The Madison Science Museum

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, anticipates the opening of the Madison Science Museum in downtown Madison during the summer of 2015. The museum will highlight the history of science in Wisconsin, and will feature hands-on learning opportunities, historic artifacts, exhibits that demonstrate cutting-edge science, and art.

The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory

Stefan Westerhoff, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, introduces us to the next generation gamma ray detector at the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Puebla, Mexico. The HAWC is a large field of view instrument capable of continuously monitoring the northern sky at energies between roughly 100 GeV and 100 TeV, the highest gamma-ray energies observed so far.

Helping Preterm Babies using Diaper Diagnostics

Katie Brenner, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how testing the urine in preterm babies can reveal signs of serious illness. This knowledge allows doctors to individualize nutrition plans for premature babies to help reduce their risk of infection and to aid in their growth.

The Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Trial

Benjamin Wilfond, Director, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, explains the history and goals of screening newborns for Cystic Fibrosis. Early detection allows for the improvement in nutrition and pulmonary care.

Insights from a Conflicted Solar Farmer

Bruce Johnson, Solar Farmer, discusses the tensions that come from being a solar farmer, an electric-car owner, a utility customer, and a utility stockholder. With seven years of solar energy generation behind him, Johnson shares what he has learned about the ups and downs of being a solar farmer.

Must Technology Rule Our Lives?

Evan Selinger, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that increasingly, consumer electronics and proprietary social networking platforms mediate our intimate interactions and explains why it’s important that we do certain things ourselves and steer the future away from excessive technological outsourcing.

How to Build a Galaxy in Three Easy Steps

Stephen Pardy, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains that with the appropriate ingredients: hydrogen gas, stars and dark matter, the laws of physics and evolution, you can create a galaxy.

Developing a Pollinator's Paradise

Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, explains how to create a garden that will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Digital Society and its Discontents

Evgeny Morozov, Author and Journalist, discusses the need for literate criticism of technology.

Molecular Archaeology

Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, shows how molecular archaeology which includes the studies of proteins, DNA and other biomolecules found in human remains, can unlock secrets from their lives. Studied remains range from England’s Richard III to Switzerland’s Otzi the Ice Man.


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