WAA hosts UW–Madison Day at the State Capitol – Apr. 10

On Wednesday, April 10, the Wisconsin Alumni Association is partnering with the Office of State Relations to sponsor UW–Madison Day at the State Capitol.

Alumni and friends are invited to speak to elected officials about important issues facing the UW. The event schedule includes a “Lobby 101” training, alumni visits with legislators and a “Badgers at the Capitol” reception.

The afternoon also includes a research showcase from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the North Hearing Room of the State Capitol. More than 20 graduate student and postdoctoral research projects will be featured. Topics include pollinators in Wisconsin agricultural landscapes, effective treatments for glaucoma, how to treat multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, learning companion robotics and chemotherapy drug effectiveness. 

Faculty and staff will be giving brief “flash talks” for legislators and staff members to learn more about their research:

1:00 p.m. Dairy at UW-Madison: Research & Development to Support Wisconsin’s $44 Billion Flagship Industry; Dr. Kent Weigel, Chair of the Department of Dairy Science

1:15 p.m. Innovative Educational Market Action for Sustained Impact in Wisconsin; Samantha Baruah, Associate Director, Teacher Education Center, School of Education

1:30 p.m. Comparative Oncology: Impact on Human & Animal Health; David Vail, Professor and Barbara A. Suran Chair of Comparative Oncology.

1:45 p.m. Diseases Threatening Wisconsin’s Fish Populations; Dr. Tony Goldberg, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Director for Research, UW-Madison Global Health Institute

2:00 p.m. Making the Wisconsin Idea Local: UniverCity Year & Local Government Innovation; Gavin Luter, Managing Director, UniverCity Alliance

2:15 p.m. UW Missing in Action Recovery & Identification Project (UW MIA RIP): An Overview; Charles Konsitzke, Ryan Wubben, Daniel Hummel, Christopher Zaczyk, Torrey Tiedeman, Samantha Zinnen, Christopher Bradfield

2:30pm Prenatal-to-Five (P25), A growing Wisconsin Initiative; Dr. Janean Dilworth-Bart, Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Human Development & Family Studies

2:45pm Farming in the City—Preparing for New Jobs in Urban Agriculture; Steve Ventura, Professor of Environmental Studies & Soil Science

3:00pm Harnessing the Immune System to Cure Children and Adults with Cancer; Paul M. Sondel M.D., Ph.D., Research Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant; Co-Leader, UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC), Immunotherapy Working Group

3:15pm Planning for a Future with Autonomous Vehicles: Experiences & Perspectives from Municipal Planners; Aslı Göçmen, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies

3:30pm Beyond the Left-Right Divide: American Public Opinion & Political Behavior in the 21st Century; Michael W. Wagner, Professor of Journalism & Mass Communication

3:45pm Financial Aid Programs for Wisconsin Students; Greg Offerman, Associate Director—Advising & Outreach, Office of Student Financial Aid

4:00pm Start, Manage & Grow: 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs; Michelle Somes-Booher, MBA; Center Director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison

For more details, and to register, visit the WAA site for WW–Madison Day at the State Capitol