UW- Madison Science Expedition
On behalf of the UW-Madison Science Expeditions planning committee, I’m delighted to invite you to the 14th Annual UW Science Expeditions campus open house April 1, 2 and 3.
UW Science Expeditions is a splendid opportunity to come visit your public land-grant research university and to experience science as exploring the unknown.
As a Wisconsinsite, you are a co-owner of this campus.
As a taxpayer (and even fourth-graders pay sales taxes), you are a co-funder of the research enterprise here.
And it’s a pretty good enterprise: UW-Madison is the 4th largest research university by budget in the United States. (Notice that none of the other top 10 universities have cows on campus…)
Land-grant universities in general, and this one in particular, are remarkably welcoming places. You can’t just stroll in to the NIH campus at Bethesda, Maryland; but here, we have over two dozen science venues that you can visit nearly any weekday.
This weekend is a chance to get to explore many of those places. We hope that UW Science Expeditions will make it easier for you to know, to navigate and to visit UW-Madison throughout the coming year.
This weekend I hope you’ll come to campus, talk with the researchers, visit the venues and chat with the outreachers. I hope you'll get a chance to discover for yourself some of the special places, and get to know some of the splendid people, who make this campus an extraordinary space for everyone—anyone—who yearns to explore the unknown and to invent the future.
One more invitation—or rather, a request. In my previous life, I was a plant virologist. I admire the infectious. I’d be grateful if you’d please help spread the word about UW Science Expeditions by sharing this invitation with your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
I’d be happy to respond to any questions or suggestions.
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at UW Science Expeditions this weekend!