Fall Potpourri III

November 7 – Milwaukee Art Museum: Quadracci Pavillion Anniversary

Join Amy Kirschke, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s director of adult, docent, and school programs, as she presents the history of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. Both cutting-edge technology and old-world craftsmanship went into creating this sculptural addition, which has become an icon, not only for the Art Museum, but also for the city of Milwaukee.

November 14 – Road Salt in Natural Waters

This research will address the problem of groundwater that is contaminated with road salt. Chloride is the predominant dissolved-phase constituent of road salt and is highly mobile in runoff water, surface water, and groundwater. The concentrations of chloride in surface waters of Southeastern Wisconsin have been measured in exceedance of both chronic (395 mg/L) and acute (757 mg/L) toxicity levels for several decades during periods of road salt application and precipitation/snowmelt-driven runoff. Interestingly, higher chloride levels have also been observed during summer months along sections of the Root River when road salt applications are negligible and precipitation/snowmelt-driven runoff is relatively low. It has been hypothesized that the mass discharge of residual chloride via groundwater flow (baseflow) to the Root River can explain the high levels of chloride during summer, but this hypothesis has yet to be tested. The goal of this research is to quantify the residual groundwater component of the mass discharge of chloride to the Root River before, during, and after the summer months.

November 21 – Early Milwaukee

This course will explore the genesis of Milwaukee beginning with the fur traders who moved through the area to the movers and shakers of the 20th century.

Dates and locations to be announced.

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