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Learning and Virtual Worlds: The Education Benefits of...

Constance Steinkuehler, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, UW-Madison

Just what are kids learning from online video games? Teachers, parents, grandparents, and gaming aficionados alike should have an interest in digital learning. Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) may be among the most promising new teaching methods.

Molecular Biology of Breast Cancer - Ep. 264

Michael Gould, Professor of Oncology, Department of Genetics, UW-Madison

Breast cancer genetics is the focus of Dr. Gould's laboratory. The goal of the research is to provide a better understanding of the role of modifier genes in breast cancer risk and also provide targets for anti-cancer drug development. Learn about how it's being achieved.

Growing Tissue in the Laboratory - Ep. 260

Wan-Ju Li, Assistant Professor, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, UW-Madison

Dr. Wan-Ju Li explains what tissue engineering is and its relation to the cure of diseases in orthopedics. He discusses his work of engineering and growing tissue in a laboratory setting.

Allen Centennial Gardens' Vision: Tribute to the Past,...

Ed Lyon, Senior Outreach Specialist, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison

Allen Centennial Gardens is a 2.5 acre gem on the UW-Madison campus. New director of the Gardens Ed Lyon brings a new vision for Allen Centennial. This talk explains the history of the Gardens, discusses changing trends and audiences and defines Lyon's vision of how the Gardens will adapt to meet new needs.

Pharmaecomomics and Epigenetics - Ep. 256

Kirk Hogan, Md, Department of Anesthesiology, UW-Madison

Anesthesia more than any other medical specialty is characterized by polypharmacy, with up to 10 drugs used for the healthiest patient for simple procedure, to over 25 drugs required for the care of very ill patients having complex surgeries. Anesthesia is at the forefront of the translation of pharmacogenetic insights to the bedside.

How Parents of Autistic Children View and Use Science -...

Noah Feinstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison

Noah Feinstein discusses how people learn about science and health as well as the personal importance of gaining this knowledge.

Clouds and Aerosol - Ep. 257

Pao K. Wang, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison

Atmospheric clouds have great impact on the global climate process. Cloud formation is also closely related to the aerosol in the atmosphere. Learn about fundamental cloud and aerosol interactions and how they may impact the global climate process.

Opportunities and Challenges of Commercializing Stem Cell...

Michael West, Chief Executive Officer of BioTime Inc., discusses the commercialization of human stem cell technology, what has happened in the past and his hopes for the future. The history of stem cell research is introduced by Mark Bugher and Tommy Thompson.

The Role of the UW Eye Institute in the Treatment of...

Arthur Polans, Associate Director, UW Eye Research Institute

Arthur Polans talks about the research being done in his lab and his interest in using nontoxic, nature products as chemotherapeutic agents before discussing how the Eye Research Institute is involved on campus to promote scientific productivity as well as enhance scholarly activities.

Cell Adhesion: How Cells Stick and Why It Matters in...

Allison Lynch, Genetics PhD Student, Department of Zoology, UW-Madison

Allison Lynch gives a brief background on cell adhesion, the way cells stick together. Then, she explains her research focus, which is a protein called MAGI-1 and its effects on cell adhesion during morphogenesis.

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