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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.

Science, Technology and Public Policy

Cora Marrett, Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation, discusses her interest in the interplay between the larger society, science and engineering. Marrett talks about how research, even on the most fundamental of questions, addresses problems that have significant import for the citizenry.

Energy, Scaling and the Future of Life on Earth

Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor, Santa Fe Institute, explores how information and energy have shaped nature. West discusses the implications and the principles of the future of science, the future of biology, and of society.

Lands for the Public: America's Best Idea

Dayton Duncan, a writer, and co-producer with PBS documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, discusses the history of public land--land purchased, held and preserved for the use of all Americans.

Manifesto for a New Economy

James Gustave Speth, Dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, offers an analysis of America’s political economy that is unsparing in its critical examination of connections between the many ills the nation faces, from joblessness to environmental degradation to growing income inequality.

Population Health Sciences

Patrick Remington, a professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, describes how he uses epidemiology to track the health of Wisconsin. Dr. Remington will highlight a nationally recognized program, the "County Health Rankings," and show how this information can help communities mobilize for action, toward a healthier community.

Treating Head and Neck Cancer

Randall Kimple, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Oncology, UW-Madison, reviews the historic and emerging causes of head and neck cancer and current treatment standards. Kemple discusses how ongoing work in the lab may be able to play a role in clinical trial design, interpretation and in improving treatment outcomes for all patients with head and neck cancer.

From Diatoms to Electric Eels - Ep. 773

Michael Sussman, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, uses examples from his research of diatoms and on sequencing the genome of the electric eel, to probe ways scientists and engineers can tap into the ingenuity of nature in building networks, in making exquisite materials and in harvesting energy.

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