Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, memorializes the hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The last surviving passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo in 1914. Temple traces the decline from billions of birds to one, to none.
Walter Goodman, Recipient, Heart Transplant, Maryl Johnson, Director, Heart Failure Clinic, UW Hospital and Clinics, Casey Phelps, RN, UW Organ and Tissue Donation, Lucian Lozonschi, Surgical Director, UW Heart Transplant Program, and Meredith Leigh, Mother of Donor, Henry Mackaman, share the steps leading to Goodman’s heart transplant.
Alan Carroll, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how long our fossil fuel energy supplies will last, how much it costs to secure the energy, and the consequences of burning fossil fuels.
James McKeown, Professor, Department of Classics, UW-Madison, explores the medical beliefs held by the ancient Greeks. While much of what they believed still holds true today, some of their beliefs fall into a gray area between fact and fantasy.
Matthew Lazzara, Researcher, Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, UW-Madison, shares the history of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s more than fifty year involvement in observing the conditions on Antarctica, the coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Recent observations of the continent show a warming in the central west.
Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, reflects on the history behind communication between scientists and the public. Dunwoody defines the visible scientist as somebody who can adapt to a rapidly evolving communications environment.
Steve Ackerman and Jonathan Martin, Professors, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences,
UW-Madison, discuss winter weather statistics and how they relate to climate change. They also offer a look behind the scenes of their monthly appearances on “The Larry Meiller Show” on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.
Matt Levin, Author and High School Teacher, McFarland, discusses his book, “Cold War University.” Levin explores the relationship between higher education and the Cold War, focusing on how the University of Wisconsin-Madison became a hub of student political activism in the 1950s and 1960s.
Karen Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, College of Wooster OH, studies x-rays to find the presence of Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN)—a super-massive black hole at the center of a galaxy. Lewis explains how to pick out the AGN from the rest of the universe’s x-ray sources.
Michael Cox, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how to make E. coli resistant ionizing radiation through a process of directed evolution. Cox also discusses his research into genetic repair, or recombination, of DNA.