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Plant Neurobiology

Chris Day, Faculty Associate, Laboratory of Genetics, UW-Madison explores ways plants interact with their world. Day discusses documented studies that allege that plants can see, touch, hear and taste and explores how plants achieve a “mindless mastery” in their environment.

Using Baby Monkeys to Study Anxiety and Depression

Jeffrey Kahn, Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, and Eric Sandgren, Director, Research Animal Resources Center, UW-Madison, join moderator Russ Shafer-Landau, Chair, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, in a discussion of the ethics of using and then euthanizing baby monkeys to study the neurochemical reactions to anxiety and depression.

The Dairyland Initiative across Wisconsin

Nigel Cook, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison, introduces the Dairyland Initiative, a UW School of Veterinary Medicine outreach program which provides guidelines on welfare-friendly dairy cattle housing. Farmers may access building assessments and other valuable information based on the latest research.

Response to Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care

Kristen Felten, Dementia Specialist, Office of Aging, Wisconsin Department of Health Services discusses recent court cases in Wisconsin which resulted in a statewide plan to care for individuals with dementia who become involved in the crisis response system. The Dept. of Health Services has launched a public policy initiative to redesign the system to caring for people with dementia.

Exploring Hibernation at the UW Biotron

Hannah Carey, Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences, UW-Madison explains what the UW Biotron Laboratory is and talks about the hibernation research taking place there. Carey focuses on what we can learn from hibernators and advantages to being cold.

Our Funny University

Scott Dikkers, Founding Editor, The Onion and Jim Mallon, Producer and Director, Mystery Science Theater 3000 join moderator and Wisconsin Public Television Producer Andy Moore to share their insights into humor. Dikkers and Mallon discuss the unique UW-Madison humor and how it has encouraged college activism.

The Art of Blown Glass Scientific Tools

Tracy Drier, Master Glassblower, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the history of glass and demonstrates some of the techniques he uses to create technically-tailored, made-to-order glassware for the Chemistry Department.

Midge Madness in Iceland

Claudio Gratton, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison introduces midges and discusses their cyclic nature. These tiny insects that live mostly in the water link aquatic ecosystems to the land. Gratton’s research takes place at Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland.

Wildlife Digestion: From Molecules to Ecosystems

William Karasov, Professor and Chair, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW- Madison, discusses how animals respond to environmental contaminants and to naturally existing toxins which may occur in the foods they eat. Additionally, Karasov reports on how animals respond to both man-made and natural environmental challenges.

The Keystone XL Pipeline

Calvin DeWitt, Professor Emeritus, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison, focuses on the Keystone XL pipeline proposed by TransCanada to move bitumen from northern Alberta to Nebraska and ultimately to Port Arthur, Texas. DeWitt presents his analysis in the context of climate change, the carbon economy of the biosphere and public policy.

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