UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater
For 31 January 2022
Last Tuesday came the happy news that 13 UW-Madison scholars had been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the organization which, among other things, publishes the journal Science.
Among the newly elected Fellows from UW-Madison is Kevin Niemi, a co-founder of Science Alliance who for many years convened many of our meetings and who published the Updater until his retirement last year.
The citation for this award provides insights to some of the reasons he was elected as a AAAS Fellow:
“During his remarkable 24-year career with WISCIENCE, Kevin Niemi, who retired in January 2021, was a leader in identifying and developing partnerships with community members and organizations. He brought his expertise in STEM education to K-12 students, to UW–Madison students, and to teachers in school districts throughout the state, nation and even the world, primarily in Thailand.
“His legacy includes managing a statewide network for biology teachers and co-leading the Science Alliance, a community of UW–Madison science outreach professionals. He served as president of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers and currently is its CFO. “This would be impressive enough, but Niemi combined his outreach work with a deep devotion to shared governance and to the professional development of academic staff at UW–Madison and in the UW System. He served on governance committees for over 20 years, including six years as an elected member of the Academic Staff Executive Committee. In all six years, he served in leadership positions (three as chair, three as vice chair). He is thought to be the only person in the committee’s history to serve in a leadership role for the entirety of their term, a testament to his skills and reputation. “As one nominator said, ‘Many believe in shared governance, few have lived its ideals more than Kevin.’ ”
Kevin was elected as a 2021 AAAS Fellow
in the Section on General Interest in Science and Engineering. Twelve other Fellows were elected in that section, and at the top of the alphabetical listing of them was Alan Alda
. Mr. Alda came in with some great company.
Congratulations to Kevin!
1. During the spring semester, Science Alliance meets at 10:00 am Mondays, including today, Monday January 31. Please Note:
We will be meeting by Zoom
on January 31 and for the coming few weeks. We will not be meeting in person at the Wisconsin Energy Institute for the time being.
=== Coming Up This Week and This Month
The Zoom link for the spring meetings of Science Alliance will continue to be:
• Science Alliance Booth at WSST on April 7-8 in Wausau. Set up by 3:45pm April 7; Exhibit 4:00 to 6:00pm and again 9am to 3pm April 8 $400. Exhibitor Registration site: https://wsst.wildapricot.org/event-4484399
• Science Expeditions 2022 Planning
Presenters in Person
• Other Business
• Next Meeting: February 7 at 10:00 am.
As with the #Updater, the meeting notes are also archived on
2. Recurring Programming Events coming this week and soon.
*UW Science Expeditions April 8-10.
I hope you’ll join us again this year for the 20th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions on April 8-10. Please mark your calendars, and consider presenting an Exploration Station on your research or outreach, or hosting an Open House or Tour at your facility, or organizing a public presentation. You’ll be able to find out more in the coming weeks at science.wisc.edu/science-expeditions
If you’d like to contribute your talents
as part of a Science Expeditions 2022 Planning Subcommittee, please sign up here
• Remember to Post your science outreach events and to Check for other events presented online and available to all at http://today.wisc.edu/events/tag/science
Tuesday, February 15, noon, “Investing 101” with Linda Lepe, Certified Financial Planner, Director of Consumer Finance & Financial Planning
Tuesday February 22, 3pm. “Supporting the Growth of Wisconsin’s Maple Syrup Industry” with Jeremy Solin, Maple Syrup Project Manager for the Division ofExtension
• Wednesday Nite @ The Lab Public Science Series
every Wednesday night, 50 times a year, at 7pm CT by zoom (go.wisc.edu/240r59
) or in person in Room 1111 Genetics Biotech Center, 425 Henry Mall, Madison WI. WN@TL looks at the Road Ahead for Electric Vehicles on February 2 at 7pm with a presentation by Rebecca Johnson of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering.
3. Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Offers an NSF-funded “Research Experience for Teachers (RET)” This Summer
Dear Science Alliance Outreachers,
I am hoping you can help spread the word about the MSREC Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program that will be in-person and on the UW-Madison campus this summer.
4. Youth Artwork Displayed and For Sale at UW Health through January 31
UW Health in partnership with Briarpatch Youth Services is exhibiting artwork by young artists the J5/1 corridor of UW Health’s University Hospital. Works are available for sale with 100% of proceeds going to the young artists.
5. Share Your Science at the Family Science Night Wednesday March 16 at CH Bird Elementary School in Sun Prairie 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Hello UW Science Alliance,
I am a parent at Sun Prairie CH Bird Elementary School PTO group. We are organizing our annual Family Science Night on March 16 from 5:30-7pm. Researchers & outreachers, please email me a note at email@example.com to register your Exploration Station geared for Elementary students and their families. Please include a title and a short description of the activity.
Also, please share this invitation with your colleagues and across your networks. We’re looking forward to welcoming many of you to Bird Elementary for an evening of sharing and exploring science!
CH Bird Elementary School PTO
6. Data Science Research Bazaar Running Online February 2 – 23. Register Today!
UW–Madison’s Data Science Hub is hosting its third annual Data Science Research Bazaar
, focused on the theme of Data and Communities: Sharing and Protecting Data.
This event will be held virtually throughout February.
The Research Bazaar will include lightning talks and interactive discussions on a variety of topics relating to how communities use and are impacted by data, and workshops focused on tools and resources including RStudio Connect, Jupyter Notebooks, and the Hathi Trust Digital Library. In addition, it will feature a career panel and an exhibit of art relating to science and technology.
The Data Science Research Bazaar is an inclusive, community-building event at UW–Madison for researchers, data scientists, entrepreneurs, and community members, including students. While there is no cost to attend, pre-registration is required. View the full
UW-Madison’s Data Science Research Bazaar is modeled off the international Research Bazaar, a worldwide festival that promotes digital literacy in research and aims to equip researchers with digital skills and tools to do their work more efficiently. For more information:
Patricia Pointer Multimedia Designer Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
7. Job Openings in Outreach at UW-Madison
Please share with your network and colleagues.
a. At Allen Centennial Garden: Allen Centennial Garden is looking for a new permanent staff member who will coordinate educational, outreach, and profit-generating programs at the Garden and assist with their development. These will include new and existing educational events for students and the broader campus community, garden tours, festivals, private events, weddings, and more. Applications are being accepted through the end of January (today).
b. The South Madison Reinvestment Strategy for Equity
by the UW Madison Population Health Institute
is hiring an Outreach Project Manager ($47,000/year) and three Data Collectors ($20/hr). These positions will help connect South Madison residents to City of Madison development efforts and provide the City with feedback on how their development efforts are impacting the community. The goal is to ensure residents have a say in the City of Madison funded community development efforts in South Madison over the next 10 years. If you are interested or would like to get more information about these positions please contact Abra Vigna at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call at 608.345.5666 and leave a voicemail with your contact information.
8. Explore Pharmacy Careers at UW-Madison School of Pharmacy
The Doctor of Pharmacy program is hosting several events that will help attendees learn more about pharmacy careers and the renowned PharmD program at UW–Madison. Many of these are virtual, allowing greater access to interested students around the world. However, there’s nothing like an in-person experience. If you’d like a face-to-face conversation, we’d love to have you visit us at the School of Pharmacy.
February 9: PharmD Information Sessio
n (virtual) — Get a general overview of the UW–Madison PharmD program, including application and admissions, curriculum options, and post-graduate outcomes. REGISTER
February 17: Mock Interview Session
(virtual) — Intended for students interested in applying to our PharmD program this cycle or next, these sessions give applicants the opportunity to prepare for their interview with current PharmD students. This is thelast mock interview session of the academic year. REGISTER
March 5: Pharmacist Career Exploration Day
(in-person) — This session is in-person event is a great opportunity to hear directly from practicing pharmacists, faculty, and students about the wide variety of exciting pharmacy career paths. REGISTER
If you have any questions about the above events please contact Lindsey DeCarlo, email@example.com Lindsey DeCarlo Pronouns: she, her, hers PharmD Recruitment and Event Coordinator | Student & Academic Affairs School of Pharmacy | University of Wisconsin – Madison 2220 Rennebohm Hall | 777 Highland Avenue | Madison, WI 53705 P: (608) 263-4860 | F: (608) 262-3943 | www.pharmacy.wisc.edu
9. A Mid-Winter’s Day Garden Series Runs Weekly Through February 26 with Friends of Allen Centennial Gardens
Allen Centennial Garden, in partnership with the Friends of Allen Centennial Gardens, offers an annual Saturday morning winter program series during January and February on garden-related topics for ACG Friends and volunteers as well as the general public. Last year’s programs were virtual, and we will be using that format again in early 2022. There is a $10/session fee, but they are free for the Friends and volunteers. To register go to allencentenialgarden.wisc.edu. Jane Cramer Friends of Allen Centennial Gardens10. UniverCity Alliance (UCA) is partnering with the American Geophysical Union through its “Thriving Earth Exchange” program to launch in April 2022 the next cohort of community science projects in Wisconsin.
#1: Help us find projects in Wisconsin communities. We need local or regional governments, tribal governments, community-based organizations, grassroots organizations and other advocacy or non-profit groups to let us know what geotechnical projects keep them up at night. We will share these projects with local and national experts who can help formulate solutions with your community. Encourage your community to apply by March 1 to join the April 2022 community science project cohort!
#2: Help us find people who can manage the projects: We need volunteer Community Science Fellows to be the glue that holds the project team together by serving as project managers, facilitators and connectors. They represent cohort of people from all backgrounds and career stages interested in growing their practice of community science while guiding project from idea to impact. Apply by March 1 to be a Community Science Fellow!
In addition to projects from Wisconsin communities, we’re looking for people who may be interested in volunteering to manage the projects. These Community Science Fellows don’t necessarily have to have a background in science and could be folks with great project management, facilitator and connector skills. here
, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. If you’re able to share this with anyone who might be interested, that would be great! Thanks! Best,
There’s more information on our website
It’s official! The Wonders of Physics shows will be performed during Science Expeditions this year. The risks are just too high right now (when we need to be rehearsing) to be able to put on the show in February. We will be sending out an email to our list of 6500+ subscribers this week announcing the change as well as highlighting Science Expeditions taking place on the same weekend. Another email will be sent to the same list in late February or early March alerting people that tickets sales are open.
We will do four shows inside Chamberlin, in room 2103, but also hope to livestream them as well. The shows will be 1pm and 4pm on 4/9 & 4/10. The Physics Fair is moving to 4/9 from 11am-4pm as well.
Haddie McLean (she/her)
Outreach Specialist-Wonders of Physics
UW-Madison Physics Department
Free tickets for the Wonders of Physics are recommended and are available after January 1st using the On-Line Ticket Form
Come to 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI.
The Wonders of Physics Shows last a bit over an hour and are suitable for all ages.
The Physics Fair is an annual Department of Physics open house that includes laboratory tours, hands-on demonstrations, activities for kids and families, and informal conversations with scientists. It is presented alongside the Wonders of Physics annual show, and is held in Chamberlin Hall. No tickets or RSVP is required for the Physics Fair.
The 2022 Physics Fair is now re-scheduled from February 12 to Saturday, April 9 from 11am – 4pm in Chamberlin Hall as part of UW Science Expeditions.
12. Share Your Science with Necedah’s “Cardinal After School” by Zoom on Tuesdays throughout the coming spring semester.
Starting on Tuesday February 1 and weekly thereafter, choose a Tuesday
to share your science by zoom from 4:00-4:30pm for grades for middle school and high school; 4:30 to 5:00 for grades 3-5. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Tom Zinnen (email@example.com
) for questions or suggestions. Sign up at the spreadsheet here
13. The 2022 WI KidWind Challenge Comes to UW-Madison February 26!
The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on wind turbine design competition that engages middle and high school students from across Wisconsin in STEM through the lens of wind energy. Student teams bring small-scale wind turbines to the challenge, test them in a wind tunnel, meet with a panel of expert judges to present their design process, tackle instant challenge activities, and explore green careers. The 2022 WI KidWind Challenge is co-organized by the Wisconsin Energy Institute and will take place on Saturday, February 26 at the Discovery Building
at the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. Learn more here
Allison Bender Outreach Coordinator
Wisconsin Energy Institute | Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Centeragbender@wisc.edu
1552 University Ave, Madison WI, Room 2160University of Wisconsin–Madison
Saturday, February 5. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna.
Meet at Arbor Drive parking lot, off Monroe Street. 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sunday, February 6. Nature Hike. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 12. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie. Meet at the Visitor Center.
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Saturday, February 12. Full Moon Night Walk. 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, February 13. Family Nature Walk. 1 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 19. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract.
Meet at Grady Tract parking lot (SE corner, Seminole Highway &West Beltline Frontage Rd).
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sunday, February 20. Nature Hike. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 26. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie.
Meet at the Visitor Center. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. 15. Events from Madison Friends of Urban Nature
Sunday, February 27. Garden Stroll. 1 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
16. Cancelled: Science Olympiad Madison Regional Tournament Originally Set for Saturday February 5 at Edgewood College Is Cancelled Due to Covid
The event will not be re-scheduled.
17. Beaver Dam Arts & Peony Festival on June 4, 10am to 5pm is looking for youth activities.Location: Ovan’s Peony Farm, Beaver Dam Partners include Mill House Quilts, and New Sewing with Nancy Store. They expect about 500 people to come through. If interested in providing an Exploration Station in science or the arts, please reach out to Fran Puleo firstname.lastname@example.orgFran Puleo Moyer Assistant Director of Outreach ProgramsUW Connects University of Wisconsin-Madisonfran.email@example.com | 920.296.0546 1308 W. Dayton St. Madison, WI 53715uwconnects.wisc.edu
18. More from Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature