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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.

As part of her work with graduate students in the Nelson Institute, she's an active member of CHE (Center for Culture, History, and the Environment) and serves on its steering committee. Sustainability, 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 Institutes, 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 each semester. She also teaches Environmental Studies 126, one of the foundational courses in the new campus-wide sustainability certificate.

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

Middlecamp is the editor-in-chief for 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.  She has served as the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, polymers, food, nuclear energy, and sustainability. Starting in January 2014, Middlecamp began work on the 9th edition as a member of the author team.

She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science (2003), AAAS (2004), and the American Chemical Society (2009). 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.