Crestwood's 6th Annual Explore Science Night

Over fifty-five students and fifteen local exhibitors including SPIE/OSA chapter members from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shown behind table from left to right -- Zach Poskin, Kirby Campbell, Ben Cox and Lauren Woods -- participated in Crestwood's 6th Annual Explore Science Night.

Crestwood Elementary school organizes an "Explore Science Night" event every year during the Spring semester. All students, from 4K to 5th grade, can present their projects. Also, any adult or group of adults from the community can participate as exhibitor.   Future participants can apply through Crestwood Elementary School contact.

SPIE/OSA affiliates host exhibit for UW Madison Science Expeditions 2016

As part of the 14th Annual Science Expeditions, UW-Madison SPIE/OSA student chapter affiliates Lauren Woods, Kirby Campbell, Ben Cox, Andreas Velten, Heidi Kletzien, and James Ng participated in an outreach exhibit at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery to inform the public and laypeople about light microscopy and biophotonics on campus at UW-Madison. 

Science Expeditions 2016 is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Science Alliance and brings together researchers, outreachers, and volunteers who organize public science outreach events and programs at the University and throughout Wisconsin.  The Alliance was launched in 2003 at the beginning of the Centennial of the Wisconsin Idea -- the commitment that all the people of Wisconsin should benefit from the work of the University.  Those interested in joining to receive weekly email updates about events, including statewide events, and subcommittee meetings should send an email to join the Science Alliance listserv

SPIE's goal is to connect students all over campus with the resources they need for future development through seminars, industry outings and informal gatherings. Students from every discipline are encouraged and welcome to help shape this newly reformed organization! You need not even be a member of SPIE. Please forward any questions, comments, suggestions to spie.uw@gmail.com.

New Morgridge team leader foresees era of 'smart microscopes'

Zebrafish gastrulation, an early phase of embryonic development, captured in a 4-lens light sheet instrument over the course of 14 hours. Every nucleus is fluorescently labelled and color coded for depth (Movie by Gopi Shah, MPI-CBG).

Image shown: Zebrafish gastrulation, an early phase of embryonic development, captured in a 4-lens light sheet instrument over the course of 14 hours. Every nucleus is fluorescently labelled and color coded for depth (Movie by Gopi Shah, MPI-CBG).

Jan Huisken, a scientist who develops tools to image biology in its unaltered natural state, will lead the medical engineering focus area at the Morgridge Institute for Research and help catalyze a campus-wide multi-scale imaging initiative.

Huisken, a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany, will join Morgridge in August and also serve on the biomedical engineering faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Morgridge, Huisken will replace medical physicist Thomas “Rock” Mackie, who retired in 2014, as the new permanent director of medical engineering.

“Jan is bringing to Wisconsin the perfect blend of cutting-edge scientific pursuits, collegiality and the desire to make broader impacts on human health through his work,” says Morgridge CEO Brad Schwartz.

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