Many CALS presenters in this week’s Wisconsin Science Fest

From chocolate to cranberries, insects to organic crops, soils to storytelling to conserving the Curry Murals, the Wisconsin Science FestivalSeptember 27-30, includes many exciting presentations involving CALS and its research.

  • Organic vs. conventional cropping: Demo and tour of the 20-year Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial at the Arlington Ag Research Station
  • Chocolate: From Bean to Bar. Food science professor Rich Hartel teams with Chef Michael Pruett (Steenbock’s) to take participants through the entire process of chocolate-making, culminating with a taste test of chocolate-dipped strawberries and hands-on experience molding chocolate.
  • The Native American Cranberry Bog. Join horticulture professor Juan Zalapa as you see, touch, smell and taste the American cranberry, one of the only American native fruits grown on a large scale—nearly half of them in Wisconsin.
  • Science and Storytelling. Genetics professor Sean Carroll, VP for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, discusses film as a powerful medium for bringing science to life.
  • The Joy of Looking at Soils. Artists dating back to the Middle Ages noticed things about soil that others failed to see–and their work opened the way for scientific investigation. Soil science professor Alfred Hartemink presents artworks illuminating this journey.

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