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.
“Life on Purpose: Three Questions Only You Can Answer”
Clinical Professor, Department of Consumer Science, School of Human Ecology; Director, MORE: the Money, Relationships & Equality Initiative, School of Human Ecology
In partnership with the Center for Financial Security, Whelan teaches and researches about gender, self-improvement, relationship formation, and purpose throughout the lifespan. She also researches and writes about changing dating and marriage patterns in the United States. Whelan has authored several books, academic articles, and op-eds.
In her talk, she will walk through creating a purpose statement and a life of significance in which you honor your values and meet your goals. It is based on Whelan’s research and her recent book, The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life.
“Plate Tectonics: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and the Hazards They Present”
Professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Letters & Science
Tobin’s research focuses on the internal properties of active faults at the Earth’s plate boundaries, and it combines direct sampling of faults with 3-D seismic reflection imaging of the fault architecture and properties. He is co–chief project scientist of the Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment — a project to drill into and place instruments in the subduction zone plate boundary faults off the coast of Japan — and is involved in the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth project. Tobin has earned several accolades, including being named Joint Oceanographic Institutions Distinguished Lecturer.
He will discuss his research program, which studies plate tectonics and the causes of earthquakes and tsunamis.
“Science and Fake News”
Professor and Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Affiliate, Robert and Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, UW Center for Global Studies, and Morgridge Institute for Research
Brossard‘s teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic-communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication. Her research agenda at the UW’s Science, Media and the Public research group — which she codirects — focuses on the intersections among science, media, and policy.
Brossard’s talk will provide a look at the risks of reporting false findings and news related to science, while also focusing on public opinion and climate change.
UW Foundation Chairman Fetzer-Bascom Professor, Department of Bacteriology, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Interim Director, Wisconsin Energy Institute
Donohue’s lab analyzes pathways and networks that microbes use to grow, generate biomass, or produce alternative fuels from sunlight or other renewable energy sources. His research group is studying metabolic and regulatory pathways of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Donohue has earned a number of awards, including the Promega Biotechnology Research Award, given recently by the American Academy of Microbiology.
In his talk, Donohue will discuss how UW–Madison is addressing society’s growing needs for energy and explain the role of the Wisconsin Energy Institute in making cross-campus breakthroughs that are necessary to develop new energy systems.