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Introduction to the Waisman Center – Ep. 673

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.

Viruses in Groundwater

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.

The June 5, 2012 Transit of Venus

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.

Community Turnover Across Space and Time

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.

Targeting the Beta-Cell in Diabetes Therapeutics

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.

History of Neurology at the UW

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.

The Rise and Fall of Teotihuacan – Ep. 781

Sarah Clayton, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the mysteries of Teotihuacan, the site of an ancient city in central Mexico. Excavations of the area, including chambers in the pyramids, give a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived there.

Discovery of the Higgs Particle – Ep. 770

Sau Lan Wu, a professor in the Department of Physics at UW-Madison, discusses, from a first-hand perspective, the discovery of the Higgs particle which is responsible for all masses of the universe. Professor Wu spent more than 20 years searching for the elusive subatomic particle, first theorized in 1964 as an explanation for why matter has mass.

Living Solar in the Suburbs – Ep. 764

Bruce Johnson, the technical director for “University Place” on Wisconsin Public Television, discusses the process he went through to install solar power panels on his house, shows how to meter the generated electricity, and discusses the advantages of driving an electric car.

The Bugs Have Gone Crazy – Ep. 762

Phil Pellitteri, a faculty associate in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison, explores the relationship between unusual climate events, such as the recent drought, and the bugs that are being spotted around the state.

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