Research for Our Changing Times
As one of the top research universities in the world, the UW is on the front lines of many of our most pressing challenges. Find out about the work happening on campus right now — without leaving your living room!
Join fellow UW alumni online for a moderated faculty lightning talk, followed by a Q & A session via live chat.
A recording of each livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.
Robert Golden — dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership, and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UW–Madison
Alan Kaplan — chief executive officer of UW Health, founder and former president/CEO of UnityPoint Clinic where he provided leadership for 1,300 providers
Mike Shannon ’80 — chairman and founder of KSL Capital Partners, a financial firm dedicated to investments in the travel and leisure businesses
Mark Tauscher ’99, MS’03 — former football player for the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers, inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2018
Patricia Devine — Kenneth and Mamie Clark Professor of Psychology, whose work focuses on managing the challenges associated with prejudice in contemporary society
Cheryl Gittens — interim chief diversity officer and assistant vice provost in UW–Madison’s Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement
Eric Wilcots — dean of the College of Letters & Science and Mary C. Jacoby Professor in the Department of Astronomy
Scott Cook — cofounder and executive committee chairman of the financial software company Intuit
Hart Posen — Richard G. and Julie J. Diermeier Professor in Business at the Wisconsin School of Business
Mark Eppli ’83, MS’84, PhD’91 — the director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate in the Wisconsin School of Business, noted for his work to diversify the real estate profession
Jill Hatton ’81, MA’82 — a board member/commissioner and an authority in the real estate investment advisory business with more than 35 years of experience in various leadership positions
Evan Polman — associate professor in the Wisconsin School of Business, who studies consumer psychology and the way we view ourselves and others in decision-making, gift-giving, creativity, and moral psychology
Nancy Wong — professor, department chair of Consumer Science, and Kohl’s Chair in Retail Innovation in the School of Human Ecology, who explores how cultural values influence consumption decisions, how people respond emotionally in different situations, and how materialistic values influence the way we consume
Richard Davidson — William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds at UW–Madison
Alvin Thomas — clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the human development and family studies department of the School of Human Ecology
Dr. Ajay Sethi — associate professor in the department of population health sciences and the faculty director for the Master of Public Health program
May 21, 7 p.m. CDT
Liam Granlund x’22 — student leader in the Wisconsin Union Directorate
Mark Guthier — associate vice chancellor and director of Wisconsin Union
Shayna Hetzel ’07, MPA’08 — social impact investment director at American Family Insurance and former Wisconsin Union student leader
May 19, 7 p.m. CDT
Gregory DeCroix — Grainger Professor in Supply Chain Management at the Wisconsin School of Business
Michelle Miller ’83, MS’93 — researcher and associate director at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Jeff Sindelar — associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Extension Meat Specialist
Heather White — associate professor of Dairy Science and faculty director of the UW Dairy Innovation Hub
May 12, 7 p.m. CDT
Ananth Seshadri — professor and Todd E. and Elizabeth H. Warnock Distinguished Chair of the Department of Economics
Brad Tank MBA’82 — chief investment officer and managing director of Neuberger Berman
Noah Williams — Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy
May 7, 7 p.m. CDT
Jeff Wendorf ’82 — vice president of advancement at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association
Keith White ’70, MA’87 — former associate and interim director of admissions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Lauren Sorensen x’20 — senior class president, planning to pursue a career in international affairs
Sonam Dolma x’20 — senior class officer, who plans to attend medical school after graduation
May 5, 7 p.m. CDT
Derek Kindle — vice provost of enrollment management and acting director of student financial aid
Barbara Pinekenstein ’73 DNP, RN-BC, FAAN — clinical professor, Richard E. Sinaiko Professor in Health Care Leadership
April 28, 7 p.m. CDT
Thomas Friedrich BS ’97, PhD’03 — professor of pathobiological sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine, who will explain the virus’s evolution process, how it is transmitted, and details of COVID-19 testing.
April 21, 7 p.m. CDT
Rebecca Blank — chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison who will discuss the UW’s response to COVID-19 and the pandemic’s impact on academics
Greg Gard — Big Ten men’s basketball Coach of the Year, who will talk about the lows and highs of a roller coaster season
April 16, 7 p.m. CDT
Mike Leckrone — former director of bands at UW–Madison
Corey Pompey — Michael E. Leckrone Director of Athletic Bands and associate director of bands at UW–Madison
April 14, 7 p.m. CDT
Dr. Robert Golden — dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership, and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UW–Madison.
Dr. Peter Newcomer ’91, MD’95 — chief clinical officer for UW Health and senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs at the UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health.
April 7, 7 p.m. CDT
Phill Gross ’82, MS’83 — founder of Adage Capital, who has spent his career analyzing the health care sector. He will share his views of the prospects for new COVID-related medical interventions and how they might shape the outcome.
Ricky Sandler ’91 — founder, chief executive officer, and chief investment officer of Eminence Capital and an adjunct professor of finance at UW–Madison, who will share his thoughts on what a potential financial recovery might look like.
Julie Van Cleave ’81, MBA’83 — chief investment officer (CIO) of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, who will share her view on the economy and implications for the financial markets.
March 31, 7 p.m. CDT
Dr. Nasia Safdar MS’02, PhD’09 — professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, vice chair for research in the School of Medicine and Public Health, and medical director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics
Speakers and schedule are subject to change.
These events are hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.
2020 Livestream Events
- August 11, 7 p.m. CDT
- August 25, 7 p.m. CDT
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