Mark your calendars for the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival, which will be held Oct. 22-25 at the Discovery Building and at other sites on campus and throughout the state. CALS faculty, staff and students will participate in several events covering topics from coffee to gene editing. Highlights include:
- Jerry Apps, CALS emeritus professor, will discuss his new book Wisconsin Agriculture: A History on Thursday afternoon, at a joint WSF-Wisconsin Book Festival event.
- Patty Loew, professor of life sciences communication, will give a talk on Friday afternoon entitled “Lights, Camera, Science: Using Digital Media and Culture to Excite Native Youth About Science.”
- Brad Barham, professor of agricultural and applied economics, will help teach us about coffee at “Coffee Talk” on Saturday morning.
- Later on Saturday, Mark Anderson of biochemistry will bring his chocolate expertise to “Chocolate Tasting: Hot Chocolate and Making the Perfect Emulsion.”
- Two life sciences communications faculty, Dietram Scheufele and Dominique Brossard, will take part in “Designer Genes: Should We Be Able To Edit Our Genomes?” on Saturday afternoon, and Dietram will also give a talk titled “(New) Interfaces in the Life Sciences” and present at Nerd Nite – Science Fest Edition later that day.
- Alfred Hartemink, professor of soil science, will talk about the “Soils of Wisconsin: Ways of Looking” and celebrate 2015 as the International Year of Soils on Sunday afternoon.