Wisconsin Science Festival Speakers

Welcome to the Wisconsin Science Festival Speaker page!

Speakers listed here hope that you will invite them to your community to speak at one of your events for the Wisconsin Science Festival between November 2-5, 2017!

These talks can be additions to other events that your community already sponsors for the Science Festival. Or, if your community is just linking in to the Wisconsin Science Festival for the first time, a talk by one of these speakers could BE your event! Once folks in your community gather this year to celebrate science, they may want to work on expanding the offerings by your community for next year.

Once you have an idea of who you'd like to invite to speak, please create a free account for your group, and request a talk, using this link: https://speakers.wisc.edu/request-a-speaker/

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David Baum
Department of Botany

David Baum 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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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?

Emily Ehlerding

Emily Ehlerding
Graduate Student Academic Staff Member
School of Medicine and Public Health

Emily  Ehlerding is a PhD Student in the Medical Physics department. She earned her bachelor's degrees in chemistry and physics from Manchester University in Indiana (she's not cool enough to be from the U.K.) Now she works on developing imaging methods for understanding cancer and its treatments. She wants to teach once she graduates and help other people love science as much as she does!

Talks by Emily Ehlerding:
1. Using Physics to Understand Cancer Treatments

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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.

Talks by Simon Gilroy:

Alexandra Linz
Graduate Research Assistant
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences | Bacteriology
Hometowns: Mukwonago, Marshfield - willing to speak anywhere in the state.

Alex Linz is a PhD student in microbiology at UW-Madison. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she is passionate about the natural world, both seen and unseen. Alex currently combines those interests by studying the ecology of bacteria in lakes.

Talks by Alexandra Linz:

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?

Anne Moser

Anne Moser
Senior Special Librarian
Aquatic Sciences Center

Anne Moser is senior special librarian at the Wisconsin Water Library at the UW-Madison. She provides STEM storytimes to libraries around Wisconsin and provides education and outreach in support of Wisconsin Sea Grant and Wisconsin Water Resources Institutes. She holds a BA in Spanish from Colby College and an MA in Library and Information Studies at UW-Madison. She has worked as special librarian since 1987.

Talks by Anne Moser:
1. Plastics in the Great Lakes: What to Know & What to Do About It
2. Water-Themed Story Times for Children Ages 3-9

Sissel Schroeder
College of Letters & Science Anthropology
Hometown: Wausau
Research-Based Hometowns:
   Lake Mills
   Fort Atkinson
-willing to speak anywhere in the state.

Sissel Schroeder is an archaeology professor and department chair in Anthropology and a faculty affiliate with American Indian Studies, the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment, and the Nelson Institute. She is a Wisconsin native, born in Madison and raised in Wausau. She attended Luther College as an undergraduate, where she majored in Anthropology and Biology, received her M.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her a Ph.D. in Anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University.

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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.

Talks by Charles Snowdon:

Glen Stanosz

Glen Stanosz
School of Agricultural and Life Sciences | Forest and Wildlife Ecology 

Glen Stanosz is a Wisconsin native and Professor of Tree and Forest Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research group studies the biology and management of tree diseases caused by fungi. Professor Stanosz is an award winning teacher whose students include future foresters, horticulturists, and arborists, and professionals in the green industry.

Talks by Glen Stanosz:
1. Fantastic Fungi: Movers and Shapers of Forest Ecosystems

Justin Vandenbroucke

Justin Vandenbroucke
Assistant Professor
College of Letters & Science |  Physics, Astronomy

Dr. Vandenbroucke uses innovative instruments around the world to detect high energy particles from the cosmos. Understanding the smallest particles in the universe is necessary to understand the largest objects in the universe, and vice versa. Vandenbroucke received his PhD in Physics at UC Berkely in 2009. He was a Kavli Fellow at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and a NASA Einstein Fellow at Stanford University before joining the UW faculty in 2013.

Talks by Justin Vandenbroucke:
1. The Distributed Electronic Cosmic-Ray Observatory: Using Your Cell Phone as a Cosmic Particle Detector
2. A Trillion Times Beyond Visible: Astronomy With Very High Energy Gamma Rays
3. Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole


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

Website: http://www.subglacial.org/

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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