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Maple Syrup Education - Ep. 547

Ruth Ann Lee, an educator at the Mackenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette, WI, discusses Sisibaskwat, or time of the melting snow--better known as maple sugaring time. Lee explains what makes this a successful environmental education program for the Center, which hosts thousands of school kids annually to celebrate spring.

Hydroecology in Sierra Nevada - Ep. 545

Steven Loheide, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explains the hydrologic processes and how the movement of water through the landscape, over the land surface, and through the subsurface affect ecological processes. Loheide focuses on Tuolumne Meadows in the California Sierra Nevada mountains.

Chaos in Easter Island Ecology - Ep. 543

Clint Sprott, a professor in the Department of Physics at UW-Madison, describes some recent simple mathematical models for the rise and fall of the civilization on Easter Island in the South Pacific. Sprott shows that one of these mathematical models has chaotic solutions, not previously known.

Wind Turbine Generators: The Basics - Ep. 541

Mitch Bradt, Program Director, Department of Engineering Professional Development, UW Madison.
Mitch Brandt presents the basics of wind turbine generators explaining everything from the physics involved in determining the angle of the blade to how electricity is created and distributed.

Picture the World with Kaleidoscope Dyes - Ep. 540

Stephen Paddock, a microscopist in the Department of Molecular Biology at UW-Madison, describes how using fluorescent dyes attached to antibodies, DNA, RNA or other molecules enables scientists to see and map their locations in cells. Recent advances in microscopy also produce strikingly beautiful images that celebrate the excitement of discovery and the power of scientific information.

A New Theory of Everything: Climate, Energy, and the...

James Pawley, professor emeritus in the UW Department of Zoology, explains the need for a new theoretical basis for complex systems such as climate, energy and the economy. During the Industrial Revolution, science gained a reputation for mathematical accuracy and precision. We have entered the Age of Chaos where accurate predictions are impossible and, therefore, we must create a new theory.

The Science Constellation at UW-Madison - Ep. 536

Dave Nelson, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, and Tom Zinnen, the outreach program manager at the UW Biotechnology Center, share the stage to discuss community outreach activities on campus from 1862 to the present. Zinnen introduces the UW Science Constellation--an invitation to experience science, within and with a community of researchers.

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery - Ep. 533

Laura Heisler, Wisconsin Alumni
Research Foundation, Susan Millar, Morgridge Institute for Research, Rupa Shevde, Morgridge Institute for Research

Dr. Heisler, Dr. Millar and Dr. Sheyde introduce us to the Institutes for Discovery Center, explain its purpose and talk about the work that is taking place there.

Mobile Devices for Research and Learning - Ep. 529

John Martin and David Gagnon from the Department of Information Technology at UW-Madison discussexamples and stories of new media technology, apps, and mobile devices, and how they are being applied to educational design and educational research.

How Drifting Continents Jumped from Fringe to Core - Ep. 528

Jim Blair, PhD., Professor Emeritus, Milton College.

Dr. Jim Blair discusses the structure of
scientific revolutions; how new ideas become adopted by the scientific community.
Find out how the idea of drifting continents was transformed from a fringe concept, to become the central core of modern geology.

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