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DNA and Expanding Waistlines

Brian Parks, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the relationship between genetics and a predisposition to obesity. Parks focuses on the protein leptin which can help to regulate food intake.

15 Year Mulch Study

Amaya Atucha, Fruit Crop Specialist at UW-Extension, discusses orchard floor management systems. Atucha explains the importance of a healthy groundcover to maintain soil temperature and moisture, reduce weed competition, minimize soil erosion and provide a habitat for beneficial insects.

How to Prevent Listeria

Kathleen Glass, Associate Director at the Food Research Institute at UW-Madison, provides an overview of foodborne illnesses, focusing on listeria monocytogenes. Glass explains where listeria comes from, how it can get into fresh produce, how to test for it and how to control it.

Aging Well

David Watts, Associate Professor of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses what he has learned over the past thirty years as a geriatrician. Watts shares his perspective on physical activity, Medicare, electronic records, pharmaceutical advertising, death and dying.

The Bionic Ear

Ruth Litovsky, Professor of Surgery/Otolaryngology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, shares ongoing research into the electrical stimulation of the ear in people with hearing loss. Litovsky discusses the progress and challenges of cochlear implants in patients ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly.

An Evening with Alex Blumberg

Alex Blumberg, Entrepreneur and Former Producer at National Public Radio, shares his experiences moving from a job as a non-profit journalist to becoming the CEO of Gimlet Media, a for-profit company, and what he learned along the way about storytelling. Blumberg is a former co-producer of NPR’s “This American Life” and “Planet Money.”

Plant and Microbe Symbiosis

Jean-Michel Ané, Professor in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison, discusses the mutually beneficial relationship between soil microbes and plants and delves into agricultural sustainability and development in developing countries.

Pest Management in Apple Orchards

Christelle Guédot, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison, discusses the biology of apple maggots and introduces ways to control them. Guédot also provides an overview of the brown marmorated stink bug.

Concert at Villa Louis

Christopher Taylor, Professor of Piano at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland at Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien for a concert on the 1879 Centennial Steinway Grand Piano in the historic home’s parlor. Taylor performs classical pieces and traditional American songs.

Gustav Klimt as Viennese Modernist

Barbara Buenger, Professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to explore the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Buenger discusses Klimt’s historical vignettes in Viennese Buildings and his work as part of the Secession Movement in the late nineteenth century.

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