Patent office director offers views on intellectual property, diversity

The director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spent Wednesday conversing with the UW-Madison community about the opportunities and challenges of intellectual property protection.full article>

Game researcher encourages Wisconsin girls to become next generation of computer programmers

Amanda Ochsner’s got game. A researcher at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s Games + Learning + Society (GLS) and graduate student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Ochsner studies why there are so few women in the booming game design industry — and she’s working to encourage Wisconsin girls to get into games, too. full article>

Darwin Day celebration focuses on islands, isolation

What do Madagascar and Jurassic Park have in common? Both are island-based evolutionary “experiments” that will be highlighted in this year’s Darwin Day celebrations, sponsored by the J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution at UW-Madison and its partners. “Darwin Day 2015: Islands and Isolation” will run all day Thursday, Feb. 12, and focus on the unique opportunity that islands provide to witness evolution and the diversity of life.full article>

Highlights start early in four-day Wisconsin Science Festival

You name it, and the fourth annual Wisconsin Science Festival has it all — dance, star-gazing, fossils, art, museum and stage shows — spread over four days and venues in 25 Wisconsin cities. While the curious of all ages are immersed in hands-on exploration, and visitors marvel at the research underway and specimens on display around campus and the state, several of the festival’s marquee events may be of interest to faculty and staff on campus. The festival runs from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 16-19. full article>

Phi Beta Kappa Society recognizes Wisconsin Science Festival

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Wisconsin Science Festival to celebrate scientific discovery, community

Thousands of visitors, young and old, will have the chance to indulge their “inner scientist” during the 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival, with more than 20 communities statewide joining Madison in the event. Now in its fourth year, the festival will be held from Oct. 16-19.full article>

UW-Madison celebrates awards in the arts, announces Arts Institute reorganization

University of Wisconsin-Madison students performing spoken word, dance and drumming brought audience members to their feet at a surprise live performance during UW-Madison’s annual Arts Awards reception.full article>

WARF holds Discovery Challenge spring event

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is holding the third annual Discovery Challenge, a research competition for UW-Madison graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all departments and fields of study. full article>

The world of networked objects explored

All of us are used to our Internet tethers. Increasingly, however, the inanimate objects we encounter in our daily existence are both smart and wired, and they portend the future. full article>

Urban dance festival breaks down barriers

The largest international break dancing event in the Midwest, "Breakin' The Law: International Festival of Urban Movement," will be held in Madison from Wednesday, April 30 through Sunday, May 4. full article>