UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – May 22, 2023

 UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater

Monday 22 May 2023

Coming Up This Week and This Coming Month

1.  The UW-Madison Science Alliance meets Mondays at 10:00 am by Zoom.  Our next meeting is today, Monday, May 22 by zoom.

 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 May 22, 2023 at 10 am includes:• Welcome• Updates

• Revisions of Youth Protection rules 

• Mark your calendars for 22nd Annual UW Science Expeditions April 5, 6 & 7, 2024

• Other Business

• Meet next on Monday, June 5, 10 am, by zoom, unless the group wants to meet at another location.

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

 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.  



• “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 May 24 Alex Wiedenhoeft of the Forest Products Lab (Forest Service, US Dept of Agriculture) will speak on “Wood Nerds vs Organized Crime: How Open-source, DIY Tools Can Help Combat Illegal Logging.”


3.  Insect Ambassadors Invites You to Take Part in Community Science at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve

The UW Insect Ambassadors are hosting seven different workshops this summer focused on insect community/citizen science projects. Each workshop will include a talk by an insect expert, followed by guided data collection for a specific community science project. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore multiple community science projects that you can then contribute to with your observations at the Preserve or elsewhere!

All of the workshops are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Scan the QR code below or go to https://entomology.wisc.edu/…/community-science-series/ to view the schedule and register!


4. Eken Park Festival Invites Exploration Stations on Saturday August 19

We have a family picnic event on August 19 looking for Exploration Stations. They are flexible but are especially hoping for any activities on birds.  It’s a great opportunity to support science at neighborhood picnics!

Sign up here:  https://tinyurl.com/UW-FamilyScienceSignup

Thanks so much!


Audrey P. Gasch, PhDProfessor of Genetics &Director, Center for Genomic Science Innovation


5. Juneteenth Celebration on June 17 & Healing Labs Celebrations Throughout the Summer

UW Science Alliance has been invited again this year to participate at Madison’s 2023 Kujichagulia Juneteenth and Healing Labs Celebrations.

On June 17, we would like to have between 15-20 Exploration Stations at the main Juneteenth event  (just like last year) at Penn Park located at 2101 Fisher St, Madison, WI 5371, from 12 – 4 pm for the UW-Madison Science Celebration Tent.

In addition, the organizing committee invites UW Science Alliance to be present even more! They are hoping for additional “Science Demo Celebrations” during the summer months of June – August.

These additional June/July/August opportunities are through Parks Alive and Neighborhood Resource Teams. Our shared goal with partners is to bring/share science where lay publics can meet scientists/have scientific experiences! The idea is to have smaller science hands-on events on different dates. 

The sign-up sheet with dates in ascending order is listed below. We are looking for 3-4 science hands-on stations on each of these dates (like mini science open houses) in Madison’s underserved communities:

  1. Leopold Park (2906 Traceway Dr, Madison, WI 53713) on Tuesdays from 5pm -7pm on:
    • June 20
    • July 18
    • August 1 
    • August 15


  1. Penn Park (2101 Fisher St, Madison, WI 53713) on Thursdays from 5pm – 7pm on:
    • June 29
    • July 13
    • July 27
    • August 10
  1. Parks Alive/Allied Drive (2370 Revival Ridge, Madison, WI 53711) on Mondays from 5pm – 7pm.  The Allied Park Community is also inviting the UW Science Alliance to participate at their other monthly neighborhood community gatherings on:
    • July 10
    • July 24
    • August 7

Our Goal: We would like to have ~5 Exploration Stations at each of these events at Allied Drive.

To sign up for one or more events this summer to participate with a hands-on station or to volunteer go to:


 For more information please contact Ana Garic (ana.garic@wisc.edu)


6. Support the 34th Annual Juneteenth Celebration!  

Greetings from Kujichagulia MCSD!

We are planning the 34th Annual Juneteenth Celebration!  We are excited about the event.  We have achieved a significant milestone: national holiday status for Juneteenth.  We are still bouncing back from COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on our everyday lives.  As we deal with record inflation and financial uncertainty, we embrace the essence of Juneteenth, liberation and transformation!  We have been here as a community and nation.  In the presence of hope and despair, we resiliently choose hope!  Let’s pull together again this year to support Kujichagulia Madison Center for Self Determination as it plans this year’s event.

We are reaching out to you to support the Celebration through financially, personally and by sharing information within your networks.   We benefit from however you choose to render your support.  Please find attached our various packets to help inform your choice(s) of support.

For questions and information please reach out to the Juneteenth Planning Committee at kujijuneteenth@gmail.com​ or visit our www.kujimcsd.org or https://www.facebook.com/KujichaguliaMadison for additional information.


Annie Weatherby-Flowers and The Juneteenth Implementation Committee


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


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

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.


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/

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.

  1. Nature Walks — Every Sunday at 1 p.m., learn about the land, plants, and animals from local naturalists.
  2. Nature Hikes — On the first and third Sundays of the month, adults are invited on these longer walks.
  3. Family Nature Walks — On the second Sunday of the month, families can explore the arboretum with a guide.
  4. 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/


9. 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 again 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