UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – September 13, 2021

UW-Madison Science Alliance #Updater
For 13 September 2021  
Hi Everyone,
I am fond of noting that in our work in science outreach, “Hospitality Counts, and Venue Matters.”  
We start this new academic year with two big changes to the Science Alliance weekly meetings at 10am.  They involve both hospitality and venue.
1.  This fall we will meet in Room 1120 Wisconsin Energy Institute, 1552 University Avenue, Madison, WI.  Because the WEI’s conference room is equipped for zooms, we will be meeting there this fall and we will not be meeting in Room 1360 Genetics Biotechnology Center. 
2.  We will also be zooming the meetings.  The new link is 
Please note that we will no longer be using the Webex link that we’ve been using since mid-March 2020.
I’d like to thank Allison Bender and her colleagues at the Wisconsin Energy Institute for their splendid generosity in agreeing to host our Science Alliance meetings this fall, and for enabling our hybrid format using their zoom link.
I hope you can participate in the meetings, in person or by zoom, and in so doing you can continue to contribute your talents & insights into speeding and strengthening the science outreach mission of UW-Madison.
Tom Zinnen
 Note: please visit https://science.wisc.edu/science-alliance/ for the Updater archive.
Coming Up This Week and This Month
1.  During the fall, Science Alliance meets every at 10:00 am Mondays, including Monday September 13.
Please note our New Location:
Room 1120 Wisconsin Energy Institute, 1552 University Avenue
Please note our new link by Zoom:  
The draft agenda includes:
  • Welcome 
  • Updates
  • Discussion of inquiry to host a Science Immersion Day
  • Other announcements or topics
  • Next Meeting:  Sept 20 at 10am;  Reba Luiken of Allen Garden will be the featured presenter
As with the #Updater, the meeting notes are also archived on https://science.wisc.edu/science-alliance/.   
2.  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.
3.  “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

4.  Programming Events coming this week and soon:
  • The UW Now Livestream.  September 14 at 7 pm.  “Afghanistan and the Legacy of 9/11” featuring Keir Lieber, Georgetown University; and Jon Pevehouse, Department of Political Science

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

We have resumed live presentations in Room 1111 Genetics Biotech Center.  

You can also tune in by zoom.  Register at go.wisc.edu/240r59    

See the Schedule in pdf format and read the descriptions at https://science.wisc.edu/wednesday-nite-at-the-lab.  

Lineup of WN@TL speakers Sept 15 to Oct 6 2021

6.  Events from the Wisconsin Energy Institute

For General Public:   

Power from Plants: How Bioenergy Benefits the World
Bioenergy done right can be a climate-friendly way to power the world. Scientists at the Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center are finding ways to develop clean energy systems that benefit society and the environment, from diverse ecosystems to healthy waterways, soil, and air. Join us on Tuesday, September 21, at 6pm Central Time to hear from the researchers who are making bioenergy’s promises a reality. Register for the event!
Infrastructure, Transportation and Justice
The way we get from place to place touches every aspect of our lives, from the burdens of commuting to the access we have to basic services like health care and food. And it’s inextricably linked to the climate crisis, as transportation makes up more than a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Join us virtually on Tuesday, September 28th from 4:30–6:00 p.m. to learn about initiatives in Wisconsin and around the world that are focused on making transportation equitable, clean, and safe. REGISTER HERE
For Educators:
KidWind Educator Workshops
The Wisconsin Energy Institute and Wisconsin’s K-12 Energy Education Program are excited to bring the KidWind Educator Workshop to formal and non-formal educators in communities
across Wisconsin. Join us at one of the scheduled workshops and learn how to
explore the power of wind and solar with your students! You’ll take home a kit of ready-to-use materials and curriculum.
Thursday, October 21st, 8 am – 11 am, Pablo Center at the Confluence, Eau Claire, WI
KidWind Coaches’ Happy Hours
Preparing for the 2022 KidWind Challenge or looking to learn more? Join us for a happy hour to chat with other coaches and share ideas. KidWind advisors and organizers will be on hand to answer your questions – from engineering and design tips and tricks, to FAQ about the registration process and what to expect on Challenge Day. Come for the whole hour or just a portion and BYO beverage of choice.

November 18, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm Central.  
January 13, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm Central. 

Climate Action Simulation Game for Educators
November 4th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm Central
As global leaders gather in Glasgow to reinvigorate their climate pledges during the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, you too can get a taste of the policy and diplomacy decisions involved in limiting global warming to no more than 1.5° C. Join us on November 4th for a highly interactive, role-playing game. You will negotiate a climate deal to address one of the greatest human and environmental challenges of this century, and you’ll walk away with the resources to bring this experience back to your own classroom.
For more information:
Allison Bender 
Outreach Coordinator
Wisconsin Energy Institute | Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
1552 University Ave, Madison WI, Room 2160
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Pronouns: she, her, hers

7.  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.
8.  Schedule of Events for Madison FUN Partners