Bruce Brown, a scientist with the Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey of the UW-Extension, explains the basics of hydrofracking, the use and characteristics of frac sand, and the geological reasons why sand from Wisconsin is in demand.
Rudy Baum, editor-in-chief of Chemical & Engineering News, looks at fossil fuels and their impact on climate and society. Baum contends that it is up to scientists to lead through research and innovation and through moral suasion.
Dick Burgess, Professor Emeritus at the McArdle Cancer Research Lab, UW-Madison, talks about making monoclonal antibodies and their use in protein purification. Burgess discusses their success in finding a way to make antibodies that would bind onto a protein, but then release it easily.
Patrick McLaughlin, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UW-Extension, discusses the ongoing research at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey focused on deciphering the rock record of shifts in the ancient ocean-atmosphere system and their correlation with biological evolution.
Peter Botham and Sarah Botham, proprietors of Botham Vineyards, cover the vine-to-bottle process of making wine in Wisconsin and discuss the challenges of growing grapes in our climate. They discuss the grape varieties they grow and the wines the Botham Vineyards produce.
Heather Gates, the executive director of The Natural Step Monona, Dadit Hidayat, a research associate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the UW-Madison, and Randy Stoecker, a professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the UW-Madison, discuss their collaborative work to build a coalition of community groups around environmental sustainability in Monona.
Dale Schoeller a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison discusses the relationship between exercise and weight loss. Although the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure is simple physics, biology introduces some concepts to consider when interpreting the equation and making public policy.
William L. Murphy, an associate professor in Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison, explores the advances in stem cell research and tissue engineering taking place at the UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center.
Steve Paulson from Wisconsin Public Radio moderates a lecture, meditation, jazz performance, and discussion with Richard Davidson, the Director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience at UW-Madison, Ben Sidran, a renowned musician and author, and musicians Leo Sidran and Billy Peterson. Davidson and Ben Sidran explore the relationship between the brain and music.
Deborah Blum, a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison, hosts a panel discussion about forensics use in solving crime. Panel members include Beth Amos, author, Dr. Michael Stier, an associate professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UW-Madison, and Melanie Hampton, a crime scene investigator from the City of Madison Police Department.