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.
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.
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.
Danielle Benden, academic curator in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, explores the mystery behind a 1000-year-old mission site in the Village of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. Colonists, called Mississippian peoples by archaeologists, arrived from America’s first city, Cahokia, near modern day St. Louis, Missouri, 750 miles away, in dugout canoes.
Harold Tobin, a professor in the Department of Geoscience at UW-Madison, discusses the March 11, 2011 earthquake and trans-Pacific tsunami, the causes and history of these mega-earthquakes, and what took place beneath the waves. Tobin explores how the tsunami warning system worked and how this event triggered a reassessment of the hazard presented by such undersea faults around the world.
Clint Sprott, joined by his colleagues in the Department of Physics at UW-Madison, demonstrates how physics work in everyday life. The themes of the experiments are based on the Wisconsin Idea and “The Wizard of Oz.”
Dave Nelson, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, and Lauren Kroiz, an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, discuss the John Steuart Curry mural “The Social Benefits of Research in Biochemistry” which depicts discoveries by researchers Stephen Babcock, E.B. Hart, Harry Steenbock, and E.V. McCollum.
Lori DiPrete Brown, Roman Aydiko, and Sweta Shrestha from the Global Health Institute and Katie Konkle from the Population Health Institute at UW-Madison, discuss the innovations and programs instituted to improve health care in Ethiopia. The quality improvement methods they are focusing on include meeting critical needs, using a twinning model, and expanding programs already in effect.
Dave Hart, a hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey, takes us on a tour of the geothermal resources in Wisconsin.
Robert Ernie Boszhardt, president of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, and Geri Schrab, water color painter, join University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of rock art in Wisconsin.