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.
Brooke Norsted, Assistant Director, Geology Museum, UW Madison.
Brooke Norsted chronicles the history of the UW Geology Museum. The museum has survived a fire and the theft of boxes of specimens since its inception in 1848.
Gary Lyons Professor - School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison
Professor Gary Lyons explains what stem cells are and raises awareness of the multiple types of stem cells that exist. His research is on mouse stem cells. He tells of clinical trials being done across the countryas well as here in Madison using stem cells and progenitor cells to treat cardiovascular diseases.
Denise Ney Professor - Department of Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison
Professor Denise Ney works at the Biochemical Genetics Clinic at the Waisman Center doing a project about the nutritional management of the disease Phenylketonuria, PKU. Her research shows that glycomacropeptide improves the diet required for PKU.
Susan Coppersmith Professor - Department of Physics, UW-Madison
Professor Susan Coppersmith discusses the complexity of theoretical condensed matter physics and explains the importance behind the subject. She talks about her research which looks at a variety of complex systems as well as her many roles in the Department of Physics at UW Madison.
Catherine Woodward Research Associate, Center for Biology Education, UW-Madison
Catherine Woodward introduces a new UW-based science outreach project called the Mazomanie Science Outreach Outpost, MOO. She tells what MOO is, what kind of work is being done, what their goals are, and how one could get involved with their project.
Susan Lederer Professor, Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison
Professor Susan Lederer talks about her research with Cold War radiation and human radiation experiments. She is trained as a historian of science and medicine. She studies the use of animal and human subjects in experiments and was involved in the 20th century American opposition to using animals in experimentation.