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Big Ideas for Busy People: Water, Water, Everywhere

Thursday10/227:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This popular, fast-paced event featuring five-minute talks from some of UW-Madison’s biggest brains is back! This year’s edition brings a flood of information about the one substance that all life depends on—water.

2019 is the Year of Safe Drinking Water in Wisconsin. Dive in to an evening of fun and facts about Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers, faucets, snow and more in the Discovery Building’s H.F. DeLuca Forum.


  • Moderator Eric Wilcots, Interim Dean, UW-Madison College of Letters and Sciences
  • Todd Ambs, DNR, The present and future of our drinking water
  • Matt Ginder-Vogel, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Unseen hazard—radium in Wisconsin
  • Paul Hanson, UW Center for Limnology, on how our lakes shape our planet
  • Leah Horowitz, Nelson Institute, Water justice
  • Steven Loheide, Civil and Environmental Engineering, on hydrologic consequences of climate change
  • Alex Rose, Blue Ring, on plastic in our oceans
  • Anita Thompson, Biological Systems Engineering, on what urbanization means for water
  • Jake Vander Zanden, UW Center for Limnology, Lake rivalries

Event Details:

Event Category: Agriculture & Environment
Event Features:
Event Type: Lectures, Panels and Discussions
Age: Adults
Admission: Free


UW-Madison (Discovery Building)
330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States


Discovery Outreach
(608) 316-4382

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