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Cathy Middlecamp is a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, she holds a joint appointment in the Integrated Liberal Studies Program and is an affiliate of the Chemistry Department. Currently, she serves as the interim director for education and research the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability.

Her scholarship lies at the intersection of science, people, and the planet. For her teaching and work bringing science to the general public, she has received awards at the local, state, and national levels.

As part of her work with graduate students in the Nelson Institute, she's a member of CHE (Center for Culture, History, and the Environment) and serves on its steering committee. Sustainability education, especially in the context of the campus as a living-learning laboratory, is the focal point of the graduate student team that works with her.

As part of her work with undergraduate students in the Nelson Institute, she's the faculty co-director of CESP (Community and Environmental Scholars Program). With her Nelson colleagues, she teaches Environmental Studies 402, the CESP seminar, every semester. With her doctoral students, she also teaches Environmental Studies 126, one of the foundational courses in the undergraduate sustainability certificate.

Middlecamp served as the editor-in-chief for the 7th and 8th editions of Chemistry in Context, a 25-year national curriculum project of the American Chemical Society. This undergraduate textbook engages undergraduate students in learning chemistry in the context of real-world issues. Working on the project from 1996 to 2013, she served as the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, polymers, food, nuclear energy, and sustainability.

She is a fellow of the AWIS (Association for Women in Science, 2003), AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004), and the ACS (American Chemical Society, 2009). She was elected chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Education in 2015 and of the AAAS Education Section in 2016. For each, she served a 3-year term in the chair succession.

From the ACS, she also has received two national awards, both sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.:

2006 Award for Encouraging Women in Careers into the Chemical Sciences
2015 Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences

Cathy did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University (1968-72), graduating Phi Beta Kappa with distinction in all subjects. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship for graduate study and earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.

You can read her full CV here.