UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater: August 23, 2022

UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater

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For 22 August 2022

Hi Everyone,

Visitors to a house tend to be welcomed to and to come in through the front door, especially first-time visitors.  But some visitors become friends, and if you’re lucky that is especially true of your neighbors.  Eventually you come to feel more comfortable if the visiting friends come through the backyard to the backdoor, which at least at my current house is the main door.

It’s a good thing for campuses to have front doors, places where first-time visitors with fresh eyes can receive a warm welcome, some answers to questions, and some guidance on directions and destinations.  A few campuses are lucky enough to have the equivalent of a backdoor where people can feel free to come on over and explore.  For me, the Lakeshore Nature Preserve serves as that kind of place for UW-Madison, where folks from the campus or the community or from across the state can come take in some of the great spaces and places of their public land-grant research & extension university.  They can walk along the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path starting at the Hasler Limnology Lab, head westbound beneath Muir Knoll, onward towards Willow Creek, out to the Class of 1918 Marsh. They can trek to the tip of Picnic Point and amble over to Eagle Heights Woods, Raymer Cove and Frautschi Point.  Some of the best panoramas of Madison come into view, along with an astonishing array of plants, birds and other wildlife, too.

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve says something about things we value, and those include hospitality, exploration, sharing, history, culture, and stewardship. The word “campus” derives from the Latin word for “field” and yet this campus in no small way is defined by the Lake, and the Lakeshore is where the Lake and the Field and the Wood all come together.  Maybe that’s why it’s a place so many of us like to come to gather together.

This week Laura Wyatt and Adam Gundlach will speak on the origins, functions and future of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve at Wednesday Nite @ The Lab, 7pm August 24 at the Biotech Center.  You can also zoom at go.wisc.edu/240r59 if you can’t be in the room.  Maybe you’ll tune in from a favorite place by a lake. Wherever you come from, whenever you arrive on campus, I hope you’ll feel the hospitality, especially when you’re along Lake Mendota.

Thanks again!

Tom Zinnen

===Coming Up This Week and This Month

1.  During the summer, Science Alliance meets episodically.

We will meet next on August 22 at 10am by zoom.

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 August 22 at 10 am includes:•  Welcome•  Updates

•  Wisconsin Science Festival Oct 10-16 Statewide

•  Other Business

•  Next Meeting:  Monday, September 12.

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:  –  Watch live and in archive at  https://www.facebook.com/BadgerTalks/live_videos/  and check the schedule at  https://badgertalks.wisc.edu/events/  .  Next up on August 23 at 12 noon:  Welcome to the UW Multicultural Student Center with Claudia Guzman, Director, Multicultural Student Center.

 •  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 (August 24) Laura Wyatt & Adam Gundlach of Facilities Planning & Management speak on “The Lakeshore Nature Preserve:  UW-Madison’s Largest Outdoor Classroom on Campus.”



3.  Seeking Hands on Science Presenters AND Campus locations for the Wisconsin Science Festival!

a. Indoor/Outdoor In-Person hands-on science at the Festival: 

Join us at the Discovery Expo in the Discovery Building on October 12 and October 15 from 10am-1pm and outside on State St as part of the Science On the Square event from 4-8pm on Friday, October 14. To submit your station details, here is the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1i9GoR9nxz2sBFwb3KzerrDDz6XYCPVHt5uZi-V7IjWwfYA/viewform

Deadline for station details is mid August.

b. Want to have groups of students/teachers come to your building/space in small groups on Wednesday October 12? 

During the Discovery Expo, we will have many students on campus with their teachers. Sometimes they are interested in seeing another part of campus after/before their time at the Discovery Expo. In the past, we have helped to coordinate options for them – like stopping at the learning lobby of the Primate Center or visiting Allen Gardens. If you would like to open your doors to groups of youth during the Festival, email Sam Mulrooney (Mulrooney, Samantha SMulrooney@warf.org) with the following information:

Location address

Size of group you have at one time

Age/grades that would be the best fit

Length of time you’d want the group on site


4.  UW-Madison’s Kemp Natural Resources Station Hosts Fungi Fest, August 26-27

Make plans to attend Fungi Fest August 26-27 at Kemp Natural Resources Station near Woodruff, Wisconsin.

Details are now available at the Kemp website: https://kemp.wisc.edu/outreach/


Karla Ortman

University Services Program Associate

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kemp Natural Resources Station

9161 Kemp Road

Woodruff, WI 54568

Phone 715-358-5667

Fax 715-358-5669

5.  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



6. 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.

Register to offer a Friday Interactive Learning Activity Submission  Friday Evening November 4.

Carlea Liermann

4-H Program Educator

UW-Madison | Extension Calumet County

206 Court Street | Chilton, WI  53014-1127



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


9.  Conversation with Artists and Scientists of Life As We Don’t Know It

Kohler Fellows at the Overture Center Rotunda Studio

August 24, 7 p.m.

Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St, Madison, WI 53703Also offered online


10.  Kenneth B Raper Symposium

September 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences