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DNA Sequencing and Beyond - Ep. 391

Josh Hyman Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison

Josh Hyman talks about the DNA sequencing that his facility handles as well as the advancements in DNA sequencing. He gives great insight as to why DNA sequencing is important and why people should care about it.

Climate Change and Health - Ep. 390

Jonathan Patz, Professor & Director of Global Environmental Health, UW-Madison

Professor Jonathan Patz speaks about his research regarding the health effect of global environmental changes.

Water Quality in the Madison Lakes - Ep. 389

Katherine McMahon, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison

Katherine McMahon talks about the importance of the unseen organisms in the lakes in Madison and the role they play in the local quality of water. She speaks about microbiology, environmental chemistry, and technology as well as the affects of microbes, bacteria, etc. on our water systems.

The Deer Dilemma - Ep. 383

Don Waller Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison

Dr. Don Waller looks at the high deer populations and what this means ecologically and economically for our community. He points out that deer are the most popular game animal as well as source for licensing revenue for the state. On the other hand, he looks at the spread of diseases and car accidents.

Chocolate and Compound Coatings - Ep. 382

Rich Hartel Professor of Food Science, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison.
Learn through your taste buds about the delectable world of chocolate and compound coatings with professor of food science Rich Hartel.

Biomedicine and Mary Shelley's Monster -Ep. 377

Susan Lederer Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison. Lederer examines how the myth and metaphor of "Frankenstein" articulate the human dilemma of modern science. She offers a historical overview of scientific research from Shelley's day, when the smallpox vaccination revolutionized immunology, to today's cutting-edge scientific developments.

Asthma Research - Ep. 364

David Van Sickle, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Populatoin Health Sciences, UW-Madison

David Van Sickle shares years of research on asthma, focusing on the development of a new device that would attach to an inhaler and track where and when the inhaler has been used.

People of the Sturgeon - Ep. 363

Kathleen Kline Science Writer, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. "People of the Sturgeon" is a history of the cultures surrounding lake sturgeon in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region. While other populations of sturgeon were almost wiped out, Winnebago sturgeon have survived and flourished through a community-wide effort of people who are now joined together as People of the Sturgeon....

Music, Artistry and the Brain - Ep. 355

Russell Gardner Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UW-Madison

Professor Russell Gardner talks about how we have a primal instinct to share our thoughts and experiences through communication forms of music, written language, and the arts.

Science & Decision Making - Ep. 348

Jonah Lehrer, Author & Contributing Editor, "Wired"

Jonah Lehrer writes on the topics of psychology, neuroscience and the relationship between science and the humanities. The author of "How We Decide" and "Proust was a Neuroscientist," he appears at the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival with a presentation titled "From Marshmallows to Metacognition: What Can Science Teach Us About Decision-Making?"

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