2015 Winter Enrichment

The 2015 series runs January 8 through March 12. We meet on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium. Coffee will be available starting at 8:30; programs begin promptly at 9.

Cost: 10 lectures for $70 per person (FOA: $60 per person). Individual lectures are $10 each per person (FOA: $8.50). Walk-in registration accepted as space permits. Check back for registration information.


January 8, Jens Jensen: The Living Green. Film screening and discussion with Carey Lundin, director and co-producer of the documentary. Lundin has also produced works of comedy, drama, politics, mockumentary webisodes, and television programs.

January 15, Snapshot Wisconsin: A Citizen-Based Trail Camera Project to Monitor Wildlife. Jennifer Stenglein, wildlife research scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

January 22, Unraveling Mysteries of Hibernation: From Basic Science to Biomedical Applications. Hannah V. Carey, professor, Dept. of Comparative Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, director, Biotron, UW–Madison

January 29, How Birding Can Change the World. Trish O’Kane, PhD candidate, instructor of environmental studies, creator of Nature Explorers Program, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW–Madison

February 5, Science Day: Current Research at the Arboretum. Students and faculty will present findings from projects on Arboretum land and in the Lake Wingra watershed. No fee for students. More about Science Day.

February 12, A Geographic Puzzle (with Many of the Pieces Missing): The Earliest Maps of Wisconsin and the Story of Jean Nicolet. Patrick J. Jung, associate professor, Milwaukee School of Engineering

February 19, Understanding Complex Environmental Problems: The Case of Vanishing Honey Bees. Daniel Lee Kleinman, associate dean, Graduate School, professor, Dept. of Community and Environmental Sociology, faculty affiliate, Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, UW–Madison, and Sainath Suryanarayanan, assistant scientist, Dept. of Community & Environment Sociology, UW–Madison

February 26, Fungi in a Changing World. Jessie Glaeser, research plant pathologist, and Karen Nakasone, botanist, research unit: Wood Anatomy and Forest Mycology in a Changing Global Environment, U.S. Forest Service at the Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis.

March 5, Global Change Impacts on Species Movement and Persistence. Ellen Damschen, ecologist and conservation biologist, associate professor, Dept. of Zoology, UW–Madison

March 12, Silent Night: Wisconsin’s Bats and White-nose Syndrome. Jennifer Redell, cave and mine specialist, conservation biologist, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources