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Biology, Business and the Brain

William A. Linton, Chairman & CEO, Promega Corporation, Fitchburg, reflects on his life, focusing on why he started Promega Corporation. Linton discusses the current relationship between the business, community and education. He shares his thoughts on the future of scientific research, involvement in the community and where his biotechnology corporation fits in.

Canoes: The Art and Science of Hydro Dynamic Design

Liese Pfeifer, Academic Curator, Design Gallery, UW School of Human Ecology; James Steiner, Outreach Program Coordinator, Center for Integrative Design, UW-Madison; and Nick Molzahn, student, Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering, UW-Madison, discuss high performance racing canoes, concrete canoes and ancient canoe artifacts, exhibited at the Design Gallery at the School of Human Ecology.

The World's Largest Radio Telescope

Eric Wilcots, Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the collaborative effort, which includes University of Wisconsin astronomers, to build the world’s largest radio telescope. The telescope will have a collecting area equal to one square kilometer, making it the most sensitive radio detector in the world.

Common Mistakes of Beginning Perennial Gardeners

Zannah Crowe, Horticulturist, Monches Farm LLC, discusses common mistakes first time perennial gardeners make when planting their gardens. Crowe suggests ways to avoid mistakes while creating a successful perennial flower bed.

Five Steps to a Successful Prairie Meadow

Neil Diboll, President, Prairie Nursery, Inc., discusses the benefits of planting prairie and grassland ecosystems. Diboll highlights some of the best plants for both small prairie gardens and large prairie meadows and explains how to install and manage these natural flower gardens.

Getting Started with Chickens

Twain Lockhart, Poultry Consultant, Nutrena, discusses the basics of raising backyard chickens. Lockhard explores breed selection, what supplies are needed and how to avoid common mistakes.

Growing Blueberries in Containers

Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension Brown County, presents a simple technique to grow blueberries in soilless containers. Because the high alkaline content of Wisconsin soil makes growing blueberries difficult, Pandian recommends a recipe for a soil media with an acid fertilizer for successful blueberry growth in containers.

How to Attract Bluebirds

Patrick Ready, Director, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, discusses ways to attract eastern bluebirds to your yard. Ready delves into bluebird habitats and nest box requirements.

Bromeliad Evolution in the American Tropics

Tom Givnish, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, reports on new findings regarding bromeliads, a family of flowering plants native to the American tropics. Givnish discusses their relationship to other plant families and the geographic spread of the bromeliads over the last hundred million years.

Did the Ancient Wisconsin River Once Flow East?

Eric Carson, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UWEX, suggests the lower Wisconsin River valley was occupied by an eastward flowing river during the Cenozoic Era. The Wyalusing River followed the upper Mississippi River as far south as the modern confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers then flowed east along the valley now occupied by the lower Wisconsin River.

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