Autumn is sweeping across our campus, and I am delighted to bring you the latest updates from the Morgridge Institute for Research. Your steadfast support has been instrumental in fueling our pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and transformative breakthroughs.
As we reflect on the impact of your generosity, I am thrilled to share the exciting developments of the past few months. In July, we welcomed two new investigators who bring powerful, innovative technologies to study human biology and disease: Randy Bartels and Juan Caicedo. Together, they are looking for bold new approaches to image biology — to see what is currently unseeable.
Randy and Juan are here because of the enormous support of donors like you. You make it possible to hire leading scientists dedicated to improving human health.
You are also a pivotal partner in science education, engagement, and outreach. This summer we hosted 50 students and 10 teachers at the annual, beloved Summer Science Camp. Campers hailed from 14 school districts across Wisconsin where finances may be tight and local science enrichment opportunities may be few and far between. The campers found untold value in the interaction they have with with real scientists, and the sense that they too could succeed pursuing a science career.
As we enter the season of gratitude, I’m extending my heartfelt thanks for your unwavering support. Your belief in the power of research and discovery inspires us daily and motivates us to reach new heights. Together, we are shaping a brighter future for generations to come.
Brad Schwartz, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Morgridge Institute for Research
P.S. What’s on the cover? You’ll see a middle school student using DIY electroscopes to test and measure the static charge of materials.
Igniting curious minds
Bringing science to the world
Your support is vital to expanding science outreach and education. Thank you for helping scientists and educators build partnerships with UW–Madison, our local community, and the state to bring the joy and wonders of science to children and families.
Through your generosity, we are able to develop and deliver engaging educational programs, afterschool programming, science field trips, and hands-on activities that ignite curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of groundbreaking scientific discoveries.
Your support enables us to reach diverse audiences, from students to families, and to cultivate a passion for science that can shape the future. Together, we are building bridges of knowledge and inspiring the next generation of curious minds. Thank you for helping make science accessible, relatable, and transformative for all.
You play an important role in pushing science forward. Thanks to private support from donors like you, the Morgridge Institute is working to improve human health. We can’t do this work without you—THANK YOU.
Here’s a look at some of the milestones made possible by you.
Students and educators from rural high schools across Wisconsin spent a week on campus to experience science firsthand at the 17th annual Summer Science Camp.
Afterschool Expeditions is an outreach program brings the wonders of science to community centers across the city — it’s about fun and exploration.
New Assistant Outreach Coordinator Felipe Rosas Gomez brings his diverse perspective and passion for education and community engagement to Morgridge.
A group of 7th grade students from the Madison Metropolitan School District explored a variety of STEM activities and developed their own science identities at summer camp.
Middle schoolers explored material science and plant science at a recent field trip to the Discovery Building.
New Morgridge Investigator Randy Bartels develops light microscopy and laser technology to illuminate biology we can't currently see — such as ultra-deep imaging of tissues and large regions of cells.
Meet new Morgridge biomedical imaging Investigator Juan Caicedo, who specializes in machine learning to decode complex patterns in human biology.
Fifth graders from Shorewood Hill Elementary, a school in the Madison Metropolitan School District, attended a field trip to the Discovery Building this month.
Science for All
When you establish a planned gift, you help inspire the next generation of scientists. Planned gifts through an estate or annuities help support science education and outreach activities, like the Summer Science Camp.
Contact Bill Swisher, Chief Development Officer, today.