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The State of Wisconsin’s Forests

David Mladenoff, Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, shares the history of Wisconsin forests and discusses the role natural and historic disturbances have played. Mladenoff discusses challenges that must be faced to ensure the sustainability of our forests into the future.

An Ancient Iron World

Clark Johnson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how iron formations were created three billion years ago. Johnson focuses on the impact the ancient “iron world” had on the evolution of early life on Earth and still has as we continue to mine this ancient ore.

A Genealogy of “America”

Florencia E. Mallon, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, explores the notion of “America” which originally applied to the full Western Hemisphere but which transformed within the emerging nation to refer to the United States. Mallon discusses instances where the utopian notion of “America” as a country causes tension with other North American and South American countries.

GMO Crops in the Midwest

Joe Lauer, Professor, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison and UW-Extension, talks about transgenic corn and soy crops, the quick adoption of the plants by farmers over the past 20 years and consumers reluctance to purchase them.

The Crusades

Elizabeth Lapina, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins ”University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the 11th century wars known as The Crusades. These wars were based on the Christians’ belief that they were fighting for God and doing God’s work.

Biogas Production in Wisconsin

Greg Kleinheinz, Professor, Environmental Engineering Technology, UW-Oshkosh, introduces three types of biogas facilities in Wisconsin: dry anaerobic digesters, high-solid systems and continually mixed wet systems. Kleinheinz examines the environmental and economic aspects of each system.

The Future of Allen Centennial Gardens

Ben Futa, Director, Allen Centennial Gardens, UW-Madison, explores the history and benefits of public gardens throughout the world and shares his vision for the Allen Centennial Gardens, located on the UW-Madison campus.

Is Gandhi Relevant Today?

Joseph Elder, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology UW-Madison, explores Mahatma Gandhi’s belief system and its pertinence to society today.

Ethiopia’s Grand Dam Plan

Paul Block, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, explores the implications of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD, and the streamflow reductions to the upstream countries of Sudan and Egypt. The dam across the Blue Nile River will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa.

Infectious Diseases: Megabugs

Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Alex Lepak, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Nasia Safdar, Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; and David Andes, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discuss drug resistant infections.

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