UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – May 16, 2022

16 May 2022

Hi Everyone,

Graduation weekend was fabulous with splendid weather on Friday and Saturday and then topped off with a full eclipse of the moon last night.

The end of the academic year also signals the transition for UW Science Alliance to shift from weekly to monthly meetings.

So we will not be meeting today.  Our next meeting will be at a special place and at a special time:  Monday June 6 at noon at the Terrace.

Thanks again!

Tom Zinnen

 PS:  due to illness, Wednesday Nite @ The Lab this week (May 18) will be by zoom only, at go.wisc.edu/240r59.  We will not be hosting a live in-person event this week;  it will be by zoom only.

===Coming Up This Week and This Month

1.  During the summer, Science Alliance meets episodically. We are not meeting today.

Our next meeting is Monday June 6 at the Terrace.

As with the #Updater, the Science Alliance meeting notes are also archived on https://science.wisc.edu/science-alliance/.

2. Recurring Programming Events coming this week and soon.

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

•  Badger Talks Live:  –    https://www.facebook.com/BadgerTalks/live_videos/  and  https://badgertalks.wisc.edu/events/  

•  Saturday Science Workshops at UW Space Place.   Saturdays at 10am at UW Space Place, in the lower level of The Atrium at The Village on Park, 2300 S. Park Street, Madison, WI.  Check at http://www.spaceplace.wisc.edu/#satworkshops for the summer schedule.

 •  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.

Please note:  due to illness, and due to the fact that our student hourlies are all on vacation for the next several weeks, WN@TL will be by zoom only this week.

Please do not come to the Biotech Center on May 18;  please tune in to the zoom by going to go.wisc.edu/240r59.

This week Amy Paulios of UW Health Orthotics & Prosthetics speaks on “Back on Two Feet: Restoring Ambulation with Lower Limb Prosthetics.”

3.  UW Science Outreachers are invited to participate in Madison’s 2022 Kujichagulia Juneteenth and Healing Labs:

June 18 for the min Junetheenth event, and also several other neighborhood events throughout June.

The week of June 13 – 19 are the major Juneteenth activities. On June 18 we would like to have between 12-15 Exploration Stations, just like last year at Penn Park from 12pm – 4pm for the UW Science Celebration Tent.
In addition to the main Juneteenth event on June 18, the organizing committee is delighted to invite UW Science Outreachers to participate in additional Science Demo Celebrations during the month of June and in celebration of Juneteenth. The idea is to have smaller science hands-on events on different dates. This is what we have confirmed and are looking for 3-4 science hands-on Exploration Stations on each of these dates (kind of like mini science-open-houses) in Madison’s underserved communities:
June 5, from 2pm – 4pm at Packer Community Center at 1927 Northport Dr, we would like to have between 4-6 exploration stations; we will invite scholars and families from Mendota and Lake View Schools, families that live in the Packer and Northport Condominiums.
June 11,2022, Event: 9-11am at East Community Center at 8 Straubel Ct, we would like to have between 4-6 exploration stations.
June 27, 2022 from 5pm -7pm at Bel Parks Alive/Allied Park,  Madison – the hands-on science Exploration Stations will be part of their monthly neighborhood community gathering we would like to have between 4-6 exploration stations
The Allied Park Community is also inviting the UW Science Alliance to participate at their other monthly neighborhood community gatherings on July 11, August 8 and August 15;  we would like to have between 4-6 Exploration Stations at each of these events.
For more information contact Ana Garic (ana.garic@wisc.edu)
To sign up for one or more events to participate with a hands-on station or to volunteer go to:

Ana Garic 

4. Calumet County “Festival of Fun” on Saturday October 1 in Chilton at the Calumet County Courthouse. 

UW-Madison’s Calumet County 4-H invites 50-minute hands-on science presentations, with sessions available at 9:00, 10:00 or 11:00 for 4-H Cloverbuds (grades K-2) and then also sessions at 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 for older 4-H members (grades 3-8).

To register, please contact Carlea Liermann.
Carlea Liermann
4-H Program Educator
UW-Madison | Extension Calumet County
206 Court Street | Chilton, WI  53014-1127


5. Wisconsin 4-H Fall Forum Runs November 4-6 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids.

Wisconsin 4-H’s Fall Forum is an opportunity for science outreachers to connect with youth and adult volunteers from all overs Wisconsin.
To Register:
Session proposals are due July 15.
Carlea Liermann
4-H Program Educator
UW-Madison | Extension Calumet County
206 Court Street | Chilton, WI  53014-1127


6. Family Science Nights:  Sign Up Here to Volunteer — https://tinyurl.com/UW-FamilyScienceSignup

This spring we have a number of schools and community centers that 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

7.  Invitation:  Share Your Science in the 4-H Youth Tent at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days July 12-14 in Clark County

As some of you may know, Clark County is hosting Wisconsin Farm Technology Days July 12-14 on Roehl Acres Farm near Loyal, just northwest of Marshfield in central Wisconsin. 

Please consider coming to share your science by hosting a hands-on Exploration Station in the 4-H Youth Tent.  You can participate for one, two or three days. 

The 4-H Youth tent will be a great way to connect UW-Madison science research programs with Wisconsin 4-H youth and adult volunteers from all over central Wisconsin.

I’d be happy to respond to any questions or suggestions.  I’ve been participating in Farm Tech Days since 1992, and for me there’s nothing like getting to chat with people at an Exploration Station in a big-top tent in a hayfield at the height of summer.  


Tom Zinnen

Biotech Center & Wisconsin 4-H 

For more information, contact:

Seth Harrmann

Clark County 4-H Program Educator

UW-Madison – Division of Extension

Website: Clark County 4-H

Phone: (715)743-5121

8.  UW Arboretum Spring Events

Saturday work parties, Sunday walks, and night walksSaturday 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, 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

9. Events from Madison Friends of Urban Nature

 More events at https://cityofmadison.com/parks/events/bird-nature.cfm


See How Can I Participate below for more information.
“Yahara Riverway Hike” Sat May 07, 2:30pm at Tenney Park Beach with Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner
“Spring Birds” Sun May 01, 1:30pm at Cherokee Marsh North Unit with Enthused Birder Chuck Henrikson
“Beginning Birding” Sat May 14, 2:30pm at Owen Conservation Park with School Naturalist Nancy Fonzen
“Turville Tree Walk” Sun May 08 1:30pm at Turville Point Conservation Park with Master Naturalist Sean Gere
“Bird is the Word” Wed May 18 1:30pm Senior Bird and Nature Adventure with School Naturalist Nancy Fonzen, register 608-222-3415
“Explore the Creek” Sat May 21, 10am at Starkweather Creek with Friends of Starkweather Creek James Winkelman
“Nature Journalling” Sun May 15, 1:30pm at Warner Park Rainbow Shelter with Master Naturalist Steve Ansorge
“Spring Migrants” Sat May 28, 10am at Edna Taylor/Aldo Leopold Nature Center with Enthused Birder Chuck Henrikson
“The Month of Maying” Sat May 28, 1:30pm at Pheasant Branch Creek with Master Naturalist Alex Singer
“Martins and Bluebirds” Sun May 22, 1:30pm at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve with Richard Ness and Jeff Koziol
There are still some openings for the following Madison FUN activities, see the flyers for info and to register.
“Bird and Nature Retreat” May 27-30 Memorial Day Weekend at Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center
“Madison FUN Summer Saturdays Wisconsin Master Naturalist Class” 6 Saturdays in July and August
Enjoy year-round FREE welcoming diverse family friendly healthy outdoor Nature Recreation and Nature Education in nearby Madison Parks and Natural Areas!  Naturalist guided outings and self-guided walks and activities you can do on your own each month help you enjoy and learn about the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees, and many other fascinating nature topics!  These free, fun casual outings are co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature, a partnership of Madison Parks, Madison Audubon and many other community and environmental groups, friends of parks, and volunteers.  Everyone is Welcome including all ages, abilities, education levels, communities, students, individuals, families and kids!  No registration required, no pets. Come on out and Join the FUN with Friends of Urban Nature – Its Naturally FUN!
FIND Bird and Nature Adventure Details below and online at http://CityofMadison.com/Parks/Events/Bird-Nature.cfm
LEARN about Monthly Nature Topics with Maps, Fun Facts and Activities at http://Tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures
JOIN Naturalist Guided Outings and Connect with Madison FUN Outing Co-Sponsor Partner Groups
ENJOY Self-Guided Walks and Nature Activites You Can Do On Your Own Any Day in the Month
HELP SUPPORT Nature Groups and Natural Areas in Every Yard, Park, School, and Neighborhood for Critters and Kids to Enj