Posts tagged Lake Mendota
Posts tagged Lake Mendota
UW Toboggan Run
Down Observatory Hill and out onto Lake Mendota, the first Toboggan Run on campus was built in the late 1880s by the UW Toboggan Club. The course was improved in 1911 to include a 600-foot wooden run and an additional 600-foot cleared path out onto Lake Mendota.
A more sturdy, concrete run was constructed in the 1930s, thanks, in part, to a monetary gift from the class of 1933 to the UW Hoofers Club. The new site included electric lights, a safety gate and an automatic toboggan release.
The construction of Liz Waters Hall in the late 1930s put an end to this particular winter activity although you might say the tradition lives on with students sliding down the hill on cafeteria trays borrowed from the residence halls.
For more information about UW-Madison campus history, visit archives.library.wisc.edu or contact email@example.com.
Want to see more FABULOUS historic campus photos? Visit the UW Digital Collections’ University of Wisconsin-Madison Collection.
Photos show the UW tobogan run, c. 1911. Image #S07722 and #S07723.
Arthur Hasler, (b. January 5, 1908 – d. March 23, 2001), was a world renowned limnologist, who enjoyed a 41 year career as a member of the UW-Madison faculty. Born in Lehi, Utah, Hasler graduated from Brigham Young University in 1932, and earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1937. He then joined the UW-Madison faculty as an instructor and achieved the rank of professor in 1948.
During the 1940s Hasler spent time working in postwar Germany as a research analyst for the Air Force Strategic Bombing Survey. While in Germany he developed a lifelong love for German language and literature, and was known to pepper his popular undergraduate lectures with lines from Goethe to convey to his students nature’s moral and ethical beauty.
Hasler was best known for his research within the Department of Limnology. Limnology, as Hasler describes in this clip, is “the science of lakes,” a field in which he and his students attempt to “unfathom the unknowns of the aquatic community.”
Hasler played a vital role in the construction of the Laboratory of Limnology on Lake Mendota and the Trout Lake Station on Trout Lake, continuing the legacy of limnology leadership of his predecessors E. A. Birge and Chancey Juday.
In the late 1940s, Hasler began his seminal research on the homing behavior of salmon. Hasler showed how “olfactory imprinting” allowed salmon to swim thousands of miles to spawn in the stream of their birth. Hasler also researched land-water interactions that shed light on the impact of agricultural runoff on water quality in Lake Mendota. His work with local politicians, civic groups, and the state legislature helped combat the effects of cultural eutrophication, the excessive loading of nutrients into lakes from urban and agricultural runoff, and was an example of effectively using science to guide public policy.
Dr. Hasler enjoyed a prolific career in and out of the university. He advised 52 doctoral students, authored more than 200 publications and seven books, and served as Zoology Department chair in 1953 and 1955-1957. Additionally, he served as president of the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, the American Society of Zoologists, and the Ecological Society of America.
In addition to his numerous honorary degrees and achievements, Hasler was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 1969, and in 1972 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He retired in 1978.
If spawning fish has spawned a curiosity about limnology research, be sure to check out the UW-Madison Center for Limnology’s official blog. For more information about Dr. Hasler’s background, work, and service, you can listen to over 4 hours of recorded audio interviews through the UW-Madison Oral History Program. The University Archives also maintains a sizable collection of Hasler’s papers.
For more information about Arthur Hasler or UW-Madison history, visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu.
By Marcus Bacher for the UW-Madison Archives.
Arthur Hasler film clip from “The University Serves” (c. 1966).
Photo from the UW Digital Collections Center “The History of Limnology Collection.” Hasler and unidentified fisherman at the annual Madison Fisherman’s Association perchery, c. 1954-1955.
Venetian Night: A University of Wisconsin-Madison Tradition!
Venetian Night was an early University of Wisconsin-Madison campus traditions held from 1911-1930. Taking place in late May, the event commonly included both parades and décor contests of illuminated and decorated water floats with music performances and a fireworks display at the close.
For more information about all of UW-Madison’s past and present traditions and celebrations, contact the University Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Emily Eubanks for UW-Madison Archives.