UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – June 6, 2022

6 June 2022

Hi Everyone,

Today’s date, June 6, is renowned in the US as the anniversary of the pivotal battle for the US in World War II.  It’s been immortalized in movies, and it continues to be commemorated for its scope and scale, for its technical innovations, and for the heroism of the combatants.

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater, fought by aircraft from aircraft carriers on June 4 through June 7, 1942. .

However, it’s far more likely you’ll see mentions of D-Day, the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy.

History is not only made;  history is also what we make of it.  This likely has been the case as long as stories have been told around campfires and as long as kingly exploits have been chiseled in stone.

Today’s covid pandemic is a mild passage compared to a global conflagration that killed 80 million people 80 years ago.  On the other hand, the official covid death toll in two years stands at 6.3 million, and that’s likely an undercount.

So on this day of reflection, I look forward to keeping in mind how we count, and how we account, and how we make sense of of our times, whether they be from 1942 or 2022.

Thanks again!

Tom Zinnen

===Coming Up This Week and This Month

1.  During the summer, Science Alliance meets episodically. 

Today we will meet at noon at the Terrace; if it’s still raining, we will move indoors to the Rathskeller.

The Zoom link for the summer meetings of Science Alliance will continue to be: https://zoom.us/my/glbrc.weieducation.vmr?pwd=L2Q0L0g0S3lEd2gyazNscjA1d2JYZz09

The draft agenda for June 6 at noon at the Terrace includes:•  Welcome•  Updates

•  Other Business

•  Next Meeting:  to be determined.

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/  

 •  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 (June 8) Alyson Fleming of Forest & Wildlife Ecology will speak on “Whale Tales:  Ecological Histories Recorded in Whale Tissue Past & Present.”

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 delightd 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 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:

Friday Interactive Learning Activity Submission Friday Evening November 4

Saturday Workshop Submission November 5

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.  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

7.  UW Arboretum Summer 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/

Taking a self-guided stroll is one way to explore the Arboretum on your own terms. Some of the most popular routes include the Grady Tract Loop, the Curtis Prarie, or a five mile loop through the whole arboretum. Always remember to stay on the paths to preserve wild plants + wear appropriate shoes.  

You can also take one of the free guided nature walks offered for different skill levels and ages on a weekly basis. Most meet at the Visitor’s Center, located right in the heart of the arboretum.

  • Nature Walks — Every Sunday at 1 p.m., learn about the land, plants, and animals from local naturalists.
  • Nature Hikes — On the first and third Sundays of the month, adults are invited on these longer walks.
  • Family Nature Walks — On the second Sunday of the month, families can explore the arboretum with a guide.
  • Garden Strolls — On the fourth Sunday of the month, gently-paced strolls are offered with wheelchair-accessible routes.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Check out the calendar for monthly night walks, seasonal birding hikes + more family-friendly events.

The arboretum is open daily from 4 a.m.-10 p.m. and is always free. 


8. Events from Madison Friends of Urban Nature

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


“Walk in the Woods” Sat Jun 11, 2:30pm at Owen Conservation Park with Master Naturalist Sean Gere

“Explore Turville Trails” Sun Jun 12 1:30pm at Turville Point Conservation Park with Master Naturalist Melissa Kesling

“Blooming Prairies” Wed Jun 15 1:30pm Senior Bird and Nature Adventure with Master Naturalist Julie Melton, register 608-222-3415

“Summer Solstice” Sat Jun 18, 10am at Starkweather Creek with Master Naturalist Alex Singer

“Orienteering” Sun Jun 19, 1:30pm at Warner Park Rainbow Shelter with Master Naturalist Kathlean Wolf

“Baby Bird Bonanza” Sat Jun 25, 10am at Edna Taylor/Aldo Leopold Nature Center with Enthused Birder Dane Gallagher

“Prairie Plant ID” Sat Jun 25, 1:30pm at Pheasant Branch Prairie with Master Naturalist Lyn Persson

“Preserve Projects” Sun Jun 26, 1:30pm at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve with Preserve Staff


* See guided outing details at http://CityofMadison.com/Parks/Events/Bird-Nature.cfm


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 Enjoy!