical world temperature data into music.
There is no debate about the reality of climate change as a panel of international scientists state they are "95 percent to 100 percent confident that human activity is the primary influence on planetary warming."
Our followers had a lot to say about Madison, Wisconsin Mayor Paul Soglin's announcement that he would be joining a national effort to encourage the divestment of city funds from the fossil fuel industry.
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The energy of students for energy research was clearly visible in this gallery from the Engineering Tomorrow's Careers visit to the Wisconsin Energy Institute. The camp brought high school girls to UW-Madison to learn more about the possibilities in engineering.
Our 2013 Bioenergy Showcase was one of our year's most successful events, bringing world-class faculty and students together with industry professionals and policy makers. The event recap includes presentations and poster abstracts.
We had the honor of hosting Senator Tammy Baldwin's first visit back to the UW-Madison after her election. She toured the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center facilities in the WEI building and left a message on a dry erase board for all of the building's occupants, "Dream Big." The message remains untouched.
Our biggest event of the year! A three-day celebration of our new building and initiatives. This event highlighted our goals, ground-breaking research and two firsts: an Energy Career Fair for students and a family-friendly day of energy exploration.