Bruce Johnson, Solar Farmer, discusses the tensions that come from being a solar farmer, an electric-car owner, a utility customer, and a utility stockholder. With seven years of solar energy generation behind him, Johnson shares what he has learned about the ups and downs of being a solar farmer.
Evan Selinger, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that increasingly, consumer electronics and proprietary social networking platforms mediate our intimate interactions and explains why it’s important that we do certain things ourselves and steer the future away from excessive technological outsourcing.
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.
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.
Evgeny Morozov, Author and Journalist, discusses the need for literate criticism of technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.