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Finding Magnetospheres of Massive Stars

Richard Townsend, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the vast, ghostly glowing stars in the universe called magnetospheres and how using polarized starlight allows astronomers to study them.

The Wisconsin Fermentation Initiative

Hans Zoerb, Lecturer, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discusses the beer, distilled beverages and food fermentation research taking place at UW-Madison.

How McArdle Scientists Found the Causes of Cancer

Bill Sugden, Professor of Oncology, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, discusses cancer research undertaken by Howard Temin, Jim and Bette Miller in the mid-20th century. This research provided much of our understanding of how chemicals are metabolized in cells to contribute to the development of cancer.

The Medieval Battlegrounds of the First World War

Carol Symes, Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, explores the use of medieval monuments and cathedrals as a motivation to rally the French people to fight in World War One.

The Siftr App: Connecting Moments to Places

John Martin, Learning Consultant, DoIT, UW-Madison, and David Gagnon, Program Manager, Mobile Learning Incubator, UW-Madison, present the Sifter app, a crowd-sourced perspective which focuses on innovation, Madison culture, stories of the past and what 100 years from now might be like at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Supernova Explosions are Weirder than You Think

Jennifer L. Hoffman, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Denver, discusses the tools astronomers use to investigate the complex, changing shapes of supernovae. Studying these shapes can teach us about stellar life cycles.

The U.S. Campaign Against Psychosurgery

Jenell Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, focuses on the campaign led by psychiatrist Peter Breggin to stop the use of psychosurgery as a means of curbing violent behavior. The controversy cummulated in congressional hearings, legislation and the formation of a federal commission.

The Adventures of Topper & It Happened Tomorrow

Norman Gilliland, Wisconsin Public Radio, hosts this “Old Time Radio Drama” performance of "The Adventures of Topper," a comedy about a man who encounters husband and wife ghosts; and "It Happened Tomorrow," a suspenseful story about a reporter who mysteriously gets his hands on tomorrow's newspaper. The plays are performed by the 9XM Players with music provided by The Kat Trio.

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.

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