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Potato Breeding in the North Woods

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.

Transition to Democracy in Mexico

Bert Kreitlow, Lecturer, History, UW-Whitewater, compares democracy in Mexico to the previous one-party system.

Soil Bacteria in Biofuel Production

Caryn Wadler, Research Assistant, Department of Bacteriology, UW-Madison, examines cellulosic ethanol using a novel bacterium isolated at UW-Madison.

Reflections on Light in Art + Science

Floor van de Velde, Visiting Artist Lecturer, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, shares her artwork which fuses science and art. Van de Velde focuses on the history of light in artwork and introduces her work.

The Rise and Fall of Cahokia

Samuel Muñoz, Doctoral Graduate, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, explores the mid-11th century Cahokia civilization, a major political, agricultural, ritualistic and artistic center in the central Mississippi River valley near what is now St. Louis, Missouri. The disappearance of the civilization around 1200 has mystified archaeologists and geographers for decades.

CRISPR: Curing Genetic Diseases

Dustin Rubinstein, Facility Director, Translational Genomics, UW-Madison, discusses the innovative CRISPR-Cas9 system being used to transform genetic research. The systems is one of the fastest growing techniques currently being used in genetics.

At the Forefront of Migraine Surgery

Ahmed Afifi, Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UW School of Medicine and Public Health and Catherine Accardi, Migraine Surgery Patient, discuss migraine pain relief through a simple nerve decompression procedure. After the treatment, approximately one-third of Dr. Afifi’s patients were relieved of their migraine pain.

The July 2015 Pluto Fly-by

Sanjay Limaye, Senior Scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison, explores the findings of the New Horizon spacecraft’s survey of Pluto and its moons. Pluto is a member of a class of icy, rock and small objects which comprise the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt.

Having the Best Hospitalization You Can

Elizabeth Chapman, Clinical Assistant Professor, Geriatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, describes the risks of hospitalization, looks at factors which contribute to the risk, explores tactics to reduce the risk of hospitalization and introduces resources for older adults.

Understanding Burkitt's Lymphoma

Bill Sugden, Professor of Oncology, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, discusses Burkitt’s Lymphoma which is caused by Epstein-Barr virus. Sugden discusses the discovery of the disease and the work being done to develop therapies to treat this common cancer.

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