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Cardiovascular Health and Cholesterol

Patrick McBride, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UW School of Medicine and Public Health joins UW Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri to explain the roles high cholesterol and obesity play in heart disease. McBride discusses common clinical and public health concerns and explores nutrition and activity as preventative options to control cholesterol and obesity.

Sustainability and Environmental Citizenship

Paul Robbins, Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, defines sustainability as achieving the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future and discusses ways to reach sustainability. Robbins lectures in UW Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri's Chemistry and Society class.

Wisconsin Herbicide Resistance Update

Devin Hammer, a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison, explores the progression over the last five years of plants that no longer respond to herbicides. Hammer explains how to identify pigweed and other herbicide resistant species and discusses current research.

Population Changes in Wisconsin Since the Recession

David Egan-Robertson, Demographer, Applied Population Laboratory, UW-Madison, explores population migration patterns in Wisconsin since 2009. Egan-Robertson provides an international perspective and uses national data to provide context for the statewide patterns.

Nutrition and Health

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.

Understanding On-Farm Food Safety

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.

Ockham's Razors

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.

Exploring Caves on the Moon with Laser Imaging

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.

Two Arguments for Intelligent Design

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.

Silvopasture: Moving Beyond Cows in the Woods

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.

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