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.
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 »
“[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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »