The Nelson Institute Director, Paul Robbins, recently recognized the projects and accomplishments of its faculty affiliates by contacting the Chairs of the Departments about the achievements of their faculty. The Nelson Institute values its Affiliates enormously and considers them the main fuel that runs the Nelson Institute. A couple faculty members of the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture were recognized by the director of the Nelson Institute:
Affiliate Alfonso Morales and Nelson graduate student Dadit Hidayat, ran a recent Nelson capstone, Building Food Justice Capacity in South Madison. Their students, Nyal Mueenuddinn and Mattie Naythons, released an incredibly compelling documentary in April: Break the Cycle. This work describes the course’s collaboration with South Madison community partners, including Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development and Neighborhood Food Solutions, to address the interconnected issues of food insecurity, racial inequality and urban agriculture.
Janet Silbernagel directs the graduate professional programs and leads the institute in conservation. She was also just elected as the next President of US Regional International Association for Landscape Ecology. That organization is a key bridge between the academy and practitioners worldwide.
Congratulations to our faculty for this recognition!