Greg Richards, University of Illinois.
Greg Richards explains about organisms and the kind of stresses they encounter in
their environment, how RNA molecules work to help bacteria deal with stress, and how E. coli uses a small RNA to deal with toxicity associated with sugar phosphates.
Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, Medical Microbiology, UW-Madison
Margaret McFall-Ngai discusses her study of animal bacterial symbiosis and how the effects of certain bacteria may have important and beneficial implications for human health and disease.
David Baumler, staff scientist, Genome Center of Wisconsin, UW-Madison
David Baumler delves into the world of peppers, going all the way back into their origins and evolution to the species of peppers we know and love - and eat today.
Jan Smit, professor, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Jan Smit explains why meteorites from Venus may be the reason for the extinction of the dinosaurs, and discusses whether or not similar events could occur again.
John Hawks, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison.
John Hawks explores the existence and disappearance of the Neanderthal during the course of human evolution. He also explains the anatomical difference between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens.
Craig Atwood, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine - Geriatrics; UW-Madison.
Craig Atwood discusses age-related dementia, including its stages, symptoms and causes. He also goes on to describe ways researchers are now trying to help halt this and other types of cognitive decline.
Nigel Cook, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison.
Nigel Cook discusses the issue of lameness on dairy farms, a disease he says must remain under control in order to maintain the success of one of Wisconsin's largest industries. He also looks at ways to prevent and treat this problem.
Mike Dalecki, PhD, Dept. of Sociology, UW-Platteville.
Mike Dalecki offers new ways to look at our usage of energy, focusing on the lenses of sociology, economics and history.
Dominique Brossard, Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison.
Dominique Brossard asserts that the lack of support for science and scientific innovations can be traced to attitudes toward technology, lack of knowledge on the part of the lay person, the institutions and people providing information and media coverage.
Rick Keller, Associate Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison
Professor Rick Keller takes a deeper look into the extraordinary heat was that hit central Europe, most specifically France, in August of 2003. The daytime highs were 105-120 degrees Fahrenheit. The problem was nighttime lows were still as high as 70 degrees Fahrenheit, resulting in death and destruction.