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What’s Damaging My Woods?

Bill Klase, Natural Resources Educator, UW-Extension, explores factors which could be impacting the health of your woodland. Klase focuses on insects, diseases, animals, invasive plants and improper woodland management.

Pest Management in Specialty Crops

Russ Groves, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, explores the importance of specialty crops in Wisconsin and focuses on learning to control insects and mites. Groves discusses the consequences pest control can have on groundwater and the crop production environment.

The Storm That Sank the Edmund Fitzgerald

Steve Ackerman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, analyzes the weather, the storm movement and decisions made by the captains piloting ships on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.

Southern Wisconsin's Glacial Landscape

David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, shares an historical perspective of how the landscape could have been viewed a hundred years ago and contrasts that with a new remote sensing technology called “Lidar,” a combination of light and radar.

Water Tension and the Great Lakes Compact

Peter Annin, Co-Director, Freshwater Innovation Center, Northland College, discusses proposals to divert fresh water from the Great Lakes to locations where water is scarce. Annin focuses on the Great Lakes Compact which, with a few exceptions, prohibits diverting water from the Great Lakes.

Consciousness, Reflexivity and Subjectivity

John Dunne, Distinguished Professor, UW Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, explores the relationship between consciousness, internalized and external objects and the subjective aspect of an object.

Challenges of Cold-Weather Wine Production

Nick Smith, Enologist & Outreach Specialist, UW-College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, explains the challenges of producing wine in a cold-weather climate. Smith explores the differences in color, acidity and flavor when dealing with cold hardy grapes.

Hi-Powered Computers Improve Truck Design

Arman Pazouki, Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison, explores the use of computer generated mathematical models to design and build trucks that can drive over sand, pebbles, gravel and water.

The State of Wisconsin’s Forests

David Mladenoff, Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, shares the history of Wisconsin forests and discusses the role natural and historic disturbances have played. Mladenoff discusses challenges that must be faced to ensure the sustainability of our forests into the future.

The Intriguing Life Histories of Mosquitoes

Jamee Hubbard, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, UW-Stevens Point, introduces the more than fifty species of mosquitoes that make Portage County their home.

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