The UW has been changing lives and moving the world forward since it was founded. Join us for an exciting Founders’ Day gathering to celebrate everything we love about our university. When Badgers connect, great things happen!
Register by January 29.
The cost is $60 per person or $40 for recent graduates.
About the Program
Enjoy a special presentation:
Exploring the Universe
Michael Maseda, assistant professor of astronomy at UW–Madison
Discover how scientists find the most distant galaxies in the universe — and how new instruments like the James Webb Space Telescope will revolutionize our understanding of the universe itself.
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About the Speaker
Michael Maseda is an assistant professor of astronomy at UW–Madison. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and English from Caltech in 2011. He earned his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, in 2015. He was a NOVA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands from 2015 until 2021. In fall of 2022, he started as an assistant professor at UW–Madison. Maseda’s work focuses on observations of the most distant galaxies in the universe. He studies how these galaxies grow and evolve and how they compare to nearby galaxies, using some of the largest telescopes in the world.
We are pleased to honor Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Brian ’75, MBA’76 and Julie ’77 Shapiro.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes dedicated chapter leaders who have served in a role (or multiple roles) with a chapter for 10 or more years. Brian and Julie have hosted the Los Angeles Badgers’ annual Student Send-Off event for more than 20 years, welcoming generations of new Badgers into their home to give incoming freshmen their first taste (literally!) of what being a Badger is all about. Few events throughout the year have as much impact on our students and alumni as this one, and the Shapiros do an exceptional job every year.
Brentwood Country Club’s dress code is business casual. Complimentary parking will be available.
A variety of hors d’oeuvres will be served, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Wine, beer, and nonalcoholic beverages are included with registration.
When you register, please inform us of any dietary restrictions you may have or physical accommodations you may require, such as captions, interpreting services, or other needs.
The WAA: Los Angeles Chapter will follow the latest public health guidance from local authorities and will hold this event in accordance with those recommendations. If updated guidance requires changes to the event, registrants will be notified via email or event signage.