UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – August 23, 2021

UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater
23 August 2021  
Our next Science Alliance meeting is Monday August 23 at 10am CT by Webex.  Here’s the link.  Liz Jesse will lead the meeting.
We will resume weekly meetings in person in Room 1360 Genetics Biotech Center on Monday September 13, all at 10 am.  
Note: please visit https://science.wisc.edu/science-alliance/ for the Updater archive.
Coming Up
1.  During the summer, Science Alliance meets every other week by Webex at 10:00 am Mondays, including Monday, Aug 23. Here is the link. The meeting notes are also archived on https://science.wisc.edu/science-alliance/.   
The draft agenda includes:
  • Welcome 
  • Updates
  • Delta variant and possible revisions coming to youth programming policies
  • Opportunities to partner
  • Other announcements or topics
2.  Check out the Results of The Wonders of Physics Video Contest  at https://youtu.be/4ap3T7y1UDM


3.  Opportunities to Share Your Science with Necedah’s “Cardinal After School” by Zoom on Tuesdays starting September 14.  4:00-4:30 for grades 3-5.  4:30 to 5:00 for middle school and high school.  It’s a good way to share existing activities, as well as to invite the students to help you prototype & hone new activities you’re developing.  Contact Liz Jesse (ejesse2@wisc.edu) or Tom Zinnen (zinnen@biotech.wisc.edu) for questions or suggestions.  Sign up at the spreadsheet here.
4.  CANCELLED:  Due to the rise in covid cases, LaborFest in Madison has been cancelled.   Thank you to the researchers & outreachers who had already volunteered to provide an Exploration Station on Monday afternoon September 6 at the Labor Temple on South Park Street.  We look forward to working with you next year to provide hands-on family-friendly Exploration Stations on the afternoon of Labor Day 2022.  
5.  “Badger Talks” In-Person Presentations Are Back!

Badger Talks is pleased to announce the opening of the in-person speaker request system! Thank you for your virtual requests over the past several months. We will continue to also offer this opportunity for Wisconsin businesses and organizations who prefer to host speakers virtually at their upcoming event. 

It is our goal to bring the University of Wisconsin – Madison to you to help spark ideas and conversations on topics important to your community. Whether you want to hear about the history of the Amish, improve communication in your workplace, or learn about the latest ground-breaking health care research, Badger Talks boasts a roster of 400 UW experts ready to give talks around Wisconsin.

The process is simple: explore our list of 
categories, or search for speakers/topics using keywords via the search bar; then submit an online talk request. Wisconsin businesses, clubs and organizations are welcome to request up to two talks per calendar year. Please contact us if you would like assistance with identifying a speaker who matches your organization’s interests.

Services are provided at little to no cost for organizations and businesses in Wisconsin in support of 
The Wisconsin Idea and as part of the UW Connects program housed in the Office of State Relations

Questions?  Feel free to connect with us at badgertalks@uwmad.wisc.edu

6.  Programming Events coming this week and soon:
  • The UW Now Livestream.  August 24 at 7 pm.  “The Return to Campus” featuring Rebecca Blank, chancellor of UW–Madison; and Chris McIntosh, director of athletics at UW–Madison
  • Science on the Steps by Facebook Live and organized by Liz Jesse of the Biotech Center and Wisconsin 4-H.
    • The Fourth Session is today, Monday August 23 at 2pm CT.  Looking forward to hanging out on the steps of the Washburn Observatory with you for our next installment of “Science on the Steps.”  Join Kay Kriewald, from the UW Space Place, and explore designing rockets!  Required materials: paper, scissors, tape, and a drinking straw.

7.  Upcoming Lineup for Wednesday Nite @ The Lab online by zoom starting at 7pm Central.  WN@TL runs every Wednesday night, 50 times a year.

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

August 25, “Forgetting: What It Is and Why It Helps Us Remember” with Haley Vlach, Educational Psychology
September 1, “On the Trails of Malaria and of Covid” with Christina Carlson, Malaria Molecular Surveillance & Diagnostics Team, Centers for Disease Control
September 8, A special “Wednesday Nite @ The Lab” at the Discovery Building with Uwe Bergmann, Department of Physics, on “Making Movies of Molecules – The Emerging Science of Powerful X-ray Lasers
September 15WN@TL returns to the Auditorium in the Biotech Center as IceCUBE Celebrates its 10th anniversary of the IceCUBE neutrino observatory at the South Pole.
8.  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, 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.
9.  Schedule of Events for Madison FUN Partners