WARF Essential Topics Series


2018-19 Events:

Ice Fishing for Neutrinos

Exploring the mysteries of the cosmos from beneath the South Pole

Last summer, scientists with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory helped resolve a more than century-old riddle about the origins of cosmic rays. On November 5, IceCube principal investigator Francis Halzen provided a rare behind-the-scenes look at this groundbreaking discovery.

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? On October 11, 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; and Jo Handelsman, moderator, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, examined the data, systemic causes and implications and discussed their distinct perspectives. Then breakout sessions provided practical guidance for how to reverse the trends.

About the Essential Topics Series

In 2012, WARF launched its Essential Topics Series to share timely information on campus. Presentations have included former U.S. patent commissioner Robert Stoll discussing the America Invents Act; a roundtable on technology ventures featuring SBA leader and UW–Madison grad Winslow Sargeant; and UW–Madison physics professor Sau Lan Wu's description of the July 4, 2012, discovery of the Higgs particle at CERN. Videos of some of the previous Essential Topics lectures are available at www.discovery.wisc.edu.  

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