Wild Rice History, Biology and Harvest

John Haack, Natural Resource Educator, UW-Extension, discusses the history of harvesting wild rice by indigenous people as far back as 1000 B.C. and explains the Anishinabe (Ojibwe) migration to the “land where food grows on water.” Haack demonstrates the process of harvesting the wild rice.

Growing Grapes in Wisconsin

Amaya Atucha, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, focuses on the history of grape growing, discusses differences between American and European species, and highlights the challenges of growing cold-hardy wine grapes in Wisconsin.

Audiology Takes on Noise

Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Clinical Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, UW-Madison, Rachael Jocewicz and Timothy Kuckuk, Research Assistants, Communication Sciences & Disorders, UW-Madison, discuss the Wisconsin Idea Outreach projects which focus on hearing loss prevention in rural workers and farmers.

Looking out for Bacterial Meningitis

Meredith Leigh, Advocate, National Meningitis Association, Sarah Van Orman, Executive Director, University Health Services, UW-Madison, and Craig Roberts, Epidemiologist and Physician Assistant, University Health Services, UW-Madison, discuss the signs and symptoms of bacterial meningitis and the need for prompt diagnosis and proper treatment.

Communicating the Stories of Science

Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, discusses the corrupt atmosphere in the 1930s which lead to forensic scientists joining with the police to determine cause of death. Blum focuses on poisons often used in the early 20th century to commit murder.

Memories, Lies and the Brain

Anthony Wagner, Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Stanford University, explores neuroscience brain imaging as a means of determining the difference between actual memory and deception. Prosecutors, judges and juries must determine whether testimony is honest and accurate or dishonest and inaccurate. Mental state decoding could help to provide answers to these questions.

Climate Change, from Global to Local

Brenna Holzhauer, Director of Exhibits, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Madison, explores how to talk about the local effects of climate change and global warming with your children, students and families. Holzhauer discusses the basic science surrounding climate change and simple changes that can help the environment.

Advanced Geostationary Weather Satellites

Tim Schmit, Research Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains the advances in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) weather satellite system and how sharper images improve forecasting the weather and modeling the climate.

Proper Tree Planting

Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, Dane County UW-Extension, explains the dos and don’ts to follow when planting trees. Johnson focuses on planting the right tree in the right place, the requirements of the roots, types of planting materials and how to dig the right size hole for the tree you’re planting.

Perennials for Sun and Shade

Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, Dane County UW-Extension, discusses the characteristics of perennials, winter hardiness, proper planting and watering, propagation and how to choose the right perennial for sunny and shady locations.


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