Ruth Litovsky, a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at UW-Madison, discusses the recent advances in cochlear implants and their future possibilities. Litovsky explains that the desired goal has progressed to having hearing impaired adults and children able to hear on an equalized basis with people who have normal acoustic hearing.
Diane Heatley, the Medical Director at the American Family Children's Hospital, discusses the history of cochlear implants in hearing impaired children.
Samuel Gubbels, an assistant professor in the Division of Otolaryngology at the UW Dept. of Surgery, discusses the medical aspects of cochlear implantation and novel therapies for hearing loss.
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.
Raghu Yennamalli, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, discusses using crystalline polysaccharides to create biofuels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.