University Roundtable luncheons set for spring 2018

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, February 14
Seeing Around Corners: Ultrafast Computational Imaging
Andreas Velten

We see every day how image resolution keeps improving, allowing us to see a greater, vaster range of detail. The development of ultrafast computational imaging takes this even further, capturing video that doesn’t just visualize changes in a scene but also the propagation of the light itself that creates the image. Andreas Velten, assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, will talk about how this technology works to “see around corners” and its other applications, such as seeing through scattering media (e.g. fog or tissue) and seeing fluorescence lifetime, which can be used to provide information about plant health and differentiate healthy from cancerous tissue.

Reservation Deadline: February 6

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Wednesday, March 14
Hidden Voices: African-American Writers in Wisconsin
Fabu Phillis Carter

African-American literary giants Jean Toomer, Lorraine Hansberry and Sarah Webster Fabio lived and wrote in Madison. Two attended, and one worked at, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but they are largely unknown. An Outreach Specialist in the School of Medicine and Public Health, Poet Fabu Carter will provide an overview of their lives here and their contributions to literature in Wisconsin. This talk is based on a series of presentations in 2017 by UW Alumni and writers Poet Fabu, Sherry Lucille and Catrina Sparkman.

Reservation Deadline: March 6

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Wednesday, April 11
The Microbial Planet
Jo Handelsman

Microbes are essential for every aspect of life on Earth. They drive the planet’s nutrient cycles, clean up pollutants, keep humans healthy, and make our food supply possible. Microbes are also the primary source of antibiotics—drugs that transformed human existence in the 20thcentury. So why do microbes have such a bad name? Join Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, as she takes a closer look at our microbial planet.

Reservation Deadline: April 3

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