Conference Speakers

Teresa Adams

Dr. Teresa Adams is a Professor of Transportation Engineering and City Planning in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Director of the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) and Chair of the Transportation Management and Policy graduate program.

She has over 20 years experience working with state and federal transportation agencies on freight and infrastructure issues. She is the principal for the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MVFC), a 10-state partnership for advancing freight planning and operations.

Dr. Adams worked with the member states of the MAFC to agree upon a series of policy positions that became testimony to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. She is currently working on developing regional recommendations for the next federal authorization of the transportation funding. The message will be a broad policy level recommendation to help position and define the region by emphasizing its strength, uniqueness, and importance.

Dr. Adams developed an on-line training program on the fundamentals of logistics for public sector professionals. The training series is offered via the MAFC's website. In addition she is a co-author of a chapter on Warehousing and Distribution Centers in Intermodal Transportation: Moving Freight in a Global Economy published by the Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc in 2011.

Dr. Adams has authored numerous articles on freight and infrastructure issues. She served on the planning committee and as a featured speaker for the 2007 RITA UTC spotlight conference Freight Transportation: Congestion and System Performance. She is applying geospatial information analysis to evaluate short term truck parking availability and to assess resiliency of freight corridors in the MAFC. Dr. Adams is working on developing freight performance measures for multi-state alliances and interstate. She is currently a member of Wisconsin DOT's Freight Technical Committee.

In 2010-11, Dr. Adams was a Visiting Professor on sabbatical at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy of the US Department of Transportation. During that time, she participated on economic evaluation team for the TIGER Program and prepared the performance measurement plan for evaluating the outcomes of discretionary transportation funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Dr. Adams is Vice President of the Council of University Transportation Centers. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Research and Education Division of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and a member of the Committee on Intermodal Freight Transport for the Transportation Research Board. Dr. Adams has served on the Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Highway Research Program.

Dr. Adams holds a bachelor of civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and MS and PhD degrees in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Fellow of ASCE and recipient of the 2009 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award.

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Carmen Alonso

Carmen Alonso, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist working in private practice here in Madison. Her practice focuses on individual and group mindfulness-based psychotherapy with adults. The foundation of her practice is on developing self-awareness and self-understanding of patterns of mind, emotion, and behavior. Her intention as a psychotherapist is on decreasing suffering and nurture well-being. In her work, she incorporates techniques from Cognitive-behavioral, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy, and Art Therapy. However, the most important framework she brings into her work with clients is clearly anchored within Buddhist Psychology.

Her areas of interest encompass all healing processes and, in particular, affective disorders, mind-body issues, human relationships, and spirituality. She is also a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. MBCT is a group therapy intervention designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's MBSR program (which was designed to introduce Mindfulness meditation practice as a way of reducing stress and developing greater balance and enjoyment in life).

Dr. Alonso is also a Master in Martial Arts (Taekwondo) and is one of the Head Instructors of Choi Taekwondo here in campus. In addition, she is currently working on developing a program that combines Mindfulness meditation, martial arts, and healing processes.

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Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez was born in New York City on March 27, 1950, the second of four daughters. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to the Dominican Republic, where her parents were involved in an underground movement to overthrow Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. When the movement was discovered, the Alvarez family was forced to flee to escape imprisonment and possible death. They left the Dominican Republic on August 6, 1960, and moved to Queens, New York.

While living in New York, Alvarez had to perfect her English and adjust to life as an immigrant. She was alienated at school and subject to taunting from other students. As a result, she turned to reading for solace. These experiences proved important for her future writing.

She pursued her writing interests at Connecticut College, where she won two prizes for her poetry in 1968 and 1969. She then attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she won the Creative Writing Prize. She received an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University in 1975. While at Syracuse, she won the American Academy of Poetry Prize.

In 1984, she published Homecoming, a well-received collection of poetry. Her next major publication, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, appeared in 1991. This highly popular novel details the lives and struggles of four sisters who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to America. In 1994, she published In the Time of the Butterflies, which received much critical attention and praise. The following year, she published a second poetry collection entitled The Other Side: El Otro Lado. Her novel !Yo! appeared in 1997, and a collection of personal essays, Something to Declare, was published in 1998.

Alvarez married Bill Eichner, an ophthalmologist, in 1989, and she continues to write and teach at Middlebury College. (website)

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Roko Belic

Academy Award® nominee and Sundance Award winner, Roko Belic, was born to Czechoslovak and Yugoslav parents in America. In 1996 he founded the film production company Wadi Rum with his brother Adrian. His directorial debut, Genghis Blues (1999), which the brothers shot using home video cameras, was nominated for an Academy Award® for best documentary feature. Roko's multinational upbringing, together with his mother's encouragement to explore the world through television documentaries, set the foundation for his passion and vision as a filmmaker. Belic has worked in numerous capacities during his career, including director of photography, editor, writer, producer and director. He recently directed a 44-minute documentary called Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious, for the Blu-Ray disc of the Hollywood feature film Inception. Belic's upcoming feature project, Twilight Men, tells the story of an American seeker and an Indian holy man who journey into the Himalayas in search of an enlightened master. More information on his work can be found at:

Belic will be speaking following the screening of his new film, Happy, on April 17, 2012. Details here.

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Katie Bittner

Katie Bittner works in the Training Department for Kwik Trip, Inc., a family owned convenience store serving Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. As a company Kwik Trip is committed to giving back to the community, creating a strong workplace culture, and taking care of its coworkers. Katie works with coworkers and managers to strengthen the corporate culture with an emphasis on the company's mission statement to make a difference in people's lives. In 2011 Kwik Trip was recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as the top place to work in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Katie holds a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. She continues to engage the community through nonprofit Boards and volunteering including sitting as the Board chair and co-founder of WisCorps - the Wisconsin Youth Conservation Corps, as a board member of the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, and as a member of the Living Green Expo of La Crosse.

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Mark Blumenfeld

Mark Blumenfeld is an authorized meditation instructor and teacher for Shambhala International, a global community of over 170 meditation centers headed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Mark became a student of Shambhala in 1979 when he began studying with Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala International's founder, a Tibetan Buddhist lineage holder and master of the Shambhala wisdom traditions. Mark is a former director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison, and currently serves as the Head of Practice and Study for the Madison center and for the Windhorse Retreat center in Plymouth, Wisconsin. He has taught programs in meditation, mindfulness, Buddhism and Shambhala for over twenty years. He is currently teaching the Way of Shambhala, a series of courses that focuses on deepening a regular meditation practice and cultivating and extending basic human goodness into everyday life.

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Chris Bocast

Chris Bocast is currently a dissertator at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, focusing on the emerging field of Acoustic Ecology. He brings a solid academic background in the humanities and a lifetime of experience in professional music and audio to his rigorous studies of sound environments. In September he completed the Sound Analysis Workshop conducted by Cornell University's Bioacoustics Research Program. He has recently received an Emerging Interfaces Award from the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery for his work in new media.

Chris first came to the world's attention in the mid-80s as the guitarist for the New Wave band Tokyo Vogue, which was very popular in the Bay Area. After that band broke up, he landed a touring slot as a bassist for seminal English band The Mission U.K. in 1987. Returning to San Francisco, he played and toured with a number of SF rock bands, getting out to Canada, Japan, Guam, and Ireland over the next few years. Around 1992 his interests became more focused on ambient and experimental music that offered more opportunity to explore the tonal possibilities of the electric guitar. He performed for a few years with ambient act Temporary Temple and later with the accomplished solo artist Stephen Kent. He began producing bands and investigating new media while finishing a Humanities degree at San Francisco State. He left San Francisco for Austin, in 2001 for graduate school, but seemed to keep returning to Colorado to perform, both solo and with bands. In 2003, he released his first solo album Through the Airlock. This album continues to receive significant airplay, especially on Sirius XM Radio, and led to more production work. He earned an MA in American Studies at UT Austin in 2005 and went to the high country of Colorado to produce the stunning album It's My Mother's Fault for vocalist Lissa Hanner. Chris lived happily in the high country for a few years, but moved in the summer of 2008 to Madison, Wisconsin, to finish a doctorate degree. 2009 saw the release of Stratagem, a collaboration between Chris and Romanian percussionist Catalin Pintea, which has received a great deal of national airplay on PRI's Echoes program. Chris is currently immersed in advanced studies of sound environments and acoustic ecology at the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin, and maintains an extremely busy recording schedule. He produces segments for Wisconsin Public Radio, podcasts for UW's iTunes U, and still finds time for an occasional concert performance. His next album should be out this year.

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Peter Boger

Peter Boger is a Ph.D. student in the Nelson Institute Environment and Resources program. His broad research interests include environmental history, environmental film, environmental education, and animal studies. His dissertation research will focus on the impacts of film on people's perceptions of animals and on support for and practice of wildlife conservation. Peter recently completed his M.S. in Environment and Resources, which focused on teaching environmental education in a cross-cultural context at a summer camp in Siberia.

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Stephanie Calloway, M.S., graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008 with a Master's Degree in Health Psychology; her research there focused on cultural and social influences on eating behaviors. She is an advocate for community gardens and markets as a way to build social capital and prioritize health. She is currently working at CORE/El Centro on Milwaukee's near south side, supporting the growth and development of a healthy Latino community by working alongside health promoters in the development of community engagement projects. In 2012, she will be spearheading the development of a rooftop production garden located atop a net-zero energy building. Her interests include nutrition, food justice and combining work around the social determinants of health and individual behavior change to create stronger communities. Stephanie recognizes the importance of connecting with cultural food traditions as a way to build healthy relationships to food and community.

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Marcia Caton Campbell

Marcia Caton Campbell, is the Interim Executive Director of the Center for Resilient Cities, a statewide not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 with offices in Madison and Milwaukee. The Center for Resilient Cities ( builds robust and thriving urban communities that are healthy, just, economically viable and environmentally sound.

Marcia is a member of the Community Food Security Coalition's Board of Directors, the American Planning Association Food Interest Group's Steering Committee, and Growing Power's Board of Directors. Prior to joining Resilient Cities in 2006, she was an assistant professor of Urban and Regional Planning and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and teaching focused on consensus building and community-based planning with diverse publics and on increasing central city residents' access to healthy, nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food through community food systems planning. She is a former managing editor of the Journal of Planning Literature and continues to serve on its editorial board, as well as the review board of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

A native of Urbana, Ill., Marcia holds both an MCRP and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Ohio State University and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Marcia has been the recipient of an Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Fair Housing Award, from the Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, and the Chancellor's University and Community Partnerships Recognition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for her work at Troy Gardens in Madison.

In February 2011, Marcia published Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Communities, Planning Advisory Service Report No. 563, coauthored with Kimberly Hodgson and Martin Bailkey (Chicago, IL: American Planning Association).

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Richard J. Davidson

Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, Founder and Chair and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984. He has published more than 275 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 13 books. He has been a member of the Mind and Life Institute's Board of Directors since 1991. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research including a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award, a MERIT Award from NIMH, an Established Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD, the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society, and the Hilldale Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was the Founding Co-Editor of the new American Psychological Association journal EMOTION and is Past-President of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He was the year 2000 recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association - the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. In 2003 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2004 he was elected to the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. In 2006 he was also awarded the first Mani Bhaumik Award by UCLA for advancing the understanding of the brain and conscious mind in healing. Madison Magazine named him Person of the Year in 2007. In 2011, he was given the Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig from 2011-2017 and as Chair of the Psychology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2011-2013. Author of the forthcoming book (with Sharon Begley) "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" to be published by Penquin in 2012. (website)

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Cal Dewitt

Prof. Cal DeWitt grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he fostered his love for science from early childhood through college with his urban backyard zoo. He majored in biology at Calvin College and as an NSF Fellow at The University of Michigan received the Ph.D. for research on reptilian thermoregulation in relation to ecosystem climatology. He joined The University of Michigan-Dearborn where he became Professor of Biology and head of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He joined the Nelson Institute in 1972.

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John Francis

John Francis, Ph.D., is known the world over as the Planetwalker. In 1971, Dr. Francis witnessed an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The effects of the spill compelled him to stop using motorized vehicles. Several months later, to stop the arguments about the power of one person's actions, he took a vow of silence. His non-motorized lifestyle lasted twenty-two years, and his silence seventeen. During that time Dr. Francis walked across the United States earning a B.A at Southern Oregon State College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in land resources at the University of Wisconsin. He later sailed and walked through the Caribbean and then walked the length of South America. He is an education fellow at the National Geographic Society, and currently a visiting associate professor of environmental studies at the UW-Madison Nelson Institute and is the author of: Planetwalker. 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence. and The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World.

Dr. Francis will be speaking following the screening of the new film, Happy, on April 17, 2012. Details here.

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Kevin Gibbons

Kevin Gibbons is a graduate student in the Nelson Institute and the Department of Geography, UW-Madison. Broadly, he is interested in the intersection of social science, the humanities, and digital media. He works in the Lake Victoria region of Uganda, East Africa and plans to combine participatory filmmaking, quantitative methods, GIS, and ethnographic methods toward a dissertation investigating resource (over)use and local livelihoods.

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Maggie Grabow

Maggie Grabow is a Ph.D. candidate in Energy & Resources in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies with a certificate in the Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE). Advised by Dr. Jonathan Patz in the Center for Sustainability and Global Health, her general research interests include how the built environment affects health.

Maggie completed her Master of Science degree in the fall of 2007. In her thesis, she researched the impacts of increased bicycling and reduced car travel in Madison, and the impact on personal fitness and human health, local air pollution and human health, and greenhouse gas mitigation/climate change. After completing her thesis, she spent the year contributing to an EPA STAR investigation while broadening the scope of this project by looking at the impacts of bicycling in the ten largest cities in the Midwest.

Before coming to SAGE and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Maggie received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, with minors in French and Legal Studies (2005). At Washington University, Maggie was a seven-time NCAA Division III Championship qualifier in cross-country and track, with four All-American Honors in track. At UW-Madison, Maggie completed her eligibility by qualifying for the NCAA Division I Championship in cross-country and indoor track.

In her spare time, Maggie enjoys running, performing West African dance, cooking, and scrap-booking.

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Cyrus Hester

Cyrus Hester is the Environmental Specialist for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He works to build programmatic capacity and address environmental concerns relevant to the Bad River community. Cyrus has worked on a range of topics, from climate change adaptation to ecological modeling, and focuses particularly on those topics at the nexus of resources and culture.

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Marshall Heyworth

Marshall Heyworth is the Chief Operating Officer of QTI Consulting, Professional and Administrative Staffing. Marshall has over twenty-five years of Human Resources experience in consulting, internal human resources management, and education. Specific areas of concentration include executive search, compensation and performance management.

Marshall received a Master's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Warwick University in England, holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Western Illinois University, and has completed additional doctoral level work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a frequent presenter to groups on topics of recruiting and compensation. He likewise provides expert testimony on matters of compensation and executive search process and methodologies. For many years, Marshall served as an instructor for Executive Education at the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

Marshall has served on multiple non-profit Boards of Directors and is currently a member of the board of the Urban League of Greater Madison.

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Steve Hiniker

Steve Hiniker became executive director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin in October 2003, but he has been involved with the organization since its inception as one of the organization's founding board members. Prior to joining the 1000 Friends staff, he was executive director of the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of residential utility customers. He has also served as the environmental policy coordinator for the city of Milwaukee, where he developed and successfully lobbied for environmental liability reform legislation ("brownfields legislation"), developed pro-transit transportation funding plans and developed the innovative "blue cart" recycling program. His legislative experience includes working with State Senator Joe Strohl, during which time he developed policy for recycling, transportation, air emissions trading and education, and was responsible for all media relations in the office.

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Mike Ivey

Mike Ivey is a journalist with the Capital Times in Madison, where he covers business, transportation and the environment. He has won numerous awards for his reporting over the past 20 years, including first place for business coverage from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in 2011.

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Jill Jacklitz

Jill Jacklitz joined Community GroundWorks as the Executive Director in the Spring of 2010. She has worked in progressive nonprofits as a direct service provider, lobbyist, and manager. Most recently she taught social policy, community and organizational development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work. Jill currently serves on the Dane County Food Council and the Board of the Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability. She lives on the near east side of Madison with her partner, two children, and two dogs. When she's not at CGW, Jill can often be found in her kitchen cooking up scrumptious meals from her CSA box or baking elaborate cakes.

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Harvey Jacobs

Prof. Harvey Jacobs is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Prof. Jacobs has been at UW-Madison since 1984, and has served as Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (1995-1998) and director of the University's Land Tenure Center (1999-2002).

Prof. Jacobs received his graduate planning degrees from Cornell University (MRP 1981, Ph.D., 1984). Throughout his career Prof. Jacobs has won awards and recognition for his research and teaching including from: Cornell University (in 1980 and 1982), the Journal of the American Planning Association (in 1988 and 2000), the Wisconsin Student Association (1991 and 1992) the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy (1994), the Fulbright Scholar Program (2003 and 2005), The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2005), The Rockefeller Foundation (2006), and the Government of France; in 2008 Prof. Jacobs was honored with the receipt of an L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, rank Chevalier (Knight).

Since 2009, Prof. Jacobs has been invited to deliver keynote addresses in Tunisia (to the 2009 international training conference "Gouvernance Foncière et Usages des Ressources Naturelles,"); Germany (to the 2010 annual meeting of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights); at the University of Florida (to the 2010 annual Research Showcase of the College of Design, Construction and Planning); and at University of Windsor (Ontario), Canada (to the first inaugural, national conference on "Private Property, Planning and the Public Interest," sponsored by the Faculty of Law in 2010). In recognition of his overall body of work, Prof. Jacobs was been selected to be included in the 64th (2010) edition of Who's Who in America.

In the spring of 2011 Prof. Jacobs served as an invited Fellow at ZiF - Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (Institute for Interdisciplinary Research), at the University of Bielefeld, Germany as part of a three month project on human rights and global social citizenship; he was the only north American invited to be part of the seven person international group.

Prof. Jacobs is the editor of Private Property in the 21st Century: The Future of an American Ideal (Edward Elgar, 2004) and Who Owns America? Social Conflict Over Property Rights (University of Wisconsin Press, 1998), and the author or co-author of nearly 100 professional articles and essays, of which over 30 focus specifically on the social and legal aspects of property rights. Internationally Prof. Jacobs has worked and lectured in Albania, Canada, France, Italy, Kenya, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Most generally, Prof. Jacobs is interested in how societies define property, and the policy structures they develop to manage the relationship between private and public rights in property. More complete information about his teaching and research program can be found on the web.

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Marya Johnston-McIntosh

Marya Johnston-McIntosh is a master's candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her work explores how citizens can support ecological restoration through volunteerism and citizen-based monitoring. Her case study is the Badger Army Ammunition Plant in Sauk County, Wisconsin. The decommissioning of the Badger Plant was announced in 1997 and it since has been a fascinating example of collaborative land management, community participation and activism, and the unique challenges and opportunities for conservation. Marya has incorporated her interest in the Badger Plant into many class projects, including using it as the focus of a digital short to be shown at the conference.

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Carl Korfmacher has been involved in the ecological restoration field for over fifteen years. He has had a leadership role at AES from the beginning of his tenure in 1995 and has participated in many of the company's most complicated and successful projects. In his current role as President, he has authority over the company's financial, technical, and administrative functions.

As a Landscape Architect, his interest lies in the development of sustainability principals that integrate the science of ecology with economic and social concerns. He has also played a key role in building AES's international business, particularly in Chile and Romania.

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Stephen Malpezzi

Stephen Malpezzi is the Lorin and Marjorie Tiefenthaler Professor in the Wisconsin School of Business's Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Malpezzi is the Academic Director of UW's James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, and has also served as Chair of the Real Estate Department. Steve is an Associate Member of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, an Affiliate of UW's Institute for Research on Poverty and a Faculty Affiliate of the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin, Professor Malpezzi was an economist in the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department of the World Bank, and was a Research Associate at The Urban Institute. He has extensive experience advising both developed and developing countries on the establishment of effective housing and urban development policies. His active research agenda includes housing policy and programs, and housing market behavior, both domestic and foreign. Professor Malpezzi's teaching specializations include urban economics and real estate economics. He has, in the past, taught housing economics, public finance, real estate finance and investments, international real estate, macroeconomics, computer methods, and the survey course "The Real Estate Process."

In addition to his principal current positions as Lorin and Marjorie Tiefenthaler Distinguished Professor, and Academic Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, Malpezzi is also an associate member of the UW-Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning, a faculty affiliate of the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, a member of UW's Development Studies faculty, an affiliate of UW's Institute for Research on Poverty, a faculty member of the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute, and an associate of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He's an active member of UW's working group on World Affairs and the Global Economy. Other memberships include the American Economic Association, the American Real Estate Society, the Regional Science Association, and the European Network for Housing Research. He is a Distinguished Scholar of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, a member of the Columbia University Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies, and Associate Member of the University of St Andrew's Centre for Housing Research.

In addition to the United States, Professor Malpezzi has worked in a number of countries, including Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico and the United Kingdom. He formerly served on Governor Tommy Thompson's Blue Ribbon Commission on State and Local Partnerships. He has served multiple terms as a director and/or officer (including President) of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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Tristin Marotz

Tristin Marotz has an MA in Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in Buddhism began as an undergraduate when she participated in a year-long study abroad program in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she studied Tibetan language and culture. As a graduate student she returned to Kathmandu to conduct research for her master's thesis on the historical Kal Bhairav statue. Tristin has studied in depth many of the religious and cultural practices of South and East Asia. She also speaks multiple South Asian languages.

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Curt Meine

Dr. Curt Meine is a conservation biologist, historian, and writer. He received his bachelor?s degree in English and History from DePaul University in Chicago and his graduate degrees in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his conservation career over the last twenty years, Meine has worked on projects involving topics ranging from biodiversity conservation planning, sustainable agriculture, and international development, to crane and wetland conservation, prairie restoration, and development of community-based conservation programs. He has worked in Europe, Asia, and across North America, in partnership with organizations including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Conservation Union, the World Wildlife Fund, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Society of Conservation Biology and on the editorial boards of the journals Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics.

Meine has edited and authored several books. His biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1988, was the first full-length biography of Leopold, and was named Book of the Year by the Forest History Society. He has edited the volumes The Essential Aldo Leopold: Quotations and Commentaries and Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision. His most recent book is Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation (Island Press). Meine is a recipient of the Bay Foundation?s Biodiversity Leadership Award and the Quivira Coalition?s Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award.

In addition to his work with the Center for Humans and Nature, Meine currently serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and as Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation, also located in Baraboo. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is active locally as a founding member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

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Photo: Gregg Mitman

Gregg Mitman is Interim Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He is also the William Coleman Professor of History of Science and Professor of Medical History and Science & Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests span the history of ecology, nature, and health in twentieth-century America across scientific and popular culture. His most recent book is Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes, published by Yale University Press. (website)

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Photo: Larry Nesper

Larry Nesper is an associate professor in the Anthropology Department and American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate faculty member in the Nelson Institute. He is the author of The Walleye War: The Struggle for Ojibwe Spearfishing and Treaty Rights, University of Nebraska Press, 2002. His current research is on tribal court development in Wisconsin. Nesper is committed to an engaged anthropology and has worked with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and several tribes in Wisconsin in a number of different capacities.

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Rob Nixon is currently the Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Nixon received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is the author of London Calling: V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin (Oxford University Press); Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood: South African Culture and the World Beyond (Routledge); Dreambirds: the Natural History of a Fantasy (Picador); and Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard University Press 2011).

Professor Nixon is a frequent contributor to the New York Times; his writing has also appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Village Voice, The Nation, The Guardian, Outside, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Independent, Critical Inquiry, PMLA, Social Text, Slate, South Atlantic Quarterly, Transition, Cultural Critique, Contemporary Literature, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Ariel, Modern Fiction Studies, New Formations, and Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire. He has published over ninety journal articles, essays, and book chapters.

Professor Nixon teaches environmental studies, postcolonial studies, creative nonfiction, African literature, world literature, and twentieth century British literature. He is a former chair of the Border and Transcultural Studies Research Circle and is affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment (CHE), the African Studies program, and the Creative Writing Program.

Professor Nixon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a MacArthur Foundation Peace and Security Fellowship, and a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities.

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Photo: Daniel Oros

Daniel Oros joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in 2009. He is a member of the greentech team, where he focuses on investments in the Green Growth Fund. The Green Growth Fund focuses on adopting solutions to combat the world's climate crisis and using natural resources more efficiently.

Before joining KPCB, Dan was a vice president in the Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group and a member of its alternative energy investing team. Dan most recently led the team's effort in the solar industry. He was directly involved with its investments in First Solar and SunEdison, while also advising on technology and financing for Goldman's activities in solar power plant development. During his time at Goldman Sachs, Dan also researched and evaluated investments in other areas, including renewable project finance, thermal power generation and the carbon economy. Before joining the Special Situations Group, Dan was a spot currency market-maker on the Foreign Exchange desk at Goldman Sachs.

Dan holds a B.S. degree with distinction in management science and engineering from Stanford University, with a concentration in financial and decision engineering. (website)

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Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is a Professor & Director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He Co-chaired the health expert panel of the US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a Convening Lead Author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For the past 15 years, Dr. Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) - the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

He is President of the International Association for Ecology and Health and co-editor of the association's journal EcoHealth. He has written over 90 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change. He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress, served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and currently serves on science advisory boards for both CDC and EPA. In addition to his sharing in the 2007 Nobel Prize, Dr. Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, and earned the distinction of becoming a UW-Madison Romnes Faculty Fellow in 2009.

He has earned medical board certification in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University (1987) and his Master of Public Health degree (1992) from Johns Hopkins University.

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Rober Pierce is the market manager for the South Madison Farmers Market and a consultant to Growing Power Madison and the Badger Rock Middle School Garden. He was born and raised on Madison's South side. As the owner of "Half the 40 Acres" organic farm, he has been growing and selling produce for over 20 years. Robert started as a vendor at the South Madison Farmers Market in 2002 and has been the market manager since 2003. He is a community leader and advocate in the development of sustainable locally grown food systems.

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Juliet Schor

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. She is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

Her most recent book is True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy, previously published as True Wealth. Previous books include national best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need. The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. The Overspent American was also made into a video of the same name, by the Media Education Foundation.

Schor also wrote Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture. She is the author of Do Americans Shop Too Much?, co-editor of Consumer Society: A Reader and co-editor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century. An essay collection, Consumerism and Its Discontents is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2011. She has also co-edited a number of academic collections.

Schor is a former Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2011 Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics. She has also received the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language from the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program. Her scholarly articles have appeared in the Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, World Development, Industrial Relations, The Journal of Economic Psychology, Ecological Economics, The Journal of Industrial Ecology, The Journal of Consumer Research, and The Journal of Consumer Culture, among others.

Schor is currently working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to Americans' lifestyles and the economy and the emergence of a conscious consumption movement. She is a co-founder of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream (, a national sustainability organization.

In addition to the foregoing, Schor is a co-founder of the South End Press and the Center for Popular Economics. She is a former Trustee of Wesleyan University, an occasional faculty member at Schumacher College, and a former fellow of the Brookings Institution. Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups. She appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, numerous stories on network news, as well as many other television and radio news programs. (website)

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Sister Lynn Smith

Sister Lynn Smith was called to spiritual life as a young girl, telling her mother that she wanted to become a nun when she grew up. While her mother told her that only Catholic women could become nuns, Sister Lynne continued to feel a call to give her life in service to God and others. Lynne became a Presbyterian pastor and led parishes in Kansas and Iowa for over 15 years before discovering Benedictine Women of Madison. She visited Holy Wisdom Monastery and soon began to attend retreats with the sisters and explore the different resources for spiritual development at the monastery. Sister Lynne felt that she had found her heart's home in the sisters' community and decided to start the journey of becoming a community member.

In 2000, she made her profession to the community as the first Protestant member. She is active at the monastery and at events around the country. She currently works as director of membership, playing a vital role in helping women recognize and explore their own vocational callings.

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William Sullivan

William Sullivan is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Environment and Behavior. His research examines the health benefits that landscapes convey. He has taught multiple times at the Danville Correctional Center - a medium and high security prison - and is an active member of the Education Justice Project at Illinois. Sullivan teaches courses on Environmental Sustainability, the Built Environment and Human Health, and Human Factors in Design.

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Stanley Temple

Prof. Stanley Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the University of Wisconsin?s Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and former Chair of the Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development Program in the UW?s Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. For 32 years he occupied the faculty position once held by Aldo Leopold, and while in that position he received every University of Wisconsin teaching award for which he was eligible. Since his retirement from academia in 2007 he has been a Senior Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation

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Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner is Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and has since been involved as a researcher on several development-related projects, including CGIAR's Systemwide Livestock Programme and USAID's BASIS Research Program on Poverty, Inequality and Development. His research interests include political ecology, development theory, politics of conservation and conservation science, remote sensing/GIS applications to natural resource management, pastoralism and common property theory, ecology of tropical savanna/steppe vegetation, and range ecology. His research appears in a variety of journals such as Human Ecology, World Development, Development and Change, and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

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Steve Ventura

Steve Ventura is a UW-Madison Professor of Environmental Studies and Soil Science; Director of the Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility; Director of the Nelson Institute Land Tenure Center. His areas of expertise include safe and sustainable production of bioenergy crops, water quality modeling, land-use planning, public participation GIS and environmental impact analysis.

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Donald Worster

Donald Worster has held the Hall Distinguished Professorship Chair in American History at the University of Kansas since 1989. Earlier, he taught at the University of Hawaii and Brandeis University, after earning a Ph.D. in American history and literature at Yale University in 1971. His principal areas of research and teaching include North American and world environmental history and the history of the American West.

Professor Worster's publications include two recent prize-winning biographies, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (2008), A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell (2001), along with eight other books, including: Rivers of Empire, which deals with the development of water resources in the West; Dust Bowl (1979), a study of the Southern Plains in the "dirty thirties," and Nature's Economy (1994, second edition), which traces the development of ecology from the eighteenth century to the present. His books have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Swedish, Korean, and Japanese. In addition, he has published shorter pieces in the Journal of American History, Agricultural History, the Western Historical Quarterly, the Pacific Historical Review, the Ecologist, Environmental History, Foreign Affairs, and others.

As one of the pioneers of environmental history, Professor Worster has been particularly active in building and promoting this field. He has served as president of the American Society for Environmental History, sits on a number of editorial boards, and is advisory editor for the Cambridge University monograph series, "Studies in Environment and History." He has lectured throughout the United States and in Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, Central America, New Zealand, and Australia. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians and has held numerous fellowships and research grants. Most recently, he was named the Strachan Donnelley Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Yale University and a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany. (website)

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Jeanan Yasiri Moe

Jeanan Yasiri is the Development Coordinator with the Nelson Institute and brings 25 years of experience in advancing community and educational interests to her role. Yasiri currently serves as part of Nelson's Advancement Team, drawing connections on behalf of investors and advocates for the friends of the Nelson Institute. Since 2007, she has served as administrative lead for the UW Center for Nonprofits which supports degrees in nonprofit and community leadership. She teaches "Entrepreneurship in Society" to UW undergraduates which is shared each week through Wisconsin Public Television. Her career has included a decade in broadcast news as well more than 15 years in health care administration developing programs for underserved populations. She has written two books and several journal articles on that field of interest.

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Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba

Yeshey Zimba is the Minister of Works and Human Settlement for the Kingdom of Bhutan. He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two bachelor's degrees, one from St. Josephs College in Darjeeling, India, and one from UW-Madison. Zimba has served as Finance Secretary, Finance Minister, Minister of Trade and Industry, and two terms as Prime Minister. He was conferred the esteemed title of "lyonpo" in 1998 by the King of Bhutan.