U Wisconsin historian named to interim post at Institute for Environmental Studies

A science historian at UW-Madison has been named interim director of the University's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Gregg Mitman, 47, is a professor of history of science, medical history, science and technology studies and environmental studies.

Provost Pat Farrell, who announced the two-year appointment Wednesday, said Mitman will help the Nelson Institute meet the goals of a new university-wide strategic plan while addressing the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

A previous nationwide search for a new director failed when a chosen candidate did not take the post, but Farrell said that Mitman would not be a mere caretaker.
He cited Mitman's interdisciplinary experience, knowledge of the university and "deep commitment to the mission of the institute" as assets in the new position.

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