Jim Madsen

Associate Director, IceCube Neutrino Observatory

Jim Madsen is an associate director of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO), where he leads the education and outreach team and is also a professor in the physics department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The ICNO is an NSF major facility located at the South Pole that looks for almost invisible neutrinos, cosmic messengers created in some of the most extreme places in the Universe. He has deployed five times to Antarctica and provides opportunities to engage a wide range of audiences with IceCube astrophysics research. These include one-time talks to community organizations and school groups, week-long summer residential enrichment programs for high school students in the UWRF Upward Bound program, and field deployments for nine teachers to the South Pole to work with the IceCube project in conjunction with the NSF-funded PolarTREC and TEA programs. He has provided research opportunities for over 150 undergraduate students including nine who have deployed to Antarctica. He is one of the founding members of the IceCube Diversity Task Force and recently worked with IceCube Colleague Silvia Bravo to obtain supplemental NSF funding to start the Multimessenger Diversity Network.


Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Best Practices and the Diversification Challenge
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 3:20 pm
This session will focus on best practices in STEM education and workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and building collaborations. EPO professionals from across the NSF Large Facilities portfolio will share exemplar programs and practices, and will work to explore future projects and collaborations.

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