Join us Oct. 21-23. As the festival’s featured partner in Milwaukee, UWM offers 11 entertaining and interactive public shows aimed at adult to high school audiences.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Early Inspiration

SC Johnson Campus

Golden Rondelle Theater,
SC Johnson campus, Racine


Start this program with a talk by UWM’s Matt Jarosz who will look at how Wright transformed abstract ideas into built objects. The focus will be on his early years, including how Japanese building and garden design influenced him. Then it’s on to a docent-led “Wright@Night” tour of the Wright-designed Administration Building and Research Tower, as well as Fortaleza Hall on the SC Johnson campus (separate reservation required).

Two Registrations Required

Register for Talk

Register for SCJ Campus Tour

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Wednesday, October 19

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where

Golden Rondelle Theater, SC Johnson campus, Racine

SC Johnson

The Breadth of Creativity: How Things Come to Be

SoundWaves

Where do ideas come from? Are they always there, waiting to be discovered, or does our brain manufacture them? Find out in this installment of SoundWaves. The program presents a common thread in short talks from UW-Milwaukee faculty members in philosophy, architecture and history; a UW–Madison music faculty member; and a jazz pianist.

SoundWaves is a series from UW–Madison that combines talks about science, geared to the layman, with music performances.

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Friday, October 21

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where

UW-Milwaukee Arts Center Lecture Hall

Live: Bodies in Sport

soccer player

Explore the human body in this hands-on experience where you investigate bones and muscles used in common sports. Live models with “painted” muscles will help you recognize opportunities for injury prevention. Then, guided by researchers in the College of Health Sciences, learn a technique used for stress management and maintenance of well-being in all areas of life. With this simple exercise, you can regulate your mind and body to optimize health and performance.

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Saturday, October 22

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where

UW-Milwaukee Klotsche Pavilion, Rooms 356 and 378 (Third Floor)

Connected Enterprise: Shaping the Future

Bettina Arnold

The number of devices connected to the Internet will explode in the next few years – to 50 billion. What can be gained by managing all that information? See what happens when machines — including 3D printers — talk directly to other machines to make processes super-efficient. Connected Enterprise is so much more than the Internet of Things.

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Saturday, October 22

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Sunday, October 23

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Where

Engineering (EMS) Building, Room 173

The Brilliance of Bioluminescence

Zebra Fish

Certain creatures, especially in the marine environment, produce light. In this program, the lights will be turned off so you can see live cultures of bioluminescent bacteria and single-celled organisms that glow, and learn how – and why – they do it. Discover what happens when the professor removes oxygen from the water. And don’t miss the fun tricks he demonstrates with these microbes and a black light. You’ll also look at fluorescence in marine animals, a different phenomenon that allows scientists to clone the “glow” gene and use it in cool ways to conduct research.

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Saturday, October 22

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where

Lapham Hall, Room 101

Green Fish, Green Worms, Green Water: A Tour

Zebra Fish

Dive even deeper into glow-in-the-dark research by touring the laboratories of the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at UW-Milwaukee. Scientists will show how – and why – “tagging” genes in fish and worms with a green fluorescent protein can help keep you healthy. You can also see what’s so harmful about too much green algae in water.

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Saturday, October 22

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where

UW-Milwaukee KIRC, 5th Floor

Big Ideas with UWM Doctoral Students

light bulbs

In this, the 50th anniversary of UWM’s first doctoral degree program, we recognize the workhorse-scholars of our research laboratories. UWM doctoral students will present their “big ideas” in a variety of fields – in only 5 minutes, with 5 minutes of follow-up questions. From spider memory to fossils, who knows what you’ll learn next?

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Saturday, October 22

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where

Stone Creek Coffee Factory Café, 422 N 5th St, Milwaukee

Power Drinking in Prehistoric Europe

Bettina Arnold

Archaeological evidence for alcoholic beverages in prehistoric Europe exists – including drinking cups and cauldrons found in the graves. Learn how Iron Age people from what is now Germany produced pre-hopped beer and mead. Participate in a demonstration on the science of malting and fermentation to produce an ale based on evidence from a site dating to 540 B.C. while seeing the evidence for prehistoric brewing. Then taste samples of a beverage based on archaeological evidence for Iron Age braggot brewed by community partner Lakefront Brewery.

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Saturday, October 22

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where

UW-Milwaukee Honors House, Room 196

Big Ideas for Busy People – Milwaukee

Pedestrians

Think of this program as “speed dating with research.” An all-star, interdisciplinary faculty cast will present a series of provocative big ideas that they research so non-scientists can understand the amazingness. But here’s the hitch: each speaker has only five minutes to tell you and just five minutes for follow-up questions before it’s on to the next hot topic. Don’t miss this night of knowledge nuggets – from black holes to green energy!

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Saturday, October 22

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where

Wisconsin Lutheran College, Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 Wisconsin Avenue

ThermoFisher Scientific

Expedition to Lake Michigan

Bettina Arnold

If you took all the water out of Lake Michigan, what would you see? A hidden ecosystem that is just as important to people as the water. Researchers from the School of Freshwater Sciences will demonstrate what ecological information they collect and what it tells us about Lake Michigan. Take a video ride on the UW-Milwaukee vessel, The Neeskay, and then see how water behaves in a large tank when you change conditions like temperature, flow and light. Finally, don’t miss the groovy “Fluid Flow Experience” before or after the show.

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Sunday, October 23

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Where

UW-Milwaukee KIRC, Room 1150 (First Floor)

Big Ideas with UWM Doctoral Students

light bulbs

In this, the 50th anniversary of UWM’s first doctoral degree program, we recognize the workhorse-scholars of our research laboratories. UWM doctoral students will present their “big ideas” in a variety of fields – in only 5 minutes, with 5 minutes of follow-up questions. From architecture to astrophysics, who knows what you’ll learn next?

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Sunday, October 23

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where

Colectivo Coffee, 2211 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee Eastside

Odyssey Under the Stars – Full

night sky

Theater and the stars align in this performance of stories from Homer’s The Odyssey that have celestial connections. The event will showcase many of the constellations mentioned in this captivating epic.

Program is not suitable for children under age 7.

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Sunday, October 23

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where

Physics Building, Room 139

Produced By

WARF
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Morgridge Institute for Research

Featured Partners

Wisconsin Book Festival
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
With additional support in Milwaukee from
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