Wisconsin Science Festival
Dominique Brossard, Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison; Andy Diercks, Vice President, Coloma Farms, Inc.; Travis Frey, Middleton Site Lead, Monsanto; Erin Silva, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison; examine the challenges facing farmers, innovators and scientists to produce food for a growing population with resource and climate limitations.
Cassandra Vanderwall, Clinical Nutritionist, UW Hospital and Clinics, Shilagh Mirgain, Senior Psychologist, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, UW-Madison, and Jen Sanfilippo, UW-Madison Athletic Department, discuss what it takes to become a performance level athlete.
Terese Allen, Co-author, "The Flavor of Wisconsin," Ron Faiola, Author, "Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience," and Robin Shepard, Author, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs" share their thoughts on the history and cuisine of Wisconsin supper clubs.
William Bland, Professor & Chair, Department of Soil Science; Galen McKinley, Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Stephen Vavrus, Senior Scientist, Center for Climatic Research; and Benjamin Zuckerberg, Associate Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, discuss the human impact on oceans, lakes, ice, the atmosphere and living things.
Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Education & Research, Sesame Workshop; Rachel Connolly, Director of Education, NOVA; Anita Wager, Assistant Professor, School of Education, UW–Madison; and Edward Hubbard Assistant Professor, School of Education, UW-Madison join moderator Michael Harryman, Wisconsin Public Television, to discuss how to teach preschoolers math and science concepts.
Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, examines the history of poisons and the origins of chemical detection then invites the audience to solve a murder or two. Blum explores the way the lessons of forensics can help all of us navigate the maze of toxic chemicals in everyday life.
Roald Hoffmann, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University, and Vivian Torrence, Visual Artist, discuss their collaboration which produced a book filled with stories, poetry, essays and painted collages that stress the social, literary and psychological aspects of chemistry. Steve Paulson from Wisconsin Public Radio directs a discussion about this intersection of art and science.
Norman Gilliland and the 9XM Players present “Forbidden Planet Decoded,” a radio play which updates some of the science of the 1956 film classic and restores elements of the play that inspired it—“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare. In “Forbidden Planet Decoded,” the residents of Altaira 4 and their earthly visitors collide in a place where the ultimate power is not science but the human psyche.
Ira Flatow, Host, Science Friday, National Public Radio, explains why science is sexy. New studies show that people get their science education through entertainment, whether that's a trip to the museum or a “Big Bang Theory” marathon. Flatow explores ways science is popping up throughout pop culture, proving that despite what people think, science is, in fact, sexy.
Ben Sidran, a musician and author, and Richard Davidson, the director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience at UW-Madison, combine their talents, interests, and spirit of adventure to present an original exploration into the interface of neuroscience and Jazz. Sidran and Davidson offer techniques to liberate the mind, moving from “mistakes” to “opportunities.”