UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – February 27, 2023

 UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater

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Monday 27 February 2023

Hi Everyone, 

Wednesday is March 1, and with an optimism founded more in defiance than in fact the date stands tall as the beginning of meteorological spring. 

It’s also the start of what are among the three busiest months of the year in science outreach here at Wisconsin’s public land-grant university.

Some examples, and some exemplars, of perennial events that bloom in the springtime portion of our annual cycle of science outreach events:

The surge in requests for field trips to campus venues continues to gain momentum throughout March and will likely peak in mid-May.

The UW-Madison Arboretum’s annual Research Symposium is Thursday, March 2.

The Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers holds its statewide annual meeting March 9-11 at the Monona Terrace, with a lineup sparkling with a constellation of presenters including many from UW-Madison, Edgewood College, Madison College & other universities.

The Latino Youth Summit features a focus on STEAM Exploration on March 27 & 28.

UW-Madison Science Expeditions Open House, first held in 2003, launches on its third decade of offering hospitality & explorations April 14-16.

Physics Fair will dazzle us on April 15 in Chamberlin Hall, including two special encore presentations of the 2023 Wonders of Physics show.

Water@UW-Madison features “Watershed Connections: Engaging Communities in Water Research” at its annual symposium April 18.

The Nelson Institute’s Earth Day events run April 18-19 with the theme of “Species on the Move.”

UW Engineering Expo welcomes the public to Engineering campus on April 22.

The Undergraduate Symposium fills our academic acetabularium to the brim at Union South on April 28.

UW Family Gardening Day helps folks get their gardens underway on Saturday May 6

 It’s a good thing that the days are growing longer, and the sun is shining stronger—we have a lot of happy work to look forward to in the greening weeks ahead.

Thanks again!

Tom Zinnen

Coming Up This Week and This Coming Month

1.  The UW-Madison Science Alliance meets Mondays at 10:00 am by Zoom and we meet in hybrid mode on the last Monday of the month by zoom and in person in Room 1120 Wisconsin Energy Institute.  Our next meeting is Monday, February 27;  it’ll be hybrid.

The Zoom link for the spring meetings of Science Alliance will continue to be: https://zoom.us/my/glbrc.weieducation.vmr?pwd=L2Q0L0g0S3lEd2gyazNscjA1d2JYZz09 The draft agenda for February 27, 2023 at 10 am includes:•  Welcome•  Updates

•  Updates on upcoming multi-site field trips

•  Planning the 21st Annual UW Science Expeditions April 14-16, 2023

          Please volunteer to serve on committees Here

Budget Report:  Tom Zinnen

Communications:  Lindsey DeCarlo, Wes Marner. Tom Zinnen

          Publicity: Liz Jesse, Haddie McLean 

          Venues:  Ana Garic, Drew Lakuta, Jennifer Mitchell, Tom Zinnen, 

          Presenters:  Allison Bender, Val Blair, Liz Jesse 

•  Other Business

•  Meet next on Monday, March 6, 2023, 10 am, by zoom.

 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.

 Saturday Science Workshops at UW Space Place  nearly every Saturday, from 10 am to 11 am.

These family-friendly events are always free and open to the public every Saturday morning during the school year. This program is held in person only at UW Space Place, 2300 S. Park St, Madison. The workshop starts promptly at 10:00 and is typically over by 11:00.

 Badger Talks:  Watch in-person, or online live or in archive at  https://www.facebook.com/BadgerTalks/live_videos/  and check the schedule for Badger Talks LIVE and In-Person Badger Talks live or online are listed at  https://badgertalks.wisc.edu/events/.  Also, check out the current schedule of In-Person Badger Talks occurring in communities across Wisconsin.   And you can join the new BadgerTalks Facebook page here.  This week, Tuesday, February 28, 12:00pm featrues “The Impact of Interdisciplinary Arts” withShasparay Irvin, Arts Residency Programs Assistant, First-Wave alumna, and founding Artistic Director of the Black Arts Matter FestivalPorsha Olayiwola, Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence, writer, performer, educator, and curator.


• “Wednesday Nite @ The Lab” series of public science talks 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.   On March 1 Karlie Lipinski speaks on “Illuminating Protein Function by Imaging Colorful Single Molecules.”


• PLATO Frontiers in Life Sciences returns to UW Space Place, 2300 S. Park St,  on Wednesdays at 1pm.  Zoom at https://go.wisc.edu/27448v .  Susan Carpenter and Steve Carpenter speak on 3/1 on the topic of land restoration in their talk entitled, “Resilience Thinking in the Driftless Area.”


3.  Researchers & Outreachers:  Sign Up Now to Participate in the 21st Annual

#UWScienceExpeditions Campus Open House April 14-16

On behalf of the UW–Madison Science Alliance, we are delighted to invite you to participate in the 21st Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions on April 14-16, 2023.

UW Science Expeditions is UW-Madison’s annual campus-wide science open house: it’s an opportunity for all of us to welcome everyone to their public, land-grant research university, and it’s a splendid chance to share your research & outreach with visitors of all ages.

As a campus-wide open house, UW Science Expeditions features multiple options this year:

  1. Exploration Stations: hands-on exhibits where you share insights into your research;
  2. Science Spectaculars: presentations that engage a larger audience, usually in an auditorium; and
  3. Destinations for Exploration: tours or Open Houses of venues across campus.

**To Sign Up to lead an Exploration Station, a Science Spectacular, or a Destination for Exploration, please register by March 24 at: https://forms.gle/bgyr6ATNXyLnLhU39 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tom Zinnen (zinnen@biotech.wisc.edu or 608-265-2420).

Please help us spread the word: if you know others on campus who may be interested in sharing their research or outreach at UW Science Expeditions, please forward this information to them.

Thank you for considering this invitation to participate in the 2023 UW-Madison Science Expeditions!

-The 2023 Science Expeditions Planning Team

4. Mark Your Calendars for April 17 at 5:30 PM at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St, Madison WI



5. Rediscover the Joy and Fun of Learning Together at Remake Learning Badgerland Days April 21-29

Explore hands-on educational experiences for youth and families across southern Wisconsin!

From Greater Madison to Stateline and beyond, a community of arts, education, libraries and cultural organizations are coming together to provide exciting in-person, hands-on and virtual learning experiences for youth and families.

Find out more here and sign up your event here.


6. The Badger Precollege K-12 Program for DCS is recruiting instructors for 2023 summer programs.

We hire UW Madison instructors, staff and graduate students to teach in our program and provide stipends according to the Badger Precollege compensation rates. Please find a list of roles and links to apply here. There are separate links for graduate students (student jobs) and staff/instructors (wisc.jobs); however, the student jobs postings have additional course details. Do let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for passing this information along to your contacts. 

  Best wishes,


Christopher Pevey Harry

Assistant Dean

Director of Precollege Services 

Badger Precollege

Division of Continuing Studies

21 N. Park Street

7th Floor

University of Wisconsin-Madison




7. Restore the Land, Become a Leader: Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Did you know that the United Nations has designated 2021-2030 to the be UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (#GenerationRestoration)? Join this global movement by becoming a Restoration Team Leader! You will develop professional ecological skills, care for the land, and give back to your community.

Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season.

Restoration Team Leader Training will begin March 29, 2023 and costs $100; deadline for the application is March 22. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Jennifer Mitchell (She/Her/Hers)

Youth and Community Education Coordinator

UW Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Hwy

Madison WI 53711

(608) 265-5872


8. Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Annual Convention Will Be in Madison on March 9-11, 2023.

The UW Science Alliance will have a double booth in the Exhibitors Hall at the Monona Terrace on March 9 and 10.  This is a great chance to promote your science outreach program to the 400-500 teachers from all across Wisconsin.  If you’d like to help staff the booth on the afternoon of Thursday March 9 or on Friday March 10, or if you’d like to have brochures on hand to distribute, please email Tom Zinnen.

9. #MakeClimateAClass Initiative Coming in April for Earth Month 

#MakeClimateAClass is part of a larger event the Wisconsin Energy Institute hosts called the Worldwide Teach-In on Climate Justice.  #MakeClimateAClass encourages engagement with climate-related issues by having instructional faculty speak on how climate is integrated into their discipline for 10-30 minutes during a class sometime in April.

If you are interested in taking part in this initiative, please provide your contact information and details about your Spring 2023 courses in this Google Form.  For more information and resources, visit the UW–Madison Teach-In landing page 

Sent by Marina Kerekes of WEI.

 10. Grant Opportunity for Users of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee, an oversight committee for UW-Madison’s 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve, is pleased to announce a small grant opportunity (up to $1000) for undergraduates and faculty, staff and graduate students working with undergraduates to facilitate the use of the Preserve for educational purposes.

Go to our website to view the Request for Proposals and to see past grant awards. Please feel free to distribute widely! If your department, program, or organization maintains a list serve or list of funding opportunities we kindly ask you to include this opportunity.

The application deadline is March 1, 2023. Funds should be expended by October 31, 2023 when a final report is due. 

Questions may be directed to Preserve Assistant Director Laura Wyatt (laura.wyatt@wisc.edu).

Bryn Scriver

Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve

21 N Park St, Suite 6101

Madison, WI 53715

Cell: 608-220-5560



11. Check Out the 2022-2023 “Family Science Nights” Opportunities: 


Researchers & Outreachers, if you’d like to help with Family Science Nights over the coming months, please sign up here.

Parents & Teachers, if you’d like help in inviting UW researchers & outreachers to participate in your Family Science event, please sign up here.

The calendar of upcoming science outreach at schools is at https://teamup.com/ks37f37f6a8028e6d0

12. “The Physics of Climate Change” Invites STEM Teachers to Collaborate

Are you a STEM teacher interested in incorporating climate science concepts into your curriculum but don’t know where to start? 

The Physics of Climate Change project, a collaboration between the UW–Madison Department of Physics and Wisconsin’s 4-H program sponsored by the Wisconsin Idea Collaboration Grant, has you covered! Adding climate science concepts into your curriculum this school year is made easy with an engaging activity, easy-to-use teacher materials, and in-class support from the project team.

If you are interested in having the project team join your class for a session during the 2022-23 school year, or if you’re simply interested in receiving the activity instructions, please fill out this form. 

Please reach out to Mallory Conlon (mallory.conlon@wisc.edu) with any questions.

13.  Call for Artists:  “Technical to Beautiful:  Data as Art”


For more information and to submit project proposals: https://forms.gle/xXMbdeHhwwMihUKV6

14.  Wisconsin Science Olympiad State Tournament Runs April 1 at UW-Milwaukee

Watch here for more updates.

15.  UW Arboretum Winter-into-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/

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 Prairie, 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. 

UW Arboretum Events

See Arboretum events calendar for details and registration: https://arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events/

  16. Events from Madison Friends of Urban Nature

Thank You for helping to publicize Madison FUN Bird and Nature Adventures, now entering our 10th Year! 

Your support for these volunteer-led year-round weekly outings helps make Madison a welcoming, vibrant and healthy place for both people and nature.


* Join the FUN with Friends of Urban Nature on Parks and Partners co-sponsored outings!

* Free Naturalist Guided outings are offered in local parks and natural areas year round

* Outings are fun, welcoming, diverse, accessible and family and kid friendly

* Enjoy healthy nature recreation with a bit of fascinating nature education


* Just show up, no registration unless noted

* Dress for an outdoor walk, outings are rain or shine unless weather is dangerous

* See monthly outing publicity at http://CityofMadison.com/Parks/Events/Bird-Nature.cfm and co-sponsor social media

* Find trail maps, fun facts and activities at http://Tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures

* Connect with parks, environmental and friends groups for more great activities

* Support natural areas in every yard, park and neighborhood for kids, birds, bees, and wildlife!


Thanks for helping connect Madison area Communities and Kids with Nearby Nature! 

Paul Noeldner

Volunteer Madison FUN Coordinator

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Instructor

136 Kensington Maple Bluff


608 698 0104

For more events, see https://cityofmadison.com/parks/events/bird-nature.cfm