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The World War I Centennial

Rudy Koshar, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I with an overview of the world politics and string of events leading up to the war, as well as life during the war, and the repercussions.

Wisconsin’s Wild Bees

Rachel Mallinger, Graduate Student, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of the native, wild bees to the pollination process. With the decline in honey bee populations, can the 500 species of native bees living in Wisconsin fulfill our food needs?

Full Spectrum: The Promise of Light as Medicine

Chukuka S. Enwemeka, Dean, College of Health Sciences, UW-Milwaukee, shares the latest medical applications for phototherapy in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. Near-infrared and blue light can be used to destroy dangerous pathogens.

The Grand Challenges for Engineering

Ian Robertson, Dean, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses his work with the National Science Foundation and the origins of the Materials Genome Initiative.

Behavioral Concerns in Down Syndrome

Maria Stanley, Medical Director, Waisman Center Clinics, looks at the broad range of possible underlying contributors, including underlying medical issues and environmental factors, when encountering the emergence of behavioral change in people with Down syndrome.

Skin Cells and Stem Cells to Study Down Syndrome

Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how human stem cells which have trisomy 21 provide an unparalleled way to study how the formation of the brain is different in people with Down syndrome. Stem cells can be made from the skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome and then turned into brain cells to study brain development.

Problems with the Cosmic Fuel Supply

Aleks Diamond-Stanic, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of cosmic fuel, or the supply of gas within the galaxies, in the creation of star formation.

Past, Present, and Future of Vehicle Electrification

Theodore Bohn, Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, presents a history of electric vehicles over the past 100 years. Bohn discusses the pros and cons of the different types of battery power that have been used, how electric cars are currently being powered and what the future looks like.

Parents’ Long-term Impact on Adults with Down Syndrome

Marsha R. Mailick, Director, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of family for healthy aging in adults with Down Syndrome. Mailick reports on the findings from a 22-year study of 75 adults with Down Syndrome and their families.

Why Belief in Miracles is Unjustified

Larry Shapiro, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, introduces two arguments against believing in miracles. He focuses on the kind of inference upon which believers rely, and reframes David Hume’s famous argument against believing in miracles.

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