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Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit

Phillip Clampitt, Professor in the Department of Communication at UW-Green Bay, discusses his journey as a social scientist, focusing on long believed, “alleged certainties” which have been proven to be wrong.

Cultural Entomology: Insects in Our Lives

Barrett Klein, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at UW-La Crosse, explores the role of insects in society. In addition to being portrayed on currency, artwork and fashion, insects can contribute to advances in technology and medicine.

The Effects of Plastics on Brain and Behavior

Heather Molenda-Figueira, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UW-Stevens Point, explores the effects that endocrine-disrupting chemicals have on brain development and behavior. Molenda-Figueira explains that we are exposed to endocrine disruptors through food, water, plastics, cosmetics and personal care items.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program

Becky Sapper, Director of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program at UW-Extension, explains how to become a volunteer for the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program and discusses the requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to be certified.

Women Who Dare

Sarah Meredith Livingston, Associate Professor in the School of Music at UW-Green Bay, and Jiebing Chen, Erhu Virtuoso, celebrate the lives of five performing artist: Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann, Antonia Brico, Isadora Duncan and Billie Holiday. Chen performs on the erhu and shares the story of her immigration to the United States from China.

Calving Issues on Pasture

Abagail Beaver and Ed Metcalf, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine at the Leading Edge Veterinary Services, Hayward, discuss concerns that arise when a cow gives birth out in the pasture instead of in a barn. Because the cow has a natural tendency to calf far away from everything, the ability to access the cow and calf can also lead to other problems.

How to Talk About GMOs

Kim Bremmer, Owner of Ag Inspirations, addresses ways to share information about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with the public. Bremmer explains there are currently only eight genetically modified organisms: corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, canola, sugar beets, papaya and squash.

Soil Health, Microbiology and Grazing

Justin Morris, Soil Health Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, explains how to manage the soil ecosystem to provide healthier, more nutritious forage for livestock.

Furbearers and Forest Wildlife

John Olson, Furbearer Biologist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, displays the pelts of fur bearing animals that live in semi-aquatic, wetland and forest environments. Olson discusses the animals’ habits and habitats.

Preparing For the Upcoming Bumpy Ride in Ag

Kevin Bernhardt, Farm Management Specialist at UW-Extension, compares and contrasts the agricultural economy with the general economy. Bernhardt describes the cyclical aspects of the economy and discusses what farmers can do to minimize the impact during economic downturns.

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