Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, reflects on the history behind communication between scientists and the public. Dunwoody defines the visible scientist as somebody who can adapt to a rapidly evolving communications environment.
Steve Ackerman and Jonathan Martin, Professors, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences,
UW-Madison, discuss winter weather statistics and how they relate to climate change. They also offer a look behind the scenes of their monthly appearances on “The Larry Meiller Show” on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.
Matt Levin, Author and High School Teacher, McFarland, discusses his book, “Cold War University.” Levin explores the relationship between higher education and the Cold War, focusing on how the University of Wisconsin-Madison became a hub of student political activism in the 1950s and 1960s.
Karen Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, College of Wooster OH, studies x-rays to find the presence of Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN)—a super-massive black hole at the center of a galaxy. Lewis explains how to pick out the AGN from the rest of the universe’s x-ray sources.
Michael Cox, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how to make E. coli resistant ionizing radiation through a process of directed evolution. Cox also discusses his research into genetic repair, or recombination, of DNA.
Jamie Hadac, Research Assistant, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the advantages of using mice to study colon cancer. The mouse model allows researchers to discover molecular markers that aid in the prediction of colon tumor invasion and response to treatment.
John Valley, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss his discovery of the oldest material ever found on earth: a 4.4 billion-year-old zircon mineral discovered in the Jack Hills of Western Australia.
Basudeb Bhattacharyya, Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how structural biology uses x-rays and high energy magnetic fields as “microscopes” to look at protein atoms-- which are about 1/100,000th the size of a grain of salt.
Thomas Kaminski, Professor, Madison College Industrial Maintenance Program, explains how to build an unmanned aeronautical vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone. Kaminski provides shows videos of each generation of drones produced by his students.
David Combs, Professor, Department of Dairy Science, UW-Madison, explains the importance of the fiber digestibility of foraged plants as feed for cattle and sheep. Combs discusses an in vitro method to predict the rate and extent of fiber digestion that greatly improves the ability to predict how ruminants will perform on forages.