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The Midwestern Meshugas of Mickey Katz

Jonathan Z. S. Pollack, Honorary Fellow at the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison, explores the popularity of Mickey Katz, a Jewish entertainer from Cleveland, Ohio, who parodied Yiddish songs in the mid-20th century.

Analyzing Stains in Medieval Manuscripts

Heather Wacha, Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies, and Leah Parker, PhD Candidate in the Department of English, both at UW-Madison, introduce the Library of Stains project which uses multispectral imaging and data analysis to determine the environment surrounding medieval manuscripts, parchment paper and bindings.

Space Junk from the Moon to the Midwest

Lisa Ruth Rand, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison, discusses what happens to the things we leave in space. From satellites that no longer send information to errant screws that were left behind, space junk can reenter the earth’s atmosphere and pose significant risk to people on the ground.

Origin of Life as a Chemical Ecological Problem

David Baum, Professor in the Department of Botany at UW-Madison, explains that cells can be viewed as chemical species which can self-propagate and evolve to create genetic systems. Baum discusses the implications of this ecological approach for understanding the origins of life.

Designing the Next Generation of Nuclear Reactors

Raluca Scarlat, Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics at UW-Madison, discusses why we should consider using nuclear energy, our role in global energy production, the future of nuclear technology and the energy research taking place at UW-Madison.

Lampricides in Tributaries of the Great Lakes

Christy Remucal, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses the use of chemicals designed to kill the larva of invasive sea lampreys and focuses on the environmental impact of the lampricides. Remucal presents research results showing the amount of time it takes the chemicals to be degraded by sunlight.

Hurricanes: Advancements in Our Understanding

Derrick Herndon, Assistant Researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at UW-Madison, explains the basics of hurricanes including how they form and the challenges of predicting their paths.

Marigolds on Mars: Turning Space Green

Simon Gilroy, Professor in the Department of Botany at UW-Madison, discusses whether plants can grow in space using the soil available on the planets. Gilroy explains that were we to live on Mars, we would be far enough from earth that we would need to be able to grow our own food.

Studio Notations: Color in Play

Derrick Buisch, Professor in the UW-Madison Art Department, shares his artwork, much of which was inspired by comic books, music and album covers.

A Painter's Color: Seen, Sampled, Suspended

Christopher Campbell, Independent Artist, discusses his journey as an artist and his interest in color.

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