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David BaumDavid Baum
Department of Botany
is Professor of Botany and Director of the James F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution at UW-Madison. He grew up in London, England and obtained an undergraduate degree in Botany from Oxford University. He then obtained a PhD in Population and Evolutionary Biology at Washington University in St. Louis and obtained his first teaching appointment as a professor at Harvard University. He has been on the UW-Madison faculty since 2001 and teaches biology, botany, and advanced classes in evolutionary biology. He has published more than 80 papers and one book (Tree thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology
) on a variety of topics concerned with plant evolution and evolutionary theory. Awards include a National Science Foundation Career Award, Sloan Foundation Young Investigator in Molecular Evolution award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and election as Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Talks by David Baum:
1. The Tree of Life and its Importance in Modern Biology
2. What I learnt as a Victorian explorer: How field biology prepared me for 21st century science
3. Origin of Life: In the Laboratory?
4. Origin of Cell Complexity
5. The Evolution of Cellular Complexity: From the Inside-Out
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Department of Industrial Engineering
Vicki Bier holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has directed the Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis (formerly the Center for Human Performance in Complex Systems) since 1995. She has 30 years of experience in risk analysis for the nuclear power, chemical, petrochemical, and aerospace industries. Dr. Bier's current research focuses on applications of risk analysis and related methods to problems of security and critical infrastructure protection, under support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Bier was elected a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis in 1996, from which she received the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007. She served as the engineering editor for Risk Analysis from 1997 through 2001, and has served as a councilor of both the Society for Risk Analysis and the Decision Analysis Society, for which she is currently vice president and president elect.
Talks by Vicki Bier:
2. Risk Assessment of Extreme Events
3. Women in Science, Math, and Engineering
4. Homeland Security
5. Risk Analysis of Nuclear Power Plants
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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
Department of Engineering Physics | Wisconsin Energy Institute
Michael L. Corradini is the Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics at UW-Madison. He has been at UW-Madison since 1981 and has served from 1995 to 2001 as Associate Dean for the College of Engineering and as Chair of Engineering Physics from 2001-2011. He also holds appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute of Environmental Studies. He is chair of the Energy Institute faculty executive committee and the director of the college's Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems.
Talks by Michael Corradini:
1. Energy Sources and Uses
2. Energy and Sustainability
3. Future of Nuclear Power
4. Nuclear Power Safety
5. Future Energy Issues and Challenges
3. Ecology and climate: A two-way street
Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council | Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Tom Eggert is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and is a senior lecturer in sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught classes on sustainability since 1997 and developed the graduate certificate in Business, Environment & Social Responsibility. In addition to his work with UW-Madison, he works with the Department of Natural Resources on Wisconsin's Environmental Leadership program (Green Tier) and as the business sustainability lead. Finally, he is President of the Board of Wisconsin Microfinance; a non-profit that raises money for microloans in Haiti. He holds a law degree from George Washington University, a Masters in Public Administration from UW, and, prior to law school, was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.
Talks by Tom Eggert:
5. Societal Leadership Transitions: From Public Sector to Private Sector
6. Sustainability in a Small Town
7. The Business of Water
8. The Challenge of Sustainable Consumption in India
9. The Business Case for Sustainability
10. The State of Sustainability Practice in WI
11. Sustainability and Micro-finance
12. Trends in Sustainable Business Practice
13. Green Jobs 2010
14. Energy as a Sustainability Issue
15. Developing International Partnerships in Sustainability
16. The Evolution of Green Business
17. Going Green in the Office
18. State of Sustainable Community Development: Notes from the Field
19. Sustainability and the Role of Government
20. Business and Sustainability
21. Sustainability in Wisconsin's Business Community
Department of Physics
Cary Forest grew up in Wisconsin, was an undergraduate at UW-Madison and received his PhD from Princeton University in 1992. From there he moved to San Diego and began his post graduate career as a scientist on the DIII-D tokamak, the most advanced fusion experiment in the US at the time. In 1997 he returned to the UW as a faculty member and now carries out research in both fusion research and plasma astrophysics.
Talks by Cary Forest:
1. Plasma Physics at the University of Wisconsin
2. Building Stars on Earth
3. Laboratory Dynamos Made in Wisconsin
Professor of Epidemiology
Nelson Institute for Enviromental Sciences | School of Medicine and Public Health | Veterinary Medicine
Tony Goldberg focuses on the ecology, epidemiology and evolution of infectious disease. He endeavors to understand how pathogens in dynamic ecosystems are transmitted among hosts, across landscapes, and over time. Tony is involved in a number of projects around the world that use approaches ranging from molecular biology to social science. Through a combination of fieldwork, laboratory work, and quantitative inference, he endeavors to discover generalized mechanisms and root drivers of pathogen transmission, evolution, and emergence. Dr. Goldberg's overall goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of animals and people while helping conserve the rapidly changing ecosystems we share.
Talks by Tony Goldberg:
1. Emerging Zoonotic Diseases in Uganda
2. West Nile Virus in Chicago
3. Fish Diseases in Wisconsin
Space Science and Engineering Center
Matthew A. Lazzara is an Associate Scientist and Research Meteorologist at the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC), Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), UW-Madison. He is presently the Principal Investigator of the Antarctic Automatic Weather Station Program, Antarctic Meteorological Research Center and Arctic Satellite Composite Project. In the AMRC, Lazzara supports and maintains the generation and archive of Antarctic weather data, including the Antarctic satellite composite images and the processing of SSECs Automatic Weather Station (AWS) data collected by the AWS network in Antarctica. Additionally, he investigates meteorological phenomena in the Antarctic and conducts educational outreach activities with schools and organizations.
Talks By Matthew Lazzara:
2. Antarctic Weather: Observing the Coldest Continent
3. Antarctic Meteorology and Climate Change
Space Science and Engineering Center
Sanjay Limaye has been exploring the planets with focus on the weather from space missions for more than three decades and has also been involved in education and public outreach programs for nearly two decades. His areas of expertise include solar system planets with atmospheres as well as global warming and climate change. Sanjay Limaye has been honored with awards from NASA and the European Space Agency and has served as the Co-chair for the NASA Venus Exploration Analysis Group.Talks by Sanjay Limaye:
1. Space Exploration
2. Solar System
3. Weather and Climate on Planets
4. Climate Change/Global warming
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies
Professor Jonathan Martin joined the faculty in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison in 1994 after completing his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.
Professor Martin has received numerous accolades for his teaching, including the Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award, a fellowship in UW's Teaching Academy, and the Mark H. Ingraham Distinguished Faculty Award. He was chosen for the prestigious UW Vilas Distinguished Service Professorship, for distinguished scholarship and excellence in teaching and service. In January of 2016, Jon Martin received the American Meteorological Society's Excellence in Teaching Award. The Princeton Review recently ranked Professor Martin among the top 300 best professors in the nation. Professor Martin's research expertise is in mid-latitude weather systems. Over his career he has authored over 50 scientific papers, as well as the leading textbook on mid-latitude atmospheric dynamics. He also appears regularly on Wisconsin Public Radio as part of the two-man "Weather Guys" segment.
Talks by Jonathan Martin:
1. Wisconsin's Role in a Remarkable Revolution
2. A Brief Introduction to the Science of Weather and Climate
3. High Impact Weather Events in the Transition Seasons: Linked to Climate Change?
4. Trends in the Wintertime Lower Tropospheric Cold Pool in the last Half Century
5. Basic Elements of Global Climate Change
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scientist
Department of Geoscience
David M. Mickelson is Emeritus Professor of Geoscience, Geological Engineering, and Water Resources Management at UW-Madison and has taught glacial geology, intro geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, air photo interpretation and Geology of the National Parks at Wisconsin since 1971. Geomorphology is the study of earth surface processes. One area his of research includes glacial geology. He has done research on modern glaciers and glacial deposits in Sweden and Norway, Argentina, China, Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, New England, and the Midwest. His continuing research interest has been the glacial deposits and the glacial history of Wisconsin. His other main area of research is shoreline erosion and nearshore and beach processes. He has published numerous papers on shore processes on the Great Lakes and on Wisconsin glaciation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Ice Age Trail Alliance since 2010. He is the first author of the book Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail published by the University of Wisconsin Press in late 2011.
Talks by David Mickelson:
3. Great Lakes shore processes
4. Determining safe setback distances for building on Great Lakes shore bluffs
5. Genesis of the Southern Wisconsin Landscape
Researcher and Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Gary Radloff is a researcher and director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis with the Wisconsin Energy Institute. He served as the Interm Director of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative and is a Fellow with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. He has spent over two decades working in public policy for various state agencies and the Wisconsin Legislature. He is the author of numerous reports including "Policy Strategies to Catalyze the Energy Technology Innovation System in Wisconsin and the United States."
Talks by Gary Radloff:
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Paul Robbins, a native of Denver Colorado and UW-Madison alumnus, holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology, along with a master's degree and doctorate in geography, both from Clark University. As director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, he oversees the institute's mission of serving as a world leader in addressing environmental change. His research spans locations from rural India to suburban America, where he studies human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management. His writings include the bestselling text "Political Ecology" and the book: Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds and Chemicals Make us Who we Are. He teaches a range of topics from environmental studies and natural resource policy and politics.
Talks by Paul Robbins:1. No Going Back: Daunting environmental challenges and surprising opportunities in our environmental future
Environmental Communication Specialist
Bret Shaw is the Environmental Communication Specialist for University of Wisconsin Extension. He focuses on outreach activities related to facilitating campaign development for organizations dealing with natural resource management issues such as water quality, land use and environmental conservation and assessing the impact of these social marketing campaigns.
Talks by Bret Shaw:
1. Social Marketing Related to Promoting Environmental Behavior Change
Clinical Associate Professor
School of Veterinary Medicine
Kurt K. Sladky, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACZM: Received his MS and DVM from UW-Madison and completed a Residency in Zoological Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Zoological Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include analgesia and anesthesia of captive and free-ranging non-domestic species, and the epidemiology of wildlife disease within the context of ecosystem health.
Talks by Kurt Sladky:
1. Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
2. Ecosystem Health (Interface Between Human, Animal and Environmental Health)
3. Zoonotic and Wildlife Diseases
4. Clinical Veterinary Medicine
5. Analgesia and Anesthesia of Non-domestic Animals
Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies | Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Stanley (Stan) Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and former Chairman of the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development Program in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. For 32 years he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has received major conservation awards from the Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. Among other recognition of his achievements, he is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union, Explorers Club, Wildlife Conservation Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He has been President of the Society for Conservation Biology and Chairman of the Board of The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.
Talks by Stanley Temple:
1. Helping Migratory Birds during the Seasons of their Lives
10. Screening "Green Fire" - a documentary film about Aldo Leopold
11. 2014: 100th Anniversary of the Passenger Pigeon's Extinction
12.Screening and discussing the documentary film "From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeons-Flight to Extinction"
Stanley Temple's Tribute to Aldo Leopold- April 23 2017:
Department of Botany | Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Dr. Don Waller chairs the Department of Botany and the Biological Aspects of Conservation major and helped found UW's graduate program in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development. He teaches courses in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. He co-authored Wild Forests: Conservation Biology and Public Policy (1994) and co-edited The Vanishing Present: Shifts in Wisconsin's Lands, Waters, and Wildlife (2008). He has served as an Associate Editor for "Oecologia and Ecology Letters", Editor-in-Chief of "Evolution", and President of the Society for the Study of Evolution.
Talks by Don Waller:
2. The Vanishing Present - Wisconsin's unseen losses in biodiversity
3. Wisconsin's Changing Forest Communities
4. Managing Deer and Forests as a System
College of Letters and Science | Department of Astronomy
Professor Andrew Wilcots received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Washington and followed that with a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, NM. He joined the faculty at UW in 1996. His research explores broad questions of the evolution of galaxies and their environments across cosmic time. He also teaches courses on "Life in the Universe" and is broadly interested in planets around other stars. He is also currently serving as the Associate Dean for Natural and Mathematical Sciences in L&S and has been Director of the Universe in the Park outreach program.Talks by Eric Wilcots:
The Dark Side of the Universe
2. The Search for Habitable Worlds around Other Stars
3. The Evolution of Galaxies Across Cosmic Time
College of Letters & Science Geography
John (Jack) Williams is Professor in Geography and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Climatic Research. Dr. Williams research focuses on the responses of plant species and communities to past and future climate change. Research themes include novel climates and ecosystems, the causes and consequences of the wave of species extinctions at the end of the last ice age, and the communities and climates of the last deglaciation as a model system for understanding 21st-century climate change. Awards include the Cooper Award from the Ecological Society of America, the Phil Certain Distinguished Faculty Award and a Romnes Fellowship from UW-Madison, a Bullard Fellowship from Harvard University, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship from Durham University. More information can be found at or via Twitter @IceAgeEcologist
John William's Twitter: @IceAgeEcologist
John William's Talks:
1. Ecological Responses to Climate Changes Since the Last Ice Age
Paul Wilson is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Engineering Physics, and Faculty Director of Advanced Computing Initiative. His research interests bring together technical and policy issues: analysis methods of isotopic inventories in nuclear systems and the implications on nuclear energy policy, and the development of next generation nuclear power systems to fulfill a role in future energy needs. Paul joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor in August 2001 as part of the Energy Systems and Hiring Initiative.
Talks by Paul Wilson:
Department of Biochemistry
Scott Woody received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Iowa in 1993 and arrived on the UW-Madison campus in 1996. Academic research activities have been quite diverse through appointments in the Genetics where he studied the earliest stages of plant development, to Plant Pathology-- looking at the interactions between microbes and the leaves they call home, and, since ~2003, in the laboratory of Rick Amasino, UW-Madison Department of Biochemistry. His research and activities have been focused on developing a new generation of plant and molecular resources useful to help students to understand genetics, evolution, and the nature of science. He has taught a course "Evolution and the Nature of Scientific Inquiry", intended for UW non-science majors. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Plant Biologists (for which he serves as a member of the Education Committee), the National Association of Biology Teachers. More locally, he is a member of the Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution (Education and Outreach Committee) and a member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy.Talks by Scott Woody:
1. Bridging the Conceptual Gap: How plants can help students to understand genetics, evolution, and modern genomic sciences
2. Evolution and the Nature of Scientific Inquiry: A layperson's guide