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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.

Medicine and Superstition in Ancient Greece

James McKeown, Professor, Department of Classics, UW-Madison, explores the medical beliefs held by the ancient Greeks. While much of what they believed still holds true today, some of their beliefs fall into a gray area between fact and fantasy.

Secrets of Antarctic Weather and Climate

Matthew Lazzara, Researcher, Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, UW-Madison, shares the history of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s more than fifty year involvement in observing the conditions on Antarctica, the coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Recent observations of the continent show a warming in the central west.

The Visible Scientist

Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, reflects on the history behind communication between scientists and the public. Dunwoody defines the visible scientist as somebody who can adapt to a rapidly evolving communications environment.

The Weather Guys

Steve Ackerman and Jonathan Martin, Professors, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences,
UW-Madison, discuss winter weather statistics and how they relate to climate change. They also offer a look behind the scenes of their monthly appearances on “The Larry Meiller Show” on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.

Madison and the New Left in the Sixties

Matt Levin, Author and High School Teacher, McFarland, discusses his book, “Cold War University.” Levin explores the relationship between higher education and the Cold War, focusing on how the University of Wisconsin-Madison became a hub of student political activism in the 1950s and 1960s.

Finding Black Holes in the X-ray Sky

Karen Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, College of Wooster OH, studies x-rays to find the presence of Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN)—a super-massive black hole at the center of a galaxy. Lewis explains how to pick out the AGN from the rest of the universe’s x-ray sources.

Making Radiation-Resistant E. coli Bacteria

Michael Cox, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how to make E. coli resistant ionizing radiation through a process of directed evolution. Cox also discusses his research into genetic repair, or recombination, of DNA.

Mouse Models of Colon Cancer

Jamie Hadac, Research Assistant, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the advantages of using mice to study colon cancer. The mouse model allows researchers to discover molecular markers that aid in the prediction of colon tumor invasion and response to treatment.

Zircons Are Forever

John Valley, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss his discovery of the oldest material ever found on earth: a 4.4 billion-year-old zircon mineral discovered in the Jack Hills of Western Australia.

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