University of Wisconsin–Madison

Cathy Middlecamp

Interim Director of Sustainability Education and Research

Cathy Middlecamp

Cathy Middlecamp is a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. In addition, she holds a joint appointment in the Integrated Liberal Studies Program and is an affiliate of the Chemistry Department.

Her scholarship lies at the intersection of science, people, and the planet. 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. She teaches Environmental Studies 126, a foundational course in the undergraduate sustainability certificate.

In the Nelson Institute, she’s a member of the CHE community (Center for Culture, History, and the Environment and the faculty co-director of CESP (Community and Environmental Scholars Program).

On the national scene, Cathy 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 also is the current 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 since 1996, she has served as the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, polymers, food, nuclear energy, and sustainability.

For her teaching and work bringing science to the general public, she has received awards at the local, state, and national levels. From the ACS, she also has received two national awards, both sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation:

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.