Andrew Alexander, an associate professor in the Dept. of Medical Physics at UW-Madison, discusses his research into the measurements of brain connectivity between different brain areas using both functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. The results of this research show that brain connectivity is altered in autism and that connectivity properties change with age.
Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, the coordinator of historical services at UW-Madison Libraries, shares stories of the sea: the eradication of scurvy, the interplay between whaling and women's health, the toll on the lives of slaves on the Middle Passage, the development of SCUBA, the impacts of chronic sea sickness on young Charles Darwin, and the mental health of seafarers.
Lieutenant colonel Todd Berge, the Commander of AFROTC Det. 925, describes the technology, design, refinements, and uses of the Flying Fortress, the B-17 Bomber, and its impact on the European Theatre in WWII. Captain Scott Mobley, from the Department of History at UW-Madison, shares the saga of The Origins and Use of the Torpedo in World War II.
Bruce Brown, a scientist with the Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey of the UW-Extension, explains the basics of hydrofracking, the use and characteristics of frac sand, and the geological reasons why sand from Wisconsin is in demand.
Rudy Baum, editor-in-chief of Chemical & Engineering News, looks at fossil fuels and their impact on climate and society. Baum contends that it is up to scientists to lead through research and innovation and through moral suasion.
Dick Burgess, Professor Emeritus at the McArdle Cancer Research Lab, UW-Madison, talks about making monoclonal antibodies and their use in protein purification. Burgess discusses their success in finding a way to make antibodies that would bind onto a protein, but then release it easily.
Patrick McLaughlin, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UW-Extension, discusses the ongoing research at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey focused on deciphering the rock record of shifts in the ancient ocean-atmosphere system and their correlation with biological evolution.
Peter Botham and Sarah Botham, proprietors of Botham Vineyards, cover the vine-to-bottle process of making wine in Wisconsin and discuss the challenges of growing grapes in our climate. They discuss the grape varieties they grow and the wines the Botham Vineyards produce.
Heather Gates, the executive director of The Natural Step Monona, Dadit Hidayat, a research associate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the UW-Madison, and Randy Stoecker, a professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the UW-Madison, discuss their collaborative work to build a coalition of community groups around environmental sustainability in Monona.
Dale Schoeller a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison discusses the relationship between exercise and weight loss. Although the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure is simple physics, biology introduces some concepts to consider when interpreting the equation and making public policy.