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Improving Health Care Services in Ethiopia - Ep. 691

Lori DiPrete Brown, Roman Aydiko, and Sweta Shrestha from the Global Health Institute and Katie Konkle from the Population Health Institute at UW-Madison, discuss the innovations and programs instituted to improve health care in Ethiopia. The quality improvement methods they are focusing on include meeting critical needs, using a twinning model, and expanding programs already in effect.

Tapping Geothermal Resources in Wisconsin – Ep. 690

Dave Hart, a hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey, takes us on a tour of the geothermal resources in Wisconsin.

Being a Restaurateur On Your Own Terms – Ep. 689

Phillip Hurley, the co-owner of Sardine and Marigold Kitchen Restaurants, discusses how he became an entrepreneur in this interview with Entrepreneurialism in Society Professor Jeanan Yasari. Hurley shares his background and the steps he took to open two restaurants in Madison.

Hunting Wild Yeast in Patagonia – Ep. 682

Chris Hittinger, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison, discusses a recently discovered yeast in the Andean forests of Patagonia, Argentina. The yeast, Saccharomyces eubayanus, fused with a S. cerevisiae ale yeast and evolved into the modern lager yeast that brewers use around the world.

Vanilla, Orchids and Evolution - Ep. 680

Ken Cameron, an associate professor in the Botany Department at UW-Madison and the director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, presents an overview of the evolution, relationships, identity, and natural history of Vanilla orchids and other related orchids.

A Market Based Approach to Solving World Problems – Ep. 679

Paul Rice, the president and CEO of Fair Trade USA, talks about his work with coffee bean farmers in Nicaragua and the origins of Fair Trade USA. By organizing the farmers and selling the coffee beans to fair trade suppliers for a much higher price per pound than they had been receiving, the farmers have been able to provide clean water and schools for their communities.

Teaching Children and Youth with Autism – Ep.677

Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, the program director at the Waisman Center Early Intervention Program at UW-Madison, discusses evidence-based practices within a child's daily routines and activities as the best approach to serving children and youth with ASD. Tuchman-Ginsberg provides a brief overview of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and resources they provide.

Intervention for Adolescents with ASD - Ep. 675

Leann Smith, an associate scientist at the Waisman Center at the UW-Madison, focuses on recent research on the needs of families undergoing transition and will present data from a pilot study of the Transitioning Together program, an education and support program for families of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is being provided at the Waisman Center.

Aspergillus Can Kill Us…or Thrill Us – Ep.672

Nancy Keller, a professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at UW-Madison, introduces Aspergillus, a genus of fungi, well known to human kind due to the inclusion of harmful pathogens, industrial workhorses, food and beverage microbes and genetic models. This genus of fungus is known for its production of biologically active natural products that are either harmful or helpful to humankind.

Nanogenerators – Ep. 669

Xudong Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the UW- Madison, talks about how the recent development of nanogenerators has demonstrated a promising solution for the design of self-sufficient implantable power source.

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