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The Restless Brain

Marcus Raichle, Professor, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, argues that the essence of the function of the brain involves information processing for interpreting, responding to and predicting environmental demands.

Bone Attacks and Vitamin D

Neil Binkley, Professor, Geriatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the role of vitamin D in the development of osteoporosis and sarcopenia as we age. Binkley explores whether vitamin D is the fountain of youth and how much is enough.

How to Make a Diamond the Size of Earth

David Kaplan, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Milwaukee, explains how stars die, what they leave behind and discusses the intriguing property of a recently discovered white dwarf star.

Plant Neurobiology

Chris Day, Faculty Associate, Laboratory of Genetics, UW-Madison explores ways plants interact with their world. Day discusses documented studies that allege that plants can see, touch, hear and taste and explores how plants achieve a “mindless mastery” in their environment.

Using Baby Monkeys to Study Anxiety and Depression

Jeffrey Kahn, Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, and Eric Sandgren, Director, Research Animal Resources Center, UW-Madison, join moderator Russ Shafer-Landau, Chair, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, in a discussion of the ethics of using and then euthanizing baby monkeys to study the neurochemical reactions to anxiety and depression.

Response to Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care

Kristen Felten, Dementia Specialist, Office of Aging, Wisconsin Department of Health Services discusses recent court cases in Wisconsin which resulted in a statewide plan to care for individuals with dementia who become involved in the crisis response system. The Dept. of Health Services has launched a public policy initiative to redesign the system of caring for people with dementia.

The Dairyland Initiative across Wisconsin

Nigel Cook, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison, introduces the Dairyland Initiative, a UW School of Veterinary Medicine outreach program which provides guidelines on welfare-friendly dairy cattle housing. Farmers may access building assessments and other valuable information based on the latest research.

Exploring Hibernation at the UW Biotron

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.

Our Funny University

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.

The Art of Blown Glass Scientific Tools

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.

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