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Don’t forget: The Wisconsin Science Festival starts Nov. 2. If you plan to check it out, try to catch one of these CALS-hosted activities:

D.C. Smith Greenhouse: Greenhouse Visit
Details: Stop by these delightful greenhouses on the UW-Madison campus to learn about plants and their environment. Check out student projects and visit the indoor tropical conservatory at the D. C. Smith Greenhouse.
Location: UW-Madison D.C. Smith Greenhouse
Thursday 11/02 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday 11/03 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Communicating Science, Illuminating Discovery
Details: Dominique Brossard, professor of Life Sciences Communication, is one of many who will discuss how creating impact through science means communicating effectively. Go beyond peer-reviewed journals with this mini-symposium on mastering the message through media as varied as story, blogging and broadcast.
Location: UW-Madison Discovery Building
Friday 11/03 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dairy Cattle Center Tour
Details: Take a tour through the UW Dairy Cattle Center.
Location: UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Center
Thursday 11/02 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday 11/03 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 11/04 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday 11/05 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

UW-Madison Dairy Production Observation
Details: A UW-Madison student who works in the Babcock Hall Dairy Store will talk with you from the second story observation window overlooking the dairy plant (the plant is not in production on Saturdays so you will not see any production). They will discuss milk processing, ice cream and cheese making. Questions are welcome. Ice cream may be purchased in the store before or after the tour. Tour times are 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Location: UW-Madison Babcock Hall
Saturday 11/04 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

fANTastic Farmers! Leaf-Cutter Ant Display Colony
Details: Visit the Currie-lab’s large leaf-cutter ant colony at the UW-Madison Microbial Sciences Building and learn about these amazing organisms! Observe the ants cutting and carrying leaves to feed the symbiotic fungus they farm in underground chambers. Watch the ants raise their young and weed their fungus. Plus, learn how we can improve our understanding of basic biology, discover new antibiotics, and contribute to biofuel research by studying these insects. Visitors can observe our display colony, play a game to experience the challenges of forming a successful leaf-cutter ant colony, and learn how to collect ants in their own backyards.
Location: UW-Madison Microbial Sciences Building
Saturday 11/04 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The following events may also be of interest to the CALS community:

Photo at top: Bryce Richter/UW-Madison.

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