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Establishing the Link Between Pollution and Health

Elisabeth Harrahy, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, UW-Whitewater, presents the work of Rachel Carson. Carson was one of the original environmental toxicologists studying the effects of contaminants on health.

Infectious Diseases: Megabugs

Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Alex Lepak, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Nasia Safdar, Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; and David Andes, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discuss drug resistant infections.

What is Science?

Bassam Shakhashiri, Professor, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, and Rod Schreiner, Senior Scientist, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, present an overview of scientific methods and how they are used to prove theories.

Nitrate in Wisconsin's Groundwater

Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Extension, explains what nitrate is and explores the effects of nitrate on the environment, drinking water and groundwater.

The Missing in Action Recovery & ID Project

Sam Soderberg, Staff Sergeant, Wisconsin Air National Guard, discusses the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project which is using DNA technology to identify the remains of the Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War.

The Problem of Hurricanes and Climate

Kerry Emanuel, Professor, Atmospheric Science, MIT, discusses the basic theory of hurricanes, what hurricanes have been like in the past, and he looks at how they will be affected by global warming.

Mindreading: Past, Present and Future

Adina Roskies, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth College, discusses neuroimaging as a means of determining mental content. Roskies explores neuroimaging as tool for systematic mapping of the brain.

Understanding Groundwater in Wisconsin

Ken Bradbury, Director and State Geologist, WI Geological & Natural History Survey, UW-Extension, discusses the use of groundwater models to understand the relationship between surface water and groundwater. Bradbury explains the basics of groundwater modeling and shows examples from Dane County and Central Wisconsin.

Technology and Environmental Education

Justin Hougham, Director, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, introduces high-tech, mobile instruments which can be used to measure various elements of the environment. These devices allow students to participate in research, connects them to ongoing research and inspires them to interact with the environment.

Making Wisconsin Weather Forecasts Better

Tim Wagner, Assistant Researcher, Space Science & Engineering Center, UW-Madison, discusses two new surface-based weather forecasting systems in development. The first is a network of instruments which can be located on the roof and the second is a mobile trailer which can be driven to record the weather up close.

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