David Wassarman, Professor, Cell & Regenerative Biology, UW-Madison, discusses traumatic brain injury and why the disorder is difficult to treat. Wasserman presents data from experimental fruit fly studies which are advancing our understanding of the molecular and cellular events that occur with traumatic brain injury.
Science Fiction Author Kim Stanley Robinson, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery David Krakauer, UW-Madison English Assistant Professor Monique Allewaert and Wisconsin Public Radio Producer Steve Paulson discuss how science fiction can help us imagine possible worlds. Also, hear the winning entries of the Three Minute Futures flash science fiction contest, dramatized for radio.
Rudy Koshar, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I with an overview of the world politics and string of events leading up to the war, as well as life during the war, and the repercussions.
Rachel Mallinger, Graduate Student, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of the native, wild bees to the pollination process. With the decline in honey bee populations, can the 500 species of native bees living in Wisconsin fulfill our food needs?
Chukuka S. Enwemeka, Dean, College of Health Sciences, UW-Milwaukee, shares the latest medical applications for phototherapy in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. Near-infrared and blue light can be used to destroy dangerous pathogens.
Ian Robertson, Dean, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses his work with the National Science Foundation and the origins of the Materials Genome Initiative.
Maria Stanley, Medical Director, Waisman Center Clinics, looks at the broad range of possible underlying contributors, including underlying medical issues and environmental factors, when encountering the emergence of behavioral change in people with Down syndrome.
Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how human stem cells which have trisomy 21 provide an unparalleled way to study how the formation of the brain is different in people with Down syndrome. Stem cells can be made from the skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome and then turned into brain cells to study brain development.
Aleks Diamond-Stanic, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of cosmic fuel, or the supply of gas within the galaxies, in the creation of star formation.
Theodore Bohn, Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, presents a history of electric vehicles over the past 100 years. Bohn discusses the pros and cons of the different types of battery power that have been used, how electric cars are currently being powered and what the future looks like.