The Rules of Sustainability - Ep. 606

David Morris, co-founder and vice president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, discusses the importance of designing local rules to promote community sustainability, including sustainable energy production and consumption.

From Haiti to Rwanda: Engineering Innovations - Ep. 411

Stephanie Whitehorse and Giri Venkataramana introduce Bhavna Sharma, Eyleen Chou, and Paul Fossum, three engineers who are working on revolutionizing housing in developing communities as well as improving the living conditions in third world countries while promoting efficient use of resources all around the world.

Mosquito-borne Diseases: From the Laboratory to the...

Bruce Christensen Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, UW-Madison

Professor Bruce Christensen presents his research of the relationship between mosquito vectors and the parasitic etiologic agents require for the natural transmission of vector born diseases. He discusses the biology of mosquitoes, the different types, and the diseases they spread in New Guinea.

What's Driving My Car? 2050 Biofuels and Other...

Tim Donohue, director, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Professor of Bacteriology, UW-Madison

Tim Donohue sheds light on where we
currently get and how we use our energy and how it flows from the suppliers to the us. He also spends time on the topic of biofuels and how he sees their importance in the context of capturing and utilizing renewable energy sources.

Microbes in the Litter Box - Ep. 404

Lindsey Moser, Research Assistant, Department of Medical Microbiology, UW-Madison

Lindsey Moser gives a detailed background of toxoplasma gondii, explains why it is being studied, and explores why it is such a successful parasite. She is a research assistant currently working to develop a model to study the sexual forms of this pathogen in the lab.

Biogeochemical Surprises in a Changing Climate - Ep. 401

Ankur Desai, Assistant Professor, Dept.of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison

Ankur Desai discovered some surprising lab results about biogeochemistry. He gives a background on the subject, defining biogeochemistry and climate change, before explaining his research in the field.

DNA Sequencing and Beyond - Ep. 391

Josh Hyman Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison

Josh Hyman talks about the DNA sequencing that his facility handles as well as the advancements in DNA sequencing. He gives great insight as to why DNA sequencing is important and why people should care about it.

Climate Change and Health - Ep. 390

Jonathan Patz, Professor & Director of Global Environmental Health, UW-Madison

Professor Jonathan Patz speaks about his research regarding the health effect of global environmental changes.

Water Quality in the Madison Lakes - Ep. 389

Katherine McMahon, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison

Katherine McMahon talks about the importance of the unseen organisms in the lakes in Madison and the role they play in the local quality of water. She speaks about microbiology, environmental chemistry, and technology as well as the affects of microbes, bacteria, etc. on our water systems.

The Deer Dilemma - Ep. 383

Don Waller Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison

Dr. Don Waller looks at the high deer populations and what this means ecologically and economically for our community. He points out that deer are the most popular game animal as well as source for licensing revenue for the state. On the other hand, he looks at the spread of diseases and car accidents.


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