UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater
11 January 2021
Starting last Wednesday afternoon we’ve been dealing with both a coup and covid. As Pat Remington noted with the opening slide of his WN@TL talk on January 6 on “Covid-19: The Pandemic, Public Health, and Politics,” the two are intertwined.
The competing worldviews of what we know, how we know it, and how we test ideas have been on grand display for nearly a year now in the realm of covid. In the realms of evolution, of vaccinations, and of climate change, the disputes have been in ferment and foment for decades, even centuries.
Divisions over how we weigh evidence and whether to give weight to expertise, and especially the nature of proof and disproof of priors, underscore the differences in what it takes to change our minds, change our values, change our tribes, and change our policies.
There have been less electric times to be engaging the public in science, to be inviting them to take part in the life of the university, to be encouraging people of all ages to see themselves as vital parts of the scholarly enterprise, to be helping people hone their skills in epistemology and ethics as they strive to make personal decisions and to take part in forming public policies.
But only rarely have the stakes been higher.
- Science Expeditions Campus-wide Open House April 9-11:
- Online Events
- Outdoor Activities on Campus & Other UW-Madison Sites
- Communications & Promotions
- Engineering Expo update
- Other announcements or topics
- Badger Talks Live: – https://www.facebook.com/UWConnects/live & https://badgertalks.wisc.edu/events/ On hiatus until January 26 at noon CST.
- Winter Wonderland: Night Hike with Outdoor UW. Tuesday January 12, 5:00-6:00pm. Meet outside Outdoor UW at Memorial Union just before 5:00 pm to set off to the west.
- “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. WN@TL resumes on January 13 with Prof Nam Kim of Anthropology on “Plumbing Nebulous Depths: Violence and Warfare in Humanity’s Past”
- The UW Now Livestream. Tuesday January 12 at 7pm CST. “The Future of Politics and Policy” with David Canon, professor of American politics; Ryan Owens, professor of political science; and Susan Webb Yackee, director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
- Virtual Saturday Science Workshop with UW Space Place. Most Saturdays at 10:00am. Check at http://www.spaceplace.wisc.edu/#satworkshops.
- Check for other events presented online and available to all at http://today.wisc.edu/events/tag/science
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/
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