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The Origins of Modern Humans

John Hawks, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison, explores new DNA discoveries that show Neanderthals from Asia and Europe mixed into our ancestors’ gene pool along with a previously unknown group called the “Denisovans.”

Tracking Fecal Bacteria in Groundwater

Sharon Long, Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison, discusses waterborne microorganisms, pathogens and how exposure can lead to disease. Long focuses on selecting and developing source-specific indicators of Fecal Source Tracking (FST) based on the characteristics of the microbiomes.

Rethinking Jean Nicolet's Journey to Wisconsin

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, delves into the myths claiming that Jean Nicolet was seeking an inland passage to China by way of the Great Lakes. Based on a misunderstanding of the original sources, Jung presents a fascinating reinterpretation of Nicolet’s journey.

Do GMOs have a Role in Sustainability?

Dominique Brossard, Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison; Andy Diercks, Vice President, Coloma Farms, Inc.; Travis Frey, Middleton Site Lead, Monsanto; Erin Silva, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison; examine the challenges facing farmers, innovators and scientists to produce food for a growing population with resource and climate limitations.

Cancer Research Milestones at McArdle Lab

Henry Pitot, Professor Emeritus, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, shares the history of the lab. Pitot discusses the researchers who have worked at the 75 year old laboratory and highlights their cancer research findings.

The Science of Sports

Cassandra Vanderwall, Clinical Nutritionist, UW Hospital and Clinics, Shilagh Mirgain, Senior Psychologist, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, UW-Madison, and Jen Sanfilippo, UW-Madison Athletic Department, discuss what it takes to become a performance level athlete.

The Science of Supper Clubs

Terese Allen, Co-author, "The Flavor of Wisconsin," Ron Faiola, Author, "Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience," and Robin Shepard, Author, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs" share their thoughts on the history and cuisine of Wisconsin supper clubs.

Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop

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?

Climate Change: the Evidence and the Conclusion

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.

"Shaken Baby Syndrome" and the Inertia of Injustice

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.

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