Hannah Carey, Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences, UW-Madison explains what the UW Biotron Laboratory is and talks about the hibernation research taking place there. Carey focuses on what we can learn from hibernators and advantages to being cold.
Scott Dikkers, Founding Editor, The Onion and Jim Mallon, Producer and Director, Mystery Science Theater 3000 join moderator and Wisconsin Public Television Producer Andy Moore to share their insights into humor. Dikkers and Mallon discuss the unique UW-Madison humor and how it has encouraged college activism.
Tracy Drier, Master Glassblower, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the history of glass and demonstrates some of the techniques he uses to create technically-tailored, made-to-order glassware for the Chemistry Department.
Claudio Gratton, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison introduces midges and discusses their cyclic nature. These tiny insects that live mostly in the water link aquatic ecosystems to the land. Gratton’s research takes place at Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland.
William Karasov, Professor and Chair, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW- Madison, discusses how animals respond to environmental contaminants and to naturally existing toxins which may occur in the foods they eat. Additionally, Karasov reports on how animals respond to both man-made and natural environmental challenges.
Calvin DeWitt, Professor Emeritus, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison, focuses on the Keystone XL pipeline proposed by TransCanada to move bitumen from northern Alberta to Nebraska and ultimately to Port Arthur, Texas. DeWitt presents his analysis in the context of climate change, the carbon economy of the biosphere and public policy.
Ken Copp, Strategic Technical Advisor, American Transmission Company, and Dennis Bahr,
Director, Research and Development, Helionx walk through the basics of how electricity works and how it gets from the power plant to our homes.
Erin Boettcher, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses cosmic rays, their characteristic properties and how we can detect them from Earth. Cosmic rays can be used as probes to understand the physical conditions in other galaxies.
Paul Meier, Scientist, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison, assesses energy systems to create a model of Wisconsin’s energy picture which is socially acceptable, financially responsible and reliable. Meier analyzes electricity systems, transportation systems and fuel production systems as criteria for building an energy portfolio.
Michael Corradini, Director, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison; James Tinjum, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison; and Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin discuss nuclear, solar and wind power technologies.