Science Expeditions 2012 Satellite Venues

Come visit the Satellite Venue Open Houses!

Check in for updates as the day approaches! Here is a map with all the satellite venues and Trolley stops and a schedule to help you plan your day!

Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences Building (AOSS)

10am-2pm: AOSS will have its spectacular 3D Globe on display, featuring real-time satellite imagery and other  amazing Earth science data animations.  It’s as if you are looking at Earth from over 22,000 miles away! New for 2012 will be imagery from the Suomi NPP satellite, recently re-named after UW-Madison’s own Verner Suomi, the first satellite mission to be named after an individual. We will also have touch screen monitors with interactive weather and climate applets in our lobby. Stop by to to make tornadoes, snow flakes, hurricanes, and even your own livable planet!

Tours to the roof of this 16-story building (the 2nd tallest on campus) will leave every 30 minutes starting at 10am, the last tour will leave at 1:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a stunning birds-eye view of the Madison skyline.

Biochemistry Outreach Day

11am-3pm: The Biochemistry and Biomolecular Chemistry Departments are excited to invite you to the Biochemistry Outreach Day to celebrate the beautiful new facilities.

Please enter in the lobby of the new Biochemical Sciences Building at 440 Henry Mall. Posters, displays and hands-on activities for the young at heart, presentations in the seminar and lecture halls, and refreshments in the lobby will be held throughout the day. Guided tours will be available beginning ever 15 minutes, but will take about 30 minutes. Here is a handout for more information and a map.

Birge Hall

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10am-2pm Wisconsin State Herbarium will open its doors to the public for tours and hands on activities.
Exploring Plants: members of the Spalding Lab will show how the use of image aquisition and engineering is important to the study of plants. Activities include: imaging plants using a digital camera and zoom lens, examining plant structures using dissecting microscopes, and planting test tube seedlings for at-home experimenting.
Christmas tree station: To share some of the botanical work carried out by UW faculty with the public in an interactive way. This station will single out the doctoral research of visiting professor Pablo Prado and grad student Lauren Moscoe.
Wisconsin Native Plant Memory:  Come learn about the economic importance of the native plants of Wisconsin.

Guided Tours of the Botany Greenhouse with Mo Fayyaz starting at 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45

Look through the eyes of a scientist at the Plant Imaging Center from 12pm-2pm with Sarah Swanson

Chazen Museum of Art offers Scheduled Guided Tours of two art exhibits to act as the cross roads of art and science along with their normal hours of business for the day.

11:30am and 1pm : Art and Science Meet at the Chazen: Conservation

Understanding the materials that make up a work of art is essential to its care, display, and interpretation.  Art conservation relies on scientific analysis to determine the structure, composition, and the best treatment of an artwork.  Chazen curator of paintings, scupture, and decorative arts, Maria Saffriotti Dale will lead a gallery tours in which she will discuss objects on display and share with you conservators’ technical insights.

1pm and 2:15pm: Beautiful Bounty: Fruit in Art

Representations of fruit over the years, different cultures, and from across seasons will be featured in a gallery tour led by Rebecca Harbut, UW-Madison assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture and Joyce Bromley, Chazen docent.  From their perspectives as scientist or student of art, they will discuss examples such as an 18th Century American painting, Still Life with Watermelon.  These works will provide a mouthwatering museum visit.

Genetics-Biotechnology Center–Expeditionary Science

10:00am-3pm **use 425 Henry Mall entrance
11am and 11:30am: Guided Tours.  Meet at the DNA Fountain in the Atrium at 425 Henry Mall
Expeditionary Science Presentations in Auditorium 1111 at 425 Henry Mall
10:15am: Biotechnology Center Core Facilities
10:15 DNA Synthesis & Sequencing: Marie Adams
10:30 RNA Analysis and Gene Expression: Sandra Splinter-Bondurant
10:45 Peptides & Proteins: Melissa Boersma
11am: The Science of Pee:  To Boldly Go Where Many Have Gone Before presented by Lee Bishop
11:30am: Expeditionary Science in Iceland presented by Jamin Dreyer
12pm: Astrophotography presented by John Rummel
1pm: Should Pluto Be a Planet? Presented by John Rummel
2pm: Lakes of the World Presented by Luke Winslow
2:30pm: Research at the Forest Products Lab presented by Rebecca Wallace

Science Hall has a series of events happening throughout the day!

Here is a schedule you can print off! Note: this will open a new window.

Scheduled Events:

10:30-11am Presentation of static/interactive map projects
Prof. Rob Roth will walk you through the fascinating and ever-changing landscape of map making.
11-11:30am Tour of the amazing relief map collection
Melanie McCalmont, who has extensively researched the large, historic models tells engaging stories about the history and uniqueness of each map.
11-12pm ArcExplorer Workshop
Karen Tuerk, GIS Certificate Program Manager, will teach an introductory hands-on on-line ArcExplorer Exercise. Learn how to map the spatial information in your daily life.
12-12:30pm Presentation of static/interactive map projects
Prof. Rob Roth will walk you through the fascinating and ever-changing landscape of map making.

Ongoing events (10am-2pm):

Paleovegetation lab
Madison may no longer be home to mammoths and glaciers, but in the Williams Paleovegetation Lab you can learn about how researchers are able to study the last ice age. Come be a paleo-detective!
Prof. Jack Williams, Jacquelyn Gill, Yue Wang

Robinson Map Library
Tours of the library, and the collection. Explore the unique collection of maps from all over the world ranging through history.
Jaime Stoltenberg, Map and GIS Librarian

Geography Library
Enjoy the beautiful space of the Geography Library
Tom Tews, Librarian

Become a cartographer!

Hands-on activities will be led by students and staff throughout building, will include, mapping projects, quizzes, and, the crowd favorite (cowbell celebration and prizes!): find and map Buttercup and Big Red.
Special hosts: Jim Lacy, State Cartographer’s Office and Paddy Rourke, Geography Library
History of Cartography overview
Learn about the incredible multi-decade project that has been taking in place in Science Hall, recording and reporting the rich history of cartography
Jude Leimer, Managing Editor

Science House–Open from 10am-4pm

Science house is the intersection of science research and science education.  Join us for live-specimen displays with science researchers and educators.  Learn home and classroom cultivation techniques for plants and mushrooms.  Learn about what research is done on campus with plants and mushrooms.  Leave with a plant greenhouse necklace and some mushroom spawn in your pocket!

Steenbock Library

Come see Dr. Harry Steenbock’s original lab equipment!  In the 1920s, Dr. Steenbock developed an inexpensive method of enriching foods with Vitamin D using ultraviolet irradiation. Come see what the library, named in his honor, can offer the public. A table and kiosk of informational materials will be made available highlighting features of the library collections and services.

Today, the library is the primary resource library for the students, faculty, and research staff of UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, College of Letters and Science (Botany & Zoology Departments), School of Human Ecology, School of Veterinary Medicine, and UW Extension, Cooperative Extension.

The library will have an outreach kiosk staffed from 10am- 3pm, but is open every saturday from 10am-10pm.

Zoological Museum

See a natural history museum at work! Watch museum staff prepare mammals and birds for the collection, how the dermestid beetle colony helps to clean the skeletons, and interact with the biologists and archaeologists demonstrating use of the collections!