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How to Build a Galaxy in Three Easy Steps

Stephen Pardy, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains that with the appropriate ingredients: hydrogen gas, stars and dark matter, the laws of physics and evolution, you can create a galaxy.

Policing Blackness after the Second World War

Simon Balto, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, examines the relationships between race and the police responses as black people migrated to urban centers in the mid-twentieth century. Balto focuses on perceptions of danger and safety, how urban spaces were constructed in racial ways and how the criminal justice system has responded.

Digital Society and its Discontents

Evgeny Morozov, Author and Journalist, discusses the need for literate criticism of technology.

Molecular Archaeology

Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, shows how molecular archaeology which includes the studies of proteins, DNA and other biomolecules found in human remains, can unlock secrets from their lives. Studied remains range from England’s Richard III to Switzerland’s Otzi the Ice Man.

What is Normal Memory Loss?

Barbara Bendlin, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores normal memory loss due to aging, Alzheimer’s disease and suggests ways to age more healthfully.

The Story of Wisconsin Fast Plants

Paul Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, describes the evolution of rapid cycling Brassicas (scientific name: Brassica rapa) which have been used for research and education for over 30 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These plants require little more than continuous fluorescent light, water and fertilizer.

How Satellites Monitor Wisconsin's Climate

David Liebl, Faculty Associate, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses weather, Wisconsin’s climate, the projection for the future of our climate, and how we’re using satellite remote sensing capabilities to observe climate change impacts on the state.

Challenges of Developing Food for a Mars Mission

Michele Perchonok, Advanced Food Technology Manager, NASA, explains the methods used to develop a food system that is safe, nutritious, acceptable and provides balanced resources for astronauts while they are traveling in space.

Flight Simulator for Surgeons

Eftychios Sifakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, UW-Madison, introduces a sophisticated new simulator which offers surgical students the opportunity to master detailed procedures before operating on live patients. This new devise is comparable a flight simulator used to train pilots.

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, documents police violence and the over-incarceration in a relatively poor African-American community in Philadelphia. Goffman focuses on the Taylor family and how they cope with the criminal justice system

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