UW-Platteville hosts Pioneer Talks
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – In an effort to provide the university community with additional engagement and learning opportunities, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is offering Pioneer Talks, an ongoing seminar series. From the future of automated vehicles to sustainable living, the talks will cover a wide variety of topics. Pioneer Talks will feature speakers from UW-Madison, Organic Valley, Parrfection Produce and Inn Serendipity, as well as UW-Platteville’s own faculty and staff.
“I believe we need to be intentional in supporting and providing opportunities for faculty and staff to engage and disseminate the great work they do on campus and keep them informed on great things happening in our community,” said Dr. Chanaka Mendis, acting assistant provost and professor of chemistry at UW-Platteville. “Additionally, we hope the series will build community and collegiality among the campus community by setting the venue to build social and intellectual relationships, generate new ideas and collaborations.”
The next Pioneer Talk will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Platteville Rooms in the Markee Pioneer Student Center. Dr. John Tembei, professor of animal science, will present his sabbatical experience with the presentation, “Building Relationships with International Institutions through Opportunities in Education and Applied Research.” Dr. Daniel Leitch, associate professor in the School of Education, will present his sabbatical experience with the presentation, “Germany’s Migrants and Refugees: Hope and Hard Choices.”
On Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. in Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, numerous faculty and staff from UW-Platteville will present on the topic “Water Initiative: UW System’s Strengths, Research, and Opportunities. This presentation will provide updates on the WiSys water research and the Freshwater University Initiative.
“I hope attendees will learn from each other’s ideas, work and how they can further develop their own projects,” Mendis said. “Most importantly, they will have an opportunity to network with each other and maybe develop new collaborations, pursue new funding opportunities, learn about available campus resources and provide new opportunities to their students.”
UW-Platteville’s Pioneer Talks are free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. A full schedule of upcoming seminars can be found online.
Organizing committee members include Dr. Muthu Venkateshwaran, assistant professor of crop physiology and molecular biology; Dr. Pamela Tas, assistant professor of sustainable and renewable energy systems; Amy Seeboth-Wilson, sustainability coordinator; Dr. Chris Underwood, assistant professor of geography; and David Nevins, director of campus activities.
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