Alex Lazarian, Professor in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, provides a history of magnets beginning with their use by fortunetellers and Vikings. Lazarian explains how magnetic fields work and discusses how we obtain information about astrophysical magnetism.
Trisha Andrew, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Marianne Fairbanks, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, discuss the process of creating personal solar energy collectors. Andrew explains how organic chemistry in the vapor phase makes it possible to transform fabrics into wearable solar panels.
Lyn Turkstra, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UW-Madison, explores the intricacies of human communication. Turkstra focuses on language, attention, memory, emotion recognition and abstract thought.
Eric Olson, Director and Lake Specialist at UW-Extension Lakes, explores the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership between private landowners and the state. The partnership manages the thousands of inland lakes in Wisconsin using this community-based strategy. Olson discusses the current and long term issues that the lakes are facing.
Patrick “Buzz” Sorge, Lake Planner at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, discusses factors that impact the health of lakes of Wisconsin. Sorge focuses on an increase in flooding, blue-green algae blooms, and changes in water levels and temperature.
Jeff Moyer, Owner of Moyer's Inc., explores ten of the most common mistakes people make when creating their landscaping and offers solutions to the problems. Moyer recommends focusing on the big picture, taking the topography of the site into account, and connecting the indoors to the outdoors.
Lindsey Bender, Mycologist at Field and Forest Products, provides a basic introduction to different types of mushrooms and discusses how to cultivate fungi indoors, in a compost pile and underneath garden vegetables.
Kelly Kearns, Invasive Plant Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, focuses on plants that were originally planted as ornamentals, but which took over in their new environment. Kearns discusses how to identify and control these invasive plants in gardens and natural areas.
Richard Schneider, Owner of Capital Bee Supply, follows the cycle of beekeepers and their bees through a typical year. Schneider discusses how bees survive in the winter, follows their journey through the spring, summer and fall, and explains what the beekeeper does throughout the year to keep them healthy.
Benjamin Futa, Director of the Allen Centennial Gardens at UW-Madison, explores the concept of ecological gardens and emphasizes relationship within the garden. Futa defines ecological gardening as “recognizing and harnessing natural systems and synergies in garden design and maintenance.”