Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, examines the history of poisons and the origins of chemical detection then invites the audience to solve a murder or two. Blum explores the way the lessons of forensics can help all of us navigate the maze of toxic chemicals in everyday life.
Roald Hoffmann, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University, and Vivian Torrence, Visual Artist, discuss their collaboration which produced a book filled with stories, poetry, essays and painted collages that stress the social, literary and psychological aspects of chemistry. Steve Paulson from Wisconsin Public Radio directs a discussion about this intersection of art and science.
Brad Christian, Associate Professor, Medical Physics, UW-Madison, explores the relationship between adults who have Down Syndrome and the extremely high risk factor they have of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Katie Williams, Pediatric Resident, Medical School, UW-Madison, discusses the updated American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) health supervision guidelines for the care of children with Down Syndrome. Revised in 2011, the AAP offers guidance for primary care providers in caring for these medically complex children.
Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how Down syndrome stem cells make brain cells can explain specific deficits and can ultimately lead to better treatments for those with Down syndrome.
Paul Ahlquist, Lead Scientist, Virology, Morgridge Institute, UW-Madison, outlines how identifying and studying virus-host interactions provides major insight into both infection and normal cellular functions. Host genes required by viruses also offer opportunities for improved control strategies to provide longer-lasting and potentially broader spectrum antiviral protection.
Charles Brokopp, Director, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, offers the history of screening newborns which began 50 years ago with testing for PKU, phenylketonuria. Newborn babies in Wisconsin are now screened for more than 40 disorders with early detection saving lives, improving quality of life and cutting health care costs.
Joshua Hyman, Director, UW Biotechnology Center Sequencing Facility, offers an overview of the technologies behind high throughput DNA sequencing and explores the impacts of this knowing this on our health, on environment and the food we eat.
Ira Flatow, Host, Science Friday, National Public Radio, explains why science is sexy. New studies show that people get their science education through entertainment, whether that's a trip to the museum or a “Big Bang Theory” marathon. Flatow explores ways science is popping up throughout pop culture, proving that despite what people think, science is, in fact, sexy.
Brenda del Moral, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Edgewood College, presents a multi-leveled, systems approach to addiction and how it affects the whole organism--down to the molecular level. Del Moral describes the criteria needed to diagnose a person with the disease of addiction.