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The Sound of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Ep. 329

Lynn Gilbertson PhD Student - Department of Communicative Disorders, UW-Madison

Lynn Gilbertson explains what autism is and touches on some issues when it comes to diagnosing autism. She discusses the research and work being done at UW Madison before talking about what she is doing in relation to her graduate program.

Wisconsin Ice Cream Production - Ep. 317

Bill Klein Manager, Campus Dairy Plant, UW-Madison

Laboratory Manager at University of Wisconsin-Madison Babcock Dairy, Bill Klein, shares the history, trends, production details, quality control, legal standards, and handling requirements of Babcock Hall Ice Cream. Learn why it is good to eat ice cream everyday.

A New Approach to Paleoclimate - Ep. 271

Ian Orland, Research Assistant, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison

Graduate student Ian Orland explores the general interest in global warming by looking at marine, polar, and terrestrial records of climate changes as well as explaining his own research of high resolution analysis of Sorek Cave stalagmite.

Physics of the Cosmos - Ep. 362

Clint Sprott Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison.

Visitors from other planets talk about physics in their part of the Solar system. This presentation is a part of the Wonders of Physics - UW-Madison program aimed at generating interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds through entertaining and educational demonstrations of physics.

Wildlife Disease and Why You Should Care - Ep. 262

Christine Marsh, Content Manager, NBII-Wildlife Disease Information Node. Milton Friend, USGS Emeritus Scientist, USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Majority of infectious diseases start with wildlife. Learn about biological and other impacts for society associated with wildlife disease and adjustments needed if society is to dampen the global wave of infectious disease.

Plant and Pathogen Interactions - Ep. 253

Lori Adams-Phillips, Teaching Postdoc, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

Lori Adams-Phillips gives a brief description of the department of plant pathology at UW-Madison. She moves into a quick overview of plant-pathogen interactions before discussing her research interests and talking about Arabidopsis as a model system.

What We Know About Black Holes in the Universe - Ep. 244

Sebastian Heinz, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison

Dr. Sebastian Heinz conducts research on the observable properties of black holes and their impact on the universe. He talks about what is currently understood about black holes, what is being done to observe and study them, and what we can learn from them.

Darwinism & Intelligent Design - Ep. 242

Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison

Elliott Sober dives into the political controversy of the evolution vs. creationism by explaining a little bit of philosophy as well as history of each perspective.

Speciation and Baby Birds: Haitian Un-Tanagers - Ep. 231

Mara McDonald, Assistant Administrator, UW-Madison Laboratory of Genetics

Mara McDonald speaks about the laboratory of genetics that she works at and explains the work they do there. Their interest lies in evolutionary biology, specifically in observing and studying birds.

Halting the Progression of Neurological Diseases - Ep. 246

Jeffrey Johnson, a professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UW-Madison, discusses ongoing research into the causes of Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Huntington's and Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). Johnson talks about multiple markers that can be traced to the development or progression of the diseases.

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