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The Science and Art of Recovery

Ben Sidran, a musician and author, and Richard Davidson, the director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience at UW-Madison, combine their talents, interests, and spirit of adventure to present an original exploration into the interface of neuroscience and Jazz. Sidran and Davidson offer techniques to liberate the mind, moving from “mistakes” to “opportunities.”

Tornadoes and Derechos in Central North America

Jonathan Martin, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, explores the nature of the severe thunderstorms that spawn tornadoes and severe weather threat of the straight-line wind storms called derechoes. Martin examines the relationship between the physical environment and these potentially devastating weather events.

Bad Cell Division Doesn't Always Lead to Cancer

Mark Burkard, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison, discusses the ways cells copy themselves and what happens when the copy is bad. Burkard talks about cell division and cancer from a historical perspective and shares the story of the discovery of klerokenesis.

Is There Sex After 60?

John DeLamater, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, shares his research into the health benefits and advantages to relationships for people over sixty who participate in sexual activity.

Brewing a Better Barley

Mark Schmitt, Chemist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, introduces how malting varieties are developed and offers an overview of what happens in the malting quality lab to provide the malting barley breeders with information they can use to select quality varieties of barley. Schmitt also discusses results of recent research projects at the lab.

Sustainable Capitalism

Daniel Oros, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, explains venture capitalism and its role in funding “green industries.” Oros discusses investments he has been involved with and what he has learned along the way.

We Are All Lichens

Scott Gilbert, Professor, Department of Biology, Swarthmore College, discusses recent molecular biology findings that most of our cells are microbial with microbes intimately integrated into our physiology and development.

The Arts and Sciences in the Year 2112

Lynda Barry, Cartoonist and Author, shares her thoughts on the future of the arts, sciences and schooling in 2112.

The Transformative Power of Information

David Krakauer, Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery discusses two of the most fundamental concepts of science-- energy and information. Dr. Krakauer explores how energy and information have shaped nature and he discusses the implications of these principles for the future of life and society.

Is Global Warming Causing Weather Weirding?

Steve Vavrus, senior scientist at the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, discusses the weather extremes in Wisconsin and around the Midwest in 2012 which featured a mild winter, unseasonably warm March and then record drought and heat in the summer. Dr. Vavrus describes historical and projected trends in extreme weather events and their possible relationship to global climate change.

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