UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – December 7, 2020

UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater
7 December 2020
Hi Everyone,
In June 1991 I arrived on campus as a Biotechnology Outreach Specialist for the Biotech Center and for Cooperative Extension.  This was during the bovine growth hormone controversy, and I soon received some eye-opening advice, especially for a plant pathologist:  “Always remember, never forget, every dairy operation is also a beef operation.”
Be that as it may, it’s also true that nearly 100 years before, WD Hoard of Hoard’s Dairyman had used the phrase “The Wisconsin Idea” as the moniker for his advice that dairymen should focus on the dairy characteristics of cattle and ignore the beef characteristics.  Some ideas have evolved much since then;  others, more gradually.
Here in the land of the Acme Packers it’s still a good idea to remember the connection between the Holstein and the hamburger.  
It’s also a good time to celebrate the connections between the people, places and programs that link the animal sciences and dairy sciences at UW-Madison.  The new Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery building is the latest example on campus.  This past Thursday my Extension colleagues Jeff Sindelar & Bernie O’Rourke led a zoom tour for 4-H youth of the new building, and this Wednesday Jeff will be the speaker at Wednesday Nite @ The Lab.
Connecting people to the people, places and programs of UW-Madison’s science constellation has also been a key mission of UW Science Expeditions since its first year in 2003.  One way we have helped those connections is to use new buildings as main venues, including the Engineering Centers Building starting in 2005, the Microbial Sciences Building starting in 2009, and the Discovery Building starting in 2011, along with Signe Skott Cooper Hall in the mid 2010’s.  
This spring we’ll probably be using zooms to help welcome people into the rooms (old & new) of their public land-grant research university, but the hospitality drive to help people be able to see inside speeds on.
Thanks again!
Tom Zinnen
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Notable This Week
1.  Science Alliance meets weekly by Webex at 10:00 am Mondays, including today, December 7. Email Liz Jesse at ejesse2@wisc.edu or Tom Zinnen at zinnen@biotech.wisc.edu to receive the link. The meeting notes are archived on https://science.wisc.edu/science-alliance/.
The draft agenda for December 7 at 10am includes:
    • Welcome
    • Updates
    • Science Expeditions April 9-11:  
      • Online Events:  Update on Thursday Zoom with 4-H, tour of new Meat Science building;  Update on Saturday Science @ Discovery “Try This at Home”;
      • Outdoor Activities on Campus & Other UW-Madison Sites:  Library Mall, Henry Mall, Union South plaza, Lakeshore Path, Nursing/Pharmacy quad, others?
      • Possible Indoor Sites: Stock Pavilion? 
      •  Establishing planning teams 
    • Other announcements or topics  
2.  Please add your upcoming online programs or resources with learners of any ages to the list at http://science.wisc.edu/ and be sure to include program events in the calendar at http://today.wisc.edu and tag them with “Science” and any other appropriate tag.
3.  Programming Events coming this week and soon:
  • “Wednesday Nite @ The Lab” public science seminar, by Zoom.  Wednesdays at 7 pm CT.  Every Wednesday night, 50 times a year. Register at go.wisc.edu/240r59.   On December 9 Jeff Sindelar of Animal & Dairy Sciences shares the sagas of planning, building and moving into the new Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery building.
  • The UW Now Livestream.  Tuesday December 8 at 7pm CST featuring Dominique Brossard, professor and chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication, researching the intersection between science, media, and policy; and Ajay Sethi, associate professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and the faculty director for the Master of Public Health program.
4.  Upcoming Lineup for Wednesday Nite @ The Lab online by zoom starting at 7pm Central.  Register at https://go.wisc.edu/240r59
Schedule and descriptions at https://science.wisc.edu/wednesday-nite-at-the-lab/

-Dec 9 Jeff Sindelar, Animal & Dairy Sciences, “The Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building”
-Dec 16 Steffi Diem, Engineering Physics, “Fusion Energy:  Harnessing the Power of the Sun on Earth
-Dec 23 Dark
-Dec 30 Dark 
-Jan 6 Kerri Coon, Bacteriology, TBD
-Jan 13 Nam Kim, Anthropology, “Origins of Warfare in Human History
5.   Dr. Utsha Khatri speaks on “Crashing of the Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic Dring COVID-19, A Clinical Perspective”
Neuroscience Training Program guest speaker on December 9 at 4pm CST on Zoom.  

Join Zoom Meeting:   https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/97639448066

Description:  Explore challenges faced by patients with opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in regulations in the substance-use treatment landscape, as well as considerations for providers. 

Bio:  Utsha Khatri, MD is a fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the Perelman School of Medicine and an emergency medicine physician. Her research interests focus on health equity and the care of socially vulnerable populations. Specifically, she is interested in improving the quality of medical care and social service delivery in the acute care setting, with a focus on individuals with a history of incarceration and those with substance use disorder. 

Dr. Khatri received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Davidson College and then attended George Washington University for medical school where she completed the “Community Health” track. She completed her emergency medicine residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as a chief resident. She is also a former Fulbright Scholar.