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Crane Health: Avian Medicine in Conservation

Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services at the International Crane Foundation, discusses his work as a zoological veterinarian keeping 15 crane species heathy at the International Crane Foundation. Hartup shares stories of injuries the birds have survived.

Structural Dynamics Challenges in Launch

Matt Allen, Associate Professor in Engineering Physics at UW-Madison, discusses the physics behind rocket design. Allen highlights the structural dynamics, the vibration limits, and the amount of engine thrust that is necessary to successfully launch a spacecraft into space.

The Rule of Law and the Law in Action

Stewart Macaulay, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, discusses the differences between our popular understanding of law and how the law actually works in society.

Designing and Building the New UW Meat Science Lab

Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at UW-Madison, explains the importance of the meat industry in Wisconsin. Sindelar discusses the vision of the meat science program and the process of designing and constructing a new building for the Meat Sciences Laboratory at UW-Madison.

Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease

Susan Paskewitz, Director of the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease, explains how the center came into being and discusses vector-borne diseases caused by tick and mosquito bites.

Weather Predictability and Predictions

Richard Anthes, President Emeritus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, discusses the value of weather systems forecasts for predicting high-impact weather events.

Diving the Flooded Mines of Baraboo’s Iron Range

Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Mark Langenfeld, a Retired Attorney, discuss the history of the mines in the Baraboo Iron Range. Thomsen shares videos of her group of certified cave divers who explored the flooded mines, swimming past mining equipment that was left behind when the mine flooded.

The Burnham Telescope

Jim Lattis, Director of UW Space Place, discusses the history of Sherburne W. Burnham’s telescope, a 6-inch refractor telescope built in 1870. Lattis documents the locations around the country and around the world where the telescope was set up to view double stars and eclipses.

The Story of the Reformation

Lee Palmer Wandel, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther in 16th century Europe. Wandel explores the “true church” versus the “false church” paradigm which fueled the desire for change.

The Possibility of Us and the Land on Which We Stand

Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky, discusses the ownership and use of public lands. Finney questions who is allowed access to the land and focuses on prejudice in America.

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