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Myelin Wrapping of Nerve Cells

John Svaren, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Biosciences, UW-Madison, discusses his research of myelin, an electrical insulator which helps to speed up the response of nerve cells. Svaren focuses on the myelin-producing cells of the peripheral nervous system, including cells called Schwann cells.

The Wonders of Physics 30th Season Celebration

Clint Sprott, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, portrays Dr. Sprott of Sprottania on a mission to Mars. Martian Damon and King Weixx help Dr. Sprott demonstrate Dr. Sprott’s favorite physics experiments in this celebration of thirty seasons of the Wonders of Physics.

Annual Grasses for the Garden and Container

Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, discusses a wide range of choices of showy, annual grasses that you can add to your garden or container garden.

Square Foot Gardening

Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension, Dane County, explains the theory behind square foot gardening and how to create your own garden. Johnson discusses what to plant, what materials to use to build raised beds, and how to reap the highest yield per square foot.

Your Lawn: Organic, Conventional, or In-Between

Sharon Morrisey, Horticulture Agent, UW-Extension, Milwaukee County, discusses a wide spectrum of choices for lawn maintenance. Morrisey introduces options--whether you prefer low maintenance, high maintenance, organic or synthetic.

Astrobiology and the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Clark Johnson, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how life begins and evolves, whether life exists elsewhere in the universe and the future of life on earth and in the universe.

Prevalence Trends and Risk Factors for Autism

Maureen Durkin, Professor, Population Health Sciences & Pediatrics, UW-Madison, presents an update on trends in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder. Durkin looks at risk factors including pregnancy complications, parental age, birth order, gene mutations, socioeconomic status and comorbid disabilities.

Psychiatric Comorbidity with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Janet Lainhart, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah, discusses the relationship between neuropsychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, and inattention, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lainhart reports that these comorbidity conditions add substantial burden to affected individuals and their families and provide a challenge for researchers and clinicians.

Innovation for our Electricity Infrastructure

Dale Burmester, Manager, Economic Planning, American Transmission Company, provides an overview of where we can find the highest quality renewable resources in the United States and discusses the need for improved transmission infrastructure to deliver the resources to where they are needed.

The Phosphate Crisis in Agriculture

Patrick McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UW-Madison, discusses his concerns about the dwindling supply of phosphorus, one of the key nutrients for growing green plants.

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