WID Affiliated Researchers Add Expertise and Enthusiasm to Wisconsin Science Festival

Science Fest LogoEach year the Wisconsin Science Festival reaches out across the state to present new ideas and enthusiasm for research and inquiry. This year from October 22-25, 2015 the opportunities for public engagement in science continue with an impressive schedule of wide-ranging topics. In 36 towns and cities from Williams Bay to Bayfield and from Spring Green to Green Bay, programs will be offered in a vast variety of scientific genres. Our own researchers and affiliates at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery in Madison will be offering their expertise in the Discovery Building. If you have ever wondered what goes on above and below the first floor of the Town Center, here is your chance to sample our science and meet some of our researchers.

Experience Virtual Reality

Patricia Brennan
Patti Brennan-Theme Leader, Living Environments Lab

The Living Environments Laboratory features a new virtual reality experience from the Model This! contest winners from Wisconsin Heights High School. Guests will tour the D. C. Smith Greenhouse via the interactive CAVE. To round out the experience, the public is also invited to see the D.C. Smith Greenhouse in person at the Science Festival during the day on Thursday and Friday. Reservations for the virtual reality demonstration is currently closed. For future CAVE tours visit LEL’s events page.

Thursday, October 22nd    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 23rd     4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 24th     10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Discovery Building
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Big Ideas for Busy People

Kevin Ponto
Kevin Ponto – Principal Investigator, Living Environments Lab
Jordan Ellenberg
Jordan Ellenberg – Discovery Fellow, Optimization
Andreas Velten
Andreas Velten – WID Collaborator

It’s like speed dating for your brain! Nine of UW’s best and brightest professors offer a five minute lecture on their area of expertise and allow five minutes for Q&A. When the gong sounds, it’s on to the next subject. Andreas Velten, Jordan Ellenberg and Kevin Ponto lend their brilliant commentary to this fast-paced event.

Thursday, October 22nd     7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Discovery Building
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Designer Genes: Should We Be Able to Edit Our Genomes?

Kris Saha
Kris Saha – Principal Investigator, BIONATES

The advent of the CRISPR-CAS9 technique to more easily edit the genome, renewed ethical questions that researchers face. This round table discussion, moderated by Dominique Brossard, chair of UW-Madison’s Life Science Communication, will feature Kris Saha from our BIONATES theme (BIONAnocomposite Tissue Engineering Scaffolds) along with Megan McClean, ethicist Pilar Ossorio and communications expert Dietram Scheufele. Saha’s commentary featured in a recent edition of Issues in Science and Technology gives a glimpse of what to expect.

Saturday, October 24th     1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Discovery Building
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Curated by Patricia Pointer