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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.

The Geology of the Ice Age Trail

David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, discusses the glaciers, volcanoes and tropical seas which created the landscapes of Wisconsin. The Ice Age Trail, across Wisconsin, provides examples of the various geological periods and formations.

The Canine Influenza Outbreak

Keith Poulsen, Diagnostic Case and Outreach Coordinator, and Kathy Toohey-Kurth, Virology Section Chief, at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, explore a new strain of canine influenza virus affecting dogs across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. The strain, H3N2, is believed to be similar to the Asian strain of H3N2 which may also affect cats.

Potato Breeding in the North Woods

Jeffery Endelman, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, explains where different varieties of potatoes come from and discusses the new molecular technologies being used to expedite the breeding process.

Transition to Democracy in Mexico

Bert Kreitlow, Lecturer, History, UW-Whitewater, compares democracy in Mexico to the previous one-party system.

Soil Bacteria in Biofuel Production

Caryn Wadler, Research Assistant, Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison, examines cellulosic ethanol using a novel bacterium isolated at UW-Madison.

Reflections on Light in Art + Science

Floor van de Velde, Visiting Artist Lecturer, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, shares her artwork which fuses science and art. Van de Velde focuses on the history of light in artwork and introduces her work.

The Rise and Fall of Cahokia

Samuel Muñoz, Doctoral Graduate, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, explores the mid-11th century Cahokia civilization, a major political, agricultural, ritualistic and artistic center in the central Mississippi River valley near what is now St. Louis, Missouri. The disappearance of the civilization around 1200 has mystified archaeologists and geographers for decades.

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