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330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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October 2021

2020 Wisconsin Science Festival Events – Available Year Round

October 21 @ 9:00 am - October 24 @ 9:00 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Click HERE to explore the fun activities and content from the 2020 Wisconsin Science Festival. The dots on the map include links from the recordings of our live events as well as great videos and at-home activities you can enjoy any time you'd like! Mark your calendars for next year's Wisconsin Science Festival, October 21-24, 2021.

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Wisconsin Book Festival: A World Without Soil (Jo Handelsman)

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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A scientist’s manifesto addressing a soil loss crisis accelerated by poor conservation practices and climate change. This book by celebrated biologist Jo Handelsman lays bare the complex connections among climate change, soil erosion, food and water security, and drug discovery. Humans depend on soil for 95 percent of global food production, yet let it erode at unsustainable rates. In the United States, China and India, vast tracts of farmland will be barren of topsoil within this century. The combination of…

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Big Ideas for Busy People: How Do We Know What We Know—The Role of Evidence in Advancing Understanding

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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This popular, fast-paced event featuring five-minute flash talks from some of UW-Madison’s biggest brains is back! Join us for a fun-filled evening at the Discovery Building – moderated by Eric Wilcots, Dean of the College of Letters & Science – as we explore how we know what we know. Featuring: John Hawks, anthropology, Where did we come from and who are we? Amy Barger, astronomy, How do we know how old the universe is? Phil Newmark, Morgridge Institute for Research,…

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Wisconsin Book Festival: When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People (Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro)

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Why the tools of philosophy offer a powerful antidote to today’s epidemic of irrationality. There is an epidemic of bad thinking in the world today. An alarming number of people are embracing crazy, even dangerous ideas. They believe that vaccinations cause autism. They reject the scientific consensus on climate change as a “hoax.” And they blame the spread of COVID-19 on the 5G network or a Chinese cabal. Worse, bad thinking drives bad acting―it even inspired a mob to storm…

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Magic Mushrooms? New Research on Fungus-Derived Hallucinogens at UW-Madison and Beyond

October 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Psychedelic compounds from fungi and other plant sources are being studied in combination with psychotherapy for the treatment of a number of mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction. UW-Madison has launched a new transdisciplinary center and master's degree program to support the next generation of research on the potential value of these psychoactive agents to address a range of conditions and contexts. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Steve Paulson and a distinguished panel of experts will explore what…

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Fungi in Wisconsin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

October 23 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Fungi in Wisconsin go well beyond button mushrooms and meaty portobellos. They are important to our state in numerous ways that range from posing serious threats to crops and ecosystems to being essential for numerous organisms and industries like brewing. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller and a panel of experts explore the roles that fungi play in supporting and threatening important Wisconsin habitats and industries. Panelists: Amanda Gevens, Plant Pathology Chris Hittinger, Genetics Leslie Holland, Plant Pathology Michelle Jusino, U.S.…

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Wisconsin Book Festival: Shape (Jordan Ellenberg)

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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From the New York Times-bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong—himself a world-class geometer—a far-ranging exploration of the power of geometry, which turns out to help us think better about practically everything. How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play Go, and why is learning Go so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock…

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Wisconsin Book Festival: Fans (Larry Olmsted)

October 23 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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The New York Times and Washington Post best-selling author turns his expertise to a subject that has never been fully explored, delivering a highly entertaining game changer that uses brand-new research to show us why being a sports fan is good for us individually and is a force for positive change in society. Fans is a passionate reminder of how games, teams and the communities dedicated to them are vital to our lives. Citing fascinating new studies on sports fandom,…

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SoundWaves: The Art and Science of Cities: Specimen, New York

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UW-Madison (Discovery Building), 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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SoundWaves looks into what makes NYC tick. How does the city sustain itself? What happens to New York as the climate changes? What’s the best way to get around town? How does the city address its many problems? And what is it like to be a musician in the cultural capital of the U.S.? Join us at the Discovery Building as our panel of researchers explores and explains the city that never sleeps, and listen to Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence and New…

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