Susan Nitzke, Professor Emeritus, Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, joins Bassam Shakhashiri’s Chemistry and Society class to discuss health and dietary issues that have an impact on society. Nitzke focuses on the crossroads between food, nutrition and social concerns.
Erin Silva, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, discusses food borne illnesses and introduces good food safety practices for the farmers. Silva offers training and support to growers through UW-Extension programs.
Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, delves into the principle that simpler theories are better than complex theories. Sober focuses on two paradigms to determine if the simplicity of a theory is relevant to determining what the world is like.
Andreas Velten, Assistant Scientist, Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, UW-Madison, introduces an imaging system which sends laser pulses from a lunar satellite to the entrances of caves on the moon. Analysis of the light “echo” from the caves provides images of the interiors and helps scientists to determine which of the caves could be explored with a lunar rover.
Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, discusses the relationship between science and religion focusing on the “organismic design argument” and the “fine-tuning argument” which state that life could not have happened by a mindless process. Sober presents these theories in Bassam Shakhashiri’s Chemistry and Society class.
Diane Mayerfeld, Outreach Specialist, Sustainable Agriculture, UW- Extension; Vance Haugen, Agriculture Agent/Educator, UW-Extension; Randy Mell, Natural Resources Educator, UW-Extension; Otto Wiegand, Agriculture Agent, UW-Extension; and Mark Rickenbach, Chair, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, discuss the integrated management of trees, livestock and forage.
Jamala Rogers, Author and Community Organizer, St. Louis, MO, focuses on the history of racial injustice, incarceration rates and segregation in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri.
Russ Groves, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, explores the importance of specialty crops in Wisconsin and focuses on learning to control insects and mites. Groves discusses the consequences pest control can have on groundwater and the crop production environment.
Steve Ackerman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, analyzes the weather, the storm movement and decisions made by the captains piloting ships on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, shares an historical perspective of how the landscape could have been viewed a hundred years ago and contrasts that with a new remote sensing technology called “Lidar,” a combination of light and radar.