Health, Nutrition and Biotechnology Speakers

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Arieceli Alonso
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

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April 5, 2016 UW-Madison press release: UW-Madison Receives UN Chair for Global Work on Gender, Well-Being and Peace

Sandra Splinter BonDurant
Biotechnology Center

Sandra Splinter BonDurant earned her BS in Bacteriology from UW-Madison and later her MS in Molecular Biology from UW-Parkside. Sandra  worked as a Cellular and Molecular Biologist at Abbott Lab in Chicago for nine years and currently serves as the director of the Gene Expression Center in the Biotechnology Center.

Talks by Sandra Splinter BonDurant:

Melanie Buhr-Lawler

Melanie Buhr-Lawler
Clinical Associate Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Melanie Buhr-Lawler is a licensed audiologist and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She coordinates the Audiology services at the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic, and she is active in outreach and service projects within and beyond UW Madison. Some of her projects include directing the UW Madison Hearing Aid Recycling Program, which provides hearing aids to low-income individuals in the Dane County area, and coordinating the hearing screenings for all of the children in Dane County Head Start. Dr. Buhr-Lawler's clinical and academic interests include working with individuals of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is also interested in hearing technology of all kinds, including sign language, hearing aids, and cochlear implants.

Talks By Melanie Buhr-Lawler:
1. Hearing and Hearing Loss: What Did You Say?
2. How to protect your hearing from noise-induced hearing loss
3. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive hearing technology
4. Musicians and hearing 
5. Construction workers and hearing
6. Clinical perspectives on cochlear implants: fitting, evaluation, and (re)habilitation
7. Introduction to hearing assessment
8. What is Audiology?

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Richard Burgess
Professor Emeritus of Oncology
School of Medicine of Public Health

Dr. Richard R. Burgess is James D. Watson Emeritus Professor of Oncology at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at UW-Madison. He founded the UW Biotechnology Center in 1984 and was its Director until 1996. He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at Caltech in 1964 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with James D. Watson at Harvard in 1969. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Geneva, Switzerland from 1969-71 and joined the faculty of the Dept. of Oncology at the UW-Madison in 1971. He was the recipient of the 1982 Pfizer Award and the 1999 Waksman Medal and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2003) and the AAAS in 2008. He was elected Vice-President of Science of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters in 2011. In 2001 he co-founded ConjuGon, Inc, a Madison WI anti-microbial biotech company. He plays an active role in translating basic university research into a growing Wisconsin biotechnology business community and in educating the public about biotechnology and proteins.

Talks by Richard Burgess:
1. What is biotechnology and how might it affect you?
2. The role of the university in technology transfer in biotechnology. 
3. How we parlayed a great research university into 150 local biotechnology companies
4. Scientific and artist creativity - are they related?
5. A personal view of how a scientist can start a biotechnology company

Technical Talks by Richard Burgess:
6. Immunoaffinity chromatography - How we use monoclonal antibodies to gently purify proteins and protein complexes
7. Protein biochemistry - How we purify and study proteins
8. The discovery of the first positive transcription factor, Sigma Factor
9 . Rapid (1-second) purification of proteins to study weak protein-protein interactions using magnetic beads
10. Antibiotic resistance and new anti-microbial drug discovery

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Kimberlee Burrington
Dairy Ingredient Applications Coordinator
Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research

Kimberlee Burrington (K.J.) has a B.S. and M.S. in Food Science from UW-Madison. She has been working as the Dairy Ingredient Applications Program Coordinator for the WI Center for Dairy Research since 1997. She has over 25 years of experience in product development including her past positions at Ridgeview Industries, the Keebler Company, and as a consultant to the baking industry. In her current position, she provides technical support for U.S. dairy processors and end users on dairy ingredient functionality and applications, yogurt, and beverages. She also provides technical support for food companies internationally through visits and seminars provided by the U.S. Dairy Export Council to countries such as Mexico, Latin America, China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Talks by Kimberlee Burrington:
2. Dairy Ingredient Composition and Functionality (including nonfat dry milk, whey protein and milk protein ingredients, milk and whey permeate, lactose, etc.)
3. Dairy Ingredient Uses in Foods
4. Nutritional Properties of Whey Proteins
6. Formulation of Dairy Protein Drinks.
7. Promoting Food Science as a Career Path


Sarah Carroll
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


Nathaniel Chin
Assistant Professor of Medicine (CHS)
Medicine and Public Health

Nathaniel Chin, MD, recently joined the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) as Director of Medical Services. Dr. Chin grew up in Watertown, Wisconsin, and earned undergraduate and medical degrees from UW-Madison. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Diego, and it was during this time that Dr. Chin's father was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. His father's condition influenced the way he began to look at his own career, and Dr. Chin decided to pursue a career as a geriatrician and scientist focused on AD and dementia. Dr. Chin completed a one-year geriatrics fellowship at the UW, and also a new 6-month dementia fellowship. Dr. Chin also treats patients in the UW Health Memory Clinic in Madison in addition to pursuing health services research within the Wisconsin ADRC.

Talks by Dr. Chin:
1. Alzheimer's Disease: An introduction and update.
2. Memory Loss: When is it a problem?
3. Healthy Aging and Cognition: What can I do now?

Theresa Duello

Theresa Duello
Associate Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Dr. Duello received her PhD in Human Anatomy from the University of Iowa. She then pursued postdoctoral research training in Reproductive Endocrinology at Colorado State University and in Cell Biology at Yale University. She has been a faculty member in the School of Medicine and Public Health since 1982. In 2002, she spent a sabbatical leave at the Center for Research on Minority Health at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center focusing on culturally competent outreach to populations underrepresented in medical. She has integrated the knowledge gained into studies of the disparate burden of low birth weight and prematurity to specific populations as well into her efforts to recruit students underrepresented in STEM.

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Anne Eglash
Clinical Professor
Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC is a clinical professor with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in the Dept. of Family Medicine. She is a family physician and has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1994. She is the medical director of the outpatient lactation program at Meriter Hospital, and the medical director of the University of Wisconsin Lactation Clinic, which is a teaching breastfeeding clinic.She is a co-founder of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and is the co-medical director and co-founder of the Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. She has research interests in chronic breast pain in nursing women, milk sharing, nipple shield use, and human milk storage. Most recently she has developed a 16 hour training program for primary care office nurses to optimize breastfeeding support in the medical home. She has published many peer-review articles on breastfeeding medicine and sits on the editorial board for Breastfeeding Medicine Journal. She hosts and produces a free breastfeeding medicine podcast series, available on iTunes.

Talks by Anne Eglash:
1. Breastfeeding Basics; Getting Off to a Great Start with Breastfeeding
2. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
3. Allergic Proctocolitis in Breastfeeding Infants
4. Human Milk Storage
5. Wet Nursing and Milk Sharing
6. Breastfeeding Triage
7. Evaluation and Management of Low Milk Supply
8. Evaluation and Management of High Milk Supply
9. Failure to Thrive in the Breastfeeding Infant
10. Medications During Breastfeeding
11. Chronic Breast and Nipple Pain in Nursing Women
12. Recurrent Mastitis, Abscesses and Breast Masses in Nursing Women
13. Maternal Obesity and Breastfeeding
14. The Risks of Artificial Infant Feeding
15. Breastfeeding and Maternal Medical Problems
16. Breastfeeding Challenges After Hospital Discharge
17. Anticipatory Guidance of Breastfeeding Issues
18. Going Back to Work and Breastfeeding
19. Human Milk Banking
20. Breastfeeding and Environmental Toxins
21. The Breastfeeding Friendly Doctors Office
22. The Office-Nurse Breastfeeding Champion

Kevin Eliceiri
Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation

Kevin Eliceiri is Director of the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI), and permanent principal investigator in the Laboratory for Cell and Molecular Biology (LCMB) in the Graduate School at UW-Madison. Eliceiri is also a member of the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, the UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) and the McPherson Eye Research Institute. He is also an affiliate investigator of the Morgridge Institute for Research focusing on the development of Medical Devices. Eliceiri's research focuses on biophotonics, the use of light to investigate biological phenomena and bio-image informatics, the application of computational techniques to analyze and process bioimages. He collaborates with investigators around the world on the development and application of optical and computational methods to study a range of biological processes including cancer progression and stem cell differentiation. A major emphasis of current research is the developing of advanced imaging methods for the improved detection and characterization of cancer invasion and progression.

Talks by Kevin Eliceiri
2. Visualization of Cancer Invasion and Progression
3. Biophotonics: Convergence of Light and Biomedical Application
4. Seeing is Believing: the Cellular World
5. Cells and Cancer
6. Visualizing Multidimensional Biological Processes

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Donna Friedsam
Health Policy Programs Director
School of Medicine and Public Health

Donna Friedsam has worked extensively on access to and financing of health care and the organization of delivery systems. She consults widely in the public and private sectors on state government programs and on financing reform initiatives. Currently, Ms. Friedsam leads a team of faculty and researchers evaluating Wisconsin's BadgerCare health coverage program. As director of a health policy group, she oversees the UW's Evidence-Based Health Policy Project, along with research and analysis on health care financing, costs, quality and access to care; disparities in health care utilization and outcomes; Medicaid and other safety net programs. Prior to joining the UW in 2001, Ms. Friedsam served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association.

Talks by Donna Friedsam:
1. Health Care Reform
2. Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare: Current status and outlook
3. Wisconsin's State Health Policy Direction and Implications
4. The Effect of Medicaid Coverage on Utilization and Costs
5. Insurance coverage, access to care, and health outcomes
6. Medicaid and BadgerCare Reform
7. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
8. Health Care Coverage and Access
9. State Health Care Policy and Systems Reform

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Morton Ann Gernsbacher
Department of Psychology
Morton Ann Gernsbacher is a fellow of the  American Association for the Advancement of Science, the  Society for Experimental Psychologists, the American Psychological Association (Divisions  1, 3, and 6), the American Psychological Society, and the American Educational  Research Association. She has received a Research Career Development Award and a  Senior Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, a Fulbright Research Scholar Award, an Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Dallas, a James McKeen Cattell Foundation Fellowship, the George A. Miller Award, a Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, and  a Professional Opportunities for Women Award from the National Science Foundation.  

Gernsbacher is an award winning teacher, who in 1998 received the  Hilldale Award for Distinguished Professional Accomplishment, the highest award  bestowed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty. Gernsbacher's research  has for over 30 years investigated the cognitive and neural mechanisms that  underlie human communication. She has published over 120 journal articles and  invited chapters. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of  Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Centers  for Disease Control, and several private foundations. Dr. Gernsbacher has been  at UW-Madison since 1992.

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Simon Gilroy
Department of Botany

Dr. Simon Gilroy is a professor in the Botany Department at UW-Madison. His research has centered on how plants take in information such as the direction of light, or the force of gravity and use this to regulate their patterns of growth and development. He was an author of the recent Decadal Survey from the National Academies that outlined the next 10 years of research for NASA in the biological and physical sciences and in 2014 he will take over as president of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. Most recently he has been fortunate to be able to put his research onto the International Space Station as part of a study to help understand how plants respond to the weightless environment of space.

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Tony Goldberg
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

Caroline Gomez

Caroline Gomez
Healthcare Outreach Specialist
School of Human Ecology

Caroline Gomez, MSW, is an Outreach Specialist with Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin where she provides education and training for people and organizations across the state about BadgerCare+ (Wisconsin's Medicaid program) and the Affordable Care Act. Through the REACH BC+ project, she provides outreach and support to the 27 school districts in CESA 8, located in northeastern Wisconsin. Over the last year, she has developed expertise in the Affordable Care Act, and frequently presents and writes on the topic, conducting statewide outreach in partnership with the UW Extension Family Living Program.

Talks by Caroline Gomez:
1. Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin

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Theodore Goodfriend
Professor Emeritus
School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Ted Goodfriend is a graduate of Swarthmore and U. of Penn Medical School, training at Case-Western Reserve, Washington University, and NIH. Dr. Goodfriend has been on the faculty at UW-Madison since 1965. He has published over 150 research reports and reviews and is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from American Heart Association. Dr. Goodfriend discovered the receptor for a hormone that led to the development of new class of drugs for hypertension. He has initiated student-run clinics for underserved populations in Dane County and is the recipient of 5 teaching awards, as well as a Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Talks by Theodore Goodfriend:
3. Regulation of blood pressure, epidemiology of hypertension and its effects on health, and available therapeutic measures
4. How homelessness affects health and impairs access to medical care
5. How emphasis on patents, shortage of funding, and pressures on clinicians affects discovery in biomedical research

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Heidi Goodrich-Blair
Department of Bacteriology

Dr. Goodrich-Blair received her B.S. in Biology and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University at Albany, New York. Her thesis work focused on the biology of viruses that infect bacteria. She then completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School, investigating molecular stress and starvation responses in bacteria. She joined the faculty of UW-Madison in 1997 and began her work on understanding the molecular communication occurring between bacteria and animals in symbiotic relationships. Her primary focus is on an agriculturally relevant model system of a bacterium, a small roundworm, and insects.

Talks by Heidi Goodrich-Blair:

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Edward Hubbard
Assistant Professor
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

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Joshua Hyman
Director, UWBC DNA Sequencing Facility
UW Biotechnology Center

Joshua Hyman's current position is Director of the DNA Synthesis and Sequencing Facility at the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center. His formal training includes a doctorate in genetics (Penn State University), an MBA (University of Washington - Seattle), and a BS in mechanical engineering (University of Michigan). His work experience is varied, from designing bird strike resistant wind shields for fighter aircraft to plant breeding to owning and running a restaurant.

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Ronald Kalil
Department of Neuroscience | Public Policy Program

Ronald Kalil has a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience from M.I.T. He joined the UW-Madison faculty in September of 1973 and established the Neuroscience training Program, the campus-wide graduate program in neuroscience. He directed the Program for 25 years. He also established the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Biological Imaging, the Center for Neuroscience and the Neuroscience and Public Policy graduate program; the only graduate program of its kind in the country. His primary faculty appointment is in the School of Medicine and Public Health, but is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the La Follette School for Public Affairs and the UW-Madison Law School.

Talks by Ronald Kalil:
1. Neuroscience and Public Policy
2. Neuroscience and Law

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Jordana Lenon
University Relations Specialist
Wisconsin National Primate Research Center | Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center

Jordana Lenon, B.S., coordinates speakers and outreach activities for both the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and the Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center. Ms. Lenon has worked in biomedical research communications at UW-Madison since the mid-1990s, when UW-Madison scientist James Thomson became the first in the world to successfully isolate and culture first nonhuman primate stem cells, then human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells.

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Thomas "Rock" Mackie

Thomas "Rock" Mackie
Professor Emeritus
Engineering  | Medicine & Public Health |  Veterinary Medicine

Thomas Mackie was a UW Professor from 1987 to 2012. An applied scientist and engineer, he developed state of the art cancer therapy and imaging systems and spun them out into startup companies; the most successful was TomoTherapy, which was manufactured in Madison. He was the Medical Engineering Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison and developed its Fab Lab. Since retiring, he is an entrepreneur and investor specializing in commercializing UW technology. He is the President of ACE, the Association of Campus Entrepreneurs.

Talks by Thomas Mackie: 
1. How Medical Imaging and Minimally Invasive Surgery Revolutionized Medicine
2. The Big 10 and the Medical Device Industry
3. Spinning Out Companies: A Form of the Wisconsin Idea
4. How Does Dane County Help Waukesha County?

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Patrick McBride
School of Medicine and Public Health -- Preventive Cardiology

Dr. Patrick McBride is a national expert in the prevention of heart disease and cholesterol, and speaks frequently on how to take care of your heart. He also speaks on exercise and nutrition. Dr. McBride earned his medical degree from UW-Madison, and in addition to his appointment as professor, he serves as the Senior Research Network Director at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Talks by Patrick McBride:

1. Taking care of your heart
2. Healthy Eating
3. Exercise and heart disease prevention
4. How to control your blood pressure
5. Cholesterol - what is it and how do I control it?
6. Obesity


Robert McGrath
Distinguished Psychologist, Mind/Body Wellness Services
University Health Services | Counseling Psychology Department

Robert McGrath, Psy D, ABPP is a licensed psychologist providing Mind/Body Wellness Services at University Health Services. Robert has expertise in health psychology, positive psychology, authentic happiness, mind/body wellness and stress management.

Talks by Robert McGrath

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Ozioma Okonkwo
Faculty Member
School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo's research focuses on clarifying how alterations in the brain and other biomolecules (such as cerebrospinal fluid beta-amyloid) place some cognitively-normal individuals on a pernicious trajectory that culminates in probable Alzheimer's disease. In this context, Dr. Okonkwo is also interested in discovering new knowledge concerning the modulation of the link between brain changes and cognitive decline by both modifiable (e.g., cognitively-stimulating activities, physical exercise) and non-modifiable (e.g., genetic vulnerability) factors.

Talks by Dr. Okonkwo:
1. Resilience to Alzheimer's disease

Sean Palecek

Sean Palecek
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hometown: Schofield

Sean Palecek graduated from the University of Delaware, majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in biology. He began graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working with Doug Lauffenburger in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Alan Horwitz in the Department of Cell and Structural Biology. Sean moved with Lauffenburger to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, continuing his collaboration with Horwitz, and completing his PhD at MIT. His research focuses on enabling regenerative cell therapies from human stem cells by applying engineering principles to cell manufacturing. His lab has made contributions to producing heart, brain, skin, and other tissues.

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Kavita Poddar

Kavita Poddar
Clinical Nutritionist
School of Medicine and Public Health

Kavita Poddar worked as a dietitian in India, then came to United States for higher education. She earned her PhD in nutrition from Virginia Tech and worked as a post-doc at Johns Hopkins before moving to Wisconsin. Kavita has lived in Wisconsin since 2011 and working at UW Health since 2013. Her field of expertise has always been nutrition and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Talks by Kavita Poddar:
2. Nutrition and Heart Health

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Andrew Ruis
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.

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Dietram Scheufele

John E. Ross Professor
Department of Life Sciences Communication

Dietram A. Scheufele holds the John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication at UW-Madison, and is Co-PI of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, he is listed by Microsoft Academic Search as one of the ten most cited researchers in the communication discipline. His most recent work focuses on the role that social media and other emerging modes of communication play in our society. Scheufele has been a tenured faculty member at Cornell University, a Shorenstein fellow at Harvard University, and a DAAD Visiting Professor at the Technische Univeristy-Dresden.

Talks by Dietram Scheufele:

1. From Terminator to curing cancer: How we all make sense of emerging technologies
2. The (brave) new world of media: How search algorithms and Big Data have turned news upside down

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Dhavan Shah
School of Journalism and Mass Communication | College of Engineering

Dhavan Shah's research and teaching focuses on the effects of information and communication technologies on social judgments, civic engagement, political participation, and health management. His recent work extends insights on message processing and networked communication to the use of information technologies for chronic disease care. Grants and awards totaling over $22.3 million support this work.

Talks by Dhavan Shah:
1. The Effects of Expression: How ICTs Influence Health
2. Mobilization, Socialization and Participation in a Digital Age
3. Media and Politics at the Checkout Line
4. Framing Threats: News, National Security and Civil Liberties
5. Misinformation and Misconception in Politics

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Ahna Skop
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics, Life Sciences Communication and Arts Institute

Ahna Skop, an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics has been at UW-Madison since 2004. Her lab seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie cell polarity and cell division during embryonic development using the nematode, C. elegans as a model system. Failures in asymmetric cell division often lead to birth defects, age-related diseases and cancer. Understanding how cells divide asymmetrically is highly dependent on in vivo microscopy and large amounts of visual data, which dovetails perfectly with one of her other passions, art. The combination of scientist and artist inspires her to think differently and maintain an open mind. In 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the College of St. Benedicts and was named a Remarkable Women in Science from the AAAS. Her science and art have been featured by Apple and Science. Ahna, who is part Cherokee,works actively to mentor underrepresented high school and college students; encouraging them to pursue scientific careers. 

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Kurt Sladky
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

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Charles Snowdon
Hilldale Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology

Dr. Charles Snowdon has studied behavior of non-human primates in captivity and the wild for more than 35 years and has pioneered non-invasive ways to study animals. More recently he has been studying human relationships and mate choice decisions. Prof. Snowdon has expertise in primate cognition, communication, social behavior, development of behavior, parental care and hormonal correlates of behavior. He has also been very involved in helping undergraduates reach their full potential through directing the Honors program and supervising many dozens of students in research projects. Charles Snowdon arrived on the UW-Madison campus in 1969 and spent his entire career at the university.

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Catalina Toma
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Arts

Catalina Toma has been an assistant professor at UW-Madison since 2010 after obtaining her PhD from Cornell University. Her research examines how people understand and relate to one another when interacting via communication technologies (online dating, social network sites, blogs, etc.). Dr. Toma focuses on the psychological impact of communication technologies on relational processes such as: impression management and impression formation, deception and trust, Interpersonal attraction and relationship development, self-worth, self-esteem and emotional well-being. She has also interested in how language is produced and interpreted in computer-mediated contexts. Recent projects have investigated self-presentation and deception in online dating profiles and the psychological benefits and costs of social network sites.

Talks by Catalina Toma
1. Deception in Online Dating Sites
2. Emotional Well-Being Effects of Social Network Sites
3. Popular Beliefs vs. Actual Deception Practices in Online Environments

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Douglas B. Weibel
Department of Biochemistry | Department of Chemistry

Douglas B. Weibel is the DuPont Young Professor of Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison. He is an expert on biochemistry and biophysics of bacteria and other microbes. Professor Weibel received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Utah in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University (with Jerrold Meinwald) in 2002. From 1996-1997 he was Fulbright Fellow in Japan (with Yoshinori Yamamoto). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry at Harvard University (with George M. Whitesides) from 2002-2006. He joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006.

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Tom Zinnen
Biotechnology Extension Specialist
Biotechnology Center

Thomas Zinnen has been a biotechnology extension specialist since 1991. He also served as a Congressional Science Fellow in 2000-2001, and he was on loan to the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010 as a speechwriter for the NSF Director. He leads BioTrek, the public outreach program of the Biotech Center and UW-Extension. His key role is in welcoming Wisconsinites to come experience science at their public, land-grant research university.

Talks by Thomas Zinnen:
1. Changing Colors in the Spectrum of Biotechnology & Food
2. Sharing Science with Children and Grandchildren
3. Experiencing Science as Exploring the Unknown
4.  X Marks the Spot:Places of Great Discoveries at UW-Madison

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Lucas Zoet
Assistant Professor
Geoscience Department | College of Letters and Science

Lucas Zoet largely focuses on understanding the physics of glacier motion through field observation, laboratory experiments, and theoretical analysis. His work largely sits at the intersection of glaciology and glacial geology. He uses a variety of geophysical and geological methods to explore glacial processes by traveling to modern day glaciers. He also uses the geologic landforms left behind by Pleistocene glaciers to understand how past glaciers interacted with the solid earth in efforts to determine dominant glacier processes. Wisconsin is a world class location to study a glacial deposits left by the Late Pleistocene Glaciers


Talks By Lucas Zoet:
1.What Goes on at the Bottom of a Glacier
2. How Glaciers Contribute to Sea-Level Rise
3. The Effects of Glaciers on Wisconsin

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