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

March 2 — Restaurants Today and in the Future

Craig Culver — cofounder and former chief executive officer of Culver Franchising System, Inc.
Kim Ruhl, PhD — associate professor, Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair in Economics, and associate director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE)
Gabriel Stulman ’03 — chief executive officer and founder of Happy Cooking Hospitality
Caitlin Suemnicht ’06 — chief operating officer of Food Fight Restaurant Group

March 9

Speakers TBD

March 16

Speakers TBD

March 23

Speakers TBD

March 30

Speakers TBD

Past Programs

February 23 — COVID-19 Treatments, Vaccines, and Variants

William Hartman, MD — physician, assistant professor of anesthesiology, medical director of the UW Health Preanesthesia Assessment Clinic, and principal investigator for the UW COVID-19 convalescent plasma program
Nasia Safdar MS’02, PhD’09 — professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, and medical director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics
Jonathan Temte MD’87, PhD’93 — associate dean for public health and community engagement at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

February 16 — Policy Ideas for the Pandemic Economy and Beyond

J. Michael Collins, PhD — Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer & Personal Finance and faculty director of the Center for Financial Security
Laura Dresser, PhD — clinical assistant professor in the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and associate director of COWS (formerly Center on Wisconsin Strategy), a UW-Madison think-and-do tank
Tim Smeeding MS’72, PhD’75 — Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics

February 9 — The Future of Higher Education

Michael Grebe JD’93 — regent vice president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents and chief legal officer at Advocate Aurora Health
Katharine Lyall, PhD — former president of the UW System
Cory Nettles JD’96 — managing director at Generation Growth Capital Inc.
Robert Venable ’86, MBA — president and chief operating officer of Charter Manufacturing

Missed one of our events? Catch up on all the past UW Now Livestreams now!

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

These events are hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.

2021 Livestream Events

  • March 2, 7 p.m. CST
  • March 9, 7 p.m. CST
  • March 16, 7 p.m. CST
  • March 23, 7 p.m. CST
  • March 30, 7 p.m. CST

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

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