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University of Wisconsin to celebrate Darwin Day

University of Wisconsin to celebrate Darwin Day

The University of Wisconsin celebrates Charles Darwin's birthday hosting its annual series, Darwin Day. The event is a series of lectures and screenings commemorating evolution and biodiversity.

The series kicks off Thursday Feb. 14 with a Valentine's Day-themed screening at Union South, titled "Love and Sex in the Natual World." The weekend follows with several talks on natural selection from visiting lecturers.

A biodiversity-themed scavenger hunt is planned for families Saturday at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

A teacher's workshop begins Thursday morning to help science teachers integrate evolution into their curriculum.

More information on the three-day event is available at evolution.wisc.edu.

From Guinea to Madison, dancing with Maya Kadakia

From Guinea to Madison, dancing with Maya Kadakia

VIDEO: Local residents dance to West African-style drumming with instructor Maya Kadakia

On a Tuesday night in late 2012, more than 20 people came in from the cold to heat up the Center for Conscious Living in Madison with drums and dance. An ensemble played rhythms that often shook the floor, and dancers worked through moves exported from Guinea, West Africa. Maya Kadakia worked at the center of the event, demonstrating moves and leading the weekly drop-in class.

“[The students] are very diverse,” said Kadakia. “Some are members of our [performing dance] group. Some are people that like to get exercise. Some enjoy the cultural elements.”

DNR announces first winter season free-fishing weekend

Residents, nonresidents invited to try winter-time fishing without a license    

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wisconsin’s first winter free fishing weekend, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 19-20.

Bob Manwell, DNR spokesman in Fitchburg, said residents and nonresidents are invited to fish Wisconsin waters without first purchasing a license.

Wisconsin has had a similar free fishing weekend in June for many years but Manwell said the mid-January free fish event offers the chance to  try "hardwater" fishing.

Manwell also said loaner tackle is available at some sites.

Faux Bielema gaining ground on Twitter

Faux Bielema gaining ground on Twitter

In addition to creating a big single-game coaching payday for Barry Alvarez and casting a far-reaching spotlight on who the Badgers might pick to coach the team post Rose Bowl (spoiler! He’s from Utah), former UW football coach Bret Bielema’s departure for Arkansas inspired another attention-grabber: the mocking Twitter imposter @BeingBielema.

Since the former coach's departure from Madison, the account's following has been gaining quickly and The Badger Herald scored a sit down with the faux former coach.

Get a whiff of the sometimes irreverent, most times funny Q&A.

Former ‘sportscaster of the year’ to sign books Friday

Former ‘sportscaster of the year’ to sign books Friday

A Badger sports commentator since 1988 will be on site at the University Book Store Friday to sign his sports memoir published in August.  

Matt LePay’s non-fiction work, titled “Why Not Wisconsin? From Barry to Bo: Broadcasting the Badgers from the Best Seat in the House”, includes stories on sports personalities, coaches and players. LePay recounts his experiences giving the play-by-play over the last 20 years in the 256-page hardcover read.

The University Book Store is located at 711 State Street. LePay is scheduled to sign books from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

More information on the book is available online.



Watch Matt LePay in a recent appearance on News 3's Live at Five



Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

Science and dance combine at UW-Madison


A Wisconsin Science Festival event will combine science and dance Friday.

The Dance Department will bring science to the stage with "PULSE: Intersections of Dance and Science" at 8 p.m. in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lanthrop Hall at 1050 University Ave.

The concert will feature mathematician Karl Schaffer from De Anza College and dance professor Erik Stern from Weber State University, said a press release.

The performance will feature Li's "Hado," a dance inspired by the book "The Secret Life of Water" and will include video projections.  Another performance will explore the concept of repetition with the expectation of different results through the lens of religion.

Pre-concert activities include a dance demonstration on Friday entitled "Where Patterns Collide – Math & Dance" from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  A reception will follow the free performance.