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Winter Hardy Wine Grapes for Wisconsin

Dave Schreiner, Graduate Student, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, explores issues with viticulture in the Midwest. Concerns include cold winter temperatures, newer grape hybrids which are less well known and marketing the wines made from lesser known grapes.

Living Kidney Donation and Transplantation

Didier Mandelbrot, Medical Director, Kidney Transplantation, UW Health, Christine Lillesand, Kidney Transplant Coordinator, UW Health, Rebecca Hays, Independent Living Donor Advocate, UW Health, explore the process for living kidney donation and transplant, discuss the trends in kidney transplantation and answer questions for those needing transplants and those considering donating kidneys.

Forensic DNA

Josh Hyman, Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison, tells the story of PFC Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian fighting for the U.S. who was killed in World War II. Gordon’s remains were mislabeled and missing for years. Eventually the remains were found and using forensic DNA sequencing were verified as belonging to Gordon.

WI Fermentation Initiative

James Steele, Professor, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discusses the basics of fermentation and talks about the foods and beverages that Wisconsin grows and ferments.

Fermentation Science

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how penicillin was discovered, how it works and how the penicillin was produced in large quantities to treat soldiers during World War II.

Paramount Records: Beyond the Blues

Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian, Mills Music Library, UW-Madison, and Dean Blackwood, Founder, Revenant Records, share the stories behind the music made by Wisconsin musicians and recorded by Paramount Records in the 1920s and early 1930s. Although Paramount Records was known for its recording of blues, gospel and jazz, Caw highlights some of the other musical styles they released.

Ancient DNA

Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, discusses the characteristics of ancient DNA, the sources the DNA is extracted from and what can be learned from the information.

Emerging Diseases of the 21st Century

Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the history of infectious diseases and how to prepare for these emerging diseases at the global, national, state and local levels. Maki focuses on the Ebola virus and looks toward future global threats which could be more devastating that the Ebola outbreak.

Gender Equality in Higher Education

Myra Marx Ferree, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, delves into opportunities for females and gender politics within universities. Ferree shares her research of German gender politics with a global perspective.

Antibiotics in Poultry Production

Mark Cook, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, analyzes the use of antibiotics in poultry production and describes alternatives that he and his colleagues have developed. Cook looks at the impact of new poultry housing regulations in California.

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