Chris Day, Faculty Associate, Laboratory of Genetics, UW-Madison explores ways plants interact with their world. Day discusses documented studies that allege that plants can see, touch, hear and taste and explores how plants achieve a “mindless mastery” in their environment.
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.
Nigel Cook, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison, introduces the Dairyland Initiative, a UW School of Veterinary Medicine outreach program which provides guidelines on welfare-friendly dairy cattle housing. Farmers may access building assessments and other valuable information based on the latest research.
Hannah Carey, Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences, UW-Madison explains what the UW Biotron Laboratory is and talks about the hibernation research taking place there. Carey focuses on what we can learn from hibernators and advantages to being cold.
Tracy Drier, Master Glassblower, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the history of glass and demonstrates some of the techniques he uses to create technically-tailored, made-to-order glassware for the Chemistry Department.
Claudio Gratton, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison introduces midges and discusses their cyclic nature. These tiny insects that live mostly in the water link aquatic ecosystems to the land. Gratton’s research takes place at Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland.
William Karasov, Professor and Chair, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW- Madison, discusses how animals respond to environmental contaminants and to naturally existing toxins which may occur in the foods they eat. Additionally, Karasov reports on how animals respond to both man-made and natural environmental challenges.
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.
Ken Copp, Strategic Technical Advisor, American Transmission Company, and Dennis Bahr,
Director, Research and Development, Helionx walk through the basics of how electricity works and how it gets from the power plant to our homes.
Erin Boettcher, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses cosmic rays, their characteristic properties and how we can detect them from Earth. Cosmic rays can be used as probes to understand the physical conditions in other galaxies.