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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.