Celebrate Founders' Day

Tucson Founders’ Day Celebration

March 5 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, 6200 N. Clubhouse Lane, Tucson, AZ 85750
Cost: $29

For 170 years, the UW has changed lives around the world. Be a part of this exciting Founders’ Day celebration. When Badgers connect, great things happen!

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a special presentation:
Ethical and Policy Issues in Stem Cell Research: A Uniquely Wisconsin Story

Dr. Norman Fost — UW–Madison professor emeritus of pediatrics and bioethics

A cash bar will be available. Hors d’oeuvres will include:

  • cheese board with dried fruits and mixed nuts
  • artichoke-and-spinach dip with grilled vegetables
  • three-cheese tortellini
  • southwest chicken flatbread
  • beef tenderloin sliders
  • assorted cookies for dessert


  • $29 per person
  • $24 for 2013–18 grads

Program Details

Dr. James Thomson’s discoveries in human stem cell research at UW–Madison redefined biomedicine, first with the isolation and culturing of human embryonic stem cells in 1998, then with the development of human pluripotent stem cells from adult skin cells in 2007.

This year’s speaker, Dr. Norman Fost, has special expertise in the ethical and policy issues involved in stem cell research and genetic screening. His credentials include:

  • MPH, Harvard University, 1973
  • MD, Yale University, 1964
  • AB, Princeton University, 1960

Dr. Fost will present an overview of this cutting-edge topic, including the University of Wisconsin’s leading role in defining the ethical guidelines for stem cell research. He will discuss the public debate about the moral status of the embryo, and questions about payments for donating eggs for such research. Less attention has been paid to a new set of issues unrelated to how the stem cells are procured: namely, the creation of chimeras, including laboratory animals with what may be a human brain. All of this will be part of his very exciting and informative presentation.

The program will begin at 6:45 p.m.

We are also pleased to honor Ali Bramson ’11, recipient of a Forward Under 40 Award. Forward under 40 recognizes alumni under the age of 40 who are outstanding examples of living the Wisconsin Idea — the idea that this public university exists to serve the public good.

In addition, we will honor Allan R. Koritzinsky BS’63, JD’66 with our Badger of the Year award. Badger of the Year honorees are selected based on leadership in their professions, service in their communities, and/or contributions to volunteer organizations.

Register by February 28.

Parking is available at no charge.

If you have questions regarding directions, accessibility, or other event details, contact Allan R. Koritzinsky at allankoritzinsky@gmail.com or 608-770-4275.

Organized by WAA: Tucson Chapter.

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