Welcome to ALS 500 & 600! You are in the right place if you are looking for your extensive listening opportunities. If you are not an ALS 500 or 600 student that’s ok – you can still attend these events if you would like. If you are an ALS 500 or 600 student, you need to attend one of the events from the list below. After you attend one of these events, write a brief summary and reaction – you can ask your teacher if you have any questions about this. Turn these into your teacher by September 26th (next Thursday).
REMINDER: Choose a variety of events, don’t just choose the same type of event every week – this will be a part of your ELL grade.
1) Genomics Seminar Series
Elizabeth Worthey, Medical College of Wisconsin. MCW’s Genomic Medicine Clinic has been operational more than two years. As the first genomics based integrated genetics clinic of its kind, development required definition of appropriate patient counseling, analysis, interpretation, and reporting. Worthey will discuss how to incorporate genomic data to support diagnosis with particular focus on informatics, discussion of discoveries, challenges and lessons learned applying NGS in the clinic.
When: Thursday, September 19th @ 1:30 pm
Location: UW Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building
2) Distinguished Lectures in Microbiology
Like science? Join Dr. Kenn Gerdes from Newcastle University for a lecture called, Epigenetic control ofbacterial persistence by (p)ppGpp.
From Wikipedia: Microbiology (from Greek μῑκρος, mīkros, “small”;βίος, bios, “life“; and -λογία, –logia) is the study of microscopic organisms, either unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony), or acellular (lacking cells).Microbiology encompasses numerous sub-disciplines including virology, mycology, parasitology, and bacteriology.
When: Thursday, September 19th @ 3:30pm
Location: Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences
3) Weston Roundtable: Ecohydrology for Sustainability
Ecohydrology seeks to elucidate interactions between hydrologic and ecologic processes. Its two salient benefits are development of a scientific basis for improved environmental decisions and more sustainable stewardship of resources. Understanding the provision of ecosystem services and how they may change with human interventions is a key challenge. Examples will show how ecohydrologic science can inform decision-making for sustainability in natural, urban, and agricultural settings.
When: Thursday, September 19th @ 4:15pm
Location: Room 1163 Mechanical Engineering Building
4) WUD Film Presents: Stoker (2013)
After India’s (Mia Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him (Official Site).
When: Thursday September 19th @ 7pm; Friday the 20th @ 9:30pm; Saturday the 21st @ 9:30pm
Location: The Marquee, Union South
5) Party with the Stars:
Star Gazing @ the UW Space Splace. Dr. Jim Lattis will give a short presentation on what objects are currently in the night sky and how to find them. Following that we will set up telescopes on our rooftop deck, weather permitting. Check out their website for more information here.
When: Friday, September 20th @ 8pm
Location: 2300 S. Park Street
6) Wisconsin’s Rich Food Heritage: Exploring the Steenbock Library Cookbook Collection
Celebrate Wisconsin’s food heritage with cookbooks, food tastings and a talk by a culinary historian. 5:30 – 7:00pm at Steenbock Library view the collection, sample foods and talk to chefs. 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Microbial Science Building listen to “Porcupine Meatballs: Finding History in Community Cookbooks” by Traci Nathans-Kelly. Sponsors: Friends of the Campus Libraries, Steenbock Library, CHEW, REAP Food Group, Wisconsin Local Foods Journal, Vom Fass and the GreenHouse Learning Community.
When: Friday, September 20th @ 5:30pm
Location: Steenbock Library, 1st Floor
7) English Conversation Time
This free conversation time is a wonderful way to practice your English skills with native English teachers AND learn about US culture.
When: Friday, September 13th @ 6pm
Location: The Press House. This building is at the very end of State Street – it is the own with the SUBWAY in the basement.
8) Arboretum Native Plan Garden Tour
Free tour led by the Arboretum’s native plants gardener. Color, fruits, seeds, late-blooming plants, late-season insects – we will find these and more in the varied garden areas around the Visitor Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to get outside while the weather is warm!
When: Saturday, September 21st @ 1pm
Location: Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum
9) Arboretum Night Walk: The Equinox
This is also a free naturalist-led hike with the UW Arboretum. Watch the sun set on the autumnal equinox, and learn more about the science and lore of this annual occurrence.
When: Saturday, September 21st @ 7pm
Location: Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum
10) Arboretum Walk: Arboretum Sampler
There is also a walk on Sunday at 1pm that will be a great introduction to the UW Arboretum if you have never been. Meet at the Visitor’s Center.
11) Cave of the Mounds WESLI Trip!
Cave of the Mounds – National Natural Landmark is the premier cave in the upper Midwest, and is called the jewel box of America’s major show caves for the variety and delicacy of its formations. Guided tours of this geologic wonder follow paved, lighted walkways departing regularly everyday of the year (except closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Above ground activities delight visitors of all ages. The Gift Shop has a large selection of rock and fossil specimens from around the world. The Visitor Center houses natural history exhibits. Visitors fill their pockets with treasure at the gemstone mine and fossil dig. The grounds include extensive prairie and rock and butterfly gardens as well as interpretive hiking trails and a bike trail.
When: Sunday, September 22nd from 9am – 2pm
Location: Please talk to Ally in room LL2 if you would like to join this event or for more information. The trip costs $15
12) Organizing Immigrant Workers
Professor Kent Wong will talk about Building a New Labor Movement for the New Working Class. The HavensCenter Visiting Speakers Program presents Kent Wong, who will give the 1st of 2 talks under the theme, “The Fight for Immigrant Rights and the U.S. Labor Movement”. Q&A will follow. Sponsored by the Havens Center and the Center for Global Studies.
Kent Wong is the director of the UCLA Labor Center, where he teaches courses in labor studies and Asian American studies. He previously served as staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union. He was the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the founding president of the United Association for Labor Education, and currently is vice president of the California Federation of Teachers.
When: Tuesday, September 24th @ 4pm
Location: Room 206, Ingraham Hall
Professor Wong will also give a lecture about Immigrant Reform and the Immigrant Youth Movement on Wednesday @ 4pm in Room 8417 Sewell Social Sciences Building.
13) Rhodessa Jones
Creative Survival, Creative Performance: Perusing the New Narrative
Spring 2014 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence Rhodessa Jones will speak about her award winning “Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women” and her work with Cultural Odyssey, as well as her spring course on “Forward Motion: Performing the New Narratives of the 21st Century.”
RHODESSA JONES is Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey. She is an actress, teacher, singer, and writer. Ms. Jones is also the Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which is a performance workshop that is designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women.
When: Wednesday, September 25th @ 4pm
Location: Blackbox Performance Space, Room B32, Sellery Residence Hall
14) Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
The talk will focus on sustainability via synthetic biology. Finding a sustainable alternative for today’s petrochemical industry is a major challenge facing chemical engineers and society at large. Advances in synthetic biology and other biological engineering disciplines have expanded the scope of what chemicals can be produced in a living organism.
Lecture Title: The Grazer/Grassland Grapple: Paleontological and geological arguments over the evolution of the Western Plains
When: Wednesday, September 25th @ 7pm
Location: Room 1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building