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Avian Influenza

Kelli Engen, Public Health Officer, Barron County, and Tim Jergenson, Agricultural Agent, Barron County, UW-Extension, discuss the impact of the avian influenza on the Wisconsin poultry industry and on human health. This April and May 2015 occurrence resulted in the loss of a million chickens and turkeys.

Women In Science And The Amazing Race

Amy DeJong and Maya Warren, Graduate Students, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discuss their research projects as Food Scientists. DeJong and Warren share how they prepared for the reality television show “The Amazing Race” and talk about their experiences on the show.

The Future of Law and Neuroscience

Francis Shen, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, discusses the past, present and future use of neuroscience research in criminal and civil court cases. Neuroscience research areas include: mental health, dementia, prenatal care, crime and education.

The Madison Science Museum

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, anticipates the opening of the Madison Science Museum in downtown Madison during the summer of 2015. The museum will highlight the history of science in Wisconsin, and will feature hands-on learning opportunities, historic artifacts, exhibits that demonstrate cutting-edge science, and art.

The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory

Stefan Westerhoff, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, introduces us to the next generation gamma ray detector at the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Puebla, Mexico. The HAWC is a large field of view instrument capable of continuously monitoring the northern sky at energies between roughly 100 GeV and 100 TeV, the highest gamma-ray energies observed so far.

Helping Preterm Babies using Diaper Diagnostics

Katie Brenner, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how testing the urine in preterm babies can reveal signs of serious illness. This knowledge allows doctors to individualize nutrition plans for premature babies to help reduce their risk of infection and to aid in their growth.

The Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Trial

Benjamin Wilfond, Director, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, explains the history and goals of screening newborns for Cystic Fibrosis. Early detection allows for the improvement in nutrition and pulmonary care.

Insights from a Conflicted Solar Farmer

Bruce Johnson, Solar Farmer, discusses the tensions that come from being a solar farmer, an electric-car owner, a utility customer, and a utility stockholder. With seven years of solar energy generation behind him, Johnson shares what he has learned about the ups and downs of being a solar farmer.

Must Technology Rule Our Lives?

Evan Selinger, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that increasingly, consumer electronics and proprietary social networking platforms mediate our intimate interactions and explains why it’s important that we do certain things ourselves and steer the future away from excessive technological outsourcing.

How to Build a Galaxy in Three Easy Steps

Stephen Pardy, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains that with the appropriate ingredients: hydrogen gas, stars and dark matter, the laws of physics and evolution, you can create a galaxy.

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