Simon Levin, Professor of Biology, Princeton University, explores complex systems where agents compete for limited resources. Levin discusses how behavior evolves in response to interactions with others and focuses on the evolution of resource allocation and the evolution of cooperation to deal with securing resources for the common good.
Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Education & Research, Sesame Workshop; Rachel Connolly, Director of Education, NOVA; Anita Wager, Assistant Professor, School of Education, UW–Madison; and Edward Hubbard Assistant Professor, School of Education, UW-Madison join moderator Michael Harryman, Wisconsin Public Television, to discuss how to teach preschoolers math and science concepts.
Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, carves into the history of meat processing from ancient Roman times to present day, highlighting ways the industry developed in Wisconsin over the past 150 years.
Jonathan D. Moreno, Professor, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, explores initiatives that are changing the course of modern warfare. Moreno addresses ways the intelligence communities and university science departments work together to prepare military personnel.
Mark Brown, Professor, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento, delves into the popular distrust of climate science and its relationship to suspicion of both organized power and democracy.
Joseph Mason, Professor, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, discusses naturalist John Muir’s walk from Madison to the Muir family farm in upper Marquette County in the 1860s. Mason highlights the changes in terrain, at that time, from rolling prairie in DeForest to wetlands in Poynette to forest in Ennis Lake.
Doug Soldat, Associate Professor, Dept of Soil Science, UW-Madison, discusses how to grow a functional lawn while reducing the environmental impact. Soldat explains how to choose the best type of grass for your site and how to improve your soil. He also explores ways to help your lawn recover from the extreme heat and drought of 2012.
Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Madison & UW-Extension, discusses how genetic engineering can create disease-resistant crops. Zinnen talks about citrus greening, a disease that is ravaging orange orchards around the world, and how genetic engineering is providing ways to control it, and genetically engineered Golden Rice, which by adding Vitamin A, can help to reduce cases of blindness.
Dan Negrut, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison, explores ways that computers are being used by mechanical engineers to understand the behavior of complex systems by using computer simulations.
Scott Knickelbine, author of “The Great Peshtigo Fire: Stories and Science from America’s Deadliest Fire”, shares the history and relevance of the Great Peshtigo fire. The forestry and agriculture in Peshtigo, together with unusual environmental factors in 1817, come together to create this Wisconsin disaster.