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Discovering Homo Naledi

John Hawks, Associate Chair in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, discusses his role in the 2013 Rising Star expedition’s discovery of homo naledi, the newest member of the human family, in South Africa. Hawks explains how the species was identified and shares footage of how the bones were discovered.

Multisensory Perception

Ferrinne Spector, Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Edgewood College, discusses the basic developmental structure of the sensory systems which inherently include all of the five senses. Spector explains how information is translated across the senses and how that influences our perception of the world.

Managing Stored Grains

Scott Sanford, Senior Outreach Specialist in Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison, explores some of the causes of grain storage problems including: too much foreign matter, the grain being too wet or too warm, uneven grain temperatures, not checking the grain often enough and not having a well cleaned storage facility before the harvest begins.

DNA and Expanding Waistlines

Brian Parks, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the relationship between genetics and a predisposition to obesity. Parks focuses on the protein leptin which can help to regulate food intake.

15 Year Mulch Study

Amaya Atucha, Fruit Crop Specialist at UW-Extension, discusses orchard floor management systems. Atucha explains the importance of a healthy groundcover to maintain soil temperature and moisture, reduce weed competition, minimize soil erosion and provide a habitat for beneficial insects.

How to Prevent Listeria

Kathleen Glass, Associate Director at the Food Research Institute at UW-Madison, provides an overview of foodborne illnesses, focusing on listeria monocytogenes. Glass explains where listeria comes from, how it can get into fresh produce, how to test for it and how to control it.

The Bionic Ear

Ruth Litovsky, Professor of Surgery/Otolaryngology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, shares ongoing research into the electrical stimulation of the ear in people with hearing loss. Litovsky discusses the progress and challenges of cochlear implants in patients ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly.

Chiwaukee Prairie

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.

Plant and Microbe Symbiosis

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.

Pest Management in Apple Orchards

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.

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