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Supernova Explosions are Weirder than You Think

Jennifer L. Hoffman, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Denver, discusses the tools astronomers use to investigate the complex, changing shapes of supernovae. Studying these shapes can teach us about stellar life cycles.

The Siftr App: Connecting Moments to Places

John Martin, Learning Consultant, DoIT, UW-Madison, and David Gagnon, Program Manager, Mobile Learning Incubator, UW-Madison, present the Sifter app, a crowd-sourced perspective which focuses on innovation, Madison culture, must do, stories of the past and what 100 years from now might be like at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

The Origins of Modern Humans

John Hawks, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison, explores new DNA discoveries that show Neanderthals from Asia and Europe mixed into our ancestors’ gene pool along with a previously unknown group called the “Denisovans.”

Tracking Fecal Bacteria in Groundwater

Sharon Long, Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison, discusses waterborne microorganisms, pathogens and how exposure can lead to disease. Long focuses on selecting and developing source-specific indicators of Fecal Source Tracking (FST) based on the characteristics of the microbiomes.

Do GMOs have a Role in Sustainability?

Dominique Brossard, Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison; Andy Diercks, Vice President, Coloma Farms, Inc.; Travis Frey, Middleton Site Lead, Monsanto; Erin Silva, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison; examine the challenges facing farmers, innovators and scientists to produce food for a growing population with resource and climate limitations.

Cancer Research Milestones at McArdle Lab

Henry Pitot, Professor Emeritus, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, shares the history of the lab. Pitot discusses the researchers who have worked at the 75 year old laboratory and highlights their cancer research findings.

The Science of Sports

Cassandra Vanderwall, Clinical Nutritionist, UW Hospital and Clinics, Shilagh Mirgain, Senior Psychologist, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, UW-Madison, and Jen Sanfilippo, UW-Madison Athletic Department, discuss what it takes to become a performance level athlete.

The Science of Supper Clubs

Terese Allen, Co-author, "The Flavor of Wisconsin," Ron Faiola, Author, "Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience," and Robin Shepard, Author, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs" share their thoughts on the history and cuisine of Wisconsin supper clubs.

Climate Change: the Evidence and the Conclusion

William Bland, Professor & Chair, Department of Soil Science; Galen McKinley, Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Stephen Vavrus, Senior Scientist, Center for Climatic Research; and Benjamin Zuckerberg, Associate Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, discuss the human impact on oceans, lakes, ice, the atmosphere and living things.

Ginkgo: Up Close with a Living Fossil

Peter Crane, Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Author, "Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot," explores the history of the ginkgo tree from its origin and proliferation through its decline. The ginkgo tree was in danger of extinction until it went through an amazing renewal and resurgence.

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