From identifying research areas of interest to navigating lab cultures, WISCIENCE’s undergraduate research programs are touchpoints for students during their time at UW–Madison. When undergraduate Jaitri Joshi graduates this spring, the biochemistry and life sciences communication double major will have spearheaded several WISCIENCE initiatives and been a WISCIENCE Undergraduate Research Peer Leader for over three years. Jaitri sat down with Department of Biochemistry communications specialist Catherine Steffel to share her story.
An update on which of our courses will be offered in fall 2022.
Kevin J. Niemi, emeritus director of outreach programs at the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement, for extensive contributions to science outreach, public engagement in science, and science education in Wisconsin, nationally, and beyond.
A letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, drafted by WISCIENCE Director Janet Branchaw and colleagues.
WISCIENCE Public Service Fellow Adrian George partnered with the Policy & Engagement Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop a strategy for the identification of risk and disproportionate impacts of pollution and climate change for communities in Wisconsin. They researched other states’ approaches to environmental justice screening and analyzed Wisconsin’s existing data to write a proposal recommending a methodology to be used to best approach these environmental impacts on a large-scale initiative in Wisconsin.
As this challenging academic year winds down, it can be especially valuable for grad students to take the time to consider where they’re headed, writes Steve Lee and WISCIENCE faculty director Janet Branchaw.
During his remarkable 24-year career with WISCIENCE, Kevin Niemi, who retired in January 2021, was a leader in identifying and developing partnerships with community members and organizations. He brought his expertise in STEM education to K-12 students, to UW–Madison students, and to teachers in school districts throughout the state, nation and even the world, primarily in Thailand.
Dr. Kevin Niemi was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) for his outstanding life-long work with Science Education in Wisconsin. WSST recognizes teachers of science annually for their achievements. The Ron Gibbs Award is given to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in science education over a long and distinguished career in Wisconsin.
The Wonderful World of Microbes – a fascinating and beautifully illustrated zine about the widespread influence of tiny organisms we usually can’t see.