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The Story of Wisconsin Fast Plants

Paul Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, describes the evolution of rapid cycling Brassicas (scientific name: Brassica rapa) which have been used for research and education for over 30 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These plants require little more than continuous fluorescent light, water and fertilizer.

How Satellites Monitor Wisconsin's Climate

David Liebl, Faculty Associate, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses weather, Wisconsin’s climate, the projection for the future of our climate, and how we’re using satellite remote sensing capabilities to observe climate change impacts on the state.

Envisioning Responses to Climate Change

Jane Elder, Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, moderates a panel discussion with UW-Madison faculty Mrill Ingram, Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography; Chris Kucharik, Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Environmental Studies; and Steve Carpenter Director, Center for Limnology, focusing on scenario-building, storytelling and the arts to explain climate change.

Challenges of Developing Food for a Mars Mission

Michele Perchonok, Advanced Food Technology Manager, NASA, explains the methods used to develop a food system that is safe, nutritious, acceptable and provides balanced resources for astronauts while they are traveling in space.

Flight Simulator for Surgeons

Eftychios Sifakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, UW-Madison, introduces a sophisticated new simulator which offers surgical students the opportunity to master detailed procedures before operating on live patients. This new devise is comparable a flight simulator used to train pilots.

Frac Sand Resources of Wisconsin

Jay Zambito, Assistant Professor, Geoscience, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, explains what frac sand is, how it is used, mined, processed and transported. Zambito discusses frac sand’s connection to other natural resources and the research being conducted by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

20 Years of Stem Cell Milestones at the UW

William Murphy, Co-Director, UW Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, shares the work at the center to create biological materials which could offer new options in the treatment of diseases.

How UW's Astronomers Measured the Universe

Jim Lattis, Director, UW Space Place, examines the part UW astronomers played in a major re-evaluation of the size of the Milky Way between 1930 and 1936. The astronomers established which key features determined our modern concept of a galaxy.

Biomedical Big Data

Mark Craven, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the work at UW to develop a new generation of information technologies that will have the power to revolutionize modern medicine.

My Adventure in the Stratosphere

Jean Creighton, Director, Manfred Olson Planetarium, UW-Milwaukee, reflects on her selection by NASA to fly on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Creighton was one of 24 teachers chosen to observe the earth’s atmosphere from 40,000 feet.

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