“Whenever people with great minds get together, there is the opportunity for a spark,” said Tashia Morgridge, at left with fellow UW-Madison alum and husband John Morgridge, addressing hundreds of people during Thursday’s grand opening ceremony for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

The Morgridges helped spark the creation of the Institutes when they joined Gov. Jim Doyle and the state of Wisconsin and UW-Madison in funding the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, operated by UW-Madison, and the private, nonprofit Morgridge Institute for Research, run by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Every facet of the institutes’ remarkable building is designed to promote collaboration between in-house scientists, campus researchers and the many visitors expected to frequent the restaurants and interactive science experiences.

Photos by Jeff Miller and text by Chris Barncard