UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – March 7, 2022

UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater
For 7 March 2022

Hi Everyone,
Last week the #Udpater missive featured the appreciation of Bernice Durand written by Evelyn Malkus.  This week I have the pleasure of following with words of gratitude for Sharon Dunwoody, who died on February 4.
Reporter, writer, researcher, teacher, professor, administrator:  Sharon Dunwoody excelled at many positions and in many roles at UW-Madison.  Throughout her years on the faculty and even after she retired in 2013, she was a mentor and sponsor who cultivated the aspirations and advanced the careers of many students & scholars in journalism and communications.  As I mentioned when I introduced her on June 18, 2014 at Wednesday Nite @ The Lab, she was one of the most congenial, collegial people you’ll ever get to meet.
Early in her WN@TL talk she said, “I have spent most of my career looking at science writers, scientists, and what people do with the information that these folks produce.”  That triumvirate of writer, researcher and public is familiar to many of us in the science outreach mission of the university.  Sharon could braid together and tease apart the interplays and impacts of these three strands with a clarity and sparkle matched by few and, in my experience, exceeded by none.
One of the happiest aspects of having PBS Wisconsin record, broadcast statewide and then archive online so many of the WN@TL presentations since 2007 is that the recordings let us re-experience and remember the power and the humanity of scholars such as Sharon who know how to deliver a good story, well told. Sometime when you have 55 minutes, consider investing them in watching Sharon’s talk on The Visible Scientist, and be prepared to feel that gratefulness that comes with knowing we work in a university community enriched and enlivened by such a splendid soul.
Tom Zinnen

Coming Up This Week and This Month

1.  During the spring semester, Science Alliance meets at 10:00 am Mondays, including today, Monday March 7. 

Please Note:  We will be meeting by Zoom on March 7 and for the coming few weeks.

The Zoom link for the spring meetings of Science Alliance will continue to be:

The draft agenda for March 7 at 10am includes:
•  Welcome
•  Updates

•  Science Expeditions 2022 Planning
Presenters in Person
Virtual/Hybrid Options
•  Other Business
•  Next Meeting:  March 14 at 10:00 am.

As with the #Updater, the meeting notes are also archived on https://science.wisc.edu/sciencealliance/.

2. Recurring Programming Events coming this week and soon.
•  UW Science Expeditions April 8-10.  Register to Participate this year for the 20th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions on April 8-10.  You can present an Exploration Station on your research or outreach, or host an Open House or Tour at your facility, or organize a public presentation.  Please register by the deadline of March 18.

•  Weekly Reminder: Please Post your science outreach events and Check for Other Science Events presented online and available to all at http://today.wisc.edu/events/tag/science

Tuesday, March 22, noon, “Covering Wisconsin” with Allison Espeseth, Development & Operations Manager, Covering Wisconsin, School of Human Ecology
•  Saturday Science Workshops at UW Space Place.  Every Saturday at 10am at UW Space Place, in the lower level of The Atrium at The Village on Park, 2300 S. Park Street, Madison, WI
 •  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.    This week Hilary Dugan of the Dept of Integrative Biology and the Center for Limnology speaks on “The Impact of Salt on Wisconsin’s Freshwaters.” 
•  “PLATO Frontiers in Life Sciences” every Wednesday through April 27 at 1pm at UW Space Place in the Lower Level of The Atrium of The Village on Park, 2300 S. Park Street.   In person, or Zoom at go.wisc.edu/27448v
March 9:  COVID19 Vaccines: Updates of a Work In Progress” with James Conway of the School of Medicine & Public Health
March 16: “Insect Armageddon” with Dan Young of the Wisconsin Insect Research Collection, Dept of Entomology
March 23:  “CRISPR with Transgenic Animals in BioMedical Science with Kathy Krentz of the Biotechnology Center
3.  Family Science Nights:  Sign Up Here to Volunteer — https://tinyurl.com/UW-FamilyScienceSignup

After nearly two years of hiatus, we have a number of schools and community centers are scheduling virtual and in-person Family Science Nights (FSN) this semester.
Many of the currently scheduled events are later in the semester.  We recognize that we will all have to be flexible in this uncertain time.  We will follow the rules of each school or community center, some of which require proof of volunteer vaccination.  See signup form for details.
As always, you can sign up for one or more event on our signup form.
Several other events will be added shortly, so please check back on the form over time.
I’m happy to answer questions or guide people in choosing activities to present.
Thanks for your past participation.  Stay safe everyone,

Audrey Gasch

Dept of Genetics
4. Two New Outreach Programs from the Department of Physics:  “TeachQuantum” and “QauntTime”

a.  TeachQuantum, a professional development opportunity for high school teachers, is coming to UW-Madison! The Department of Physics is excited to start accepting applications for our first cohort of TeachQuantum teachers. A virtual information session will be hosted on March 8, 2022, at 6pm, and applications are due on April 8, 2022. Please share this information far and wide with your high school teacher connections! Questions about the program or applying can be directed to mallory.conlon@wisc.edu.



b.  Interested in adding quantum science to your curricula but not sure where to begin? Participate in QuanTime— a program designed to offer teachers free classroom activities that they can do without any pre-requisite quantum knowledge. QuanTime is scheduled to coincide with World Quantum Day on April 14, 2022, and we hope to have thousands of students doing something quantum throughout April and May. Activities are available for grades 6-12, though they can be adapted for older and younger groups. Please register if you are interested and share amongst your middle and high school connections!


Mallory Conlon

Quantum Science Outreach Program Coordinator

UW-Madison Department of Physics

5.  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.
The application for the 2022 RET program (due March 13) is at https://education.mrsec.wisc.edu/ret-experience/

Anne Lynn

Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel, Ph.D.

Integrated Education Group (IEG)
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

3122 Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 890-2268
my pronouns are: she, her, hers

6.  ROSE Community STEM Fellows at Edgewood College
Hi Everyone!

My name is Sarah Stoehr and I coordinate the Resources & Opportunities in Science Education (ROSE) Project for the Office of Science Outreach at Edgewood College. We are looking for science experts for two of our ROSE Community STEM Fellows sessions this semester. We had a virtual session for January and will have a virtual session in February, due to Covid. However, we are hoping (and planning) to have in-person sessions in March, April, and May. If you are interested in being a science expert for the March or May session, please email Sarah @ sstoehr@edgewood.edu with the date and any activity ideas you have. Science experts are paid a $100 honorarium for their instruction and planning time. The available dates are:
Thurs, March 17th from 6-8 p.m. in Sonderegger Science Building (1st hour: adult activity & 2nd hour: children activity (can be similar activities))
Thurs, May 19th from 6~7:30 p.m. in Sonderegger Science Building (1st hour: adults & 2nd hour: children (can be similar activities) then CAKE!! for our end of year celebration)

Thank you in advance for your consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Sarah Stoehr, ROSE Project Coordinator
(608) 663-4150
7. 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 adreakwong@gmail.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!

Thank you,

Andrea Kwong 
CH Bird Elementary School PTO
8. Remake Learning Days Launches in Wisconsin on Earth Day April 22
This year there is a new (free, nonprofit) opportunity to showcase and promote the great work we do in hands-on education and celebrate Earth Day (and every day!)

“Remake Learning Days” is billed nationally as ‘the world’s largest open house for hands on learning!”
Wisconsin’s festival is scheduled to launch EARTH DAY April 22 thru 30th, with a series of hands-on programs at locations and organizations throughout the region.  Designed similarly to WI Science Fest, Remake Learning Days WI showcases and promotes organizations and family-friendly programs to youth, families and community leaders throughout Wisconsin.
It’s free to list your programs and join the dozens of other organizations promoting Outdoor and Hands-on Learning.
WKOW-TV is our key media sponsor and will be running promotions up to Earth Day.
Kathe Crowley Conn
We Think Big, Inc
9. “Wisconsin Hemp By Hand” Lecture & Workshop Series Continues April 7, 3-6pm CST

There are many eager hemp stakeholders in Wisconsin that hope hemp will provide profitability while creating more environmentally sustainable products. This panel discussion will bring together hemp industry leaders across a diverse set of disciplines including hemp processing, paper production, hemp textiles, and hemp building materials to discuss their successes and lessons learned. We hope the knowledge gained will provide timely insights for industry stakeholders regarding the feasibility of various hemp-derived products in Wisconsin and beyond.

10a.  The Wonders of Physics Science Spectacular Moves from February to April 9 & April 10 at 1pm and at 4pm as Part of UW Science Expeditions!
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.
Alternately, you may call (608) 262-2927 or e-mail wonders@physics.wisc.edu.
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.
10b.  The Physics Fair Beams Back To Campus on April 9 from 11 am to 4 pm

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.

11. 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 (ejesse2@wisc.edu) for questions or suggestions.  Sign up at the spreadsheet here.
12.  UW Arboretum Winter Events

Saturday work parties, Sunday walks, and night walks
Saturday restoration work parties, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.: https://arboretum.wisc.edu/get-involved/volunteer/work-parties/
See the full list of Sunday walks (nature hikes, family walks, and garden strolls), plus monthly night walks, on the Arboretum events calendar:https://arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events/

UW Arboretum Spring Events, from Susan Day

See Arboretum events calendar for information and registration: https://arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events/
– Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna
– Saturday, March 5, 1–3 p.m. Community Event: Green Fire Matinee
– Sunday, March 6, 1–2:30 p.m. Nature Hike: Walking in Leopold’s Footsteps
– Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie
– Sunday, March 13, 1–2 p.m. Family Nature Walk
– Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract
– Saturday, March 19, 1–3 p.m. Class: Phenology—Keeping Track of Nature
– Saturday, March 19, 8–9:30 p.m. Full Moon Night Walk
– Sunday, March 20, 1–2:30 p.m. Nature Hike
– Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie
– Sunday, March 27, 1–2 p.m. Garden Stroll
– Friday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Class: Ponds, Pines and Birds—Finding Mary Oliver
– Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna
– Sunday, April 3, 1–2:30 p.m. Nature Hike
– Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie
– Sunday, April 10, 12:30–4 p.m. Family Nature Program: Explore Science Outdoors
– Tuesday, April 12, 9:45–11:15 a.m. Family Class: Learning Together—Springtime Awakenings
– Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract
– Saturday, April 16, 7–8:30 p.m. Night Walk: Sky Dance
– Sunday, April 17, 1–2:30 p.m. Nature Hike
– Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie
– Saturday, April 23, 1–3 p.m. Garden Tour: Magnolias
– Sunday, April 24, 1–2 p.m. Garden Stroll
– Saturday, April 30, 1–3 p.m. Garden Tour: Early Signs of Spring
– Saturday, April 30, 1–3 p.m. Class: Introduction to Wisconsin Geology
– Sunday, May 1, 1–2:30 p.m. Nature Hike
– Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna
– Saturday, May 7, 1–3 p.m. Garden Tour: Lilacs
– Saturday, May 7, 1–3 p.m. Class: Bluebirds and the Arboretum Trail
– Sunday, May 8, 1–3 p.m. Family Nature Program: What’s in the Woods?
– Tuesday, May 10, 9:45–11:15 a.m. Family Class: Learning Together—Flowers in the Garden
– Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna
– Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale
– Saturday, May 14, 1–3 p.m. Garden Tour: Crabapples
– Sunday, May 15, 1–2:30 p.m. Nature Hike
– Sunday, May 15, 8–11 p.m. Full Moon Night Walk and Lunar Eclipse Watch Party
– Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract
– Sunday, May 22, 1–2 p.m. Garden Stroll
– Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

– Sunday, May 29, 1–2:30 p.m. Nature Hike

13. Events from Madison Friends of Urban Nature

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