Paul Block


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado;
M.S., University of Colorado;
B.S., Valparaiso University

Departments & Organizations

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering;
International Research Institute for Climate & Society

Research Focus

Water systems and society


Paul Block is an assistant professor of civil engineering in the College of Engineering.

Block’s research group creatively addresses critical water resources management challenges in local to international trans-boundary capacities through stakeholder and decision-maker collaborations. They work at the intersection of engineering and socio-economics to enhance management, adaptation, and sustainability of water resources by leveraging across the sciences. The research themes are centered on a systems-based approach, bridging models and methods across climate science, hydrology, management, the environment, economics, and policy, and a systems-based approach to managing water resources for societal benefit.

Methods, models and tools for managing climate variability and change:

  • Hydrologic forecasting and integration into decision models
  • Addressing water quality and quantity extremes
  • Hydro-economics and policy mechanisms
  • Risk, reliability, and uncertainty
  • Sustainable approaches

Lori DiPrete Brown



Departments & Organizations

Schools of Medicine and Public Health
School of Human Ecology

Geographic Focus


Research Focus

4W Initiative (Women and Well Being in Wisconsin and the World)


608-262-5742 (GHI MSC Office)

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Lori DiPrete Brown, Associate Director for Education and Engagement, has been a leader in global education and outreach at UW-Madison, including designing curricula for the highly subscribed global health education programs of the Global Health Institute, and supporting the development of faculty-led field courses and internships around the world. She leads GHI’s Quality improvement Institute, which has engaged leaders from 9 countries to date. She co-chairs the Wisconsin without Borders Alliance, which recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary engagement for change.

DiPrete Brown also directs the campus-wide 4W Initiative (Women and Well Being in Wisconsin and the World), which is implemented in partnership with the School of Human Ecology. The effort focuses on improving the lives of women and girls both locally and globally.

DiPrete Brown began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, where she lived and worked in a residential program for teenage girls who had been orphaned or abandoned during childhood.  Her subsequent global health practice, research, teaching, writing and public speaking has focused on providing quality health care and social services that address the needs of women, children and all people who are in highly vulnerable situations. Recently she has worked with faculty leaders to spearhead interdisciplinary initiatives related to global microenterprise and women’s wellbeing, and a local to global effort to address the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation.

DiPrete Brown’s work at UW-Madison is informed by 15 years of experience with international agencies including the U.S. Peace Corps, USAID, the Pan American Health Organization, WHO, Care, and Save the Children. She has collaborated to strengthen systems of care 15 countries around the world including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Cameroon, and Ethiopia.

DiPrete Brown is a Faculty Associate and Assistant Clinical Professor with affiliations in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health and School of Human Ecology. She is also a faculty affiliate in Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, OBGYN, and Pharmacy and she is engaged with the campus Human Rights Initiative. DiPrete Brown holds degrees from Yale University, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Harvard Divinity School. In 2012 she was awarded the School of Medicine and Public Health Dean’s Teaching Award for her role in teaching and experiential learning in the health sciences. In 2016 she was awarded the Women’s Philanthropy Council Champion Award for her efforts in advancing the status of women and gender issues at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

She blogs about global health and social change, and has written a novel about her work with young women entitled “Caminata: A Journey.”


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Caminata: A journey:

Lori DiPrete Brown Resume November 2017

Please consult the UW Time Table or the Department of Population Health Sciences for more information about the following courses:

PHS 370 Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives

PHS 640 Foundations in Global Health Practice

PHS 644 Inter-disciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease

PHS 503 Public Health and Human Rights: The Case of Vulnerable Children

PHS 504 Quality Evaluation and Improvement in Low- Resource Settings

EPS 600 Education for Global Change

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Health care leaders = hope for the future: Third Annual QI Institute 


Sundaram Gunasekaran


Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana;
M.Eng., AID, Thailand;
B.E., TNAU, India

Departments & Organizations

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering;
Department of Biological Systems Engineering, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Research Focus

Nanotechnology and biosensing for food, biological, biomedical and environmental applications


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Sundaram Gunasekaran is a professor in Biological Systems Engineering and Food Science. His research focues on nanotechnology and biosensing for food, biological, biomedical, and environmental applications.

His research interests include:

  • Engineering properties and quality of food and biomaterials
  • Rheology of food and other macromolecular systems and hydrogels
  • Sensors and instrumentation
  • Novel and value-added bioprocess engineering
  • Structure function relationship in foods

Tracey Holloway


Ph.D., Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, Princeton University;
Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs;
Sc.B., Brown University

Departments & Organizations

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies;
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, College of Letters & Science;
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering;
Earth Science Women's Network


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Tracey Holloway is a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison. She leads an air quality research program in the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), working with undergraduates, graduate students, and professional researchers to understand links between regional air quality, energy, and climate. Holloway earned her Ph.D. in AOS from Princeton University in 2001, and completed a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her undergraduate degree (Sc.B.) is from Brown University in Applied Mathematics, and her post-doctoral work was done at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Holloway is team lead of the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, and she was deputy team lead of the  NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team. She is a 2016-2017 AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellow and a 2011 Leopold Fellow, both supporting her public engagement and scientific outreach. Holloway served as SAGE Director from 2008-2011, and is currently on the executive board of Environmental Research Letters. She is also president and founding board member of the Earth Science Women’s Network, where she helps manage the Earth Science Jobs Network, a free, public listserve for job announcements in the environmental sciences, maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In 2012, Holloway was honored as the first ever recipient of the MIT C3E (Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards) award in Education and Mentoring, and the Council on Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

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Richard C. Keller


Ph.D., History, Rutgers University;
M.A., History, University of Colorado at Boulder;
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder

Departments & Organizations

International Division;
Department of Medical History and Bioethics, School of Medicine and Public Health;
Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux, Paris

Research Focus

Social dimensions of risk and vulnerability during the 2003 heat wave disaster in Paris



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Richard Keller, Ph.D., is associate dean of the UW-Madison International Division and a professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics. He is also a research fellow at the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux in Paris.

His most recent book, Fatal Isolation, (Chicago University Presss, 2015) looked at the effects of the Paris heat wave of 2003. He is also the author of Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and Enregistrer les morts, identifier les surmortalités: Une comparaison Angleterre, Etats-Unis et France(Presses de l’Ecole des hautes études en santé publique, 2010, with Carine Vassy and Robert Dingwall), and is co-editor of Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties (Duke University Press, 2011, with Warwick Anderson and Deborah Jenson). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Social History, the Bulletin of the History of MedicineHistorical Geography, and Mouvements, among other venues.

He is the recipient of the H.I. Romnes Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and is co-director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Biopolitics for 2011-2012. His current projects is a book that looks at the deadly European heat wave of 2003, with a specific focus on the social dimensions of the catastrophe in Paris. His work on the 2003 heat wave has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Mairie de Paris.

Gregory Nemet


Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley;
A.B. Dartmouth College

Departments & Organizations

La Follette School of Public Affairs;
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment

Research Focus

understanding the process of technological change and the ways in which policy affects it, especially related to energy and the environment and including consideration of health


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Gregory Nemet is an associate professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Nelson Institute’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He is also chair of the Energy Analysis and Policy certificate program. His research and teaching focus on improving analysis of the global energy system and, more generally, on understanding how to expand access to energy services while reducing environmental impacts. He teaches courses in energy systems analysis, governance of global energy problems, and international environmental policy.

Nemet’s research analyzes the process of technological change in energy and its interactions with public policy. These projects fall in two areas:

  • empirical analysis identifying the influences on past technological change and
  • modeling of the effects of policy instruments on future technological outcomes.

The first includes assessment of public policy, research and development, learning by doing, and knowledge spillovers. An example of the second is work informing allocation between research and development and demand-side policy instruments to address climate change.

In 2015, he received the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which honors outstanding UW-Madison faculty members for their research contributions.He has been a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Global Energy Assessment.

Jonathan Patz



Departments & Organizations

Global Health Institute
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Department of Population Health Sciences
Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment (SAGE)

Geographic Focus

Ethiopia, Brazil, United States

Research Focus

Environmental health effects of climate change, Multisectoral solutions for global health


(608) 262-4775

Home Page

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Jonathan Patz, MD, M.P.H., (@jonathanpatz) is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. For 15 years, Patz served as 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 also co-­chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by the U.S. Congress.

Patz is committed to connecting colleagues from across campus and communities around the world to improve health for all and is continually striving to integrate his research into teaching for students and communication to policy makers and the general public.

Patz has written over 90 peer­‐reviewed scientific papers, a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change and co‐edited the five­‐volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011). He, most recently, co-edited “Climate Change and Public Health” (2015, Oxford University Press) and is leading a Massive Open Online Course “Climate Change Policy and Public Health.”

He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health.

In addition to directing the university-­wide Global Health Institute, Patz has faculty appointments in the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment (SAGE) and the Department of Population Health Sciences. He also directs the NSF-­‐sponsored Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE).

Patz is double board-­certified, earning medical boards 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.

Patz CV May 2017

Patz addresses Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Climate Health Summit: “Climate and Health: Where We Stand.”

Congressional Testimony to US Senate – Chaired by Ted Kennedy, April 10, 2008

Selected Links

African academies tap Patz to chair 20-nation joint meeting on climate change 

Huffington Post op-ed: On the (Bike) Path to Prosperity: Why Banning Bikes is Bad for Kolkata

Huffington Post op-ed: Curbing Fossil Fuels to Power a Public Health Revolution

Department of Population Health Sciences


Article in UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Quarterly magazine

Article in Spring 2009 UW Foundation Insights

August, 2012, presentation on Climate Change and Health to the UW Bascom Hill Society

News coverage of our health study on low-carbon transportation for the Midwest region

Lecture at Univ. Washington, 2010

Informal Congressional Briefing via EESI

Informal Congressional Briefing via AMS

James Schauer


Ph.D., Environmental Engineering Science, Caltech;
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley;
B.S., Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Departments & Organizations

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering


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Dr. James J. Schauer is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and serves as the director of the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory and a core faculty member of the Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program.  He also serves as the director for Air Quality at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, which operates as part of the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Schauer received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from the Caltech, his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the UC-Berkeley and his B.S. degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Schauer has previously worked in the chemical and petroleum refining industry as a Chemical Process Engineer and has helped commission and start-up large chemical facilities in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa.

Dr. Schauer’s research focuses on the use of advanced chemical analysis and air pollution sampling techniques to understand the chemical composition of source emissions and atmospheric pollutant concentrations. These methods are being used to understand the origin of impact of air pollutants in the urban atmosphere, human health, the ecosystems, and global climate change.  Dr. Schauer has authored and co-authored more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts in leading environmental science, environmental engineering and air pollution journals, which have been collectively cited over 7000 times.   He is the recipient of the 2008 Romnes Faculty Award, the 2006 American Association of Aerosol Research Keneth T. Whitby Award, the 2002 Health Effects Institute Rosenblith Young Investigator Award, and the 2001 Haagan-Smit Award from the Atmospheric Environment journal.  Prof. Schauer is a Guest Professor at Peking University in Beijing, China, and as a lead author for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report Working Group III addressing mitigation of climate change associated with transport.


Giri Venkataramanan


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison;
M.S. Caltech, 1987;
B.E., Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, India

Departments & Organizations

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering


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Summary of work:

The horseshoe, the water wheel, the windmill, the steam engine … systems for energy transport and power conversion have always been at the forefront of human imagination. Rooted in that tradition, modern electrical power converters have evolved through the interplay of historical, social, environmental and technological factors, among others. We use careful empirical study, reinforced with analytical modeling to elucidate the role of these factors in determining the shape and form of electrical power converters. Thus, we are able to optimize power converter systems for the future. Our research program covers the major aspects of electrical power conversion systems in different application areas including information processing, industrial drives and processes, and utility power distribution. Specific research projects focus on characterization of power semiconductor devices and components, development of novel power converters and control strategies, physical realization and packaging, mitigation of converter-induced harmonics, and control of electromagnetic interference.