Mike Pavolonis, physical scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mike Pavolonis explains how large-scale volcanic eruptions, such as the April 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland, disrupt daily life and international travel. He details how his organization works to ease the blow of these natural events through tracking volcanic ash clouds to prevent travel delays.
Tony Buffington, Professor, Clinical Nutrition, Ohio State University School of
Ohio State University presents Tony Buffington. Dr. Buffington shares the results of his research on how to create a safe and healthy environment for indoor cats.
Majid Sarmadi, PhD, School of Human Ecology, UW Madison
Majid Sarmadi discusses issues of sustainability and how we can make changes that will improve the global environment.
Paul Sondel, PhD, Departments of Pediatrics, Human Oncology and Genetics, UW-Madison
Paul Sondel explains the interaction between the body's immune system and cancer, focusing specifically on extensive research that has revealed how one's own immune system can be effectively directed against cancer.
Bill Nye, Executive Director, The Planetary Society.
Bill Nye focuses on global warming. He reports on the Ice Core Lab where they study layers of glacial ice to determine temperature changes in the regions they came from. Additionally, Nye talks about changes we can make to slow climate changes.
David Grinspoon, Curator of Astrobiology, Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
David Grinspoon discusses climate catastrophes in the solar system and how we can understand the climate changes on earth by studying other planets.
Joanna Skluzacek, specialist and assistant professor, Department of Youth Development, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.
Joanna Skluzacek explains how science and society connect, discussing water quality concerns and remediation strategies for rural Ghana in Africa.
Sue Heidrich, professor, School of Nursing, UW-Madison.
Sue Heidrich offers insight into how we can understand how older individuals, particularly older women, cope successfully with stressors associated with aging. She also offers practical strategies for dealing with these stressors.
Irwin Goldman, professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison.
Irwin Goldman provides a historical account of the table beet, explaining how this and other root vegetables fits into the discussion of immigration and social justice. In this account, he also touches on the beet's health benefits.
Sterling Johnson, Associate Professor of Medicine, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
Sterling Johnson discusses the certain changes to the human brain that are associated with Alzheimer's disease. He also discusses the importance of his research in early detection of this degenerative disease.