Fall ‘Crossroads’ topics include trade policy models, climate change and more

The public lecture series “Crossroads of Ideas” makes its fall semester debut with “Quantifying the Impact of Disruptive Trade Policies” on Tuesday, September 24.

Mainstream economic wisdom has been challenged by a wave of disruptive trade policies. The talk will highlight the importance of the underlying economic theory in developing and using models to study trade agreements.

Thomas Rutherford, professor of agricultural and applied economics at UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, will summarize the strengths, weaknesses and research challenges surrounding the formulation, solution and analysis of multisectoral trade policy models. And Praveen Dixit, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Analysis at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, will speak on how equilibrium analysis of trade policy is approached within the Commerce Department.

The event will take place at the Discovery Building, in the Town Center’s DeLuca Forum at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Crossroads of Ideas regularly invites speakers and discussions on challenging and engaging social science topics such as politics, policy issues, ethics, public perceptions, law and science and society.

Additional fall events include a panel on the climate future, a keynote and panel on transportation research, and a discussion on personalized cancer care.

Upcoming Events

October 22: “Preparing for Climate Change: Learning, Adaptation and our Climate Future”

Noah Weeth Feinstein, Director of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, will introduce the critical role of learning in adapting to social and environmental change before facilitating discussion with a panel of education experts and community leaders.

November 19: “How Can We Move Forward on Wisconsin Transportation?”

Keynote talk by Carolyn McAndrews, associate professor of planning and landscape architecture at UW-Madison

Panel moderated by David Noyce, UW-Madison professor of engineering and director of Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory (TOPS lab), and featuring:

  • Jon Riehl, transportation systems engineer at TOPS lab
  • Yang Tao, traffic engineer with the City of Madison
  • Robbie Webber, senior associate with the State Smart Transportation Initiative

These speakers will address how their research brings together transportation officials from across the state to find more sustainable, long-term solutions to the issues facing Wisconsin (and other states like it) that include transit-oriented development, collaborative policy-making, harnessing technology to address transportation issues and more. This session is a collaboration with the UniverCity Alliance Urban Futures Community of Practice.

December 10: “Medicine: Personalized Cancer Care”

Melissa Skala, medical engineering investigator with the Morgridge Institute for Research, and Dustin Deming, assistant professor of medicine with the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, will discuss how physicians and engineers are developing new methods to match cancer patients with the most promising cancer treatments, based on the behavior of the patient’s cells grown in the lab.

All forums are held at 7 p.m. at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St. in Madison. Parking is available in nearby lots at Union South, the Biotechnology Center and the engineering campus. The series is co-presented by the Morgridge Institute for Research, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.