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Great Lakes Restoration Efforts

Peter McIntyre, Assistant Professor, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison, discusses the efforts of federal, state and local agencies to restore the Great Lakes. McIntyre presents new information which focuses on maps of stressors, human use of the lakes, and connections between the lakes and their watersheds.

Barriers to Addressing Our Climate and Energy Challenges

Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, Dietram Scheufele, Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, and Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director, Cool Choices, discuss the latest research on American social and informational hurdles that are hindering action on serious climate and energy problems.

Microgrids: A New Energy Paradigm

Robert Lasseter, Professor Emeritus, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, explores new ways to efficiently deliver electricity. Lasseter introduces the idea of using the microgrid concept which would allow an aggregation of loads and micro-sources operating as a single system providing both power and heat.

WeBIRD: Electronic Bird ID Database

Mark Berres, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, UW-Madison, introduces the Wisconsin Electronic Bird Identification Resource Database, a software tool that uses sound patterns to identify birds.

The Poisoner's Guide to Life

Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, examines the history of poisons and the origins of chemical detection then invites the audience to solve a murder or two. Blum explores the way the lessons of forensics can help all of us navigate the maze of toxic chemicals in everyday life.

Chemistry Imagined: Connecting Art and Science

Roald Hoffmann, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University, and Vivian Torrence, Visual Artist, discuss their collaboration which produced a book filled with stories, poetry, essays and painted collages that stress the social, literary and psychological aspects of chemistry. Steve Paulson from Wisconsin Public Radio directs a discussion about this intersection of art and science.

Alzheimer's Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome

Brad Christian, Associate Professor, Medical Physics, UW-Madison, explores the relationship between adults who have Down Syndrome and the extremely high risk factor they have of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.

Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome

Katie Williams, Pediatric Resident, Medical School, UW-Madison, discusses the updated American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) health supervision guidelines for the care of children with Down Syndrome. Revised in 2011, the AAP offers guidance for primary care providers in caring for these medically complex children.

Using Human Stem Cells to Study Down Syndrome

Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how Down syndrome stem cells make brain cells can explain specific deficits and can ultimately lead to better treatments for those with Down syndrome.

Virus Takeover of Host Cell Functions

Paul Ahlquist, Lead Scientist, Virology, Morgridge Institute, UW-Madison, outlines how identifying and studying virus-host interactions provides major insight into both infection and normal cellular functions. Host genes required by viruses also offer opportunities for improved control strategies to provide longer-lasting and potentially broader spectrum antiviral protection.

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