University Roundtable luncheons set for fall 2017

The University Roundtable will be gearing up soon to offer a featured monthly luncheon speaker from the UW-Madison community. All programs will be held in Varsity Hall at Union South. Each luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. and ends by 1 p.m. The cost for each lunch is $12.

Here is this semester’s program:

Wednesday, Oct. 25
UW-Madison: The Birthplace of Weather Satellites – Steve Ackerman
The University of Wisconsin is known as “the birthplace of weather satellites.” Professor Steve Ackerman, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies in the Space Science and Engineering Center, will discuss how we got that reputation, and will give insight into the expertise and activities that keep UW-Madison internationally recognized as leaders in satellite meteorology.
Reservation Deadline: Noon, Oct. 18
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Wednesday, Nov. 15
Is There Still a Public for Public Education? – Gloria Ladson-Billings
One of our society’s bigger challenges is its evacuation of the public sphere. Public health, housing, and transportation are struggling in most communities. Today, public education is one of the last remaining institutions being supported by the public. However, that support seems to be dwindling. In this talk, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education, will discuss the signs that there may not be a public for public education.
Reservation Deadline: Noon, Nov. 8
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Wednesday, Dec. 13
How Does Working Memory Work? – Brad Postle
Working memory refers to the ability to hold onto a small amount of information and use it to accomplish a task, such as remembering a phone number and then dialing that number. Working memory taps into fundamental questions about how we think and how the brain gives rise to conscious awareness. Department of Psychology Professor Brad Postle will provide an overview of his lab’s research into working memory, which uses brain scanning and brain stimulation methods, to understand how working memory works in healthy young adults.
Reservation Deadline: Noon, Dec. 6
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