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Ethiopia’s Grand Dam Plan

Paul Block, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, explores the implications of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD, and the streamflow reductions to the upstream countries of Sudan and Egypt. The dam across the Blue Nile River will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa.

Infectious Diseases: Megabugs

Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Alex Lepak, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Nasia Safdar, Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; and David Andes, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discuss drug resistant infections.

What is Science?

Bassam Shakhashiri, Professor, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, and Rod Schreiner, Senior Scientist, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, present an overview of scientific methods and how they are used to prove theories.

Nitrate in Wisconsin's Groundwater

Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Extension, explains what nitrate is and explores the effects of nitrate on the environment, drinking water and groundwater.

The Missing in Action Recovery & ID Project

Sam Soderberg, Staff Sergeant, Wisconsin Air National Guard, discusses the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project which is using DNA technology to identify the remains of the Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War.

The Problem of Hurricanes and Climate

Kerry Emanuel, Professor, Atmospheric Science, MIT, discusses the basic theory of hurricanes, what hurricanes have been like in the past, and he looks at how they will be affected by global warming.

Mindreading: Past, Present and Future

Adina Roskies, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth College, discusses neuroimaging as a means of determining mental content. Roskies explores neuroimaging as tool for systematic mapping of the brain.

Making Wisconsin Weather Forecasts Better

Tim Wagner, Assistant Researcher, Space Science & Engineering Center, UW-Madison, discusses two new surface-based weather forecasting systems in development. The first is a network of instruments which can be located on the roof and the second is a mobile trailer which can be driven to record the weather up close.

Preserving Native Languages in Wisconsin

Monica Macaulay and Rand Valentine, Professors, Department of Linguistics, UW-Madison, explore the history of Wisconsin Native American languages, discuss the decline in use of the languages and describe the revitalization projects working to bring back the Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Hocak, and Oneida languages.

Wisconsin 101: Our History in Objects

Thomas Broman, Professor, History of Science Department, UW-Madison, and Sergio González, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, introduce a collaborative public history project which shares a community’s interesting or important objects through an interactive website.

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