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Diagnosing and Treating Prostate Cancer

David Jarrard, Professor, Department of Urology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, addresses clinical questions about prostate cancer including why it is more frequent in an aging population, which cancers are dangerous and how to identify them. Jarrard discusses whether prostate cancer can be prevented.

Gene-Environment Effects on Cognitive Development

Jason Fletcher, Associate Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison, presents two studies which highlight differences in cognitive developmental trajectories by looking at genes and environmental interactions.

Finding Magnetospheres of Massive Stars

Richard Townsend, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the vast, ghostly glowing stars in the universe called magnetospheres and how using polarized starlight allows astronomers to study them.

The Wisconsin Fermentation Initiative

Hans Zoerb, Lecturer, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discusses the beer, distilled beverages and food fermentation research taking place at UW-Madison.

How McArdle Scientists Found the Causes of Cancer

Bill Sugden, Professor of Oncology, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, discusses cancer research undertaken by Howard Temin, Jim and Bette Miller in the mid-20th century. This research provided much of our understanding of how chemicals are metabolized in cells to contribute to the development of cancer.

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, stories of the past and what 100 years from now might be like at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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 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.

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