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Gender and Women's Studies | School of Medicine and Public Health
Araceli Alonso is an Associate Faculty at UW-Madison in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the School of Medicine and Public Health, where she teaches classes on women's health and women's rights. Dr. Alonso is also the Founder and Director of Health by Motorbike (HbM), an NGO that provides medical services and health literacy to remote and isolated villages in Africa. For her work with women in rural Kenya, Dr. Alonso has been awarded the United Nations Public Service Award (United Nations, 2013) and the Jefferson Award for Public Service (American Institute for Public Service, 2013). In 2016, she became co-holder of the UNESCO chair at UW-Madison for Global Work on Gender, Well-Being and Peace.
Talks by Araceli Alonso:
1. Gender and the UN-MDGs
3. Human Trafficking
Video of Araceli Alonso
Video of Araceli Alonso
April 5, 2016 UW-Madison press release: UW-Madison Receives UN Chair for Global Work on Gender, Well-Being and Peace
Aaron Bird Bear
Assistant Dean and Director
Student Diversity Programs- School of Education
Aaron Bird Bear (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Dine' Nations) came to Dejope (Four Lakes) in 2000 to support Indigenous students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2010, Bird Bear began advising students in the School of Education. Beginning in 2012, Bird Bear has assisted with the School's Act 31 efforts in its Teacher Education programs. Act 31 refers to the 1989 Wisconsin state statutes incorporating First Nations Studies into public PK-12 education. Notably for all schools of education in the state, "Beginning July 1, 1991, the state superintendent may not grant to any person a license to teach unless the person has received instruction in the study of minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally-recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in the state." Aaron is an alumnus of the Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis MS program at UW-Madison.
Talks by Aaron Bird Bear:
Department of Philosophy | Education Policy Studies
Harry Brighouse has taught at UW-Madison since 1992. A well-known philosopher of education, and commentator on educational policy issues, he has advised policymakers at the state level in Wisconsin and the national level in his native UK. He has recently finished a philosophical book about justice and family life, and is currently working on a book about justice and higher education, focusing especially on the duties professors have toward their students.Talks by Harry Brighouse:
1. Cultivating the 21st Century Mind
Director, Campus Planning & Landscape Architecture
Facilities Planning & Management
Gary A. Brown, PLA, FASLA has been with UW-Madison for over 28 years and currently serves as the Director of Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture in Facilities Planning & Management, overseeing the development of the 20-year campus master plan and all site planning activities on this spectacular 933-acre university campus. He also is the Director of the 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve. He holds a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture and was inducted as a Fellow into the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2004 for his administrative works.
Talks by Gary Brown:
1. Current Capital Improvement Projects at UW-Madison
2. The Campus Master Plan: A Vision for the Future
3. Stormwater Management Planning at UW-Madison
4. Historic Preservation Initiatives at UW-Madison
HR Competencies Coordinator
UW Madison Office of Human Resources
Sarah Carroll has a Master's in Education with an emphasis in adult learning and 15 years of human resources experience, including recruitment, on-boarding, training and staff development, in a variety of settings including non-profits, healthcare, the performing arts, and information technology. She is the HR competencies program developer with the HR Communities of Practice Team in the Office of Human Resources (OHR) at UW-Madison.
Talks by Sarah Carroll:
1. Prospering in the Time Space Continuum: How to Use Time and Space to Your Advantage
2. Building a Culture of Collaboration for Stronger Project Management
J. Michael Collins
Associate Professor | Director, Center for Financial Security
Department of Consumer Science | La Follette School of Public Affairs
J. Michael Collins is an associate professor in Human Ecology and the La Follette School of Public Affairs, as well as Faculty director of the Center for Financial Security. He is also a faculty affiliate of the UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension and the Institute for Research on Poverty. Professor Collins studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices. Collins founded PolicyLab Consulting Group, a consulting firm, and co-founded the web-start up MortgageKeeper Referral Services. Previously he worked for NeighborWorks America and the Millennial Housing Commission.
Talks by J. Michael Collins:
Department of Games+Learning+Society | Mobile Learning Incubator
David J. Gagnon is the program manager of the Mobile Learning Incubator, a team of designers, developers and researchers at UW-Madison who are exploring the intersections of place, games and design through prototyping. David also directs the ARIS Project, an open-source tool and global community that produces locative games and data collection activities. Additionally, David in an instructional designer with the ENGAGE program where he collaborates with faculty to leverage new media for teaching and learning. David has an B.S in computer science, an M.S in curriculum and instruction and has managed numerous educational media projects over the last 6 years, specializing in computer simulation, gaming and mobile media.Talks by David Gagnon:
1. What Teachers Can Learn From Rock Band, Facebook, and Angry Birds
2. Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling (ARIS)
3. Game Design 101: From Braid to Black Ops
4. Game Production 101
School of Education
Erica Halverson is an Associate Professor of Digital Media & Literacy in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison. Dr. Halverson's research focuses on how people learn to make art and the function that art-making serves in identity development and literacy learning. Dr. Halverson studies art-making across a variety of media including theatre, film, radio, and digital and physical making. In 2010, Dr. Halverson received the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and and Scholarship in Learning Technologies. Dr. Halverson is also the co-founder of Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based non-profit educational theatre program for elementary school students.
Talks by Erica Halverson
Department of Educational Psychology
Edward M. Hubbard is an Assistant Professor at UW-Madison, where he directs the Educational Neuroscience Lab. His research explores questions at the intersection of education and neuroscience, in the emerging field of Educational Neuroscience. His lab studies the neural underpinnings of cognitive processes that are relevant for education, and the role of educational experiences as a primary driver of brain plasticity to create the neural circuits that underlie human specific abilities.
Talks by Edward Hubbard:
1. On the Genesis of Exact Number Ideas: How Education Builds Brain Circuts for Exact Number
2. The Cross-Activation Theory at Ten: Substantial Progress, Future Challenges
3. Integration of Quantities, Symbols and Space in Parietal Cortex: Implications for Education
4. Synaesthesia as a Window into Human Nature
5. On the Origins of Human-Specific Numerical Abilities
6. Number Lines: From Synaesthesia to Education and Back
Assistant Dean | Director
Center for Leadership and Involvement
Eric Knueve attended St. Norbert College and received his BA in sociology. Eric later attended Indiana University and received his MPA in non-profit management. Starting in 2000, Eric spent almost six years as the program director at Bethel Horizons, a camp and retreat center in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. In November 2005, Eric began as the advisor to the Adventure Learning Programs (ALPs) and in May 2010 assumed the role of Assistant Dean/Director of the Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI).
Talks by Eric Knueve:
1. Got Involvement? The Impact of Involvement on UW-Madison Students
2. Student Employment Journey
3. Student Leadership defined at UW-Madison
School of Education | Educational Policy Studies | Afro American Studies
Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and an internationally known expert in the field. She has won numerous honors and awards, is a member of the National Academy of Education, and former president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings has written two books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms.
Talks by Gloria Ladson-Billings
1. Pushing Past the Achievement Gap
2. But we can't find any ____: Diversity in higher education
3. Preparing to Succeed with ALL students
4. Racial Disparity in Academic Achievement
Department of Dance
Karen McShane-Hellenbrand is a Faculty Associate at the UW-Madison Dance Department. She teaches a wide variety of students in Modern, Dance for PE Majors, Pedagogy, Creative Dance for Children, Ballroom and Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique. Karen, who has a BS in Dance Education and an MFA, is a performer, choreographer, teacher, artist-in-residence. She regularly presents for continuing /teacher education programs on using movement as a tool to teach across the curriculum, teaching educators to use movement and a creative methodology in the classroom. Her goals are to promote access to dance education and to embody professionalism; keeping dance from being an elitist art form.
Talks by Karen McShane-Hellenbrand1. Dancing Across the Curriculum; Arts Integration
2. Using Dance as a Tool to Teach for Training the Athlete
3. Dance as a Creative Methodology for Use in the Classroom
4. Design Models for Successful Artist - In - Residence Programs
5. Creative Dance for Children
6. Dance in K-12 Schools
Institute for Biology Education
Kevin Niemi is an Outreach Program Manager with the Institute for Biology Education. He has served on numerous national science education committees with the National Science Teachers Association and the National Science Education Leadership Association and in Wisconsin with the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers including most recently as the WSST President from 2011-13. He is a co-author on a book scheduled for publication in the spring of 2014 on the Next Generation Science Standards and related professional development activities for teachers. He also had made eight trips to Thailand to work the Thai Ministry of Education and several Thai universities on science education reform.
Talks by Kevin Niemi:
1. The Next Generation Science Standards: Improving Science Learning for All Students
2. Science Education in the 21st Century
3. Improving Science Instruction through Science Inquiry
4. Science Education in Thailand: A Contrast of Educational Systems
Director and Associate Researcher
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
Dr. Noel Radomski is the Director and Associate Researcher for the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) at UW-Madison. In this position, he delivers presentations to and engages in informal conversations with postsecondary education leaders, government officials, policymakers, business leaders, media, local service organizations, and others. He also serves at the center's chief liaison to the UW System, Wisconsin Technical College System, Wisconsin Independent Association of Colleges and Universities, Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, UW-Madison, and Wisconsin's elected officials. Dr. Radomski has been with UW-Madison since 1997.Talks by Noel Radomski:
1. UW-Madison technology transfer and university-business relations
Department of Psychology
Dr. Bas Rokers is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UW-Madison. He is an expert in visual perception. He frequently lectures and demonstrates how our brains successfully (and sometimes not so successfully) interact with our dynamic three-dimensional world, such as recently with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, and with National Geographic.
Talks by Bas Rokers:
2. What Visual Illusions Can Tell Us About How the Brain Works
3. Visual Motion Perception in the Human Brain
School of Education and the School of Medicine and Public Health | WCER, Surgery, Medical History and Bioethics
Andrew Ruis is a historian of medicine and an education researcher. His first book, "Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States," was published by Rutgers University Press in 2017, and he has published widely on topics in the history of food and nutrition, history of medicine and public health, medical and surgical education, and learning science.
Talks by Andrew Ruis:
Elizabeth Tryon consults with faculty, academic staff, graduate and undergraduate students across all disciplines to develop community-based learning & research courses and projects from local to global. She manages academic programs including the Wisconsin Idea Fellowship grants for community-based learning and research projects, and is Co-Chair of Wisconsin Without Borders Alliance, a cross-campus interdisciplinary initiative to promote and further good practice in global engagement. She also works with masters and doctoral students across campus on community-based learning and research projects with a special focus on community partner relationships. She is co-editor of The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning (Temple University Press, 2009), and is a frequent speaker and presenter of faculty/staff and community development workshops in North America and Europe on building community capacity and global engagement .
Talks by Elizabeth Tryon:
1. Effective Practices, Rewards and Challenges in Global Service Learning and Engaged Research
2. Networking the Networks: maximizing local to global connections
Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development
Wisconsin Alumni Association
Jeff Wendorf, Vice President of Alumni Relations andDevelopment for the Wisconsin Alumni Association, is responsible forcoordinating and overseeing regional and campus-based outreach programs andinitiatives. He also directs and manages the association's stewardship anddevelopment efforts. A 1982 UW-Madison graduate of business administration anda 27-year veteran with UW-Madison and WAA, Jeff has cultivated and maintainedmany valuable connections and developed strong alliances on campus, in theMadison community and around the world.
Talks by Jeff Wendorf:
1. UW Traditions
2. East Campus Gateway and Alumni Park
3. The Wisconsin Alumni Association
CAPs Professor & Department Chair
Department of Communication Arts
Professor Xenos' research and teaching interests are centered on the effects of new media on political engagement and public deliberation. His primary focus is on the extent to which the internet and social media may help individuals learn about political issues, form opinions, and participate in politics. He is also interested in the ways that political candidates, journalists, and other political actors adapt to changes in information and communication technologies, and how these adaptations affect broader dynamics of political communication and public deliberation.
Talks by Michael Xenos:
1. Social media and political engagement: The unique contribution of Facebook to our contemporary communication environment
2. Digital Media, Education and Political Engagement
Engineering Professional Development - Technical Communication Program
Steven Zwickel has been teaching in the Technical Communication Program in the Department of Engineering Professional Development at the College of Engineering (CoE) of the UW-Madison since 1992. A native of New York City, Mr. Zwickel is a graduate of Binghamton University, where he majored in political science; he has a law degree (Brooklyn Law School), a M.S. in Social Work (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and a Diploma in Graphic Arts/Printing from Madison Area Technical College. He is a member of the Wisconsin Idea STEM Fellows Program. Mr. Zwickel is also co-author of Pocket Guide to Technical Presentations (2013, [Mandarin Chinese] Hong Kong; China Machine Press), Guide to Portrait Photography: Using Photos of People to Illustrate Articles (2015), and Guide to Photos of Places and Things: Using Interesting Photos to Illustrate Articles (2106).
Talks by Steven Zwickel:
1. Working with Teams: How to Build Trust
2. Basic Presentation Skills
3. Use PowerPoint Like a Pro
4. Face-to-Face: Effective professional communication skills
5. Presenting Professional Opinions
6. Time Management
7. The Art of Lecturing: Reaching across generations
8. Effective Listening skills
9. How to Turn a Classroom into a Torture Chamber: Ineffective Teaching
10. Teaching Across Generations: Millennials in the Classroom
11. Persuasive Speaking in the Workplace
12. Creating a Demonstration Presentation
13. Using Numbers in Presentations