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Dear Friends,
 
We hope this dispatch finds you and your loved ones well. The COVID–19 crisis has caused dramatic changes on campus with all classes moved online and in-person events suspended until further notice. For our part, we have put this year’s student networking trip on hold until spring 2021. We are also rescheduling our fall energy conference for October 7–8, 2021.
 
In spite of these challenging times, however, UW faculty, staff, and students continue to demonstrate tremendous adaptability and resolve. We are confident that no matter what the future holds, UW–Madison and the Energy Analysis and Policy program will continue to empower and educate tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and changemakers.

Over the last few months, EAP’s faculty, team, and supporters have been preparing for some exciting changes—from a major curriculum update, to a new endowed professorship, to a refreshed student scholarship—we hope our news can be a bright spot in your day.
 
On a final note, Paul Wilson will step down as EAP’s chair after the spring semester with our colleague Rob Anex taking his place. A professor of biological systems engineering, Professor Anex analyzes systems of biorenewable resources and assesses their feasibility for producing energy, fuel, and products. We look forward to his leadership in the years to come!
 
All the best,
Paul Wilson
Program Chair
paul.wilson@wisc.edu
Tracey Holloway
Engagement Lead
taholloway@wisc.edu
From left to right: EAP students Javier Martinez-Santos, Dorothy Lsoto, Eri Amezcua Cuellar, and EAP alumna Megan Zielke.

Curriculum Changes to Grow & Strengthen EAP

 
Major curriculum changes taking place in fall 2020 will help broaden the EAP community. The streamlined credit load aims to accommodate students of all academic disciplines while emphasizing professional skills and networking. Accompanying these updates, we are thrilled to announce an official EAP doctoral minor, which will allow PhD students to use EAP to complete their minor requirements.

Learn more about the curriculum updates
EAP students and faculty visit Argonne National Laboratory on the 2019 Student Networking Trip.

New Endowed Professorship


A special thank you to Jeff Rudd, Nelson Institute alumnus and Board of Visitors member, whose recent $500,000 pledge will support the Jeff Rudd and Jeanne Bissell Professorship in Energy Analysis and Policy. This professorship ensures the continued success of the Energy Analysis and Policy Program in preparing future generations of energy leaders.

Read the full announcement in the Nelson Institute's In Common magazine
The EAP Student Scholarship is made possible through a gift from Ankie (left) and Wes (right) Foell.

Updated Student Scholarships


Wes and Ankie Foell have generously continued their student scholarship through fall 2020. Starting this summer, all current and incoming graduate students who newly enroll in EAP can apply for one of ten $2,5000 scholarships. In previous years, the scholarship supported international students in EAP. Thank you to the Foells for opening opportunities to students from across campus, the country, and the world!
 
Learn more about the scholarship updates
EAP Program Faculty member Jonathan Patz has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine for his pioneering research linking the effects of climate change with public health. Patz also directs UW–Madison’s Global Health Institute and is the John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences.
 
Read the full story
EAP students met for breakfast with Suzanne Hobbs Baker (far right), Creative Director of University of Michigan's Fastest Path to Zero Initiative, on her visit to campus as a Weston Roundtable Series Lecturer. 

Energy Leaders Visit UW–Madison


Many energy and policy leaders from across the country visited UW–Madison recently as part of the Weston Roundtable Lecture Series. EAP students had exceptional opportunities to meet with these experts, including Barry Rabe, Suzanne Hobbs Baker, and Eban Goodstein.

Watch their presentations: Barry Rabe, Suzanne Hobbs Baker, Eban Goodstein
After presenting at the Weston Roundtable Lecture Series, Director of Bard College's Center for Environmental Policy Eban Goodstein (third from left) met with EAP students during a special reception.
EAP students catch up on the news during the 2017 Student Networking Trip to Chicago.

 Alumni News Highlights


The expert advice of EAP alumni continues to inform the public and the media nationwide. The New York Times featured Dr. Alex Karambelas (’16), who is now an Environmental Analyst at NESCAUM, in an interactive article comparing air quality between different cities. Meanwhile, Dr. David Abel (’18) of NextEra Analytics was quoted in a Popular Science piece about the health-cost savings of renewable energy. Utility Dive interviewed Dr. Dan York (’87), Policy Program Fellow with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, about advanced metering infrastructure.
 
Read more alumni news updates
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