David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, discusses the glaciers, volcanoes and tropical seas which created the landscapes of Wisconsin. The Ice Age Trail, across Wisconsin, provides examples of the various geological periods and formations.
Joel Knutson, Interim Educator, Oneida County, UW-Extension, discusses using citizen science as a means to collect data about where bats live in the state. Knutson introduces equipment the Wisconsin Bat Project uses to record the locations and sounds of the bats.
Jeffery Endelman, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, explains where different varieties of potatoes come from and discusses the new molecular technologies being used to expedite the breeding process.
Keith West, Assistant Professor, Geography and Geology, UW-Marinette, discusses the work being done to improve the water quality and to restore the shoreline of Menekaunee Harbor, a section of the Menominee River, in Marinette.
Jason Fischbach, Agricultural Agent, Ashland & Bayfield Counties, UW-Extension, discusses the basics of growing hazelnuts, the work being done to create a hazelnut industry in northern Wisconsin, and the issues that the seventeen year breeding process presents.
Betsy Abramson, Deputy Director, Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, shares the history, origins, definitions and examples of ageism in the United States. Abramson explores the language use that is commonly used to perpetuate ageism and offers recommendations to combat the stereotypes.
Bill Cook, Forester, Michigan State University Extension, explores the attributes of lake state forests, including the use of forest products, the forest as recreation and as a sense of place. Cook focuses on whether management and care of the forests is a good strategy.
Greg Fischer, Facility Manager, NADF, UW-Stevens Point, discusses the aquaculture projects, the rearing of aquatic animals under controlled conditions, being conducted at the UW-Stevens Point/Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (NADF) and its impact throughout the world.
Donna VanBuecken, Charter President, Wild Ones, Fox Valley and Outagamie County, explains new research which indicates that native plants are essential for a healthy ecosystem, shares her enthusiasm for native plants and focuses on their importance in the home landscape.
Alvin “Chip” Beal, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator, UW-Superior, explores issues in society caused by “isms” such as racism, sexism, heterosexism and ageism. Beal, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, uses personal examples of how he has been affected and infected by “isms.”