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The Wisdom of Finance

Mihir A. Desai, Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School, connects how we think about finance to how we think about our lives. Desai discusses how studying novels and humorists can provide insights into financial theories.

Communicating Through Color

Karen Schloss, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UW-Madison, discusses how people infer meaning from colors and how that understanding influences their perception of the world.

The War on Evolution

Ronald Numbers, Professor Emeritus in History of Science and Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses the historical and current resistance to evolution. Numbers addresses the opposition to teaching evolution in schools.

Groundwater, Wetlands, and Geology

Kenneth Bradbury, State Geologist and Director of the WI Geological & Natural History Survey at UW-Extension, explains the connection between wetlands, surface water, and groundwater and the ability of the water systems to change over time. Bradbury discusses how the glacial geology of the upper Midwest effects the groundwater and the wetlands.

The Microbial Planet

Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at UW-Madison, discusses the viruses, fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms classified as microbes. Handelsman explains that the study of these pathogens led to an understanding of the immune system, the causes of infectious diseases, and the need for vaccinations.

Early Brain and Child Development

Dipesh Navsaria, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the importance of interactions between child and parents during the first 1,000 days of life. Navsaria focuses on the lifelong impact early adversity has on children and offers suggestions for addressing the issues.

Science and Art of Prions and Other Pathogens

Byron Caughey, Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explores how prions, or misfolded proteins, can produce neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Pamela Caughey, a Studio Artist, discusses her art installation, Ubiquitous: Migration of Pathogens, which consists of electron micrographs of the prion pathogens.

William Weege's Collaboration with Sam Gilliam

William Weege, Professor Emeritus of the UW-Madison Art Department, and Richard H. Axsom, Curator Emeritus of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, discuss Weege’s artistic career and his work with Sam Gilliam. Weege and Gilliam’s collaboration produced innovations in printmaking and abstract artworks.

Snapshot Wisconsin

Jennifer Stenglein, Research Scientist at the WI Department of Natural Resources, explains Snapshot Wisconsin, a project focused on monitoring wildlife through a network of trail cameras. Citizen scientists will place and monitor the cameras around the state. Captured images will be made available to volunteers world-wide who will help with identification and classification of the wildlife.

Marketing Medieval Medicine

Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses how medieval medicine and the health care structures established in the Middle Ages laid the foundation for medical education, drug regulations, and the way patients are treated.

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