This year’s Wisconsin Science Festival, a four-day, statewide celebration featuring events for all ages, will be held Oct. 11-14.

Numerous CALS faculty, staff, and students will host sessions for science enthusiasts of all ages during the festival, from interactive exhibits to hands-on workshops to demonstrations, and more. Check out the schedule.

Below are a couple of events that might be of interest to the CALS community:

WANTED: More Marie Curies and Percy Julians
The facts are undeniable—women and people of color are underrepresented as inventors, leaders and entrepreneurs in STEM. But why?

The panel discussion starts at 2 p.m. in the Discovery Building and will feature:

  • Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation
  • Markus Brauer, UW–Madison professor of psychology
  • Dominique Carter, AAAS fellow and National Science Foundation
  • Holly Falk-Krzesinski, vice president of research intelligence, Elsevier Publishing
  • Jo Handelsman, moderator, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and UW–Madison professor of plant pathology

Living in the Anthropocene
We are living in an era in which humanity has become the dominant force on earth. Dennis Dimick ’74, former environment editor for National Geographic, will lead a panel that will explore the scale and implications of humanity’s impact on Earth and its systems.

Panel discussion: 2-3:30 p.m.

  • Dennis Dimick, moderator, former environment editor for National Geographic and 1974 alumnus of the Department of Life Sciences Communication
  • Erle Ellis, environmental scientist and professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Lynn Keller, professor of English and director of the Center for Culture, History and the Environment
  • Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies