Alex Lazarian, Professor in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, provides a history of magnets beginning with their use by fortunetellers and Vikings. Lazarian explains how magnetic fields work and discusses how we obtain information about astrophysical magnetism.
Trisha Andrew, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Marianne Fairbanks, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, discuss the process of creating personal solar energy collectors. Andrew explains how organic chemistry in the vapor phase makes it possible to transform fabrics into wearable solar panels.
Lyn Turkstra, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UW-Madison, explores the intricacies of human communication. Turkstra focuses on language, attention, memory, emotion recognition and abstract thought.
Eric Olson, Director and Lake Specialist at UW-Extension Lakes, explores the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership between private landowners and the state. The partnership manages the thousands of inland lakes in Wisconsin using this community-based strategy. Olson discusses the current and long term issues that the lakes are facing.
Benjamin Futa, Director of the Allen Centennial Gardens at UW-Madison, explores the concept of ecological gardens and emphasizes relationship within the garden. Futa defines ecological gardening as “recognizing and harnessing natural systems and synergies in garden design and maintenance.”
Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Suzze Johnson, Ultralight Pilot in Two Rivers, discuss the discovery of five shipwrecks off of Rawley Point in Lake Michigan. Thomsen shares the histories of the ships and Johnson focuses on the challenges of finding the shipwrecks along the coast of Manitowoc County.
Laura Witzling Research Assistant in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, and Bret Shaw, Associate Professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, discuss the results of a survey focusing on the willingness to purchase local foods even if consumers would need to pay a premium for those foods.
David McDonald, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the political history of the Soviet Union. McDonald shares his knowledge of the inner workings of the country and offers insights into future relations between Russia and the United States.
David O'Connor, Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UW-Madison, shares information about the Zika virus, how the disease is transmitted and potential complications, and compares it to the AIDS epidemic.
Stephen Sauer, Associate Professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses common problems with eyes as we get older. Sauer focuses on eyelid and cornea issues, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and vascular occlusions and presents treatment options.