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The Physics of Sports - Ep. 481

Clint Sprott, professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison

Clint Sprott recruits a number of sports-minded physicists and audience members to help explain the application of mathematics to athletic activities like judo, bowling and figure skating.

Crop Diversity: An Example from the Andes - Ep. 403

Eve Emshwiller, Assistant Professor of Botany, UW-Madison

Eve Emshwiller explains why there should be a concern about crop plant diversity and tells of the things that can be done to support more diversity. She incorporates her research done on the tuber crop which is located in the Andes of South America as she studies the relationship between human interactions and plants.

Environmental Change in Northern China - Ep. 395

Joe Mason, Professor, Department of Geography, UW-Madison

Professor Joe Mason speaks about his research, as well as collaborative projects, regarding northern China's deserts. More specifically, he discusses the research done four to five years ago on the environmental changes in the deserts between China and Mongolia.

Weapons of Grass Destruction - Ep. 393

Jim Kerns, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

Jim Kerns tells about his position as an extension specialist who works with grass and turf including golf courses, athletic fields, and even home lawns. When turf is dying of a disease or other problem, he is called in to solve the problem. He speaks about diseases in plants and what he does to alleviate the problem.

Plants and People, Carrots and Carotene - Ep. 387

Philipp Simon, Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison

Professor Philipp Simon talks about carrots and agricultural development before discussing the historical development of crops and agriculture to learn more about our modern use of crops. He explains the relationship between plants and people as well as the nutritional compounds of carrots and carotene.

Why Doesn't My Energy Come From the Sun? - Ep. 384

Mike Arnold, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, UW-Madison

Mike Arnold explores the idea of converting sunlight into electricity. Although the sun is abundant and free energy, we have no way to collect and convert it. What we know right now is a insufficient collection system that lacks efficiency and is expensive.

Is Organic/Fair-trade Agriculture Sustainable? - Ep. 374

Jeremy Weber, PhD Candidate in Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison. Weber challenges assumptions about the benefits of Fair Trade coffee by examining the disconnection between promotional materials and reality, and the marginalization of economically disadvantaged producers and groups.

Stephen Babcock, E. B. Hart, and the Wisconsin - Ep. 345

David Nelson Academic Program Director, UW-Madison

Vitamins, dietary health, nutrition as a science... it all goes back to the University of Wisconsin. Academic Program Director, David Nelson, shares Babcock and Hart's contributions to science. Together, Babcock and Hart encouraged and inspired a generation of nutrition researchers, including Harry STeenbock and Conrad Elvehjem.

Natural Resource Management in the Andes - Ep. 342

Josh Posner Professor of Agronomy, UW-Madison

Professor Josh Posner's research program focuses on the interface of farming strategies and natural resource conservation. His work is focuses on steep sloped production systems. He tells about his work in the high Andes.

The Sound of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Ep. 329

Lynn Gilbertson PhD Student - Department of Communicative Disorders, UW-Madison

Lynn Gilbertson explains what autism is and touches on some issues when it comes to diagnosing autism. She discusses the research and work being done at UW Madison before talking about what she is doing in relation to her graduate program.

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