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Cathy Middlecamp

Cathy Middlecamp

I have expertise in environmental chemistry and in the teaching & learning of real-world science issues, including those connecting to sustainability and radioactive substances.

Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies Work: 608-263-5647 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Chemistry in Context, teaching and learning about the air we breathe, the fuels we burn, the food we eat, the plastic we discard
  • Campus as a living-learning laboratory for sustainability, including campus energy use, food carbon footprints, and trash audits
  • Radioactivity, People, and the Planet, with stories from the past and present about radium, radium, plutonium, and other radioactive substances


  • George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, American Chemical Society (2019 )
  • Emil Steiger Award for Excellence in Teaching, UW-Madison (2017) Alliant Energy/Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin System (2003)
  • William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (2011)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society (2007-2016)
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society (2009, inaugural class) Fellow, AAAS, (2003, education)