Innovation that Defines the Future

UW–Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank is visiting New York City with three of UW’s most brilliant professors to give alumni and friends like you a glimpse into the innovative, world-changing work that is being done at the university. A panel discussion will feature:

  • Laura Albert, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, College of Engineering
    • Her research focuses on modeling and solving real-world problems in homeland security, disasters, and health care.
  • Barry Burden, professor, Department of Political Science and director, Elections Research Center
    • A specialist in American politics and political methodology, his research focuses on U.S. elections, public opinion, representation, and the U.S. Congress.
  • Thomas Friedrich ’97, PhD’03 ,associate professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
    • Runs the UW’s Friedrich Laboratory, which researches pandemic viruses. In his lab, he seeks to answer one basic question: why do we get sick?

Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, will moderate the panel.

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet these UW professors who are living the Wisconsin Idea.

Event Details

Join faculty experts, alumni, and friends for a moderated panel discussion followed by a reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

  • 6 p.m. Registration
  • 6:30 p.m. Program
    • Remarks by Chancellor Rebecca Blank
    • Panel Discussion
  • 7:45 p.m. Reception
  • 9 p.m. Event Concludes

This event is made possible in part through generous support from our All Ways Forward campaign co-chairs, Ted ’69 and Mary ’68 Kellner and John ’71 and Anne Oros.

3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York City, NY

$50 per person
$30 per person for
2013–2017 graduates

Questions? Contact Kelsey Dodson at or 608-308-5249.