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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Peter Crane, Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Author, "Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot," explores the history of the ginkgo tree from its origin and proliferation through its decline. The ginkgo tree was in danger of extinction until it went through an amazing renewal and resurgence.
Nick Hill, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses using video gaming technology to predict how complex star systems appear when viewed from Earth.