Tom Givnish, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, reports on new findings regarding bromeliads, a family of flowering plants native to the American tropics. Givnish discusses their relationship to other plant families and the geographic spread of the bromeliads over the last hundred million years.
Eric Carson, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UWEX, suggests the lower Wisconsin River valley was occupied by an eastward flowing river during the Cenozoic Era. The Wyalusing River followed the upper Mississippi River as far south as the modern confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers then flowed east along the valley now occupied by the lower Wisconsin River.
Brooke Norsted, Assistant Director, Geology Museum, UW-Madison, highlights the challenges and rewards in creating the new astrobiology exhibit at the UW Geology Museum. The exhibit, titled “Biosignatures: What Does Life Leave Behind,” looks at clues to the beginnings of life through the study of fossils.
Laura Knoll, Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UW-Madison, discusses immunotherapeutics, the targeted stimulation of an immune response to fight both infectious diseases and cancer. Knoll is developing novel immunotherapeutics by harnessing the natural ability of microbial proteins to stimulate immune responses.
Simon Gilroy, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, explores whether plants and microbes could provide food during a long spaceflight or in a colony on Mars. Gilroy discusses how a lack of gravity affects plants and humans.
Bruce A. Johnson, Technical Director, University Place, Wisconsin Public Television, takes us on a fast paced romp through three quarters of a century of technological progress. Learn how new technologies are changing the ways we consume visual media.
Leann Smith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Waisman Center Investigator, shares results from the Adolescents and Adults with Autism study as it relates to approaches for intervention for high school students on the autism spectrum as they transition into adulthood.
Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to delve into the history of spiritualism and the Society for Psychical Research in America. Notable in the group was psychologist and philosopher William James, who risked his reputation in an attempt to find proof of life after death.
Benedikt Riedel, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, discusses researching supernovae, also known as exploding stars, at the IceCube Observatory at the South Pole.
Sigan Hartley, Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Waisman Center, discusses differences in parenting techniques between spouses in families that have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Hartley focuses on the stress parents are dealing with and the adjustments they make.