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Microbes in the Litter Box - Ep. 404

Lindsey Moser, Research Assistant, Department of Medical Microbiology, UW-Madison

Lindsey Moser gives a detailed background of toxoplasma gondii, explains why it is being studied, and explores why it is such a successful parasite. She is a research assistant currently working to develop a model to study the sexual forms of this pathogen in the lab.

Hmong Refugee Resettlement - Ep. 402

Fred Prehn DDS, Wausau, Former member of Wausau School Board

After the Vietnam war, immigrants moved to the United State. The county of Wausau, Wisconsin started helping out refugee families one by one until in the 1980s Southern Asians were coming in massive numbers. Being a member of the Wausau School Board, this became an issue of not having the resources to teach these kids.

Biogeochemical Surprises in a Changing Climate - Ep. 401

Ankur Desai, Assistant Professor, Dept.of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison

Ankur Desai discovered some surprising lab results about biogeochemistry. He gives a background on the subject, defining biogeochemistry and climate change, before explaining his research in the field.

Edgewater Hotel Redevelopment Project - Ep. 398

Bob Dunn President, Hammes Corporation

The President of Hammes Corporation, Bob Dunn, tells his experiences as an entrepreneur. Specifically he shares his experience in developing the highly-publicized Edgewater Hotel renovation project in Madison. He gives a history of the firm as well.

The Case of the Turbo Tap - Ep. 399

Matt Younkle, President of Y Innovation, LLC, Inventor of the Turbo Tap

Matt Younkle invented the Turbo Tap in 1995 when he was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is designed to pour draft beer up to four times faster and with less waste. He gives the history of the product from the beginning stages to where it has landed him today.

Bismarck, the Scramble for Africa - Ep. 397

Daniel Bromley, Anderson-Bascom, Professor of Applied Economics (Emeritus), UW-Madison

Daniel Bromley speaks about Bismarck and his time there as well as his book entitled "The Scramble in Africa". He tells the way he sees the situation in Niger and their missing president as well.

US-European Relations Past and Future - Ep. 392

Jeremy Suri Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison

Professor Jeremy Suri talks about the past, present, and future state of the relationship between the United States and Europe. He dives into the history of problems and achievements between some of the European leaders and the U.S.

DNA Sequencing and Beyond - Ep. 391

Josh Hyman Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison

Josh Hyman talks about the DNA sequencing that his facility handles as well as the advancements in DNA sequencing. He gives great insight as to why DNA sequencing is important and why people should care about it.

Climate Change and Health - Ep. 390

Jonathan Patz, Professor & Director of Global Environmental Health, UW-Madison

Professor Jonathan Patz speaks about his research regarding the health effect of global environmental changes.

Water Quality in the Madison Lakes - Ep. 389

Katherine McMahon, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison

Katherine McMahon talks about the importance of the unseen organisms in the lakes in Madison and the role they play in the local quality of water. She speaks about microbiology, environmental chemistry, and technology as well as the affects of microbes, bacteria, etc. on our water systems.

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