2020 Spring Symposium

symposium imageJoin us for the 2020 Water@UW-Madison Spring Symposium! This year is about “Working Together to Address Water Challenges – UW-Madison and State Government” and will include paired talks by UW-Madison researchers and state agency leaders.

WHEN: 9:30 am-12:30 pm Tuesday, May 5

WHERE: Online, of course! Register here:


We will also live stream to our YouTube channel in case the webinar reaches the 500 attendant limit.


  • Welcome by UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank
  • Video introduction by Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes
  • In-depth presentation by Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality Leaders Representative Todd Novak and Representative Katrina Shankland


  • Sequential sessions on Drinking Water, PFAS, Human Health, Agriculture, and Built Environment.
  • Talks by UW-Madison researchers and state agency leaders who can speak to the most important challenges and opportunities relating to each topic

The symposium is free and open to all. See the full draft agenda here.



  • Introductions by Matthew Ginder-Vogel, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Water@UW-Madison Chair, UW-Madison
  • Video by Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, State of Wisconsin
  • Welcome by UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW-Madison
  • In-depth presentation and Q&A by Representative Todd Novak and Representative Katrina Shankland, Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality Chair Novak (Assembly District 51) and Vice Chair Shankland (Assembly District 71)


  • James Hurley, Ph.D. | Director, UW-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center | Collaboration at Its Best: UW System and State Agencies Address Current and Emerging Groundwater Issues
  • Ken Bradbury, Ph.D. | State Geologist and Director, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, UW-Madison Division of Extension |  The need for practical responses to groundwater contamination
  • Todd Ambs | Assistant Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  | What’s Next for Wisconsin’s Drinking Water?


  • Christy Remucal, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry and Technology, UW-Madison |  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in waters of Wisconsin
  • Jamie Schauer, Ph.D. | Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, UW-Madison  | WSLH Testing SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 PFAS
  • Jim Zellmer | Deputy Division Administrator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources | Challenges of Regulating PFAS in Wisconsin


  • Sarah Yang, Ph.D. | Groundwater Toxicologist, Wisconsin Department of Health Services |  DHS’ role in protecting Wisconsin’s waters


  • Chris Kucharik, Ph.D. | Professor and Department Chair, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison |  Agriculture and Challenges to Water in Wisconsin
  • Lori Bowman | Director, Agrichemical Management Bureau, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection |  Working Together: UW-DATCP Partnership for Agriculture
  • Carolyn Voter, Ph.D. | Postdoctoral Researcher, UW-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources | Defining a “significant” reduction in “average seasonal lake levels” in the Wisconsin Central Sands


  • Gavin Luter, Ph.D. | Managing Director, UniverCity Alliance, UW-Madison | Helping Local Governments Tackle Water Challenges through the UniverCity Year
  • Grace Bulltail, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, UW-Madison | Native American Environment, Health, Community Faculty Cluster
  • Lydia Salus and Tristyn Forget | Graduate Students, Water Resources Management Program, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison | Leveraging Partnerships to Develop a Blueprint for Salt Sustainability on UW-Madison’s Campus


  • Val Klump, Ph.D., J.D. and Marissa Jablonski, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Executive Director of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, will speak about the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin
  • Jennifer Hauxwell, Ph.D., Associate Director, UW-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center, Chair-Elect Water@UW-Madison, will adjourn the symposium

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  • Requiring all attendants to register with their first and last names and email address
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