Ed Lyon, Senior Outreach Specialist, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison
Allen Centennial Gardens is a 2.5 acre gem on the UW-Madison campus. New director of the Gardens Ed Lyon brings a new vision for Allen Centennial. This talk explains the history of the Gardens, discusses changing trends and audiences and defines Lyon's vision of how the Gardens will adapt to meet new needs.
Kirk Hogan, Md, Department of Anesthesiology, UW-Madison
Anesthesia more than any other medical specialty is characterized by polypharmacy, with up to 10 drugs used for the healthiest patient for simple procedure, to over 25 drugs required for the care of very ill patients having complex surgeries. Anesthesia is at the forefront of the translation of pharmacogenetic insights to the bedside.
Noah Feinstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison
Noah Feinstein discusses how people learn about science and health as well as the personal importance of gaining this knowledge.
Pao K. Wang, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison
Atmospheric clouds have great impact on the global climate process. Cloud formation is also closely related to the aerosol in the atmosphere. Learn about fundamental cloud and aerosol interactions and how they may impact the global climate process.
Michael West, Chief Executive Officer of BioTime Inc., discusses the commercialization of human stem cell technology, what has happened in the past and his hopes for the future. The history of stem cell research is introduced by Mark Bugher and Tommy Thompson.
Arthur Polans, Associate Director, UW Eye Research Institute
Arthur Polans talks about the research being done in his lab and his interest in using nontoxic, nature products as chemotherapeutic agents before discussing how the Eye Research Institute is involved on campus to promote scientific productivity as well as enhance scholarly activities.
Allison Lynch, Genetics PhD Student, Department of Zoology, UW-Madison
Allison Lynch gives a brief background on cell adhesion, the way cells stick together. Then, she explains her research focus, which is a protein called MAGI-1 and its effects on cell adhesion during morphogenesis.
Scott Topper, Research Assistant, Department of Genetics , UW-Madison
Scott Topper starts by discussing the basic elements of and concepts related to genes and gene expression. He moves into the technology used and different research approaches in the field.
Mike Havey, Professor USDA
Mike Havey explains how his research shows cucumber mitochondria breaks typical expectations by not maternally inheriting organelles.
Paul Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Forty years after the publication of his influential book "The Population Bomb," Paul Ehrlich appears at the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival. His most recent work, "The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment," traces the history of evolution and the impact of these changes on the planet.