Speaker Date Topic
Gary Einerson Jul 23, 2019
University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation Program
University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation Program

Meet Gary Einerson, one of the few people who has experienced organ, tissue and eye donation from both sides.


Gary received two cornea transplants about eight years ago and a liver transplant in 2012. Then, on October 25, 2015, his wife, Sandi, died suddenly after a cerebral hemorrhage and was able to donate her kidneys and liver.


“She always wanted to be an organ donor but thought she was too old,” says Gary.


Even before he lost his wife, Gary, now 78, had volunteered his time on the UW Health Transplant Program’s Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC). But after Sandi became an organ donor, Gary became a force to be reckoned with.


A retired high school principal, he has spoken to teen driver’s education classes about the importance of being an organ donor and to new transplant nurses at University Hospital about the needs of the patients. When SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison unveiled its new donor wall and flag in October 2015, he spoke at the ceremony, sharing his gratitude for the care his wife and family received at the hospital.


“It was hard initially to talk about my wife,” says Gary. “It still is. But you learn to frame it in such a way that it feels good to talk about.”


In fact, it feels so good — and Gary is so passionate about this mission — that he has made a concerted effort to speak at as many venues as possible. “You put more than two people together, and I’ll talk to them about organ donation,” says Gary.


Both Gary and his daughter, Jane Bumgardner, of Sturgeon Bay (who also volunteers as a speaker), consider it a tribute to their wife and mother to spend their time promoting organ donation. Sandi, who was always on the move, was a retired teacher and active at their church. She logged more than 30,000 miles a year traveling back and forth to Chicago to see their grandchildren. Since losing her mother, Jane has corresponded with the man who received Sandi’s liver.


“My life was saved, and my wife saved lives,” says Gary. “Registering as an organ, tissue and eye donation is something I encourage everyone to strongly consider.”


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Jack Williams, Professor UW-Madison Geography Aug 06, 2019
Climate Change
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At UW-Madison, Williams uses fossil records from the last ice age to study how species and ecosystems adapt to a rapidly changing world. “We live in a changing world – change is inevitable — and people are unsettled by that,” he says. “Populations are growing worldwide. Climates are changing worldwide. Economies are changing worldwide. Our goal is to give people the best information about how the world is changing, and why, and then leave it to our democracies to figure out how best to move forward.”

Research in his lab spans the gamut, from field coring of lake sediments, to analyses of these sediments in the lab (mainly fossil pollen, charcoal, and related signals of past ecological and climatic changes) to continental- to global-scale syntheses of ecological data and climate models.

Much of the research, including that on kettle lakes in Wisconsin, relies on the geological record and the last Ice Age as a model system to see how species have responded to past climate change.

For more information about Jack Williams visit:  https://research.wisc.edu/jack-williams/

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