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Save the Date for the 17th Annual Showcase - March 16, 2016 at Union South

The 16th Annual Showcase, held on April 14, 2015 at Union South, was a great success!  There were well over 700 registrants, 73 posters, 224 poster presenters, 4 breakout sessions, and one great Keynote presentation.  Many thanks to all of the poster and breakout session presenters who contributed to the event, and thank you to everyone who came!


Showcase 2016 Agenda at a Glance

Poster Session:

  • 8:00 -11:00 Poster Exhibits. Varsity Hall 3 & Varsity Hall Lounge, 2nd Floor
    Take a look at the posters in our Showcase 2015 Poster Album!
  • 8:00 - 8:30 Early Bird Session – How to get the Most out of Showcase. Industry, 3rd Floor
  • 8:30 - 8:45 Opening Remarks & Welcome. Varsity Hall 3, 2nd Floor
  • 11:00 - 11:10 Closing Remarks. Varsity Hall 3, 2nd Floor

Breakout Sessions (click here for session descriptions):

Lunch and Keynote Presentation:

  • 11:15 - 1:00 Varsity Hall 1&2, 2nd Floor

Jordan EllenbergOur Keynote speaker this year is Jordan Ellenberg, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics, and author of the 2014 New York Times bestseller How Not To Be Wrong. Last June, the Washington Post reviewer wrote, “Part of the sheer intellectual joy of the book is watching the author leap nimbly from topic to topic, comparing slime molds to the Bush-Gore Florida vote, criminology to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”

Dr. Ellenberg, who will be introduced by Dean Karl Scholz, has chosen “There is No Such Thing as Public Opinion” as his Showcase topic. He notes, “How does a democratic society decide what it ‘wants?’ Sometimes the American electorate is accused of being irrational; I’ll defend it against that charge, and explain some of the surprisingly complex mathematics behind collective decision making, in democracies, individual humans . . . and slime molds.” Here at UW-Madison, we’re frequently called upon to make collective decisions, so I’m sure we’ll all find ways to apply Jordan’s insights to our daily work lives.

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