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Sleep and Society

Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University, discusses how industrialization has transitioned our sleep patterns into a consolidated model, where we sleep through the night. Our agrarian roots allowed for a biphasic, dividing your sleep into two periods, or polyphasic, sleeping numerous times during twenty four hours, model.

Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit

Phillip Clampitt, Professor in the Department of Communication at UW-Green Bay, discusses his journey as a social scientist, focusing on long believed, “alleged certainties” which have been proven to be wrong.

Cultural Entomology: Insects in Our Lives

Barrett Klein, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at UW-La Crosse, explores the role of insects in society. In addition to being portrayed on currency, artwork and fashion, insects can contribute to advances in technology and medicine.

The Effects of Plastics on Brain and Behavior

Heather Molenda-Figueira, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UW-Stevens Point, explores the effects that endocrine-disrupting chemicals have on brain development and behavior. Molenda-Figueira explains that we are exposed to endocrine disruptors through food, water, plastics, cosmetics and personal care items.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program

Becky Sapper, Director of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program at UW-Extension, explains how to become a volunteer for the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program and discusses the requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to be certified.

How to Talk About GMOs

Kim Bremmer, Owner of Ag Inspirations, addresses ways to share information about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with the public. Bremmer explains there are currently only eight genetically modified organisms: corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, canola, sugar beets, papaya and squash.

Soil Health, Microbiology and Grazing

Justin Morris, Soil Health Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, explains how to manage the soil ecosystem to provide healthier, more nutritious forage for livestock.

Furbearers and Forest Wildlife

John Olson, Furbearer Biologist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, displays the pelts of fur bearing animals that live in semi-aquatic, wetland and forest environments. Olson discusses the animals’ habits and habitats.

Our Brain’s Addiction to Stories

Indre Viskontas, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco, explains how the brain stores information and the physiology behind how memories are constructed.

The Jet Stream

Zachary Handlos, Research Associate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison, explains how the jet stream works and its importance in the development and motion of weather systems. Handlos discusses how the jet stream was first discovered and the role UW-Madison played in the invention of the first weather satellite.

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