Lynne Diebel, Author, Crossing the Driftless, details her 359 mile canoe trip though the Driftless region of Wisconsin. Diebel and her husband, Bob, paddled on the Cannon, Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers, following the traditions of the French voyageurs and Native Americans.
Zen Miller, Agriculture Dairy/Livestock Agent, Outagamie County, UW-Extension, explores modern farm animal feeding operations and production systems, the evolution of these practices and the technologies available today.
Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Extension, highlights changes in biotechnology, focusing on genetic research, gene transfer, gene synthesis and DNA sequencing.
Bronson Thalacker, Technician/Specialist, Soil & Water Conservation, Barron County, discusses the steps, required by state law, to reclaim non-metallic mines when mining is complete. Thalacker focuses on the high-quality sand in Wisconsin being used for hydrofracking and the land reclamation plans that are in place.
Jim Lattis, Director, UW Space Place, follows the New Horizons spacecraft, launched in 2006, as it makes its closest approach to Pluto. Lattis shares close-up images of the dwarf planet and discusses the scientific observations resulting from the mission.
John Haack, Natural Resource Educator, UW-Extension, discusses the history of harvesting wild rice by indigenous people as far back as 1000 B.C. and explains the Anishinabe (Ojibwe) migration to the “land where food grows on water.” Haack demonstrates the process of harvesting the wild rice.
Amaya Atucha, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, focuses on the history of grape growing, discusses differences between American and European species, and highlights the challenges of growing cold-hardy wine grapes in Wisconsin.
Melanie Buhr-Lawler, Clinical Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, UW-Madison, Rachael Jocewicz and Timothy Kuckuk, Research Assistants, Communication Sciences & Disorders, UW-Madison, discuss the Wisconsin Idea Outreach projects which focus on hearing loss prevention in rural workers and farmers.
Meredith Leigh, Advocate, National Meningitis Association, Sarah Van Orman, Executive Director, University Health Services, UW-Madison, and Craig Roberts, Epidemiologist and Physician Assistant, University Health Services, UW-Madison, discuss the signs and symptoms of bacterial meningitis and the need for prompt diagnosis and proper treatment.
Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, discusses the corrupt atmosphere in the 1930s which lead to forensic scientists joining with the police to determine cause of death. Blum focuses on poisons often used in the early 20th century to commit murder.