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Adventures in Agricultural Development in Africa - Ep. 425

Dr. Jeremy Foltz, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Dr. Foltz talks about his recent work in Mali studying agricultural technology innovation and adoption. He presents some recent successes and on-going challenges in increasing agricultural production and food security in West Africa in light of the recent run-up in world food prices.

Raw Milk Consumption - Ep. 426

Scott Rankin, Department of Food Science.

The consumption of raw milk has been a controversial issue since pasteurization was first discovered. Passionate devotees actively proclaim multiple health benefits from consuming raw milk. Those charged with ensuring a safe food supply display equal passion and certainty. How will the "Dairy State" navigate through the issue of raw milk consumption?

A Global View of Diabetes - Ep. 427

Linda Baumann, School of Nursing, UW-Madison.

Linda Baumann presents an overview of diabetes epigenetics, the interaction of genetics, food and physical environments, which may explain the worldwide increase of this condition. Baumann discusses physical complications and mortality rates in developing countries where there is limited or no access to medications and testing supplies.

Impact of Diseases on Field Crops and Food - Ep. 420

Paul Esker, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

Paul Esker discusses how field crops fit in Wisconsin agricultural, changes in production and the impact of diseases. Plant diseases can reduce yield and quality of crops, but the likelihood of loss is affected by many factors including recent diseases from the past growing seasons that affected our corn, soybean, and wheat

DNA: It's Discovery, Structure, and Manipulation - Ep. 416

Dave Nelson, Professor, Biochemistry, UW-Madison

Professor Dave Nelson discusses the importance of DNA and its prevalence in art, media, and science. He gives the history of DNA from the very beginning when it was first found, to when it became interesting, to when it became a hot topic of discussion and research, until today when it can be considered absolutely central to the field of biology.

Ceramics from Late Woodland Campsites - Ep. 430

Elizabeth Reetz, Archaeologist Wisconsin Historical Society. In 2009, archaeologists evaluated five sites along Highway 77 in northern Burnett County. Participate in this discovery with Elizabeth Reetz as she shares the results of the excavations and how the ceramic assemblages from these sites compare with other types documented in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota....

Groundwater in Central Wisconsin: Understanding the...

William Bland Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison

Professor William Bland reviews the basics of groundwater then discusses the research being done to understand the linkage between the groundwater level, irrigated agriculture and pumping water. He incorporates his work over the past two years to explain and offer insight to the dwindling level of groundwater in Madison.

The Rules of Sustainability - Ep. 606

David Morris, co-founder and vice president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, discusses the importance of designing local rules to promote community sustainability, including sustainable energy production and consumption.

From Haiti to Rwanda: Engineering Innovations - Ep. 411

Stephanie Whitehorse and Giri Venkataramana introduce Bhavna Sharma, Eyleen Chou, and Paul Fossum, three engineers who are working on revolutionizing housing in developing communities as well as improving the living conditions in third world countries while promoting efficient use of resources all around the world.

Mosquito-borne Diseases: From the Laboratory to the...

Bruce Christensen Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, UW-Madison

Professor Bruce Christensen presents his research of the relationship between mosquito vectors and the parasitic etiologic agents require for the natural transmission of vector born diseases. He discusses the biology of mosquitoes, the different types, and the diseases they spread in New Guinea.

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