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Susan Cook

Susan C. Cook
Director | Professor
Mead Witter School of Music

Susan C. Cook is a music historian and dance scholar whose published work and current research engages with American musical repertories of all kinds. She is particularly interested in the social contexts of art, musical and dance practices as well as the regional practices of Wisconsin.

Talks by Susan Cook:
3. Ragtime Culture, 1890-1910
4. Why do we sing stories?

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Tom Eggert
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

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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

John Hall
Associate Professor
Department of History

John W. Hall is the Ambrose-Hesseltine Associate Professor of U.S. Military History at UW-Madison. He holds a B.S. in History from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He specializes in early American military history with particular emphasis on partisan and Native American warfare. He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard University Press, 2009) and numerous essays on early American warfare, including "An Irregular Reconsideration of George Washington and the American Military Tradition, Journal of Military History (July 2014), which won an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Prize.

Unavailable for talks until further notice, as Professor Hall will be serving as a historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Read all about it here.

Talks by John Hall:
3. Indian Alliance Politics in the Western Great Lakes
4. The Future of Warfare
6. Indian Removal as Ethnic Cleansing
7. The Citizen Soldier in Myth and History

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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

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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Jonathan Martin
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


David Mickelson
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


Assistant Director
Residence Life

Scott C. Seyforth holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is an assistant director of residence life. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is one of the founders of Madison's LGBTQ Oral History Project and the Madison LGBTQ Archive. 

Talks by Scott Seyforth:
1. The Life and Times of Carson Gulley

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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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Jeff Wendorf
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

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Division of Intercollegiate Athletics

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Division of Intercollegiate Athletics

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