David Spooner, a professor in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, talks about major discoveries with cultivated and wild potatoes: species diversity, where they grow, their classifications, and the origins of the first cultivated potatoes.
Michael Notaro, an associate scientist at the Center for Climatic Research at UW-Madison, talks about global climate change, climate models and the impact on Wisconsin. He discusses the interaction between climate change and the growing season.
Ed Lyon, Senior Outreach Specialist, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison
Allen Centennial Gardens is a 2.5 acre gem on the UW-Madison campus. New director of the Gardens Ed Lyon brings a new vision for Allen Centennial. This talk explains the history of the Gardens, discusses changing trends and audiences and defines Lyon's vision of how the Gardens will adapt to meet new needs.
Mike Havey, Professor USDA
Mike Havey explains how his research shows cucumber mitochondria breaks typical expectations by not maternally inheriting organelles.
Florence Chenoweth, Managing Director, The Human Rights Initiative, UW-Madison
Florence Chenoweth discusses the political issues surrounding world hunger as well as the human rights to food and to be free from hunger.
Randy Jackson, Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison
Randy Jackson speaks about the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) which is a new group on campus. He focuses on answering the question "can grass farming help us drive in a sustainable manner?"
Scott Woddy, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison and Melissa Mohn, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison
Scott Woody and Melissa Mohn work together on a program that aims to imrove undergrad and K-12 education of genetics. To trace the patterns of inheritance and understand the relationship between genotype and phenotype, they use Brassica rapa, similar to Mendel's pea plant experiments.
Irwin Goldman, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison
Learn about the dual use of food and the health values of natural foods in comparison to pharmaceutical drugs. Irwin Goldman talks about studies that have been done to test the health benefits of onions and garlic, and discusses how different cultures, currently and historically, use plants for medicinal purposes.
Phil Robertson, Professor, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University
He talks about the different facets to the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of cropping systems as well as food security. He addresses the doubt some are having about the reliability of biofuels and focuses a lot on biogeochemistry.
Molly Jahn, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison
The history of the University of Wisconsin-Madison dating back to the first dean in 1880 through today and plans for the future of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.