John McWhorter, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Columbia University, explores language as a shifting and evolving process. McWhorter discusses how the meanings of words change over time.
John Hawks, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, discusses new findings related to the Homo naledi fossils found in the Rising Star cave system in South Africa. Hawks reports that the fossils indicate this primitive, extinct, human relative may have been in existence as recently as 236,000 years ago.
Sarah Traynor, Associate Lecturer of Anatomy at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explains the work of the teams who are analyzing the Homo naledi fossils found in South Africa. Traynor discusses her work determining the proportions of the upper and lower limbs of the hominin species and shares the impact these findings have on our understanding of their movements.
Ross Edwards, Visiting Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses black carbon “smoke” nanoparticles on the surface of ice sheets in Greenland. Edwards traversed the country on a solar-powered Inuit Windsled, taking samples of the black carbon left behind from fires and fossil-fuel combustion.
Jacqueline van Gorkom, Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, studies neutral hydrogen in the universe and discusses the influence collision, merger and gas exchange have on how galaxies form and evolve.
Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the UW Medical School, discusses how children with disabilities were historically treated. Schalick highlights the medical and scientific innovations inspired by the needs of the children.
James P. Leary, UW-Madison Professor Emeritus and co-author of “Pinery Boys: Songs and Songcatching in the Lumberjack Era,” recounts the story of Franz Rickaby, a scholar who collected the tunes and lyrics of songs sung by lumberjacks in the lumber camps of the Upper Midwest. Leary shares recordings of the songs.
Ted Simpson, President of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association, discusses how maple syrup is produced and explores the changes science and technology have introduced into the process. Simpson also focuses on the sustainability of the maple forests in Wisconsin.
Peter L. Belmonte, Independent Scholar and Author, presents "Calabrian-Americans During World War I;" Jana Weiss, Associate Professor of U.S. History at the University of Münster, discusses "World War I and the U.S. Brewing Industry;" and Brian Faltinson, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the Wisconsin Army National Guard, talks about "The 32nd 'Red Arrow' Division."
Rebecca Berens Matzke, Associate Professor of History at Ripon College, presents "The Pamphlet War in the Great War;" Amy Fels, Graduate Student at UW-Milwaukee, discusses "Oshkosh on the Home Front;" and Jennifer Madeline Zoebelein, Graduate Teaching Assistant at Kansas State University, shares "The Poetry of Byron Comstock."