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Exploring the Impacts of Wildlife Diseases - Ep. 730

F. Joshua Dein, a veterinary medical officer, USGS, National Wildlife Health Center in Madison,explores the current and potential effects of wildlife diseases on the public, the economy and the environment. Learn what steps you can take to increase our knowledge about wildlife diseases, and minimize their impact.

Crystalline Polysaccharides to Biofuels - Ep. 727

Raghu Yennamalli, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, discusses using crystalline polysaccharides to create biofuels.

Why Plants Are Weird - Ep. 726

Christopher Day, a faculty associate in the Laboratory of Genetics at UW-Madison, delves into the differences between plant and animal cells, focusing on chromosome counts, genetics and other cell differences.

Clostridium Difficile Infections - Ep. 725

Nasia Safdar, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison, examines the efficacy of novel interventions to reduce healthcare-associated infection. These interventions include the use of probiotics for reducing colonization by Clostridium difficile and by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

100 Years of Cosmic Ray Discovery - Ep. 724

Mike Duvernois, the Scientist Instrument Project Manager at the WI IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, discusses cosmic rays. Austrian physicist Victor Franz Hess, experimenting with balloons in 1912, found an unexpected increase in atmospheric radiation as his balloon rose. The mysterious radiation particles were named “cosmic rays.” To this day, their origins are still unknown.

The Science and Art of Making Sausage – Ep. 722

Jeff Sindelar, an assistant professor of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, demonstrates and explains the important scientific principles of sausage (bratwurst and summer sausage) manufacturing while intertwining the history and art associated with these products.

Relearning to Balance After Stroke or Brain Injury – Ep. 720

Beth Meyerand, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison, introduces a device that uses electrical stimulation via the tongue to induce a sustained behavioral improvement in balance in patient populations that have balance dysfunction.

Connecting Scientists & Lifelong Learners - Ep. 717

Dennis Schatz, senior vice president at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA, talks about the Portal to the Public, which connects research scientists and science based professionals, to public audiences. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on lifelong learning in the scientific fields.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Monkey Research – Ep. 715

David Abbott, a professor at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center at UW-Madison, discusses the science and the animal procedures involved in identifying Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in young women. Dr. Abbott, working with a team of scientists from several disciplines, identified fetal origins for this disease in monkeys, and suggested that it may be linked with a specific gene in humans.

Wisconsin’s Driftless Region - Ep. 705

Eric Carson, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UW-Extension, shares his research of the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin--known for its unique lack of glacial deposits. The landscape of the Driftless Area owes its form to long-term erosion by stream systems that have incised into the Paleozoic bedrock.

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