Politics/Law

Using Baby Monkeys to Study Anxiety and Depression

Jeffrey Kahn, Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, and Eric Sandgren, Director, Research Animal Resources Center, UW-Madison, join moderator Russ Shafer-Landau, Chair, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, in a discussion of the ethics of using and then euthanizing baby monkeys to study the neurochemical reactions to anxiety and depression.

Response to Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care

Kristen Felten, Dementia Specialist, Office of Aging, Wisconsin Department of Health Services discusses recent court cases in Wisconsin which resulted in a statewide plan to care for individuals with dementia who become involved in the crisis response system. The Dept. of Health Services has launched a public policy initiative to redesign the system to caring for people with dementia.

The Keystone XL Pipeline

Calvin DeWitt, Professor Emeritus, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison, focuses on the Keystone XL pipeline proposed by TransCanada to move bitumen from northern Alberta to Nebraska and ultimately to Port Arthur, Texas. DeWitt presents his analysis in the context of climate change, the carbon economy of the biosphere and public policy.

Create an Energy Portfolio

Paul Meier, Scientist, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison, assesses energy systems to create a model of Wisconsin’s energy picture which is socially acceptable, financially responsible and reliable. Meier analyzes electricity systems, transportation systems and fuel production systems as criteria for building an energy portfolio.

Our Non-Carbon Based Technologies

Michael Corradini, Director, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison; James Tinjum, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison; and Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin discuss nuclear, solar and wind power technologies.

Should We Really be Adding Electric Vehicles?

Lauren Azar, Attorney, Azar Law, LLC; Laura Williams, Market Development Manager, Madison, Gas and Electric; Fran Crotty, Team Leader, Renewable Energy, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Bulent Sarlioglu, Assistant Professor, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison; and Peter Taglia , Staff Scientist, Clean Wisconsin explore whether adding electric cars is an advantage to the environment.

The Social Contract that Created the Monopoly

Richard Hirsh, Professor, Department of History, Virginia Tech, explains the origins of regulation in the American electric utility system and explains its close tie to technical innovation. Hirsh also delves into deregulation and its effects on the energy industry.

The History of Power Production

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute; Scott Williams, Wisconsin Energy Institute Liaison, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute; and Terry Hottenroth, Attorney, Hottneroth Law Offices, LLC; discuss the history of power and the history of the politics that brought us to the industry that we have today.

Just How Much Energy is Out There?

Alan Carroll, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how long our fossil fuel energy supplies will last, how much it costs to secure the energy, and the consequences of burning fossil fuels.

Understanding Your Energy Bill

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute and Bruce Chapman, Senior Economist, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, explain the charges on a line by line basis on electric bills. Braithwait and Chapman discuss the differences between electric co-ops and electric companies and how each arrives at their fees.

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