UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – Week of November 13th, 2023

UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater 

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 For the week if November 13, 2023

The UW-Madison Science Alliance meets Mondays at 10:00 am by Zoom and in person at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, Room 1120, first floor (1552 University Avenue). Our next meeting is Monday, November 13, 2023

The Zoom link for the 2023-2024 meetings of Science Alliance will continue to be: 

The draft agenda for November 13, 2023 at 10 am includes:

  • Welcome
  • Planning for the 22nd Annual UW Science Expeditions April 5, 6 & 7, 2024. UW-Madison 175th Anniversary Campus Open House is also on April 5-7, 2024, in concert with UW Science Expeditions. Guests: Kirstin DeMartino (Director of Campus and Visitor Relations) and Laura Dunnum (Special Events Coordinator – Office of the Chancellor)
  • Updates
  • Other Business
  • Meet next on Monday, November 20, 2023, 10 am, virtually or in person in Room 1120 Wisconsin Energy Institute

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


  1. 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 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, 425 Henry Mall. Schedule can be found here: https://science.wisc.edu/wednesday-nite-at-the-lab/
  • Saturday Science Workshops at UW Space Place” every Saturday at 10am at UW Space Place, in the lower level of the Village on Park, 2300 S. Park Street.  Free. For children ages 6-10 and their caregivers. 


Call for Proposals for Events for the 175th Anniversary of the University of Wisconsin-Madison


From July 2023 through May 2024, the University of Wisconsin–Madison is celebrating its 175th Anniversary. Focusing on the impact and reach of the Wisconsin Idea, UW will honor the accomplishments of those 175 years, with a particular emphasis on the past 25 years.

 In addition to several larger events scheduled to mark the anniversary, Chancellor Mnookin and the 175th Anniversary Steering Committee encourage the entire campus community to participate with special events, programs, and initiatives. Accordingly, faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit proposals for funding to support activities that recognize and celebrate this anniversary.

 Proposals might take the shape of events, initiatives, research projects, curriculum, academic efforts, artistic works, or community outreach that center around and/or recognize the 175th Anniversary and the Wisconsin Idea. There is no particular limit on the subject, size and scope of the proposals, although funded proposals will typically be granted an award no larger than $1,000.

 Proposals should be submitted here and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funding is depleted. Please submit your proposal at least 60 days in advance of your planned programing or need to allow for review, notification, and funding. Projects will be approved based on the appropriateness of the proposal to the 175th themes, relative uniqueness, and likelihood of impact.


2023-2024 “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.


Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers annual meeting April 18-20 in La Crosse.  https://www.wsst.org/2024-conference 

Wisconsin Science Festival – Save the date!

WSF dates are set for next year – October 14-20th, 2024.


Yerkes Observatory Now Open for School Visits

Yerkes Observatory is excited to welcome school groups for curated educational visits for the 2023-24 school year! Details and information, such as costs per student and other logistics, can be found on the Yerkes website. 

Plan your school visit today and reach out to Mallory Conlon (mconlon@yerkesobservatory.org) with any questions.


UW Arboretum Fall Events

Saturday work parties, Sunday walks, and night walks
Saturday 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. 

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


“Madison FUN/Friends of Urban Nature” Announcements 


Sat Nov 11 2:30 “Autumn in the Prairie” at Owen Park with Eva Roos/Sylvia Marek

Sun Nov 12 1:30 “Masting & Natural Excess” at Turville Point with Alex Singer

Wed Nov 15 1:30 “Make a Kokedama” Senior Adventure at WPCRC with Nancy Fonzen/ReCreate

Sat Nov 18 10am “Native Plant Workshop” at Starkweather Creek with Jeff Steele

Sun Nov 19 1:30 “Prairie Seed Collection” at Warner Park with Alex Singer

Sat Nov 25 10am “Preparing for Winter” at ALNC/Edna Taylor with Alex Singer

Sat Nov 25 1:30 “Thanksgiving Walk” at Pheasant Branch Prairie with Paul Noeldner

Sun Nov 26 1:30 “Fun Fall Birding” at Lakeshore Nature Preserve with Chuck Henrikson



Weekly Outdoor Adventure Reports are posted at http://facebook.com/groups/MadisonFUN with reminders about the upcoming week Bird and Nature Adventures and other outings and activities hosted by partner groups.  If you would like to be copied on the weekly Outdoor Adventure Reports email: paul_noeldner@hotmail.com.


Please send upcoming science outreach events and activities to Liz Jesse: ejesse2@wisc.edu.