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2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow: Pradeep Rohatgi

2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow Pradeep Rohatgi, Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, UW-Milwaukee describes his lifelong effort to improve lives through research in metals and manufacturing.

Technology and Young Children

Karyn Riddle, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, Joanne Cantor, Professor Emerita, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, and Marie-Louise Mares, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, discuss the impact of media on family interactions and how the media experience differs for children during various developmental stages.

2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow: John J. Magnuson

2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow John J. Magnuson, Professor Emeritus, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison tells several stories from his career studying Wisconsin lakes.

2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow: Stanley A. Temple

2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison describes his lifelong work to save species and the habitats on which they depend.

Modeling Head Injuries with Fruit Flies

David Wassarman, Professor, Cell & Regenerative Biology, UW-Madison, discusses traumatic brain injury and why the disorder is difficult to treat. Wasserman presents data from experimental fruit fly studies which are advancing our understanding of the molecular and cellular events that occur with traumatic brain injury.

Imagining Possible Worlds

Science Fiction Author Kim Stanley Robinson, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery David Krakauer, UW-Madison English Assistant Professor Monique Allewaert and Wisconsin Public Radio Producer Steve Paulson discuss how science fiction can help us imagine possible worlds. Also, hear the winning entries of the Three Minute Futures flash science fiction contest, dramatized for radio.

Wisconsin’s Wild Bees

Rachel Mallinger, Graduate Student, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of the native, wild bees to the pollination process. With the decline in honey bee populations, can the 500 species of native bees living in Wisconsin fulfill our food needs?

Full Spectrum: The Promise of Light as Medicine

Chukuka S. Enwemeka, Dean, College of Health Sciences, UW-Milwaukee, shares the latest medical applications for phototherapy in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. Near-infrared and blue light can be used to destroy dangerous pathogens.

The Grand Challenges for Engineering

Ian Robertson, Dean, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses his work with the National Science Foundation and the origins of the Materials Genome Initiative.

Skin Cells and Stem Cells to Study Down Syndrome

Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how human stem cells which have trisomy 21 provide an unparalleled way to study how the formation of the brain is different in people with Down syndrome. Stem cells can be made from the skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome and then turned into brain cells to study brain development.

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