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The 16th Annual Showcase - April 14, 2015 at Union South



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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!


Jordan Ellenberg Showcase 2015 Keynote Speaker: 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.


Showcase 2015 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session A: Leadership for a Purpose
9:00 - 9:45, Industry, 3rd Floor

The Coordinated Leadership Initiative arose to create a common leadership language and support leadership for the purpose of positive change. Join us at this breakout session for a brief history of CLI and learn about some practical ways it can be adopted. After interacting with the framework, a panel of adopters will talk through their success and lessons learned from using UW-Madison’s Leadership Framework.

  • Mark Kueppers, Assistant Director for Leadership Development, CfLI
  • Jessica Moehr, Training Coordinator, Office of Human Resource Development
  • Rob Brown, Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Center
  • Geoff Larson, Director of Digital Publishing & Printing Services, DoIT
  • Adam Nelson, University Health Services ATOD Graduate Assistant

Breakout Session B: Data Rich Story Telling: Visualizing Data
9:00 - 9:45, Northwoods, 3rd Floor

Data literacy and analytics are becoming increasingly important to scholarship at UW-Madison due to rapid growth in data measurement and collection in all fields; dramatic increase in demand for STEM courses, notably for data literacy or analytics; and efforts from multiple campus degree programs to incorporate data analytics. Presenters will share examples showing how the way data is visually represented dramatically impacts viewers’ interpretation. Participants will learn about the importance of choosing the right visualization for an intended audience, and gain confidence in their ability to create effective data visualizations.

  • Brian Yandell, Professor & Chair, Dept. of Statistics
  • Kate Baldwin, Scientific Visual Communicator & Science Illustrator
  • Jon McKenzie, Professor, Dept. of English & Director, DesignLab
  • Karl Broman, Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics

Breakout Session C: What? Me? Merge? Seriously?! Changing Structures to Boost Collaboration
10:00 - 10:45, Industry, 3rd Floor

During this session faculty and an administrator from Russell Laboratories (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and the Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology (School of Medicine and Public Health) will share their unique experiences with collaboration. Together, their stories demonstrate how thoughtful collaboration has resulted in administrative efficiencies, improved services, and the advancement of academic research.

  • Patricia Keely, Professor & Chair, Dept. of Cell and Regenerative Biology
  • Caitilyn Allen, Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology & Director of Russell Labs Service Center
  • Lance Potter, Academic Dept. Manager of Russell Labs Service Center

Breakout Session D: Educational Innovation A to Z in the Statistics Department
10:00 - 10:45, Northwoods, 3rd Floor

Since its beginning in 2011, the EI initiative has sought to enrich the student learning experience by providing the resources and structure needed to spark the creativity of our faculty and instructional staff. Faculty from the Statistics Department will share examples of how they have been utilizing the backward design to tailor introductory statistics courses toward students’ learning goals, exploring approaches to training and mentoring teaching assistants, and designing a new data science program.

  • Brian Yandell, Professor & Chair
  • Gina Benninger, Faculty Associate & Instructor/EI Coordinator
  • Ryan Zea, Faculty Associate & Learning Coordinator
  • Jun Zhu, Professor & Faculty EI Coordinator

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