2021 Symposium: Opportunities in a Changing World

Our 2021 Annual Water@UW-Madison Symposium took place May 7th 9:00am-12:00pm. 

Our theme was Opportunities in a Changing World. During this symposium, we learned about state-level action plans on climate change and PFAS, the power of the arts in improving water relations, as well as how state agencies and university researchers are tackling new questions at the intersections of water and COVID-19. As we confront the major issues of our time, this exceptional lineup of presenters shared about their work conducting research, enacting policy, and asking key questions.

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Program Overview 

Opening Remarks  

Jennifer Hauxwell, Water@UW-Madison Chair, Associate Director, UW-Madison Aquatic Science Center

Rebecca Blank, Chancellor UW-Madison

Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin

Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin 

Setting the Stage: Statewide Perspectives 

Steve Ackerman, UW-Madison Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

Preston Cole, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary

Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin 

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Working Groups

Steve Vavrus, Senior scientist, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research

Katie Hein, Lake Monitoring Lead, Wisconsin DNR, Water Resources Working Group

Matthew Mitro, Research Scientist, Wisconsin DNR, Fisheries Working Group

Chris Kucharik, Professor and Chair, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison, Agriculture Working Group

Madeline Magee, Monitoring Program Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR, Great Lakes Working Group

Adam Bechle, Coastal Engineering Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant, Coastal Resilience Working Group

Dan Wright, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison, Infrastructure Working Group

Natalie Chin, Climate and Tourism Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Working Group

Spotlight on Arts & Culture  

Alexis Frasz, Co-Director Helicon Consulting 

Martye Griffin, Director of Ecosystem Services, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Julia Buskirk, Humanities Exchange Fellow, UW-Madison Center for the Humanities & Water@UW-Madison 

Statewide Coordination on PFAS

Christy Remucal, Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison

Mimi Johnson, Policy Director, Office of Emerging Contaminants, Wisconsin DNR

Moderated Panel

Martin Shafer, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Tim Asplund, Wisconsin DNR

Sarah Yang, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Exploring the Intersection between Covid+Water  

Jason Knutson, Wastewater Section Chief, Wisconsin DNR

Jeffery Steele, Environmental Health Specialist, Division of Facilities Planning and Management, UW-Madison 

Gregory Harrington, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison

Coty Weathersby and Diana Mendez, UW-Madison McMahon Lab

Ashley Trudeau, PhD student, Freshwater and Marine Sciences, UW-Madison

Sharon Moen, Eat Wisconsin Fish Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant

Closing Remarks 

Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, Water@UW-Madison Incoming Co-Chair, Professor of English

Matthew Ginder-Vogel, Water@UW-Madison Incoming Co-Chair, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering