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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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?"
Jim Lattis Director, UW Space Place
Jim Lattis discusses the history of the Washburn Observatory and the renovations themselves.
Dr. Kurt Saupe Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UW-Madison
Dr. Kurt Saupe discusses stem cells in three different stories that lead into his interest in using interventions such as aging, diet, exercise, and injury, to investigate pathophysiological processes.