CALS faculty to participate in WARF discussion series

To cap its 90th anniversary celebration, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is hosting a four-part discussion series exploring the cycle of innovation. The lectures will focus on the four pillars of innovation: research leading to discovery, invention, commercialization and investment.

The lectures are free and open to campus and the public and start this Wednesday, Oct. 14. All events will take place in the H.F. DeLuca Forum of the Discovery Building and will include a reception that follows the discussion. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance.

Three CALS faculty members will take part in the series:

  • Judith Kimble, biochemistry professor, will participate in The Rationale for Basic Research on Oct. 14 from 4-5 pm. Nicole Nelson will moderate the panel which also includes Wesley Smith, John Hawks and Richard Davidson.
  • Laura Kiessling, biochemistry and chemistry professor, and Hector DeLuca, emeritus biochemistry professor will participate in Invention: Serendipity, Necessity and Ah-Ha on Oct. 22 from 4-5 pm. The panel will be moderated by John Wiley, inventor and former UW-Madison chancellor, and also includes Guri Sohi and Dan Ludois.

Two other discussions will round out the series:

  • From Bench to Benefit: The Anatomy of a Productive Interrelationship between Academia and Industry, Nov. 2 from 4-5 pm.
  • Investing in Research, Making a Difference, Nov. 18 from 4-5 pm.

For more information, read the full UW-Madison news release here.