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 after the event.

Upcoming Programs

June 2

Speakers TBD

June 9

Speakers TBD

June 16

Speakers TBD

June 23

Speakers TBD

June 30

Speakers TBD

Past Programs

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

Closed captioning will be available in the recorded version of each broadcast.

For support viewing the livestream, visit YouTube help or contact your internet service provider.