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.
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.
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.
Bert Kreitlow, Lecturer, History, UW-Whitewater, compares democracy in Mexico to the previous one-party system.
Caryn Wadler, Research Assistant, Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison, examines cellulosic ethanol using a novel bacterium isolated at UW-Madison.
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.
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.
Dustin Rubinstein, Facility Director, Translational Genomics, UW-Madison, discusses the innovative CRISPR-Cas9 system being used to transform genetic research. The systems is one of the fastest growing techniques currently being used in genetics.
Ahmed Afifi, Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UW School of Medicine and Public Health and Catherine Accardi, Migraine Surgery Patient, discuss migraine pain relief through a simple nerve decompression procedure. After the treatment, approximately one-third of Dr. Afifi’s patients were relieved of their migraine pain.
Sanjay Limaye, Senior Scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison, explores the findings of the New Horizon spacecraft’s survey of Pluto and its moons. Pluto is a member of a class of icy, rock and small objects which comprise the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt.