Scott Topper, Research Assistant, Department of Genetics , UW-Madison
Scott Topper starts by discussing the basic elements of and concepts related to genes and gene expression. He moves into the technology used and different research approaches in the field.
Mike Havey, Professor USDA
Mike Havey explains how his research shows cucumber mitochondria breaks typical expectations by not maternally inheriting organelles.
Paul Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Forty years after the publication of his influential book "The Population Bomb," Paul Ehrlich appears at the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival. His most recent work, "The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment," traces the history of evolution and the impact of these changes on the planet.
Lisa Kivirist, Author and Innkeeper. John Ivanko, Author and Innkeeper
Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are the proprietors of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, which is completely powered by renewable energy. The pair's most recent book is "ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet before Profits."
David Orr, Professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin Colleger
Andrew Revkin, The New York TInnovations in Medical Education (IME)s Environmental Reporter
Authors David Orr and Andrew Revkin both speak about their books.
James Crow, Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics, UW-Madison
Millard Susman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics, UW-Madison
Professor Millard Susman and Professor James Crow together discuss the life and accomplishments of Joshua Lederberg. They touch on his research done at UW-Madison, his research done elsewhere, and the impacts of his discoveries in microbial genetics.
Aseem Ansari, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison
Professor Aseem Ansari tells about Professor Har Gobind Khorana who won the Nobel Prize 40 years ago. He cracked the genetic code and was the first to synthesize a gene. Ansari also discusses the Khorana Scholars Program created to honor the tradition of ingenuity and collaboration between India and the United States.
Pete Cohen, Department of Medicine, UW-Madison
Pete Cohen explains HIV/AIDS as a disease itself. Then he moves into presenting some of the research that led to the current understanding of the disease. He'll also cover some of the existing problems with our understanding and research.
Tom Zinnen, Outreach Program Manager, Biotechnology Center of UW Madison & Family Living Program of UW Extension
Tom Zinnen runs through different hands-on activities and metaphors in order to demonstrate information about and create a better understanding of DNA.
Jean Phillips, Senior Special Librarian and Paul Menzel, UW Senior Scientis, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison
Phillips and Menzel give some information on the city of Madison, a history of meteorological satellites, and the role that Verner Suomi plays in this combination.