Our 2021 Annual Water@UW-Madison Symposium took place May 7th 9:00am-12:00pm.
Our theme was Opportunities in a Changing World. During this symposium, we learned about state-level action plans on climate change and PFAS, the power of the arts in improving water relations, as well as how state agencies and university researchers are tackling new questions at the intersections of water and COVID-19. As we confront the major issues of our time, this exceptional lineup of presenters shared about their work conducting research, enacting policy, and asking key questions. Access a recording through Wisconsin Eye and learn more on our event page by clicking the link above.
March 18th we screened Keepers of the Water (1996): a documentary about the diverse coalition of environmental activists that successfully defeated the Exxon and Rio Algom proposed copper-zinc metallic sulfide mine and toxic waste dump at the headwaters of the Mahwāēw- Sēpēw (Menominee)/Wolf River (English translation), in Crandon, Wisconsin. Following the screening there was a discussion with Director Al Gedicks and Guy Reiter (Anahkwet) Executive Director of Menikanaehkem Community Builders moderated by Justyn Huckleberry, PhD Candidate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Click the link to access the webpage for the Wolf River Action committee where you can see the recording of the discussion and the film.
This event was made possible the Let's Talk About Water program created by CUAHSI (Universities Allied for Water Research).
In collaboration with the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin this event featured a wide range of speakers from across the system and the state, sharing their stories to inspire connections and collaboration to advance research and education, and leverage water expertise to help address water-related challenges and opportunities.
Over 200 members of the Wisconsin water community gathered to hear 21 speed talks, 4 lead talks, and special welcome messages by Chancellor Blank and Lt. Gov. Barnes at the 3rd annual Water@UW-Madison Spring Symposium.
November Happy Hour
A few dozen members of the Water@UW-Madison community gathered on Nov 9th at Der Stiftskeller in Memorial Union for an informal happy hour, with the Water@UW-Madison executive committee covering the first few pitchers.
Winners of the first Water Research Image Contest held Fall 2018 are Titus Seilheimer ("Cleaning the net"), Tommy Shannon ("Small lives, big changes"), and Brooke Weiland ("Militaristic invasive species message frame"). Explore their images and research plus many other water projects on the Water@UW-Madison Story Map.
Water@UW-Madison hosted Dr. Mark LeChevallier, former Vice President and Chief Science Advisor of American Water Works Company, Inc., as the Weston Roundtable speaker and facilitated a separate luncheon for related PIs and graduate students to discuss the current challenges facing drinking water systems.
Water enthusiasts from across Madison and the around the state came together for a poster session & reception with 44 presenters. Dr. Remucal gave a talk about PFAS and photo contest winners were announced.
March Happy Hour
A few dozen members of the Water@UW-Madison community gathered on March 29th at The Sett in Union South for an informal happy hour, with the Water@UW-Madison executive committee covering the first few pitchers. Next up: the Terrace!
A standing-room-only crowd turned out for a special edition of Science on Tap Madison with Dan Egan at Working Draft Beer Company on Oct 17, 2018.
With a theme of "Connecting People and Water Scholarship through Better Communication", this symposium featured Jerry Apps as well as Sharon Dunwoody, Finn Ryan, and Moira Harrington. In addition, 24 speakers presented 5-minute speed talks on a broad range of water research topics.
The 2nd annual poster session featured 34 water research posters from 10 different departments on campus as well as from organization partners such as the WI Department of Natural Resources and UW-Extension.
Members of the Water@UW-Madison Community met at the Terrace on Tuesday, July 16th for a Happy Hour! There was also an opportunity to meet members of the CUAHSI Board of Directors.
A subset of Water@UW-Madison groups braved slush and wet feet to share their water projects with the greater Madison community on a frozen Lake Mendota at the Clean Lakes Alliance's Frozen Assets Festival on Feb 2, 2019.
The 2018 Fall Poster Session on Oct 16, 2018 showcased water research by students, faculty, and scientists from 17 departments and programs across UW-Madison and attracted many community members ahead of the Go Big Read keynote talk with Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.
Dovetailing with the theme of the Spring Symposium, Water@UW-Madison worked with Holly Walter Kerby and Jessica Courtier of Wisconsin Story Works to offer a science communication workshop on "What Story Can Teach Us About Science Communication".