Chip Yates, the owner and chief designer of SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing, USA, displays the world’s most powerful electric airplane in the Innovation Hangar – Alpha. Yates discusses the technology behind the modified Rutan Long-EZ (“Long ESA”) designed to achieve world records for speed and altitude in manned electric classes. This lecture was recorded at the 2012 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
Christopher Tyler, the head of the Brain Imaging Center at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the science of depth perception and Leonardo da Vinci's pioneering work in understanding perspective. Da Vinci may have been the inspiration for Torricelli who drew the map Columbus used in his discovery of America.
Erika Marín-Spiotta, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, applies interdisciplinary methods to examine the effects of human-driven changes in land cover and land use on biodiversity and the cycling of biologically active elements through the environment.
Norlene Emerson, a professor in the Geology Department at UW-Richland, travels back in time to describe the watery world of Wisconsin during the early Paleozoic Era.
Yuri Danilov, Senior Scientist, Department of orthopedics, UW-Madison.
Yuri Danilov shares his research of the brain and the neuron, it's most sophisticated element.
Rick Keller, Associate Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison
Professor Rick Keller takes a deeper look into the extraordinary heat wave that hit France in August, 2003. The daytime highs were 105-120 degrees Fahrenheit, with nighttime lows as high as 70 degrees Fahrenheit, resulting in deaths.
Professor Richard Staley, Associate Professor, Department of History of Science, UW-Madison explores the role of science in the First World War. Specifically, he looks at two major tests conducted after the war which expose some of the characteristic features of scientists' engagement in the war. He looks at Alfred Binet's intelligence tests and Arthur Stanley's expedition.
Bret Payseur, Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, UW Madison
Bret Payseur introduces the process by which new species originate, called speciation. He talks about speciation from a genetic perspective and addresses common misunderstandings.
Jim Lattis, the director of Space Place at UW-Madison, discusses the theory that the progression of the equinoxes has caused there to be a thirteenth sign of the zodiac, a constellation called Ophiuchus.
Francis Halzen, Neutrino Astronomy
Francis Halzen talks about the IceCube Project, the Neutrino Telescope, First Light and neutrinos.