Harvey Bootsma, Research Scientist, Great Lakes WATER Institute, UW-Milwaukee
Harvey Bootsma talks about what makes nuisance algae grow in Lake Michigan and what we might be able to do in order to reduce the growth.
Clint Sprott, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison
Professor Clint Sprott plays around with water by conducting several different experiments to demonstrate the properties of water and explains the principles of physics behind what is happening.
Steve Ackerman, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison, discusses the historical significance of UW-Madison in satellite meteorology, explores how we use satellites today and looks at what is coming in the future.
Roger Reynolds, the owner of Infiltrating Landscapes, discusses the deep-mulch gardening style that works on clay, sandy, rocky or good soil and requires no tilling and almost no digging or weeding.
Marsha Mailick Seltzer, the director of the Waisman Center at UW-Madison, provides an overview of the center; sharing the history behind its name and its connection to the Kennedy family. The Waisman Center works to discover the causes of developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases, determines the consequences associated with the conditions, and seeks cures and treatments.
Kenneth Bradbury, program leader in Hydrogeology at the Wisconsin Geological & National History Survey, plumbs the depths of our groundwater to detect and track viruses that can contaminate our drinking water.
Sanjay Limaye, senior scientist at the Space Science & Engineering Center at UW-Madison, discusses the unusual occurrence of the transit, or eclipse, of Venus. Occurring in pairs separated by eight years, the transit occurs when Earth and Venus are situated in their orbital positions just right, every 115 years.
Jessica Blois, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, discusses how species and communities will respond to climate change in the future. Blois explores the validity of the assumption that links between ecological patterns and climate across space can be used to model ecological changes in response to climate change over time.
Michelle Kimple, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses the role of the insulin-producing beta-cell in the pathophysiology of diabetes, particularly type 2 (obesity-related) diabetes, and the mechanisms of action of established and novel diabetes therapeutics that act on the beta-cell.
Andrew Waclawik, a professor in the Department of Neurology at UW-Madison, introduces clinical neurology by way of its historical background. Waclawik reviews the origins of the new clinical specialty in the 19th century in major European medical centers, and presents the history of neurology at the University of Wisconsin.