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CALS is part of Wisconsin Science Fest – Sept 26–29

Several CALS scientists are participating in the Wisconsin Science Festival, September 26 – 29, 2013.  The Wisconsin Science Festival is the invention of a coalition of scientists, artists, citizens and organizations passionate about engaging everyone in the wonder and power of science. This year’s event is hosted in multiple venues across the state.

Here’s a list of CALS-related events in the Madison area by day:

THURSDAY:

Discovery Expo – The Discovery Expo features more than 60 exploration stations over the four days of the festival, with new events each day. Launch a rocket, learn about polar ice, make a cell, see racing robots, clone a plant, create a tornado, pet a cockroach and more at this family-friendly event consisting of hands-on activities, exhibits, discussions and performances. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at WID.

FRIDAY:

Chocolate: From Bean to Bar – Rich Hartel, a UW–Madison professor of food science, teams with Chef Michael Pruett 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. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at WID.

Innovation Café—A NOVA Science Cafe at Discovery – NOVA hosts biochemist Alan Attie and environmental chemist Cathy Middlecamp for an Innovation Café: Sugar, sugar, everywhere, even in your genes. In this café built around the themes of NOVA’s Making Stuff: Safer, Cathy Middlecamp of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will discuss the composition of beverages and food in terms of sugar content. Is consuming this much sugar safe? Is sugar consumption imparting genetic changes in humans? UW–Madison biochemist Alan Attie will speak on the nature of our genes in connection to the obesity epidemic. 5 p.m. at WID.

Discovery Expo – The Discovery Expo features more than 60 exploration stations over the four days of the festival, with new events each day. Launch a rocket, learn about polar ice, make a cell, see racing robots, clone a plant, create a tornado, pet a cockroach and more at this family-friendly event consisting of hands-on activities, exhibits, discussions and performances. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at WID.

SATURDAY:

The Science of Cheesemaking with GetCulture – Drop in to meet the folks of GetCulture and learn about the science of home cheesemaking! This program is part of the weekly Saturday morning Bubbler program series called Meet Your Makers. 9 a.m. at Madison Public Library – Central Branch.

Poultry Research Lab Tour – Take a guided tour of the Poultry Research Lab, which houses several hundred chickens used for various research projects on campus. Candle eggs during incubation and discuss requirements for successful incubation. See young chicks in the chick room and adults in floor pens and cages. The tour guide will discuss some of the campus research projects that use chickens, and also will answer questions about poultry husbandry and the poultry industry in Wisconsin. Space is limited; please sign up for a tour time. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the UW Poultry Research Laboratory.

Dairy Cattle Center Tour – Learn about the teaching and research that takes place on campus and see a working milking operation. This is an open tour; no reservations are required. 11 a.m. at the UW Dairy Cattle Center.

The Science of Sausage: Bratwurst – Learn about the science of bratwurst manufacturing, observe a demonstration of making a bratwurst from beginning to end and sample bratwursts. 12 p.m. at WID.

Discovery Expo – The Discovery Expo features more than 60 exploration stations over the four days of the festival, with new events each day. Launch a rocket, learn about polar ice, make a cell, see racing robots, clone a plant, create a tornado, pet a cockroach and more at this family-friendly event consisting of hands-on activities, exhibits, discussions and performances. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at WID.

SUNDAY:

Brave Genius: A Scientist’s Journey from the French Resistance to the Nobel  – Sean Carroll will chronicle the adventures of Jacques Monod, a co-founder of molecular biology, from the dark years of the German occupation of Paris to the heights of the Nobel Prize, his friendship with the great writer Albert Camus and his emergence as a public figure and leading voice of science. 12 p.m. at WID.

Livestock Laboratory Tour – Visitors to the livestock lab will learn about the research and teaching experiences that take place in the lab. Guests also will have an opportunity to see pigs, sheep and calves. Space is limited; please sign up for a tour time. 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the UW Livestock Laboratory.

Cooking with Frank N. Foode – This video series explores the different ways that food has been transformed by humans, with a particular emphasis on genetic changes, both ancient and recent. Each video focuses on a particular change in food, such as smoking jalapeno peppers to produce chipotles or doubling the chromosomes in limes and watermelons to make them seedless, and represents that change in a recipe anyone can make at home. Cooking demonstrations will be integrated into this event. 12 p.m. at WID.

The Joy of Looking at Soils – The aesthetics of soils have fascinated people of every era, and artists depicted differences between soils that had yet to be named or described. Though these old landscape paintings date back to medieval times and most landscape and soil paintings were made in the 18th centruy, the painters saw things that most failed to see. We can now look at their work through the lens of modern soil science and see how their art opened the way for later investigation. In this lecture, Alfred Hartemink of the department of soil science will use paintings to illustrate aspects of soils and how we view them. 2 p.m. at WID.

Beer: Civilization and Science – Beer has had a huge influence on many facets of human civilization and history, including the biological sciences. Microbiologist Jon T. Roll will share fun facts on how beer has influenced human civilization and the basics of how beer is brewed. 2 p.m. at WID.

Discovery Expo – The Discovery Expo features more than 60 exploration stations over the four days of the festival, with new events each day. Launch a rocket, learn about polar ice, make a cell, see racing robots, clone a plant, create a tornado, pet a cockroach and more at this family-friendly event consisting of hands-on activities, exhibits, discussions and performances. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at WID.

Go here for a full schedule of events.

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