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Juvenile Justice, Neuroscience and Legal Policy

BJ Casey, Sackler Professor, Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, presents the latest findings on brain and behavior, which may explain increased risk taking and experimentation during adolescence. Casey discusses treatments used to promote rehabilitation and to reduce recidivism of juveniles in the justice system.

The Role and Responsibility of the Writer

Author, playwright and journalist Brad Schreiber talks about the role and the identity of writers, how society views them, and how they can achieve artistic and spiritual satisfaction as writers today.

Linking Education and Neuroscience

Edward Hubbard, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, UW-Madison, discusses recent findings which suggest neuroscience can be used to improve educational outcomes. Hubbard shares examples from his work which show the cognitive and neural mechanisms of basic arithmetic.

The Shame of College Sports

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Historian, critiques the NCAA and the business of college sports. Walter Dickey, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, defends the existence of athletics at first rank universities, such as the UW.

Robotic Cardiac Catheters

Michael Zinn, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UW College of Engineering, discusses the limitations of robotic catheters that restrict their use to simpler surgical procedures. Zinn introduces the efforts being made to develop improved control and manipulation of the catheters.

Horatio Alger on Entrepreneurial Individualism

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Horatio Alger and explores Alger’s 19th Century philosophy about how to go from rags to riches.

Thomas Carlyle on Heroes in Service of the Truth

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Thomas Carlyle. Fowler discusses Carlyle’s 19th Century philosophy of truth. Fowler, as Carlyle, discusses the qualities that a hero must embrace.

The Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, explores how to appreciate beauty by looking at the 19th Century Pre-Raphaelites and their most distinguished thinker, William Morris.

Smooth Swallowing

JoAnne Robbins, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores the physiology of swallowing foods and liquids. Clinician researchers at the UW Swallowing Speech and Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) Program are developing new beverages that increase swallowing safety with taste appeal.

Breeding Better Sweet Corn

Bill Tracy, Chair, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the technology behind plant breeding and its importance. Tracy also explains his work to breed better sweet corn.

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