Elizabeth Lapina, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins ”University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the 11th century wars known as The Crusades. These wars were based on the Christians’ belief that they were fighting for God and doing God’s work.
Greg Kleinheinz, Professor, Environmental Engineering Technology, UW-Oshkosh, introduces three types of biogas facilities in Wisconsin: dry anaerobic digesters, high-solid systems and continually mixed wet systems. Kleinheinz examines the environmental and economic aspects of each system.
Ben Futa, Director, Allen Centennial Gardens, UW-Madison, explores the history and benefits of public gardens throughout the world and shares his vision for the Allen Centennial Gardens, located on the UW-Madison campus.
Joseph Elder, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology UW-Madison, explores Mahatma Gandhi’s belief system and its pertinence to society today.
Paul Block, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, explores the implications of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD, and the streamflow reductions to the upstream countries of Sudan and Egypt. The dam across the Blue Nile River will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa.
Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Alex Lepak, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Nasia Safdar, Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; and David Andes, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discuss drug resistant infections.
Bassam Shakhashiri, Professor, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, and Rod Schreiner, Senior Scientist, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, present an overview of scientific methods and how they are used to prove theories.
Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Extension, explains what nitrate is and explores the effects of nitrate on the environment, drinking water and groundwater.
Sam Soderberg, Staff Sergeant, Wisconsin Air National Guard, discusses the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project which is using DNA technology to identify the remains of the Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War.
Kerry Emanuel, Professor, Atmospheric Science, MIT, discusses the basic theory of hurricanes, what hurricanes have been like in the past, and he looks at how they will be affected by global warming.