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Digital Society and its Discontents

Evgeny Morozov, Author and Journalist, discusses the need for literate criticism of technology.

Molecular Archaeology

Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, shows how molecular archaeology which includes the studies of proteins, DNA and other biomolecules found in human remains, can unlock secrets from their lives. Studied remains range from England’s Richard III to Switzerland’s Otzi the Ice Man.

Marvelous Monarch Butterflies

Judith Kesser, Member, Wild Ones, Milwaukee SW Wehr Chapter, explores the life cycle of monarch butterflies, their migration to Mexico and how to create desirable habitats.

What is Normal Memory Loss?

Barbara Bendlin, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores normal memory loss due to aging, Alzheimer’s disease and suggests ways to age more healthfully.

The Story of Wisconsin Fast Plants

Paul Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, describes the evolution of rapid cycling Brassicas (scientific name: Brassica rapa) which have been used for research and education for over 30 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These plants require little more than continuous fluorescent light, water and fertilizer.

How Satellites Monitor Wisconsin's Climate

David Liebl, Faculty Associate, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses weather, Wisconsin’s climate, the projection for the future of our climate, and how we’re using satellite remote sensing capabilities to observe climate change impacts on the state.

Envisioning Responses to Climate Change

Jane Elder, Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, moderates a panel discussion with UW-Madison faculty Mrill Ingram, Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography; Chris Kucharik, Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Environmental Studies; and Steve Carpenter Director, Center for Limnology, focusing on scenario-building, storytelling and the arts to explain climate change.

Challenges of Developing Food for a Mars Mission

Michele Perchonok, Advanced Food Technology Manager, NASA, explains the methods used to develop a food system that is safe, nutritious, acceptable and provides balanced resources for astronauts while they are traveling in space.

Flight Simulator for Surgeons

Eftychios Sifakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, UW-Madison, introduces a sophisticated new simulator which offers surgical students the opportunity to master detailed procedures before operating on live patients. This new devise is comparable a flight simulator used to train pilots.

Frac Sand Resources of Wisconsin

Jay Zambito, Assistant Professor, Geoscience, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, explains what frac sand is, how it is used, mined, processed and transported. Zambito discusses frac sand’s connection to other natural resources and the research being conducted by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

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