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.
Craig Atwood, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine - Geriatrics; UW-Madison.
Craig Atwood discusses age-related dementia, including its stages, symptoms and causes. He also goes on to describe ways researchers are now trying to help halt this and other types of cognitive decline.
Nigel Cook, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison.
Nigel Cook discusses the issue of lameness on dairy farms, a disease he says must remain under control in order to maintain the success of one of Wisconsin's largest industries. He also looks at ways to prevent and treat this problem.
Mike Dalecki, PhD, Dept. of Sociology, UW-Platteville.
Mike Dalecki offers new ways to look at our usage of energy, focusing on the lenses of sociology, economics and history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.