Centers Outreach

12th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions


UW-Madison welcomes learners and explorers of all ages to campus to experience science as exploring the unknown at the 12th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions on April 4, 5, 6, 2014. All campus events are free and open to the public and there are no tickets required – bring your family and friends! Start your journey with Hands-on Exploration Stations at the Town Center in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building at the heart of campus. The stations are flow-by exhibits staffed by UW scientists. You can explore each station as long as you please. The free Science Expeditions Trolley will speed you between venues while you embark on a scientific journey tour led by UW-Madison Tour Guides.

Find exploration destinations, event start times, parking information, and more »

Student's dissertation shines light on sky cover

Image of blended sky cover analysis capturing areas of thick cloud cover over the Pacific Northwest, Camada amd Florida.

On a cloudy afternoon in December, Jordan Gerth presented his Ph.D. defense in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison. While his dissertation title “Sky Cover” has only nine characters, those few letters reveal a unique contribution to our understanding and quantification of “sky cover” in meteorology. More »

McIDAS celebrates 40th birthday

Image of cloud formation over Wisconsin, as processed by McIDAS, the visualization and data analysis tool created by SSEC.

“[It] was a fascinating way to extract information out of satellite images. It was almost intoxicating.” Take it from Dave Martin, an SSEC scientist who was among the first to use the Man computer Interactive Data Access System (McIDAS) in a research project shortly after its development in 1973. A revolutionary visualization and data analysis system developed at SSEC, McIDAS celebrated 40 years of innovation in October 2013. More »

Can videogames create mindful teens?

Video shot from Crystals of Kaydor, a game developed to encourage pro-social behavior in teenagers, The picture depicts a character from the game and asks the gamer to identify the emotion that the character is experiencing based on his facial expression.

UW neuroscientist Richard Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, is optimistic that a new study will find evidence that games can be used to encourage pro-social behavior and mindfulness in teenagers. More »

Highlights from 2013: the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)


Twelve months. Twelve representative stories of the important science and education news highlights of 2013 from the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS). Each story reflects our commitment to the advancement of science through collaborative research, education, and public engagement. More »

Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center

WiSCR Saturday Oct 6

Our Stem Cell Learning Lab was made possible through a grant from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. Through this effort, we seek to build a greater understanding of stem cell research and regenerative medicine into school and community science outreach programs in Wisconsin. More »

Space Science and Engineering Center


Science mentors matter. Combine a science mentor with a group of kids brainstorming to solve a scientific problem and you’ve got a recipe for unbridled excitement, education, and possibly, future scientists in the making. More »

Eat Local, Eat Wisconsin Fish

Campaign poster for Eat Wisconsin Fish

University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute is using the month of March to launch its Eat Wisconsin Fish campaign, an effort designed to educate consumers about the benefits of eating local fish. Here’s how you can be part of the fun:

Get a free apron & enter for a chance to win a WI-shaped skillet!
Starting this weekend, those who buy two pounds of Wisconsin fish at the east and west-side Willy Street Co-Ops and the west-side Seafood Center will receive a free Eat Wisconsin Fish apron. Those who tweet a picture wearing the apron with #eatwisconsinfish or post it to UW Sea Grant’s Facebook page will be entered to win a Wisconsin-shaped iron skillet from the Madison-based American Skillet Company.

Monday, March 31
A free talk about aquaponics and yellow perch by UW Sea Grant aquaculture outreach specialist Fred Binkowski, focusing on work being done at Milwaukee-based Growing Power. 6-7:30 pm, at the Willy Street Co-op Community Room.

Learn more about the campaign »

What's Possible at WID?

A young girl pushes an inflatable ball depicting Earth during a Saturday Science event at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 5, 2011.

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), a transdisciplinary research institute at UW-Madison, focuses on information in all of its varieties. Creating common ground among disciplines, the Institute’s Director David Krakauer shares the projects and culture that make it all possible. More »

With heart cells, middle sc... With heart cells, middle schoolers learn the hard lessons of science

Middle-school students from the Madison Metropolitan School District's Talented and Gifted program conduct drug-trial experiments at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Middle-school students from the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Talented and Gifted program conduct drug-trial experiments with cardiomyocytes derived from induced stem cells during a weekly science class in a teaching lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. At left is Irene Landrum, outreach staff with the Morgridge Institute for Research. More »

UW-Madison Biotechnology Center (UWBC)

Historical photo of PFC. Lawrence Gordon on horseback.

On Aug. 13, 1944, German soldiers retreating from a U.S. Army reconnaissance patrol in Normandy blew up an armored car. Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, a 28-year-old Canadian enlistee, likely died in the explosion and fire. Nearly 70 years later, Gordon remains among the more than 73,000 members of the U.S. military listed as missing during World War II. As Veterans Day approaches, a Middleton man and the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center’s DNA Sequencing Facility hope to end that mystery and provide some closure for Gordon’s Canadian family. More »

Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophyics Center (WIPAC)

A photograph of a digital optical module in the IceCube project. IceCube is one of the biggest astrophysics projects in the world. It is a massive telescope built into the Anartic ice sheet at the South Pole.

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is one of a kind. Built deep within the Antarctic ice, it is the world’s largest neutrino detector. Now, thanks to a collaboration between the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and the Milwaukee Public Museum, it boasts another unique aspect: its own planetarium show. More »

Please contact Graduate School Communications Coordinator, Kathi Matthews-Risley at to contribute stories to the Center Outreach.
Find the outreach person for each of the research centers below.
Email Jennifer Mitchell at the Arboretum
Email Moira Harrington at the Aquatic Sciences Center
Email Tom Zinnen at the Biotechnology Center
Email Kim Voss at the Institute for Molecular Virology
Email Theresa Berrie at the Institute on Aging
Email Kim Voss at the Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology
Email Jordana Lenon at the Primates Research Center.
Email John Bogdanske at the Research Animal Resource Center
Email Margaret Mooney at the Space Science & Engineering Center
Email Elena Spagnolie at the University of Wisconsin Press
Email Marlena Holden at the Waisman Center
Email Megan Madsen at the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center
Email Marianne English at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Email Jordana Lenon at the Wisconsin Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.