Sarah Paul, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, delves into the question of whether we are guilty of a crime if we have thought about doing something illegal but not followed through. Should the law step in if no harm has been done?
Deborah Tuerkheimer, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, challenges the diagnosis of “shaken baby syndrome” which has led to convictions in court cases. Tuerkheimer focuses on biomechanical research which indicates that the diagnosis is less certain than had once been accepted and therefore the American justice system needs to make corrections based on this information.
William Bland, Professor & Chair, Department of Soil Science; Galen McKinley, Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Stephen Vavrus, Senior Scientist, Center for Climatic Research; and Benjamin Zuckerberg, Associate Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, discuss the human impact on oceans, lakes, ice, the atmosphere and living things.
Peter Crane, Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Author, "Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot," explores the history of the ginkgo tree from its origin and proliferation through its decline. The ginkgo tree was in danger of extinction until it went through an amazing renewal and resurgence.
Nick Hill, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses using video gaming technology to predict how complex star systems appear when viewed from Earth.
Marcus Raichle, Professor, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, argues that the essence of the function of the brain involves information processing for interpreting, responding to and predicting environmental demands.
Neil Binkley, Professor, Geriatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the role of vitamin D in the development of osteoporosis and sarcopenia as we age. Binkley explores whether vitamin D is the fountain of youth and how much is enough.
David Kaplan, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Milwaukee, explains how stars die, what they leave behind and discusses the intriguing property of a recently discovered white dwarf star.
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.
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.