Holly Basta, a research assistant at the Institute for Molecular Virology at UW-Madison, explores the use of vaccines and their effectiveness. Basta uses computer modeling to research Rhinovirus C, a virus found to be common in asthmatic children.
Rebecca Moritz, the research compliance specialist with the Department of Environment, Health & Safety at UW-Madison, discusses some of the many steps taken to mitigate the inherent risks involved with influenza research at UW-Madison.
Andrew Alexander, an associate professor in the Dept. of Medical Physics at UW-Madison, discusses his research into the measurements of brain connectivity between different brain areas using both functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. The results of this research show that brain connectivity is altered in autism and that connectivity properties change with age.
Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, the coordinator of historical services at UW-Madison Libraries, shares stories of the sea: the eradication of scurvy, the interplay between whaling and women's health, the toll on the lives of slaves on the Middle Passage, the development of SCUBA, the impacts of chronic sea sickness on young Charles Darwin, and the mental health of seafarers.
Nicolaas Mink, a visiting assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Knox College, discusses the deep roots of fast food in American life and culture. We normally think of fast food beginning in the American suburbs with the emergence of great chains like McDonald's, but that's not the case.
Dale Schoeller a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison discusses the relationship between exercise and weight loss. Although the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure is simple physics, biology introduces some concepts to consider when interpreting the equation and making public policy.
Bobby Peterson, the executive director, and Erin McBride, the managing attorney at ABC for Health, discuss their social entrepreneurial business; a public interest law firm dedicated to working with families, helping people connect to healthcare and helping to negotiate within the health care system.
William L. Murphy, an associate professor in Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison, explores the advances in stem cell research and tissue engineering taking place at the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.
Steve Paulson from Wisconsin Public Radio moderates a lecture, meditation, jazz performance, and discussion with Richard Davidson, the Director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience at UW-Madison, Ben Sidran, a renowned musician and author, and musicians Leo Sidran and Billy Peterson. Davidson and Ben Sidran explore the relationship between the brain and music.
Julie Mares, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UW-Madison, discusses ways to preserve vision as we age. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating lots of fruits and vegetables can lower your odds of eye related diseases.