Featured event

Conversation illustration by iStockphoto

The Art of Conversation: Evening Talk

Event Details

When: April 16, 2013, 7:00 PM

Location: Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: 608-316-4676, events@discovery.wisc.edu


Good conversation lies at the heart of many collaborations and discoveries. But it’s not always easy to translate ideas to written and spoken words.

At the Art of Conversation, WID’s Distinguished Scholars are bringing in national journalists, bloggers and successful scientists to lead engaging workshops and an evening talk to share tips on how to confidently and expertly portray science and ideas. Whether it’s making an elevator pitch, translating a research finding or experimenting with a science blog, participants will gain real-world skills they may not normally be exposed to in their professional training.

Follow The Art of Conversation on our website or on Twitter #WIDArtConvo.

Evening Talk

Award-winning journalists reveal behind-the-scenes stories of how conversation leads to discovery.


Peter Greenberg

Peter Greenberg, distinguished scholar and travel editor, CBS News

Greenberg is a multiple Emmy Award-winning journalist, best-selling author and reports regularly on CBS This MorningCBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and CBS Sunday Morning. He hosts the nationally syndicated Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. With a degree from UW–Madison, Peter received the university’s Distinguished Service Award in Journalism among numerous honors, including being named one of the most influential people in travel by Travel Weekly alongside Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. He travels more than 400,000 miles each year, and his reporting reaches millions of viewers and listeners. Greenberg’s work not only examines the logistics and trends of travel, but it also creates a broader cultural and political understanding of places around the world. He lives in New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok and most major airports around the globe.


Steve PaulsonSteve Paulson, distinguished scholar and executive producer & interviewer, To the Best of Our Knowledge

Paulson has written for Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Independent and other publications. His radio reports have also been broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” His recent book, Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science, was published by Oxford University Press.




Jennifer Ashton

Jennifer Ashton, senior medical contributor, ABC News

Dr. Jennifer Ashton is a Board-certified Ob-Gyn. She has published articles in peer-review medical journals and presented at national clinical meetings in the fields of General Surgery, Critical Care and Gynecologic Oncology. In October 2012, she was named ABC News senior medical contributor, and is seen regularly on Good Morning America and World News with Diane Sawyer. In January 2012, she was announced as co-host for the ABC daytime show, The Revolution. In April 2009, Ashton was named medical correspondent for CBS News Network and was seen daily on The Early Show and regularly on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Her award-winning book, The Body Scoop for Girls, Penguin Publishers, was released in January of 2010, and is a relatable guidebook for teenage health. Her second book, Your Body Beautiful, a guide to health and vitality for women age 30-50, was published in January 2012.


Maurenn MaherMaureen Maher, television host, CBS 48 Hours

Before joining CBS 48 Hours, Maher was a correspondent for CBS News  from 1999 to 2002 in Dallas, Texas. She reported primarily for the CBS Evening News and covered the war on terror, including the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the hotel bombing in Kenya, and, in the United States, on Enron and wildfires and hurricanes. Before that, Maher was a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the affiliate news service, and was based in Chicago. She covered many major stories across the country, including the impeachment of President Clinton. She also has covered the crisis in Kosovo, reporting from Germany on the release of the U.S. servicemen and from the refugee camps in Albania. Maher joined CBS Newspath in September 1997.