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Understanding Public Attitudes Toward Controversial...

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.

Chasing Ghosts: Risk, Resilience, and Disaster in...

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.

Primate Communication - Ep. 410

Chuck Snowdon, Professor, Department of Psychology, UW-Madison

Professor Snowdon discusses his research of cotton top tamarin monkeys. He explains the biology of breding then the feeding behaviors and learnign of infant monkeys. Lastly he talks about his collaboration with musician David Teie to test music's effects on the emotoins of a species that has never been exposed to music before.

The Physics of Sports - Ep. 481

Clint Sprott, professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison

Clint Sprott recruits a number of sports-minded physicists and audience members to help explain the application of mathematics to athletic activities like judo, bowling and figure skating.

Crop Diversity: An Example from the Andes - Ep. 403

Eve Emshwiller, Assistant Professor of Botany, UW-Madison

Eve Emshwiller explains why there should be a concern about crop plant diversity and tells of the things that can be done to support more diversity. She incorporates her research done on the tuber crop which is located in the Andes of South America as she studies the relationship between human interactions and plants.

Environmental Change in Northern China - Ep. 395

Joe Mason, Professor, Department of Geography, UW-Madison

Professor Joe Mason speaks about his research, as well as collaborative projects, regarding northern China's deserts. More specifically, he discusses the research done four to five years ago on the environmental changes in the deserts between China and Mongolia.

Weapons of Grass Destruction - Ep. 393

Jim Kerns, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

Jim Kerns tells about his position as an extension specialist who works with grass and turf including golf courses, athletic fields, and even home lawns. When turf is dying of a disease or other problem, he is called in to solve the problem. He speaks about diseases in plants and what he does to alleviate the problem.

Plants and People, Carrots and Carotene - Ep. 387

Philipp Simon, Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison

Professor Philipp Simon talks about carrots and agricultural development before discussing the historical development of crops and agriculture to learn more about our modern use of crops. He explains the relationship between plants and people as well as the nutritional compounds of carrots and carotene.

Why Doesn't My Energy Come From the Sun? - Ep. 384

Mike Arnold, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, UW-Madison

Mike Arnold explores the idea of converting sunlight into electricity. Although the sun is abundant and free energy, we have no way to collect and convert it. What we know right now is a insufficient collection system that lacks efficiency and is expensive.

Stephen Babcock, E. B. Hart, and the Wisconsin - Ep. 345

David Nelson Academic Program Director, UW-Madison

Vitamins, dietary health, nutrition as a science... it all goes back to the University of Wisconsin. Academic Program Director, David Nelson, shares Babcock and Hart's contributions to science. Together, Babcock and Hart encouraged and inspired a generation of nutrition researchers, including Harry STeenbock and Conrad Elvehjem.

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