Pam Holy, Board Member of the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund in Kenosha, discusses the ecological development of the Chiwaukee Prairie which runs from Kenosha to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line along the Lake Michigan coastline. Holy talks about its designation as a State Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark and a Wetland of International Importance.
Jean-Michel Ané, Professor in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison, discusses the mutually beneficial relationship between soil microbes and plants and delves into agricultural sustainability and development in developing countries.
Christelle Guédot, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison, discusses the biology of apple maggots and introduces ways to control them. Guédot also provides an overview of the brown marmorated stink bug.
Alia Gurtov, PhD Student in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, reports on her experience as a member of the Rising Star Expedition that excavated the remains of Homo naledi in South Africa. Gurtov explores the adaptations that distinguish the earliest known members of our genus with those who came before.
Pilar N. Ossorio, Professor at the UW-Madison Law School, discusses the ongoing multinational work to develop guidelines, principles and institutional oversight for altering or editing human genomes. Ossorio explains the challenges of regulating this globally available technology including cultural constraints and the lack of binding international agreements.
Damon Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UW-Madison, focuses on Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Goss’s Wilt, two major diseases that have been affecting field corn over the past several growing seasons.
Daren Mueller, Assistant Professor in Integrated Pest Management at Iowa State University, discusses the increased use of fungicides in field crops and the resulting fungicide resistance.
Anette Phibbs, Plant Pathologist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discusses the results of a survey focusing on new and exotic pathogens that are infecting soybeans, corn, and fir trees.
Daren Mueller, Assistant Professor in Integrated Pest Management at Iowa State University, identifies the phases of Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome and offers options, such as treating seeds, to minimize the disease.
Robin Goldman, Assistant Scientist at the Center for Investigating Health Minds at the Waisman Center, joins UW Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri to focus on factors which lead to emotional well-being.