WEI In the News: March Media Mentions

Ruthie Hauge, Jeff Christiansen/Flickr, Tracey Holloway

Media coverage of WEI this month focused on divesting from fossil fuels, the creation of a UW-Madison spinoff, and a climate change campaign led by climate scientist moms. 

UW-Madison professor Tracey Holloway wants to educate moms on climate change through work with Science Moms

As a scientist, Tracey Holloway has spent a lot of time thinking about how climate change is going to affect the world.   

As a mother of two young boys, she spends a lot of time thinking about what the world will be like when her youngest son — now only 10 months — turns 30. 

Holloway, a professor at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been studying air quality and pollution for nearly 20 years. Now, she's teaming up with other women scientists to help make understanding climate change accessible, forming a group called Science Moms

Science Moms Help Other Moms Tackle Climate Change

The group is hoping to give moms the resources to not only talk but fight climate change.

Founded within the last five years, the group consists of eight climate scientists located across the United States; one scientist teaches at Texas Tech University while another teaches at Colorado State. Another scientist teaches at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her name is Tracey Holloway.

UW experts offer perspective on recent Faculty Senate fossil fuel divestment resolution

Earlier this month, the University of Wisconsin’s faculty senate passed a non-binding resolution urging the UW Foundation to do the same with the $3.3 billion endowment it manages on behalf of the university. In addition to divestment, the resolution calls on UW and the UW Foundation to disclose its financial stake in fossil fuels and take carbon footprint into account in their purchases.

At Pyran, Kevin Barnett is out to replace petroleum with plants

Kevin Barnett was in his fourth year of chemical engineering grad school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison when it hit him.

He was sitting in a room of around 80 engineering grad students at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, and the instructor had just asked the group to raise their hands if they’d ever started a company. 

The Lab Report: Computational Flow Physics and Modeling Lab explores fluid dynamics of turbine arrays

Somewhere along the Mississippi River, a blissful current whips around an array of water turbines. Thousands of spinning blades chop the water current in unison, scattering the flow and sapping its energy in complex ways even supercomputers have trouble simulating. These water turbines are optimized for isolated performance, but understanding how they interact with each other under confinement has large implications for the array’s efficiency. This is the question that drives the research at the Computational Flow Physics and Modeling lab, headed by Jennifer Franck.