First webinar kicks off April 14
MADISON, Wis. – From designing the ‘Badger shield’ to protect medical staff to combatting misinformation, how are UW–Madison researchers responding to the pandemic right now? Join experts on Tuesday, April 14, at 4 p.m. for a virtual discussion moderated by Kelly Tyrrell of UW Communications.
Tyrrell says, “UW–Madison researchers are actively contributing to the national and global response to COVID-19. They're helping us understand the biology of the virus, designing and implementing interventions, and helping us confront what's next. And some are on the front lines. This Crossroads of Ideas mini-series gives us an opportunity to engage with the public about that response.”
The April 17 webinar will feature:
- Kristen Bernard (Pathobiological Sciences) on what we know/don’t know yet about COVID-19
- Malia Jones (Applied Population Laboratory) on concepts like social distancing or “cocooning”
- Ajay Sethi (Population Health Sciences) on risk and health communication
- Brian Yandell (American Family Insurance Data Science Institute) on the role of data
- Lennon Rodgers (Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab) on designing the Badger shield and prototyping/production efforts going forward
Parts 2 and 3 of the mini-series will focus on longer-term pandemic management and look ahead to a future post-COVID-19. Details forthcoming.
The Crossroads of Ideas program is a public lecture series that addresses vital social science topics. The series generally is held in-person at the Discovery Building on the UW–Madison campus. More at discovery.wisc.edu/crossroads.
“The Crossroads of Ideas series has been a regular feature of public-facing programming at the Discovery building and a valued means of encouraging dialog between campus researchers and the community that helps to support them,” says Laura Heisler, WARF director of programming. “We are gratified to be able to continue that dialog in these unique circumstances.”
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Founded in 1925 as an independent, nonprofit foundation, WARF manages more than 2,000 patents and an investment portfolio of $2.7 billion as it funds university research, obtains patents for campus discoveries and licenses inventions to industry. For more information, visit warf.org.
—Jeanan Yasiri Moe, WARF Director of Strategic Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-960-9892