David Baum, a professor in the Department of Botany at UW-Madison, discusses Charles Darwin’s concept of common ancestry related to the idea of the “The Tree of Life.” While biologists have accepted the validity of common ancestry for one hundred and fifty years, the full implications of the tree framework have only become clear in the last few decades.
Dr. Jim Cleary, an associate professor at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses diseases and health care within the global community. Cleary examines health care around the world and focuses on palliative care for cancer patients.
Brent McCown, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, explores the current economic situation for cranberry growers and charts out the needs of the industry. He describes UW-Madison research collaborations with growers to discover and test new ways to grow cranberries better, as well as to find new genetic approaches to grow better cranberries.
David Blehert, PhD., Microbiologist at the USGS - National Wildlife Health Center, highlights the discovery and progression of the Bat White-Nose Syndrome in the United States. Blehert discusses the studies taking place at the NWHC to determine how the fungus is transmitted from an infected bat to a healthy bat.
John Denu,Epigenetics, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery,
Patricia Brennan, Living Environments Lab, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
T. Rock Mackie, Medical Devices, Morgridge Institute for Research,
Susan Miller, Education Research, Morgridge Institute for Research and
Steve Paulson,Wisconsin Public Radio, take part in a panel discussion to discuss research at the Institute for Discovery.
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.