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The History and Science of Meat

Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, carves into the history of meat processing from ancient Roman times to present day, highlighting ways the industry developed in Wisconsin over the past 150 years.

Brain Science and the Military

Jonathan D. Moreno, Professor, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, explores initiatives that are changing the course of modern warfare. Moreno addresses ways the intelligence communities and university science departments work together to prepare military personnel.

Climate Science, Populism, and the Democracy of Rejection

Mark Brown, Professor, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento, delves into the popular distrust of climate science and its relationship to suspicion of both organized power and democracy.

Calendars in Medieval Life and Literature

Lisa Cooper, Associate Professor, Department of English, UW-Madison, explores the cultural means of tracking seasons, hours, days, weeks and years in medieval times. Cooper provides an overview of ways that the science of temporality is incorporated into some of the best known poems of the time.

The Legacy of Ice-Age Winds, Forest and Prairie

Joseph Mason, Professor, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, discusses naturalist John Muir’s walk from Madison to the Muir family farm in upper Marquette County in the 1860s. Mason highlights the changes in terrain, at that time, from rolling prairie in DeForest to wetlands in Poynette to forest in Ennis Lake.

Watergate, the Criminal Law and Ethics

John Dean, Author, Former White House Counsel, chronicles the Watergate break-in, the cover-up and the resulting downfall and resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Managing Your Lawn the Wisconsin Way

Doug Soldat, Associate Professor, Dept of Soil Science, UW-Madison, discusses how to grow a functional lawn while reducing the environmental impact. Soldat explains how to choose the best type of grass for your site and how to improve your soil. He also explores ways to help your lawn recover from the extreme heat and drought of 2012.

Issues in Genetic Engineering & Food

Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Madison & UW-Extension, discusses how genetic engineering can create disease-resistant crops. Zinnen talks about citrus greening, a disease that is ravaging orange orchards around the world, and how genetic engineering is providing ways to control it, and genetically engineered Golden Rice, which by adding Vitamin A, can help to reduce cases of blindness.

Computer Simulation and Engineers

Dan Negrut, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison, explores ways that computers are being used by mechanical engineers to understand the behavior of complex systems by using computer simulations.

Sustainability Via Synthetic Biology

Brain Pfleger, UW-Madison Associate Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering investigates sustainable synthetic alternatives for petrochemicals. He touches on identifying, understanding and engineering chemical building blocks to convert organic compounds into a sustainable energy source.

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