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Presentations for 2003-2004

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley has announced the schedule for its series of highly informative and entertaining lectures and presentations to be held during the 2003-2004 academic year. Titled the "Scholars Series," it brings to the campus a wide range of nationally recognized experts and leaders in their respective fields.

This annual program at the Menasha campus has been well attended and critically acclaimed. This year’s roster of presenters and topics is expected to raise the program’s level of excellence even higher.

All of the presentations are free and open to the public, and begin at Noon on designated Mondays. With the exception of the opening Convocation on September 8 that takes place in the campus Fieldhouse, all the presentations in the Scholars Series are scheduled for the UWFox Theatre, which is located in the center of the campus.

Below are listed the Scholars Series presentations scheduled for the Fall 2003 and Spring 2004 Semesters.

Rev. McFaddenSeptember 8: Annual Fall Convocation, “Empty Bookshelves,” presented by guest speaker Rev. John McFadden (United Church of Christ, Appleton).

Rev. McFadden received a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) and a Master of Divinity degree from the Drew University School of Theology (Madison, NJ). He has served the First Congregational Church U.C.C. since 1983. Prior to his arrival in Appleton, he served as Senior Minister at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church (Glen Ridge, NJ). He is active in many Fox Cities community agencies and is an experienced marriage and family counselor.

September 22, “Attention, Compassion, and Gratitude: How the Arts Remind Us Who We Are and Invigorate Learning Across the Disciplines,” presented by Jonathon Johnson (Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Eastern Washington University, Cheney).

He holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. He has taught at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania and at the Interlochen Arts Academy. His poems, stories, and critical essays are forthcoming or have appeared in Best American Poetry 1996, Alaska Quarterly, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs and numerous other national journals. His first collection of poems, Mastodon, 80% Complete was published in 2001 by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

October 6, “A Neanderthal in Your Closet? Modern Human Origins and the Origins of Humanity,” presented by Milford Wolpoff (Paleoanthropology Laboratory, Dept. of Anthropology, University of New Mexico).

A graduate of the University of Illinois (Ph.D. 1969), Wolpoff has worked at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Michigan, where he has been a Professor of Anthropology since 1977. He is a paleoanthropologist, with primary interests in evolutionary process and theory, and in functional morphology. Wolpoff has first hand experience with virtually the entire human and pre-human fossil record, from evidence of hominid origins to the appearance of modern humans, and their evolution. His research overseas has been supported by grants from many sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Committee for Scholarly Exchange with the People's Republic of China, the National Academy of Sciences, and various funding within the University of Michigan.

October 20, “Got Weather? Swirls, Splashes, and Waves in the Atmosphere,” presented by Richard “Rit” Carbone (National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO). Carbone is a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. He has authored more than 100 scholarly works.

A pioneer in Doppler radar, he has published on physical processes in clouds and storms, topographically influenced circulations, predictability of warm season rainfall, convection on tropical islands, and severe storms. Carbone led the United States Weather Research Program until 1999. He currently Chairs the World Meteorological Organization's World Weather Research Programme (Geneva, CH). He earned an S.M. (Atmospheric Physics, '69) at the University of Chicago and was elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 1994. Among other honors, in 2001, Carbone received the Cleveland Abbe Award, For Distinguished Service to Atmospheric Science by an Individual.

November 3, “Discovering Your Inner Chimp: How DNA Links Us to Our Primate Relatives and Makes Us Uniquely Human,” presented by Carl Zimmer, (Science Writer, Hartford, CT). Zimmer is an award-winning science writer.

His first book, At the Water's Edge (Touchstone, 1999) followed scientists as they solved two of the most intriguing evolutionary puzzles of all: how fish walked ashore, and how whales returned to the sea. It was followed in 2000 by Parasite Rex (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2000), a book that explores the bizarre world of nature's most successful life forms. His latest book is Evolution: The Triumph of An Idea, which is the companion volume to a PBS television series broadcast September 21-24, 2001. From 1994 to 1999 he was a senior editor at Discover. He currently writes for magazine including National Geographic, Science, Audubon, and Natural History, where he regularly contributes a column on evolution. Zimmer is the recipient of several journalism prizes, including the Pan-American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting, the American Institute Biological Sciences Media Award, and the Everett Clark Award for science writing. He is a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and is currently working on a book about the dawn of neurology.

November 17, “Living in a Technological World,” presented by Clark Miller (Department of Political Science, UW-Madison). Miller teaches in La Follette's international master's degree program.

He is also a participant in Wisconsin's new initiative in science and technology studies. Trained in electrical engineering, atmospheric physics, and science policy, Miller has worked across disciplines to deepen our understanding of the relationships between science, technology, and public affairs. His current research explores community efforts to redefine the concept of human well-being and to restructure the practice of democratic politics through the construction of indicators of sustainable development. He is the co-editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance, which explores how advances in scientific understanding of the earth's climate are contributing to processes of political change in global society. Before coming to Madison, Miller held postdoctoral and faculty positions in political science and policy studies at Cornell, Harvard, and Iowa State Universities.

Professor Dan PutmanDecember 1, “The Ethics of Virtue,” by Dan Putman (Professor of Philosophy, UW-Fox Valley). Putman is an outstanding philosophy scholar highly regarded by both students and colleagues – past and present – at UWFox.

He has been chosen as “UWFox Teacher of the Year” six times, spanning four decades. He has taught 14 different philosophy courses. Putman has published 35 articles in some of the finest philosophy journals. One of his areas of specialized interest is “virtue ethics,” a branch of ethics dealing with character issues. His book, Psychological Courage, is expected out for publication by the end of 2003-2004 academic year, and is the result of three years’ work. Putman has a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI); Master’s Degree from UW-Madison; and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles).

February 2, “Citizen Jefferson: The Enlightened Sage of Monticello,” presented by John Kaminski (Center for the Study of the American Constitution, UW-Madison Dept. of History).

Kaminski received his PhD from the UW-Madison in 1972 and, for the last 27 years, has edited The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. In 1981 he founded and now continues to direct The Center for the Study of the American Constitution in the UW-Madison’s Department of History. Dr. Kaminski has edited, co-edited, or written twenty-three books as well as many articles on the Revolutionary era with special emphasis on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, slavery, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine. He has spoken on these subjects throughout the country and abroad. In 1986-87 he served as president of The Association for Documentary Editing. In 1987 he received the University Service Award and in 1991 the first Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence in Research for academic staff.

February 16, “Environmental Justice: Intersection of Race, Poverty, and Pollution,” presented by Herb Wang (Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison).

Wang is a UW-Madison alumnus. He received an M.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from MIT. He has been teaching in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at UW-Madison since 1972. His research specialties are in rock mechanics and numerical modeling of ground water and heat flow in the earth. He has taught the introductory course Geology 100 many times and has more recently taught "Energy Resources". Herb is an Associate Dean in the UW-Madison College of Letters and Science, the largest college in the University, and is just completing a three-year term as Faulty Director of the L&S Honors Program. He can speak not only to his own scientific areas of interest, but also about the UW-Madison in general, its goals and achievements, and about the students at the state’s largest campus. He is especially concerned about the adequacy (or inadequacy) of students' communication and quantitative skills requirements.

March 1, “Can Values Be Good for Science?,” presented by Helen Longino (Philosophy Dept., University of Minnesota). Longino earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, and currently teaches and conducts research in philosophy of science, social epistemology, and feminist philosophy.

In recent years she has taught graduate seminars in social epistemology and in social aspects of scientific knowledge, as well as an undergraduate course in scientific thought. She is also on the faculty of the Women's Studies Department UMinn.), where she teaches a graduate course on gender, culture, and science and one in feminist approaches to knowledge, in addition to undergraduate courses in Women's Studies.

She is a member of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science and participates in the graduate minor in studies of science and technology. Her research interests have included the relations of social and cognitive values in the sciences, the epistemological challenges of scientific pluralism, the philosophical character of feminist epistemologies, and the development of a social approach to scientific knowledge. She has recently completed some papers examining biologically based approaches to studying human behavior and am currently finishing a book-length manuscript which extends and refines the social account of scientific knowledge.

March 8, "The Women's Movement: Past, Present and Future,” featuring panelists Judy Goldsmith and Carrie Lukas, with facilitation by Paula Lovell.

Goldsmith served as campus dean at UW-Fond du Lac (1994-2002). She also served as Special Consultant to the Chancellor for Gender Equity and Affirmative Action at UW-Stevens Point (1991-1993), while she also taught in the College of Communication Arts. Goldsmith served as the national executive vice president (1978-1982) for the National Organization of Women, becoming its national president (1982-1986). She has also taught college English for over 15 years, and currently lives in Fond du Lac, where she serves on the Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors. Goldsmith as a B. S. in English (UW-Stevens Point) and an M.A. in English (SUNY-Buffalo).

Carrie Lukas is the director of policy for the Independent Women's Forum. Before joining IWF, Carrie worked for Chairman Christopher Cox as the senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Policy Committee, and then as professional staff for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security.
Previously, she worked at the Cato Institute as a Social Security analyst. Ms. Lukas has written several studies for Cato on Social Security and education policy, and her op-eds have been published in numerous newspapers, including The Washington Post and USA Today.

Ms. Lukas holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a master's in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Lovell is a Lecturer in Communication Arts at UWFox. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications / Public Relations and a master’s degree in Communication Studies in Communication Studies, both from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls). She has also taught at UW Oshkosh, Truman State University (Kirksville, MO), Moberly Area Community College (Moberly, MO), and William Penn College (Oskaloosa, IA). She has been awarded numerous teaching awards throughout her career. Lovell has also held several positions in the business sector.

March 15, “Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences Between Men and Women,” presented by Deborah Blum (Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison).

Blum is a Pulitzer-prize winning science writer and has been a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1997. She holds the working journalist/teacher position on the faculty. She continues to work as a freelance writer, and has written for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Discover, Psychology Today, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone Books, The Utne Reader and More magazine. She is currently working on a popular history of psychology, focused on the science of love and affection. Blum serves as vice president of the National Association of Science Writers and is a member of the Committee on Public Understanding of Science and Technology of the AAAS.

April 5, “Homelessness and End of Life Care,” presented by John Song, M.D. (Assistant Professor in the Center for Bioethics and in the Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School).

He received his undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s degree in teaching from Brown University. He earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. During the last four years, he completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Greenwall Fellowship in Ethics and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. Dr. Song’s clinical interest has always been underserved and disadvantaged populations.

During his fellowships, he worked at the Baltimore Health Care for the Homeless, where he focused his care on homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS and conducted a weekly therapeutic workshop centered on healing through oral and written expression. He is working on a project to open a free, homeless health clinic with the dual purpose of community service and professional education. His educational and research efforts reflect his interest in these populations. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Song, along with several colleagues, devised and instituted a curriculum for teaching students and residents about health care for homeless persons.

Dr. Song has a curricular and research interest in bioethics education, especially in defining the objectives and goals of bioethics education for medical students. Other research interests focus mainly on homeless persons, particularly those suffering from HIV/AIDS. As a fellow, he coordinated an effort by the Bureau of Primary Health Care and the HIV/AIDS Bureau to publish clinical and policy recommendations for care of this population, which culminated in a national conference on this issue. His publication has been distributed to all federally funded Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) and Ryan White Care Act (RWCA) projects. He is working with the AIDS Link to Intravenous Experience (ALIVE) study in Baltimore, MD to further delineate the intersection of homelessness, drug use, and HIV/AIDS.

April 19, “Surviving the Holocaust,” presented by Henry Golde (Appleton, WI). Mr. Golde is a Holocaust survivor.

During the World War II era, Golde spent five years in 10 different Concentration Camps within Poland, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, during his pre-teen years. He has published a book, Ragdolls, about his experiences during the Holocaust. He is a frequent speaker to schools and organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin.

May 3, “Facts and Myths About Radiation and Things Nuclear,” presented by Ted Rockwell (Radiation, Science and Health, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD).

Rockwell is a founding officer of the engineering firm MPR Associates, Inc., and of Radiation, Science, and Health, Inc., an international organization of independent radiation experts committed to bringing radiation policy into line with the best scientific theory and data. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and recipient of the first ANS Lifetime Contribution Award, now known as the Rockwell Award, and was awarded Distinguished Service Medals from both the Navy and the Atomic Energy Commission. He is author of several books, technical papers and articles on radiation and nuclear power, including the standard text Reactor Shielding Design Manual. He was technical director of Admiral Hyman Rickover's program to build the nuclear Navy and the world's first commercial atomic power station at Shippingport, PA. He has several patents, including one listed in "a selection of [27] landmark U.S. atomic energy patents from all the patents issued to date." His works have been published in German, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

For more information about the Scholars Series, interested individuals can contact Cathy Paynter at 920-832-2636 or email cathy.paynter@uwc.edu.

Free parking for visitors and guests attending the Scholars Series is available on the west side of the campus, which is located at 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. Seating is based on a first-come, first seated basis.

Posted 8/29/2003