ALS 500 & 600 ELL #1 (Fall 2)

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. This is the FIRST Extensive Listening Log opportunity of the session – make sure you talk to your teacher about when your ELL is due.

1) Astronomy Colloquium: The Future of Age - How asteroseismology reveals fundamental properties of stars like our sun

Some day we can hope to hear an announcement of the signs of life on a planet around another star, and when that happens, our first question will be “How old is that star?” In this talk I will present a framework for understanding the problem of stellar age estimation, the limitations encountered with conventional (pre-seismology) methods, how asteroseismology provides constraints on key physical parameters of stars, and what limitations still exist in the problem of estimating stellar ages.

When: Thursday, October 30th @ 3:30pm

Location: Room 4421 Sterling Hall

2) Neuroscience Lecture Series: The neural correlates of consciousness in sleep

This lecture will look at a high-density EEG study by Francesca Siclari, PhD, Sleep Laboratory of the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland.

When: Thursday, October 30th @ 4pm

Location: John D. Wiley Conference Center, Waisman Center

3) Sustainable Infrastructure: Is there such a thing?

Operating conditions under which infrastructure must perform are challenging. Demands for natural resources continue to climb; communities are forced to adapt to new climate conditions. Imagine transforming infrastructure from being “less bad” to fostering dramatic improvements in sustainability. Our speaker will introduce the Sustainable Action Map and ENVISION. Together they inspire us to ask two fundamental questions: Are we doing the right project? Are we doing the project right?

When: Thursday, October 30th @ 4:15pm

Location: Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building

4) Saturday Science @ Discovery: Harnessing the Elements

From fire to water, from carbon to gold, discover the elements through interactive exploration stations at this family-friendly event. Learn how humans have learned to use the elements; explore the science behind renewable energy; understand the role the elements play in our environment; and more!

When: Saturday, November 1st @ 10am to noon

Location: Town Center, Discovery Building

5) Town Center Tour

The guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and covers the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The tour is free and open to the public, and no reservation is required. Please meet at the welcome desk on the first floor.

When: Saturday, November 1st @ 11am

Location: Town Center, Discovery Building

6) Tour of the "Lost City" (Arboretum Walk)

Free naturalist-led program. While we always tour this area around Halloween, there’s really nothing spooky about this abandoned dream of a Venice of the North. Learn about this failed 1920s residential area and how understanding the land is important for proper development. Program starts indoors with an overview of the doomed Lake Forest project, then we will hike to the site.

When: Sunday, November 2nd @ 1pm

Location: Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum

7) Sustainable Energy Seminar Series: Sustainability of Bioenergy Systems

The Wisconsin Energy Institute is helping facilitate a series of seminars focused on University of Wisconsin–Madison expertise in sustainable energy. The series will allow students and the public to explore sustainable energy solutions from the small to large, learn about the challenges facing sustainable energy and interact with experts from across campus.

When: Monday, November 3rd @ 4pm

Location: Wisconsin Energy Institute

8) C4 Public Lecture: The Science of Networks

The Center for Complexity and Collective Computation (C4) at WID presents the John von Neumann Public Lecture Series in Complexity and Computation. The November lecture will be given by Raissa D'Souza from the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering at the University of California-Davis.

When: Wednesday, November 5th @ 7pm

Location: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.


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