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Explore the Tricks and Treats of Sharing Science!
Details of the 2004 UW Science Outreach Exchange
Wednesday, October 27
Genetics/Biotechnology Center Atrium
425 Henry Mall
4:30-6:00 PM
Exploration Stations on display
(in no particular order)
ARMS of CBE | Speakers Bureau | Arboretum | Alpha Chi Sigma | MSOE/UW DNA Model | Wisconsin Teacher Enhancement Program (WisTEP) | BioTrek | Volunteers in Science Outreach (VISO) | Bottle Biology/Wisconsin Fast Plants | Fetal Alcohol Syndrome | Extra-Solar Planet Project | Antarctic Weather Outreach | Neuroscience Training Program | Discovery: Interactive Plant Science and Plant Genomics for K-12 and Undergrads 
Contact: Kevin Niemi
The goal of ARMS is to enhance science education at the elementary level through long-term community partnerships. Children need to interact with adults who are interested, engaged and passionate about science to become engaged themselves. ARMS works to bring scientists and aspiring scientists into schools as role models and also to help teachers and parents to be role models in science.
Speakers Bureau
Contact: Deb Riese
The Speakers Bureau offers community groups across Wisconsin a resource that's both invaluable and free: speakers with insights on issues of local interest, whether it's aging or cranberries or climate change or the university's plans for the future.

Contact: Molly Fifield Murray
Our mission is to conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology, and foster the land ethic. Although at first glance the Arboretum may look like a park, it is a research and teaching facility that also provides a place for people to develop a positive relationship with nature. When the University of Wisconsin - Madison purchased the land, mostly during the 1930's, much of it bore little resemblance to its pre-settlement state. The university's Arboretum committee decided, early on, to try to bring back the plants and animals that had lived on the land before its development.
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Alpha Chi Sigma
Contact: Shelby Repinski
Alpha Chi Sigma is the national chemistry fraternity founded at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. AXE will set up some fun hands-on science demos.  Many members are involved in Science is Fun with Bassam Shakhashiri and have experience giving talks about these types of demos.
Contact: Mike Patrick
The Center for BioMolecular Modeling (CBM) uses rapid prototyping technology to produce accurate, three dimensional physical models of proteins and other biomolecules useful in both the research laboratory and in secondary and post-secondary science classrooms.
Wisconsin Teacher Enhancement Program (WisTEP)
Contact: Raymond Kessel
The Wisconsin Teacher Enhancement Program (WisTEP) is a professional development program for precollege (K-12) and post-secondary science and health educators as part of the outreach programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since its inception over 15 years ago, the Program has served over 3000 educators from across the US and abroad, with the involvement of over 3500 hours of time donated by the UW-Madison faculty and academic staff.
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Contact: Tom Zinnen
BioTrek is The Science Outreach Program of the Biotechnology Center of UW-Madison and of UW-Extension. BioTrek engages the public in the outreach mission of the University by providing tours and workshops at the Biotechnology Center on the UW-Madison campus, and workshops anywhere in Wisconsin.
Volunteers in Science Outreach (VISO)
Contact: Brian Hagen
Volunteers in Science Outreach (VISO). From its Latin base viso means to examine closely, look at, or see in order to find out. We offer people in the community a chance to experience science, and discover through their own efforts, with some guidance. We don't just feed them facts and knowledge, but challenge the way they think about things.
Bottle Biology/Wisconsin Fast Plants
Contact: Dan Lauffer
If you combine science with a soda bottle, what do you get? Two liters of soda pop orbiting Earth might be one result. But did you know you can use bottles to create ecosystems, explore the concept of niche, and model a lakeshore? You may have made a tornado in a bottle, but have you used bottles to breed fruit flies and spiders, to observe the adventures of slime molds, or to pickle your own cabbage? Have you made a bottle microscope, a bottle timer, or a pair of bottle tweezers?
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Contact: Ana Garic-Stakovic, Researcher, Nutritional Sciences
The most common teratogen in the diet is ethanol, and prenatal alcohol exposure is the largest known cause of mental retardation in the US, exceeding such better known disorders as Down's Syndrome. Our work examines the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol causes the specific neurobehavioral and craniofacial dysmorphologies which characterize Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Our exploration station gives explorers a chance to see for themselves the evidence of deformation in chick embryos.
Extra-Solar Planet Project
Contact: Soeren Meibom
This web-based presentation shows how astronomers figure out ways to find planets roaming around stars other than our Sun. The motivation of this outreach component of the project is to gain experience in converting a standard lecture into an interactive presentation that students in the class and learners anywhere can use to manoeuver around the story of exploring for new planets. My long-term ambition is to develop an entire course with this multi-media, open audience approach that gives learners the chance to get a feel for the skills of probing for things not yet seen.
Antarctic Weather Outreach
Contact: Terri Gregory
SSEC's Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC), in conjunction with the Automatic Weather Stations Project (AWS), operates and maintains a network of weather stations as well as extensive weather data collection for Antarctica including satellite imagery. This exploration station will give examples of what to wear when visiting Antarctica, an example of one of our AWS stations, plenty of pictures, and possibly an iceberg to decorate! The National Science Foundation supports the AMRC and AWS to do research and outreach.
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Neuroscience Training Program
Contact: Heather Daniels
The Neuroscience Training Program is the Ph.D. program in neuroscience at UW-Madison. Following the leadership of the Society for Neuroscience and the Dana Alliance of Brain Initiatives, the Program has had a informal outreach program for the past 8 years. The Program holds Brain Awareness Week each year in March/April. In addition, students and faculty in the Program have made numerous school visits and participated in special events such as the Campus Open House and Future Fair.
Discovery: Interactive Plant Science and Plant Genomics for K-12 and Undergrads.
Contact: Ed Woolsey
Interest in and understanding of science is best accomplished by direct participation in scientific discovery. At UW-Madison, we have developed an outreach program involving all levels of education emphasizing interaction with university plant research laboratories. Projects cover basic and advanced concepts in plant as well as hands-on research.
Exploring the Nanoworld
Contact: Greta Zenner
Nano means one billionth. Nanotechnology is the study and design of systems at the nanometer scale - the scale of atoms and molecules. The ability to manipulate materials on the nanoscale could revolutionize the way that almost everything is designed and made. The objective of this website is to introduce you to the tools that let us "see" atoms, manipulate them, and create nano-architectural wonders.
FastPitch Presentations
Five-minute presentations in the Auditorium (Genetics/Biotechnology 1111) on each organization's approaches, philosophies and opportunities to collaborate.  Exact times appear here soon.
Kevin Niemi
Speakers Bureau
Deb Reise
Science Olympiad
Van Valaskey
Raymond Kessel
SEE Science
Ken Smith
Tom Zinnen
MRSEC Interdisciplinary Education Grou
Greta Zenner

The Arboretum

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Join us in Amplifying the Wisconsin Idea!
Download 11 x 17 in color poster as Acrobat ".pdf" file.
Free to all. Free parking after 4 PM in Lot 20. Treats, of course!

Last updated: October 26, 2004
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