Deborah Rook of the UW-Madison Geosciences Department shares her work on prehistoric grasslands and grazers in North America using fossilized teeth, as well as rocks and soil. Evolution of grasslands and grazers are in a feedback loop. Which came first is an on-going question.
Eric Hooper, Scientific Staff, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains the types of instruments astronomers use at observatories and the advantages of looking into space from different vantage points around the globe. Hooper discusses the research University of Wisconsin astronomers are working on at observatories all over the world.
Paul Davies, Professor, Department of Physics, Arizona State University, looks at the causes of epidemics through the lens of mayflies and parasitic worms. In this ecological drama that takes place beneath in bubbling mountain streams, does the parasitic worm affect the relationship between mayflies and trout?
Maureen Durkin, Professor, Population Health Sciences & Pediatrics, UW-Madison, presents an update on trends in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder. Durkin looks at risk factors including pregnancy complications, parental age, birth order, gene mutations, socioeconomic status and comorbid disabilities.
Margaret Turnbull, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss searching for signs of life, including intelligent civilizations, on planets orbiting nearby stars.
Joan Ershler, Director, Waisman Early Childhood Program, UW-Madison, discusses strategies focusing on the needs of Down Syndrome children in early education programs. Ershler offers research based suggestions for meaningful inclusion and good teaching practices for young children.
Jack Nitschke, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Psychology, UW-Madison, explores using brain imaging to better understand anxiety and how to treat it. Nitschke introduces the Uncertainty and Anticipation Model of Anxiety (UAMA), and presents data for a range of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Roger A. Sunde, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison, explains that copper and zinc, essential elements, were discovered in food while using the bioassay approach (feeding studies with rats) while searching for vitamins. Both vitamins and trace essential minerals were present in levels so low as to evade detection by analytical means, and had to be teased out using bioassay.
James Campbell, Author and Journalist, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss his adventure in a 56 foot long, traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, using only the stars as a navigational tool. Campbell and a photographer sailed 2500 miles across the central Pacific with sailors from the island of Satawal.
Harold Herzog, Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Carolina University, discusses the controversial use of animals in biomedical research. Herzog explores the pro and cons of this ethically and emotionally charged topic.