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X-rays and the Atomic World of Proteins

Basudeb Bhattacharyya, Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how structural biology uses x-rays and high energy magnetic fields as “microscopes” to look at protein atoms-- which are about 1/100,000th the size of a grain of salt.

Drones: Robots that Fly

Thomas Kaminski, Professor, Madison College Industrial Maintenance Program, explains how to build an unmanned aeronautical vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone. Kaminski provides shows videos of each generation of drones produced by his students.

Predicting Fiber Digestion in Dairy Cattle

David Combs, Professor, Department of Dairy Science, UW-Madison, explains the importance of the fiber digestibility of foraged plants as feed for cattle and sheep. Combs discusses an in vitro method to predict the rate and extent of fiber digestion that greatly improves the ability to predict how ruminants will perform on forages.

Colliding Galaxy Clusters

Robert Lindner, Research Associate, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains how galaxies collide with each other. Collisions change the morphology of the galaxy and are important in the life cycle of the galaxies.

Linking Education and Neuroscience

Edward Hubbard, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, UW-Madison, discusses recent findings which suggest neuroscience can be used to improve educational outcomes. Hubbard shares examples from his work which show the cognitive and neural mechanisms of basic arithmetic.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Catheters

Michael Zinn, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UW College of Engineering, discusses the limitations of robotic catheters that restrict their use to simpler surgical procedures. Zinn introduces the efforts being made to develop improved control and manipulation of the catheters.

Smooth Swallowing

JoAnne Robbins, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores the physiology of swallowing foods and liquids. Clinician researchers at the UW Swallowing Speech and Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) Program are developing new beverages that increase swallowing safety with taste appeal.

Breeding Better Sweet Corn

Bill Tracy, Chair, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the technology behind plant breeding and its importance. Tracy also explains his work to breed better sweet corn.

Storms on Jupiter and Saturn

Kevin Baines, Senior Scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison, discusses the major storms which have occurred on Jupiter and Saturn over the past twenty years. These storms have been studied intensely by the Cassini, New Horizons and Galileo spacecraft.

2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow: Pradeep Rohatgi

2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow Pradeep Rohatgi, Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, UW-Milwaukee describes his lifelong effort to improve lives through research in metals and manufacturing.

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