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A Link Between the Rumen and Milk - Ep. 447

Elizabeth French, Research Assistant , Department of Dairy Science, UW-Madison.

Elizabeth French discusses the concept of rumen fatty acids in milk and the microbiology of the rumen themselves. She also highlights some new research on these fatty acids.

Is Vitamin D the Fountain of Youth? - Ep. 438

Neil Binkley Department of Medicine and
Institute on Aging, UW Madison.

Neil Binkley delves into the history and health benefits of Vitamin D. Find out which foods contain Vitamin D and how the way foods are prepared can change the amount.

Wisconsin's Changing Insects - A view from the Diagnostic...

Phil Pellitteri, Distinguished Faculty Associate, Insect Diagnostic Lab, UW Madison.

Phil Pellitteri discusses how changes in climate, invasive non-native insects, and land use patterns are all responsible for bringing new insect species into Wisconsin. He talks about some of the new insect residents in the state and their impact.

The Skeleton Bridge Archaeological Site - Ep. 434

Kent Dickerson, Field Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum Archaeology Program.

Kent Dickerson shares archaeological discoveries from late Paleo-indian through late woodland eras at the Skeleton bridge site on the banks of Daggets Creek in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

The Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool - Ep. 429

Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D., Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, UW-Madison.

Gregg Venderheiden highlights an analysis tool that allows web producers to identify and fix content that could invoke seizures in people with photosensitive seizure disorders. He also talks about building access directly into the internet infrastructure to address physical accessibility issues.

Adventures in Agricultural Development in Africa - Ep. 425

Dr. Jeremy Foltz, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Dr. Foltz talks about his recent work in Mali studying agricultural technology innovation and adoption. He presents some recent successes and on-going challenges in increasing agricultural production and food security in West Africa in light of the recent run-up in world food prices.

Raw Milk Consumption - Ep. 426

Scott Rankin, Department of Food Science.

The consumption of raw milk has been a controversial issue since pasteurization was first discovered. Passionate devotees actively proclaim multiple health benefits from consuming raw milk. Those charged with ensuring a safe food supply display equal passion and certainty. How will the "Dairy State" navigate through the issue of raw milk consumption?

A Global View of Diabetes - Ep. 427

Linda Baumann, School of Nursing, UW-Madison.

Linda Baumann presents an overview of diabetes epigenetics, the interaction of genetics, food and physical environments, which may explain the worldwide increase of this condition. Baumann discusses physical complications and mortality rates in developing countries where there is limited or no access to medications and testing supplies.

Impact of Diseases on Field Crops and Food - Ep. 420

Paul Esker, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

Paul Esker discusses how field crops fit in Wisconsin agricultural, changes in production and the impact of diseases. Plant diseases can reduce yield and quality of crops, but the likelihood of loss is affected by many factors including recent diseases from the past growing seasons that affected our corn, soybean, and wheat

DNA: It's Discovery, Structure, and Manipulation - Ep. 416

Dave Nelson, Professor, Biochemistry, UW-Madison

Professor Dave Nelson discusses the importance of DNA and its prevalence in art, media, and science. He gives the history of DNA from the very beginning when it was first found, to when it became interesting, to when it became a hot topic of discussion and research, until today when it can be considered absolutely central to the field of biology.

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