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Technology and Environmental Education

Justin Hougham, Director, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, introduces high-tech, mobile instruments which can be used to measure various elements of the environment. These devices allow students to participate in research, connects them to ongoing research and inspires them to interact with the environment.

Making Wisconsin Weather Forecasts Better

Tim Wagner, Assistant Researcher, Space Science & Engineering Center, UW-Madison, discusses two new surface-based weather forecasting systems in development. The first is a network of instruments which can be located on the roof and the second is a mobile trailer which can be driven to record the weather up close.

The Tug of War over Wolves

Erik Olson, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources, Northland College, discusses the social and political conflict concerning wolves and wolf management.

The Geology of the Ice Age Trail

David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, discusses the glaciers, volcanoes and tropical seas which created the landscapes of Wisconsin. The Ice Age Trail, across Wisconsin, provides examples of the various geological periods and formations.

The Wisconsin Bat Project and Citizen Science

Joel Knutson, Interim Educator, Oneida County, UW-Extension, discusses using citizen science as a means to collect data about where bats live in the state. Knutson introduces equipment the Wisconsin Bat Project uses to record the locations and sounds of the bats.

The Canine Influenza Outbreak

Keith Poulsen, Diagnostic Case and Outreach Coordinator, and Kathy Toohey-Kurth, Virology Section Chief, at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, explore a new strain of canine influenza virus affecting dogs across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. The strain, H3N2, is believed to be similar to the Asian strain of H3N2 which may also affect cats.

Potato Breeding in the North Woods

Jeffery Endelman, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, explains where different varieties of potatoes come from and discusses the new molecular technologies being used to expedite the breeding process.

The Revitalization of Menekaunee Harbor

Keith West, Assistant Professor, Geography and Geology, UW-Marinette, discusses the work being done to improve the water quality and to restore the shoreline of Menekaunee Harbor, a section of the Menominee River, in Marinette.

Aquaponics: Sustainable Food Production

Chris Hartleb, Professor, Department of Biology, UW-Stevens Point, explores commercial fish farming as sustainable food sources for the future.

Growing the Hazelnut Industry

Jason Fischbach, Agricultural Agent, Ashland & Bayfield Counties, UW-Extension, discusses the basics of growing hazelnuts, the work being done to create a hazelnut industry in northern Wisconsin, and the issues that the seventeen year breeding process presents.

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