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Behavioral Concerns in Down Syndrome

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.

Skin Cells and Stem Cells to Study 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.

Problems with the Cosmic Fuel Supply

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.

Past, Present, and Future of Vehicle Electrification

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.

Parents’ Long-term Impact on Adults with Down Syndrome

Marsha R. Mailick, Director, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of family for healthy aging in adults with Down Syndrome. Mailick reports on the findings from a 22-year study of 75 adults with Down Syndrome and their families.

Why Belief in Miracles is Unjustified

Larry Shapiro, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, introduces two arguments against believing in miracles. He focuses on the kind of inference upon which believers rely, and reframes David Hume’s famous argument against believing in miracles.

New Hormone-Receptor System in Plants

Mike Sussman, Director, UW Biotechnology Center, describes a signaling pathway that regulates cell expansion in the root cells of Arabidopsis plants, a model organism related to cabbage and mustard that is the plant scientist's fruit fly. This discovery is the first such pathway found for the plant kingdom, revealing the details of how a particular hormone docks with a cell.

Cerebral Palsy: An Integrated Approach

Michael Ward, Program Director, Waisman Center Neuromotor Clinics, discusses ways that interdisciplinary clinical care can help people with cerebral palsy and their families maximize understanding and optimize choices for interventions through the lifespan.

A Population Perspective on Cerebral Palsy

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of the of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Cerebral Palsy Network and reviews the latest findings on the number and characteristics of children living with cerebral palsy, including information on motor functioning and co-occurring conditions.

Monitoring and Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ruth Benedict, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, UW-Madison, provides an overview of the classification systems and assessment tools for determining functioning level of children with cerebral palsy. Benedict offers interventions to maximize function.

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