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The Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool - Ep. 429

Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D., Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, UW-Madison.

Gregg Venderheiden highlights an analysis tool that allows web producers to identify and fix content that could invoke seizures in people with photosensitive seizure disorders. He also talks about building access directly into the internet infrastructure to address physical accessibility issues.

Adventures in Agricultural Development in Africa - Ep. 425

Dr. Jeremy Foltz, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Dr. Foltz talks about his recent work in Mali studying agricultural technology innovation and adoption. He presents some recent successes and on-going challenges in increasing agricultural production and food security in West Africa in light of the recent run-up in world food prices.

Raw Milk Consumption - Ep. 426

Scott Rankin, Department of Food Science.

The consumption of raw milk has been a controversial issue since pasteurization was first discovered. Passionate devotees actively proclaim multiple health benefits from consuming raw milk. Those charged with ensuring a safe food supply display equal passion and certainty. How will the "Dairy State" navigate through the issue of raw milk consumption?

A Global View of Diabetes - Ep. 427

Linda Baumann, School of Nursing, UW-Madison.

Linda Baumann presents an overview of diabetes epigenetics, the interaction of genetics, food and physical environments, which may explain the worldwide increase of this condition. Baumann discusses physical complications and mortality rates in developing countries where there is limited or no access to medications and testing supplies.

A Brief Look at Wisconsin's Agricultural History - Ep. 428

Jerry Apps, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW Madison.

Jerry Apps details the agricultural history of Wisconsin from the planting of wheat to the introduction of cattle farming and cheese making. He follows the trends from pre-statehood days until the present and talks about the advances in agricultural technologies.

Warfare and Public Perception in 2050 - Ep. 423

John W. Hall, the Ambrose-Hesseltine Assistant Professor in U.S. Military History at UW-Madison and a former Army strategist.

Nearly 1.9 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. 2.5 million served in Vietnam War. Considering the enormous impact the Vietnam War has had on our country, what will be the American response to our current wars?

Impact of Diseases on Field Crops and Food - Ep. 420

Paul Esker, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

Paul Esker discusses how field crops fit in Wisconsin agricultural, changes in production and the impact of diseases. Plant diseases can reduce yield and quality of crops, but the likelihood of loss is affected by many factors including recent diseases from the past growing seasons that affected our corn, soybean, and wheat

The Dane County Infant Mortality Rate - Ep. 417

Dr. Thomas Schlenker, MD, Director of Dane County/City of Madison Public Health
Paul Soglin, Former Mayor, City of Madison

Director of Madison Public Health, Dr. Thomas Schlenker, and the former Mayor both address most dramatic decline in African-American infant mortality rates in Madison history. The decline took place between 2000 and 2007.

DNA: It's Discovery, Structure, and Manipulation - Ep. 416

Dave Nelson, Professor, Biochemistry, UW-Madison

Professor Dave Nelson discusses the importance of DNA and its prevalence in art, media, and science. He gives the history of DNA from the very beginning when it was first found, to when it became interesting, to when it became a hot topic of discussion and research, until today when it can be considered absolutely central to the field of biology.

Groundwater in Central Wisconsin: Understanding the...

William Bland Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison

Professor William Bland reviews the basics of groundwater then discusses the research being done to understand the linkage between the groundwater level, irrigated agriculture and pumping water. He incorporates his work over the past two years to explain and offer insight to the dwindling level of groundwater in Madison.

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