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Five Myths About the Scientific Revolution

Nancy Turner, Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UW-Platteville, debunks five commonly held misconceptions concerning the Scientific Revolution. Turner focuses on the sun-centered universe, magic, the Protestant Reformation, alchemy and the discoveries in medicine, biology, astronomy and physics.

Natural Atmospheric CO2 and Human History

David Archer, Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, explains the relationship between the use of fossil fuel, the natural concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the ability of human society to recognize and understand anthropogenically triggered climate change.

Charles Van Hise's Field Notebooks

Carol McCartney, Outreach Manager at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, focuses on the geological research of the Lake Superior region conducted by Charles Van Hise. McCartney discusses Van Hise’s work, shows samples of rocks and maps, and shares data from his approximately 450 field notebooks. In 2011, Van Hise’s field notebooks were scanned into the UW Digital Collection.

Good Handling Skills and Dairy Cow Comfort

Katy Proudfoot, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, addresses ways to identify and measure the level of comfort in a dairy cow. Proudfoot identifies risk factors and offers suggestions for creating an environment that provides optimal comfort.

Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Alex Lazarian, Professor in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, provides a history of magnets beginning with their use by fortunetellers and Vikings. Lazarian explains how magnetic fields work and discusses how we obtain information about astrophysical magnetism.

Solar Fabrics

Trisha Andrew, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Marianne Fairbanks, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, discuss the process of creating personal solar energy collectors. Andrew explains how organic chemistry in the vapor phase makes it possible to transform fabrics into wearable solar panels.

Language, the Brain and Human Communication

Lyn Turkstra, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UW-Madison, explores the intricacies of human communication. Turkstra focuses on language, attention, memory, emotion recognition and abstract thought.

Partnership to Protect Wisconsin’s Lakes

Eric Olson, Director and Lake Specialist at UW-Extension Lakes, explores the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership between private landowners and the state. The partnership manages the thousands of inland lakes in Wisconsin using this community-based strategy. Olson discusses the current and long term issues that the lakes are facing.

Lake Health 101

Patrick “Buzz” Sorge, Lake Planner at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, discusses factors that impact the health of lakes of Wisconsin. Sorge focuses on an increase in flooding, blue-green algae blooms, and changes in water levels and temperature.

Ten Common Landscape Mistakes

Jeff Moyer, Owner of Moyer's Inc., explores ten of the most common mistakes people make when creating their landscaping and offers solutions to the problems. Moyer recommends focusing on the big picture, taking the topography of the site into account, and connecting the indoors to the outdoors.

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