Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Extension, explains what nitrate is and explores the effects of nitrate on the environment, drinking water and groundwater.
Sam Soderberg, Staff Sergeant, Wisconsin Air National Guard, discusses the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project which is using DNA technology to identify the remains of the Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War.
Kerry Emanuel, Professor, Atmospheric Science, MIT, discusses the basic theory of hurricanes, what hurricanes have been like in the past, and he looks at how they will be affected by global warming.
Adina Roskies, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth College, discusses neuroimaging as a means of determining mental content. Roskies explores neuroimaging as tool for systematic mapping of the brain.
Tim Wagner, Assistant Researcher, Space Science & Engineering Center, UW-Madison, discusses two new surface-based weather forecasting systems in development. The first is a network of instruments which can be located on the roof and the second is a mobile trailer which can be driven to record the weather up close.
Monica Macaulay and Rand Valentine, Professors, Department of Linguistics, UW-Madison, explore the history of Wisconsin Native American languages, discuss the decline in use of the languages and describe the revitalization projects working to bring back the Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Hocak, and Oneida languages.
Thomas Broman, Professor, History of Science Department, UW-Madison, and Sergio González, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, introduce a collaborative public history project which shares a community’s interesting or important objects through an interactive website.
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.