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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


Steve Carpenter
Director of the Center for Limnology and Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology
College of Letters & Science | Limnology, Zoology

Dr. Carpenter has worked on water quality and fisheries problems of Wisconsin's lakes since 1974.  He was a co-founder of the Resilience Alliance for studies of social-ecological change.  He served as a co-chair of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the first global evaluation of the services that people obtain free from nature.  Dr. Carpenter is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Talks by Steve Carpenter:
1. Exploring the Future of Madison's Lakes

Steve Carpenter's Website


Steven Deller
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Steven Deller is Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW-Madison and an Community Economic Development Specialist with the UW-Extension. Professor Deller's long-term research interest includes modeling community and small regional economies in order to better understand the changing dynamics of the economy, assessing the impact of those changes, and identifying local economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. His most recent book explores how social capital helps us understand why some communities prosper economically and others struggle.

Talks by Steven Deller:
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Steven Deller appearance on Wisconsin Public Radio show "Central Time" May 2015:

Benjamin Futa
Allen Centennial Garden

Benjamin Futa is the Director of the Allen Centennial Garden at UW-Madison. Ben is passionate for connecting people to plants, and has experience working in a range of public gardens. Ben's primary interests lie in the power of urban gardens to transform their surrounding communities and landscapes. 

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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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Ilia Guzei

Ilia Guzei
Distinguished Scientist
College of Letters & Science Chemistry

Ilia Guzei obtained his Masters at Moscow State University in 1992, and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Wayne State University in 1996. He has worked as a crystallographer since and has authored and co-authored over 550 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He also runs the annual state-wide Wisconsin Crystal Growing Contest.

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John Hawks
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology

John Hawks has traveled across Africa, Europe and Asia in his research into our origins and evolution. He helped to show that our evolution has rapidly accelerated during the last 10,000 years, and is now investigating the genomes of ancient people including the Neanderthals. His weblog reaches more than 100,000 people worldwide every month, and he is teaching one of the first UW massively open online courses next year. Professor Hawks has been with UW-Madison since 2002.

Talks by John Hawks
1. Exploring the genomes of ancient humans
2. How human evolution accelerated
3. The promise of citizen science

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Jim Lattis
Director, UW Space Place
Department of Astronomy

Jim Lattis holds a Ph.D. in History of Science from UW-Madison and is the author of many publications in that field; he helped create UW Space Place, the outreach and public education center of the UW-Madison Astronomy Dept. and has directed it since its founding; he manages historic Washburn Observatory; he teaches introductory astronomy courses, gives frequent public talks and media interviews (twice on National Public Radio), and has led many trips focused on astronomical tourism.

Talks by James Lattis

David Lovelace

David Lovelace
Assistant Scientist
College of Letters & Science UW Geology Museum

Dave Lovelace is a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in Triassic-aged rocks of the Rocky Mountain West (252-201 million years ago). He joined the UW Geology Museum team as a research scientist after completing his PhD at UW-Madison's Department of Geoscience in 2012. Dave combines the study of ancient bones, trackways, and soils to build a picture of what ecosystems looked like 230 million years ago -- when the first mammals, turtles, crocodiles, lizards, dinosaurs, and birds evolved. Since becoming a member of the museum team, Dave had made several exciting discoveries including: the oldest known turtle tracks in the world, two mass-death-assemblages of Late Triassic amphibians, and the oldest dinosaur tracks in Wyoming. 

David Lovelace's Talks:
2. Modeling Dragons: Niche Partitioning in Komodo vs. Two Triassic Dinosaurs
3. Stories in Stone: The Life Histories of Dinosaurs
4. Hidden Biodiversity: Ancient Tracks and Traces


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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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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Bas Rokers
Assistant Professor 
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 

Bret Shaw
Associate Professor
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

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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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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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Edgar Spalding

Department of Botany

Edgar Spalding grew up in rural Nova Scotia and became  deeply interested in nature, and a life-long birder (including photography). But, in college he became interested less in nature and more in the physical and chemical aspects of life processes - physiology is the best word. He was not interested in human physiology like all his pre-med pals but in plant physiology. So he returned to his native USA for grad school (Penn State), postdoctoral work (Yale), and joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 1994.

Talks by Edgar Spalding:
1. Genetic and Physiological Basis of Seedling Growth and Development
2. Mechanisms Seedlings Use to Sense Light and Gravity

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Tim Van Deelen
Associate Professor
Forest and Wildlife Ecology

Tim Van Deelen is a professor of wildlife ecology having worked as a researcher in several conservation agencies in the Great Lakes region. His teaching and research focuses on the conservation, management, and ecology of large mammals in the Great Lakes region with a special emphasis on white-tailed deer and wolves. Tim regularly advises natural resource agencies on policies that affect populations of large mammals.

Talks by Tim Van Deelen:
1. A Deer Nerd Looks at Wolf Hunting
3. Conservation of a Recovered Population of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region
4. How Hunting Works: a primer on the population dynamics of an exploited species
5. Resurgent Large Carnivores of the Great Lakes Region

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Don Waller
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

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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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Eric Wilcots
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

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Scott Woody
Assistant Scientist
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

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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