UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater – Week of April 15th

UW-Madison Science Alliance Updater 

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 For the week of April 15, 2024

  • The UW-Madison Science Alliance meets Mondays at 10:00 am by Zoom. We also meet both by Zoom and in person at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, Room 1120, first floor (1552 University Avenue) on the first meeting of the month. Our next meeting is April 15th; We will meet by Zoom.

 The Zoom link for the 2023-2024 meetings of Science Alliance will continue to be: https://zoom.us/my/glbrc.weieducation.vmr?pwd=L2Q0L0g0S3lEd2gyazNscjA1d2JYZz09 

The draft agenda for April 15th

  • Welcome
  • Guest: Ashley Rose, OYP Youth Protection Manager
  • Updates
  • Science Expeditions date selection for next year.
  • Other Business
  • Meet next on Monday, April 22nd, 10 am; we will meet by Zoom.

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

  • MMSD High School Research Internship (SRI) Lab Hosting Opportunity

The goal of the Science Research Intern Program is to provide an authentic science research experience for the intern. As the hosting Professor, we are asking the following of you in support of the intern: 

    • Attend a short program orientation either in person or via Zoom.
    • Provide for the supervision and training of the intern
    • Make sure that your lab is following the Minors in Research Laboratories (Students are enrolled as UW students)
    • Develop a plan that allows the intern to learn the science of their research, learn the protocols required and then work on a project
    • Encourage and support their work in exploring scientific research
    • Communicate with me if students are not meeting your expectations for safety, collaboration, or productivity

If your lab is interested, please email Peter Jaeger: pfjaeger@wisc.edu

  • Family Science Night at Thoreau Elementary School (5/9 at 6-7:30pm)

Contact Ellen Bechtol at ebechtol@icecube.wisc.edu if interested in volunteering.

  • Kohler Fellows Seeking Applications For Art And Science Collaborators

The Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID program, hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW–Madison, is currently open for application submissions. This unique fellowship fosters interdisciplinary collaboration by bringing together graduate students in the arts and sciences. Participants will work in pairs to develop and showcase an art-science fusion project, such as seminars, exhibitions, performances, or presentations, aimed at both the campus and the wider community.

Fellows are selected for a one-year term, during which they receive a stipend of $1,500 each semester in addition to a $3,000 budget for their projects. They gain access to designated spaces within the Discovery Building and are encouraged to join WID’s regular events, including community lunches and Discovery Seminars. The WID administrative team offers support in various aspects, from project management to organizing dinners with guest speakers and coordinating other activities. Applications for the Kohler Fellows program are open until April 30, with decisions to be finalized by June 2024.

Apply here: Marie Kohler Fellow Applications
More information, please visit our website: https://kohlerfellows.illuminatingdiscovery.wisc.edu/
For questions about the The Kohler Fellows program, Andrew Hanus

  • Check Out the 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. 

  • UW Arboretum Winter 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 


Sunday April 28, 2024 12-4pm is the 11th Annual Madison FUN Bird and Nature Festival at Warner Park featuring an ongoing Live Raptor Show and exhibits and activities. (see flier for more details)

This is a lot like Science Expeditions with free table space. Bring info about your group, show your educational exhibits, and provide fun hands-on kids science and nature activities!  Share your enthusiasm  and network with other groups! 

Contact paul_noeldner@hotmail.com for more info and a table space.