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A Brave New (Online) World: Emerging Technologies

Dietram Scheufele, Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, explores the future of societal debates about controversial science in our current polarized environment. Scheufele discusses how to present information to an online world which includes misinformation and opinion presented as fact.

The Science of IceCube: Beyond Neutrinos

Paolo Desiati, Researcher, Wisconsin Particle Astrophysics Center, talks about ongoing research at IceCube. Located at the geographic South Pole, it’s the largest observatory devoted to the detection of neutrinos. Observation and research findings are providing connections to Particle Physics, Heliospheric Physics, Atmospheric Physics, Glaciology and Earth Science.

John Muir: The Wisconsin Years

Daniel Einstein, Historic and Cultural Resources Manager, Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life and interests of naturalist John Muir.

The Life and Death of a Drop

Sidney Nagel, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Chicago, details the biographical history of a drop of liquid from its birth until it ultimately joins other drops and loses its individual identity.

Mapping the Structure of Spiral Galaxies

Andrew Schechtman-Rook, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains advanced modeling techniques and high-resolution near-infrared imaging to study the anatomy of other galaxies and compares them to our own. Mapping this structure is essential to understanding how spiral galaxies form and evolve.

Conserving Tropical Orchids

Joe Meisel, Vice President, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, discusses his work to conserve tropical orchids in Ecuador. Meisel explains the threats to the habitat, explores the locations where there is optimal orchid diversity.

Medication and Behavior Issues in Disabilities

Maria Stanley, Director, Waisman Center Clinics, UW-Madison, discusses behavioral issues that commonly occur in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Stanley provides a brief overview of common behavioral issues and discusses when medications should be considered.

The Ecology of Society

Simon Levin, Professor of Biology, Princeton University, explores complex systems where agents compete for limited resources. Levin discusses how behavior evolves in response to interactions with others and focuses on the evolution of resource allocation and the evolution of cooperation to deal with securing resources for the common good.

Teaching Math & Science to Early Learners

Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Education & Research, Sesame Workshop; Rachel Connolly, Director of Education, NOVA; Anita Wager, Assistant Professor, School of Education, UW–Madison; and Edward Hubbard Assistant Professor, School of Education, UW-Madison join moderator Michael Harryman, Wisconsin Public Television, to discuss how to teach preschoolers math and science concepts.

The History and Science of Meat

Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, carves into the history of meat processing from ancient Roman times to present day, highlighting ways the industry developed in Wisconsin over the past 150 years.

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