UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – June 14, 2021

UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater
14 June 2021  
Hi Everyone,
Happily, it’s mid-June.  I’m on vacation up north over a 4-day weekend, and Science Alliance meetings have slipped into our summer schedule of meeting on occasionally, approximately every two weeks, as holidays and such permit.
We will not meet on June 14.  Our next meeting is Monday June 21 at 10am CT.  It’ll be a hybrid format, by Webex and in person at the Terrace.  I hope to see many of you then.
Thanks again!
Tom Zinnen
Note: please visit https://science.wisc.edu/science-alliance/ for the Updater archive.
Notable This Week
1.  During the summer, Science Alliance meets occasionally by Webex at 10:00 am Mondays, including June 21 but not June 14. 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 meeting for June 21 is hybrid: the Webex link plus the Terrace for those who can join us.  The draft agenda is:
  • Welcome
  • Updates
  • Setting the schedule of summer meetings
  • Other announcements or topics
2.  Now in Archive:   Please invite your colleagues in research & outreach to check out the YouTube archives of presentations from  2021 UW Science Expeditions Open House on April 9, 10 and 11.   
3.  Programming Events coming this week and soon:
  • The UW Now Livestream.  June 15 at 7 pm. — Cybersecurity and Ransomware.  Featuring Ramesh Gupta,  senior vice president and general manager of network security product development at FireEye, Inc.; and Somesh Jha, Lubar Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences

4.  Upcoming Lineup for Wednesday Nite @ The Lab online by zoom starting at 7pm Central. 

Register at go.wisc.edu/240r59    Schedule and descriptions at https://science.wisc.edu/wednesday-nite-at-the-lab

June 16  “Six Ways to Reduce Your Risks For Alzheimer’s Disease” Nathaniel Chin, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
June 23  “The Aurora, from Above & Below”  Margaret Mooney, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies; and Dixie Burbank, Dixie J. Digital
June 30  “Adjusting to a Changing Great-Lakes Coast”  Adam Bechle, Wisconsin Sea Grant
July 7  “New Recycling Technologies to Combat Plastic Pollution”  Reid Van Lehn, Chemical and Biological Engineering

5.  Come and observe the cosmos with Edgewood’s Astronomy Outreach Team at Ernest Hüpeden’s Painted Forest in Valton, WI. We will have guest speakers, activities for kids, and observe the night sky through the 20” Dobsonian Telescope. (Observing will be weather permitting.) To keep up to date with any changes due to weather conditions, and get reminders for the star parties, visit and like our Facebook Page @edgewoodastro

Star Party Dates: Talks start @ 7PM, come earlier for family activities

Saturday, July 17, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021

Link to  a map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Painted+Forest/@43.5740255,-90.2738505,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x10782e9febe78b0c!8m2!3d43.5740255!4d-90.2738505

Note that you should turn left at the Painted  Forest building (looks like a little white church) and  proceed up  the hill. The telescope will be on the right at the top of the hill.
Edgewood College follows State of Wisconsin current recommendations regarding masking and social distancing in response to COVID-19.

6.  Due June 30:  Wonders of Physics for 2021

After 37 years of physics presentations to the public, The University of Wisconsin – Madison is this year sponsoring a physics video competition for teachers and students.

We invite you to submit a 2-minute video demonstrating a physics concept. Awards will be given for the best videos, and winners will be posted on our website and edited into a longer video to be shown on public television.

We encourage submissions from students and teams, but for legal reasons, anyone under the age of 18 must work under the supervision of a parent, guardian, or teacher who will submit the video on their behalf. This could be a fun educational project for families or for physics classes during this period of social distancing.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021. You can find more information at https://wonders.physics.wisc.edu/contest/.

7.  Coming this month on University Place of PBS Wisconsin (and also online at pbswisconsin.org/uplace):

Tune in to the following University Place program premiering on the Wisconsin Channel in June:

6/21 at 9:00 p.m.   “Vaccines For COVID-19”  with Mary Hayney, School of Pharmacy, UW-Madison

University Place programs may also be viewed on or before the broadcast date at  pbswisconsin.org/uplace .


8.  Schedule of Events for Madison FUN Partners
9.  Aerospace Jam:  A Drone-based & Sensor Competition for Wisconsin High Schools for Spring 2022.  Applications due August 2.

Aerospace Jam is a competition for high school students across Wisconsin to use drones on a NASA-inspired simulated moon mission. The program is a partnership between the NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and the Milwaukee Bucks. Our goal is to recruit students from diverse backgrounds and cultivate a welcoming and inclusive event that will foster meaningful interactions among teammates and teams.  See the flyer attached for more information.


Applications to compete in the Aerospace Jam event are now open through August 2. The event is open to all public and private high schools in Wisconsin.  To learn more, visit: https://www.carrollu.edu/aerospacejam and http://wsst.wildapricot.org/resources/AerospaceJam_SaveTheDate.pdf
10.   Interim Director of Science Outreach at Edgewood College

Greetings Everyone,
I will be taking on an Interim Dean role next year and am looking for a half-time person to hold down the fort in Outreach.  I have two Program coordinators that will keep the major programs up and running but are looking for someone to oversee things and keep us afloat.  There is also a half-time teaching opening that someone could couple with this if they want full-time and are qualified.  We are in a hurry to get this position filled as I start July 1 and we would like some transition time.  If you know of anyone (Ph.D preferred but MS is OK) please direct them to our page and to get materials in ASAP.

They can also just contact me if they want more info about the position.




Amy Schiebel
Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences and Science Outreach Director

11. Share Your Science at Juneteenth on Saturday June 19 from Noon to 4 PM at Penn Park

Hello Everyone,

I was contacted by the organizing board for the Madison Juneteenth Celebration to see if there are any UW science outreach groups that can present at this big event.

The ask is for Saturday, June 19 from 12pm – 4pm (it can be even shorter, to 3pm) to have a hands-on station at Penn Park under the TEAM Tent.

Please let me know if you and your team can participate. I would also be grateful if you can reach out to other colleagues or send me your suggestions so I can reach out an invite them.

Ana Garic