The Future of Law and Neuroscience

Francis Shen, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, discusses the past, present and future use of neuroscience research in criminal and civil court cases. Neuroscience research areas include: mental health, dementia, prenatal care, crime and education.

The Need for Hospital Ethics Committees

John Robertson, Vinson & Elkins Chair, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin, discusses three major episodes in the development of hospital ethics committees and how the ethics committees have moved back and forth between an advisory role and a legal authority.

The Madison Science Museum

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, anticipates the opening of the Madison Science Museum in downtown Madison during the summer of 2015. The museum will highlight the history of science in Wisconsin, and will feature hands-on learning opportunities, historic artifacts, exhibits that demonstrate cutting-edge science, and art.

Religion, Migration, and Feminist Theory

Susan Friedman, Professor, English and Women's Studies, UW-Madison, discusses her research on contemporary Muslim women writing about current events in today’s world.

Our Declaration: In Defense of Equality

Danielle S. Allen, Professor, School of Social Science, Institute of Advanced Study, delves into the Declaration of Independence, presenting historical facts and encouraging the re-commitment to civic agency and equality.

Controversies in Whole Genome Sequencing

Ellen Wright Clayton, Professor, Law and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, questions the trend toward patients requesting genetic testing and cautions against the use of that information for things that weren’t originally being tested. Genomes change over the course of a lifetime because of environmental and health factors.

The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory

Stefan Westerhoff, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, introduces us to the next generation gamma ray detector at the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Puebla, Mexico. The HAWC is a large field of view instrument capable of continuously monitoring the northern sky at energies between roughly 100 GeV and 100 TeV, the highest gamma-ray energies observed so far.

Abuse Prevention in Down Syndrome

Susan Heighway, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Waisman Center Clinics, provides strategies and reviews issues and concerns about sexuality, abuse prevention and social relationships with people with Down Syndrome.

Growth Attenuation and Disabled Children

Douglas Diekema, Professor, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, delves into the medical and ethical issues surrounding a young disabled girl with precocious puberty and her parents’ request to stop her development.

Community Support to People with Down Syndrome

Paul White, Director, Community TIES Program, Waisman Center, offers an overview of practical, behavioral strategies for families and community support teams to consider for people with Down Syndrome.


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