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The Animal Research Controversy

Harold Herzog, Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Carolina University, discusses the controversial use of animals in biomedical research. Herzog explores the pro and cons of this ethically and emotionally charged topic.

Orange Maize Provides Vitamin A

Sherry Tanumihardjo, Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison, discusses the advantages to eating Orange Maize. This variety of corn provides a significant amount of Vitamin A which, if it became a staple of their diet, could help to decrease the occurrence of blindness in the world’s poorest children.

Solar Astrophysics in the Lab

David Weisberg, Research Assistant, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, explores the unknown physics surrounding the center of our solar system, the sun. Research at the Madison Plasma Dynamo Experiment attempts to reproduce the basic mechanism of magnetic field generation theorized to occur in the sun.

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.

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