Josh Hyman, Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison, tells the story of PFC Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian fighting for the U.S. who was killed in World War II. Gordon’s remains were mislabeled and missing for years. Eventually the remains were found and using forensic DNA sequencing were verified as belonging to Gordon.
James Steele, Professor, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discusses the basics of fermentation and talks about the foods and beverages that Wisconsin grows and ferments.
Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how penicillin was discovered, how it works and how the penicillin was produced in large quantities to treat soldiers during World War II.
Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, discusses the characteristics of ancient DNA, the sources the DNA is extracted from and what can be learned from the information.
Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the history of infectious diseases and how to prepare for these emerging diseases at the global, national, state and local levels. Maki focuses on the Ebola virus and looks toward future global threats which could be more devastating that the Ebola outbreak.
Mark Cook, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, analyzes the use of antibiotics in poultry production and describes alternatives that he and his colleagues have developed. Cook looks at the impact of new poultry housing regulations in California.
Justin Sattin, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, offers basic information about strokes. Sattin discusses the two kinds of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhage, causes, recognizing the signs, and treatment options.
Darlene Konkle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discusses the state and federal responses to the avian influenza in Wisconsin. Konkle shares the timeline of events, the elements of an emergency animal-disease response and the lessons learned in dealing with this highly pathogenic incident.
Craig Atwood, Research Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, UW School of Medicine, examines the results of a study which indicates that the combination of the drug therapies Aricept and Lubpron Depot could stabilize memory loss in women who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Jay Gallagher, Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope and explores its Wisconsin connection.