Centers Outreach

Cloudy with a chance of football: SSEC delivers game-day forecasts


Not long ago, come rain or storm, outdoor athletic events went on — regardless of the weather and its potential hazards. But today, improvements in weather forecasting are making it possible to ensure public safety during large outdoor college sporting events. More »

The world according to GATE (and GARP): Legacies of a 1974 field campaign


By nearly any measure, it was the largest and most complex international field experiment ever conducted in meteorology up to the mid-1970s. More »

How to create a crash course in satellite remote sensing: One part knowledge, two parts enthusiasm


As the next generation of weather satellites will bring in unprecedented amounts of data, finding ways to make the most out of the data and getting that information into forecasters’ hands is a key challenge. More »

PKU Disorder Pioneer Dr. Harry Waisman Work Still Impacts the World

Dr. Waisman and Kay Emerson in 1962, contrasted with Kay Emerson participating in the recent interview about Dr. Waisman.

Kay Emerson, one of the first patients treated successfully for the PKU disorder in the United States, talks about researcher Dr. Harry Waisman. Waisman championed mandatory screening and treatment of the condition of Phenylketonuria, saving thousands from developmental disability. More »

UW-Madison becomes newest Intel Parallel Computing Center

Cloud of words related to the new Intel Parallel Computing Center at UW Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been selected to join the Intel Parallel Computing Centers program. The program promotes public-private partnerships to modernize technical computing applications in areas important to society, from the development of personalized medical treatments to the delivery of better weather forecasts.
The Intel Parallel Computing Center at the UW-Madison is directed by Bormin Huang of the Space Science and Engineering Center. He seeks to boost the performance of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model by adopting the Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture (MIC). Huang notes, “Our selection as an Intel Parallel Computing Center will allow us to showcase the ability of the latest Intel parallel accelerators to run a large existing code base, like the WRF, at a higher speed than CPUs can.”
“We are applying computing technologies to new branches of our discipline, and, in the process, using that technology for the benefit of society,” Huang explains. More »

WID and New York Hall of Science team collects museum data to drive learning and collaboration research

Children interact with Oztoc

Leaning over a multitouch table, middle schoolers examine a digital underwater environment, shifting blocks across the screen and building lures to capture computerized fish. While the game introduces engineering principles and logic through an entertaining vehicle, the surface of the table is only half the story.
Beneath the table, computers record every move, streaming real-time data to Madison, Wis., to be examined by researchers to better understand what types of games and learning environments foster collaborative behavior and support problem solving in children. More »

USA Science & Engineering Festival 2014

Image of booths set up at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival

Ricki Colman, Ph.D., Toni Ziegler, Ph.D., and Jordana Lenon, B.S., from the UW-Madison Primate Research Center, joined colleagues from Yerkes Observatory, UC-Davis, and University of Washington in welcoming more than 3,000 people to the NIH National Primate Research Centers Hands-on Educational Booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 25-27, 2014. The festival overall drew hundreds of thousands to the Walter E Washington Convention Center downtown.

Learn more about the festival »

WID collaboration visualizes neutrino data in 3D

Located deep within the ice at the South Pole in Antarctica, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory watches for traces of the mysterious neutrino, a subatomic messenger from the cosmos that lends a greater understanding of far away events in the universe.
Thanks to a partnership between WID and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC), scientists can step inside the world’s largest neutrino detector and see neutrino events in 3D for the first time.

Read more about the collaboration »

12th Annual UW-Madison Science Expeditions

Children learn about creeping, crawling and flying bugs and insects at a hands-on exploration station organized by the Department of Entomology's Insect Ambassadors as thousands families and visitors participate in Science Expeditions at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery (WID) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 2, 2011.

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 »

UW-Madison Science Expeditions Highlight: Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center

Underwater picture of a shipwreck being explored

Wisconsin has more shipwrecks listed on the National Register of Historic Places than any other state–54. No, it’s not because those who pilot ships on lakes Michigan or Superior are more accident-prone, it’s a tribute to the preservation ethic that exists in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Sea Grant, in a long-term and highly productive partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, has capitalized on the wealth and condition of shipwrecks in the Wisconsin waters of the Great Lakes. The effort has explored, mapped, charted and publicized the shipwrecks for scholars and hobbyists alike.
At this year’s Science Expeditions, Sea Grant and the society’s maritime archaeologist will talk about the wrecks, general Great Lakes facts and how wrecks are dived and charted. Event-goers can touch and explore the port hole from the Rosinco, a luxury yacht that sank in 1928.
Read the full tale of the ship >>
Listen to audio podcasts about shipwrecks in Lake Superior >>

Primate Center Celebrates 50th anniversary


The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center turns 50 this April. To celebrate this milestone the Center shared an interview with Director Jon Levine and Terry Devitt, director of research communications at UW-Madison. The interview appeared in the On Wisconsin magazine August 21, 2011. 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 »

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 »

UW-Madison Science Expeditions Highlight: Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center

Two visitors plate a petri dish for cell growth.

Growing Stem Cells to Change the World
12-4 pm Exploration Station on Saturday, April 5, at WID
Use the same equipment and techniques that our researchers use to learn how to grow and study stem cells. Hosted by the students from the UW-Madison Wisconsin Stem Cell Roundtable.

UW-Madison Science Expeditions Highlight: Primate Research Center

A child playing with a marmoset at the Primate Center

12-4pm Primate Center Learning Lobby on Saturday, April 5
Join us at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center as we celebrate 50 years of life-saving research and humane animal care. Once again, our family of common marmosets in the lobby will inspire curiosity among all ages. We will also have a variety of hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy as they learn about Primate Center research and animal care activities.

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 »

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 »

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.