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Conference Program

Monday, April 20, 2015
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Madison, Wisconsin



7:30 AM

Check-In Opens

The check-in/registration counter will remain open throughout the day.

Exhibit Area Opens

Continental breakfast will be available in exhibit area from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
9:00 AM

Welcome

Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
9:05 AM

Creating More Livable Cities:
Lessons from Chicago and Detroit

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Monica White, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Community and Environmental Sociology, UW-Madison
Scott Bernstein, President and Co-Founder, Center for Neighborhood Technology (view presentation)
10:30 AM

Refreshment Break and Exhibits

11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions


  1. Yahara 2070: Exploring Possible Futures through Science and Story
    Description


    • Jenny Seifert (facilitator), Science Writer/Outreach Coordinator, Water Sustainability and Climate Project
    • Chris Kucharik (facilitator), Associate Professor, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment and Agronomy, Lead Principal Investigator of the Water Sustainability and Climate Project
    • Eric Booth (facilitator), Assistant Scientist, Water Sustainability and Climate Project
  2. Climate Change and Health: From Local to Global
    Description


    • Jason Vargo (moderator), Assistant Scientist, Nelson Institute and the Global Health Institute, UW-Madison
    • Maggie Grabow, Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Health Institute, UW-Madison
    • Valerie Stull, PhD Student, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
    • Jonathan Patz, Director, Global Health Institute and Professor at the Nelson Institute and School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison
  3. Business Preparation for a Changing Natural World
    Description


    • Tom Eggert (moderator), Senior Lecturer, Business Sustainability, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
    • Eric Apfelbach, CEO, ZBB Energy Corporation
    • David Dybdahl, President, American Risk Management Resources Network, LLC
    • Larry Waukau, Board of Directors, Menominee Tribal Enterprises
  4. Linking Sustainability Science, Technology and Policy at SAGE
    Description


    • Carol Barford (moderator), Director, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), UW-Madison
    • Holly Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography, UW-Madison
    • Tracey Holloway, Professor of Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
    • Greg Nemet, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
    • Mutlu Ozdogan, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
  5. Sustainability, Social Equity and Well-Being
    Description


    • Jim Lorman (moderator), Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program
    • Peng Her, Center for Resilient Cities
    • Geraldine Paredes Vásquez, Racial Justice Associate, YWCA Madison
    • Monica White, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Community and Environmental Sociology, UW-Madison
  6. Insuring Future Resilience: Risk Management Strategies in a Changing Climate
    Description


    • Jack Williams (moderator), Director, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research and Professor of Geography, UW-Madison
    • Joseph Gates, Catastrophe Management Director, American Family Insurance
    • Joan Schmit, Professor, Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance, UW-Madison
    • Jim Swanke, Lecturer, Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance, UW-Madison
    • Steve Vavrus, Senior Scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
12:15 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions


  1. Meeting Emerging Conservation Challenges: Putting Science to Work
    Description


    • Janet Silbernagel (moderator), Director, Environmental Conservation Program, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
    • David Drake, UW-Madison Forest and Wildlife Ecology; UW Extension
    • Miguel Morales, Director of Conservation Strategies; Conservation International
    • Mary Jean Huston, State Director, The Nature Conservancy
  2. Wisconsin Ideas: A Creative Look at Graduate Research in the Nelson Institute
    Description


    • Sagan Friant, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Vulnerability to Zoonotic Pathogens in Nigerian Primates and People
    • Caitlin Iverson, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Well-being in the Workplace: Why Do Businesses Embrace Mindfulness
    • Francis Eanes, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Mobile tools for incorporating community knowledge and values in natural resource decision making
    • Aleia McCord, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources, and Anna Meding, Nelson Institute undergraduate; It’s Only Waste if You Waste It
    • Jack Buchanan, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Transdisciplinarity in Sustainability Studies
    • Tom Bryan, M.S. Candidate, Environment and Resources, and Kata Dósa, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Developing Carbon Literacy and Life Cycle Perspectives in an Introductory Environmental Science Class
    • Christine Scott Thomson, Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources; Carbon Positive Approaches
  3. Science, Religion and Environmental Ethics
    Description


    • Anna Gade (moderator), Professor, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison
    • Laura Hartman, Associate Professor of Religion, Augustana College
    • Patty Loew, Professor, Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison
    • Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University
  4. Climate Adaptation in Wisconsin and the Midwest: Implications from the National Climate Assessment
    Description


    • Michael Notaro (moderator), Associate Director and Senior Scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
    • Daniel Vimont (moderator), Associate Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
    • Bill Bland, Professor and Chair, Soil Science, UW-Madison
    • Sheila O'Brien, National Climate Assessment
    • Adena Rissman, Assistant Professor, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison
  5. Science and Decision-Making: Are We Safeguarding Wisconsin’s Waters?
    Description


    • Jane Elder (moderator), Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
    • Meredith Keller (moderator), Initiatives Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
    • Rich Bishop, Emeritus Professor, Agriculture and Applied Economics, UW-Madison
    • Stephen Born, Emeritus Professor, Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
    • Charles Dunning, Supervisory Hydrologist, Wisconsin Water Science Center, US Geological Survey
    • Sarah Williams, Staff Attorney, Midwest Environmental Advocates
  6. Forward to Zero Waste
    Description


    • Olivia Sanderfoot (moderator), Student Leader and Student Programs Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, UW-Madison
    • Greg Harrington, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison
    • Michael Mucha, Chief Engineer and Director, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
    • Ned Paschke, Program Director, Professor of Engineering Practice, College of Engineering, UW–Madison
2:45 PM

Refreshment Break and Exhibits

3:30 PM

Science as a Way of Knowing
Neil deGrasse Tyson

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