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Religion, Migration, and Feminist Theory

Susan Friedman, Professor, English and Women's Studies, UW-Madison, discusses her research on contemporary Muslim women writing about current events in today’s world.

Our Declaration: In Defense of Equality

Danielle S. Allen, Professor, School of Social Science, Institute of Advanced Study, delves into the Declaration of Independence, presenting historical facts and encouraging the re-commitment to civic agency and equality.

Controversies in Whole Genome Sequencing

Ellen Wright Clayton, Professor, Law and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, questions the trend toward patients requesting genetic testing and cautions against the use of that information for things that weren’t originally being tested. Genomes change over the course of a lifetime because of environmental and health factors.

The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory

Stefan Westerhoff, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, introduces us to the next generation gamma ray detector at the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Puebla, Mexico. The HAWC is a large field of view instrument capable of continuously monitoring the northern sky at energies between roughly 100 GeV and 100 TeV, the highest gamma-ray energies observed so far.

Abuse Prevention in Down Syndrome

Susan Heighway, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Waisman Center Clinics, provides strategies and reviews issues and concerns about sexuality, abuse prevention and social relationships with people with Down Syndrome.

Growth Attenuation and Disabled Children

Douglas Diekema, Professor, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, delves into the medical and ethical issues surrounding a young disabled girl with precocious puberty and her parents’ request to stop her development.

Community Support to People with Down Syndrome

Paul White, Director, Community TIES Program, Waisman Center, offers an overview of practical, behavioral strategies for families and community support teams to consider for people with Down Syndrome.

Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome

Julie Gamradt, Director, Communication Aids and Systems Clinic, Waisman Center, and Shannon Theis, Senior Clinical Speech Pathologist, Waisman Center Clinics, discuss speech and language development strategies for children with Down Syndrome. Included in the toolkit are the use of iPads and apps.

Sleep Apnea in Children with Down Syndrome

Camilla Matthews and Vivek Balasubramaniam, Associate Professors, Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discuss the causes and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea as well as testing and treatment options for children and adolescents with Down syndrome. Sleep apnea impacts daytime behavior and alertness, cardiovascular risk factors, pain, immune function, and insulin resistance.

Helping Preterm Babies using Diaper Diagnostics

Katie Brenner, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how testing the urine in preterm babies can reveal signs of serious illness. This knowledge allows doctors to individualize nutrition plans for premature babies to help reduce their risk of infection and to aid in their growth.

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