It’s time to learn like a Badger again! This program offers once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities you don’t want to miss. Read on for more information about each speaker, the speech topics, and field trips.
Steve Vavrus MS’92, PhD’97
Senior scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies
Vavrus’s research addresses several key aspects of climate change, including the role of polar regions, the behavior of extreme weather, regional impacts around Wisconsin and the Great Lakes, and the origin of human-induced climate change. He addresses these questions using computer climate models, which provide both quantitative estimates of future change and insights into the physical causes.
Professor, UW-Madison’s Department of Anthropology and American Indian Studies
Nesper’s research is in the area of Great Lakes Indian law and politics, largely in the federal Indian policy era of Self-determination (post-1960s), but he also has ethnohistorical interests in the region. His general interests are in institutional development, and he is currently working on a research project on the development of the tribal courts in Wisconsin.
Kathleen Culver ’88, MA’92, PhD’99
Assistant professor and James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics, UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication; director, Center for Journalism Ethics
Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver’s research focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances, and networked information. In her work, she combines these interests with a background in law and free expression. Culver also was the founding education curator for MediaShift and was a visiting faculty member for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
Susan Webb Yackee
: Director, La Follette School of Public Affairs; Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, UW–Madison
Yackee’s research and teaching interests include the U.S. public policy-making process, public management, regulation, administrative law, and interest group politics. She has published articles in a number of journals, including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Field trip details to be announced.