Jack Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, UW-Madison
In the second half of a two-part lecture series, Jack Williams discusses regional and continental climate and temperature changes causing significant ecological changes and how that affects us in North America.
Jeff Cherwinka, an instrument inventor in the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison, shares his experiences of building IceCube, a particle detector, at the South Pole over the past seven years. He explains neutrinos, how a neutrino telescope works and shares pictures of the building process.
Sonya Newenhouse, President, Madison Environmental Group, Inc.
Dr. Sonya Newenhouse, founder and president of Madison Environmental Group as well as the car-sharing organization called Community Car, discusses her personal life, her career path, and her connection between entrepreneurialism and the green movement.
John Lyons, Research Scientist, Wisconsin DNR
John talks about the non-cold water fish in Wisconsin. The majority of the fish in the state are warm water fish, including catfish, bluegills, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass. He goes into depth about these fish and their habitats.
Matthew Mitro, a research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR, discusses the relationship between higher water temperature and the survival rate of fish. For juvenile rainbow trout, higher water temperatures resulted in higher consumption rates. Eating more made the trout more vulnerable to predators. This resulted in a 50%.reduction in the survival rate.
Jim Lattis, Director, Space Place, UW-Madison
Jim Lattis invites you to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. He talks about the difference between Classic and Modern Astronomy, how everyday life has changed over the centuries and how Astronomy connects the world.
Chris Kucharik, Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison
In the third seminar of the Bracing for Impact Climate Change Adaptation in Wisconsin Seminar Series, Chris Kucharik talks about the causes of and technology used to measure climate changes.
David Spooner, a professor in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, talks about major discoveries with cultivated and wild potatoes: species diversity, where they grow, their classifications, and the origins of the first cultivated potatoes.
David Sakrison, Author
David Sakrison discusses his latest book about birds.
Dietram Scheufele, a professor in Life Sciences Communication and co-leader for the Public Opinion Values and Research Team at the Center for Nanotech and Sociology at UW-Madison, discusses why we are still talking about science and the public, the role of media, and why it is difficult to have informed debates about emerging technologies.