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Natural Processes in Designed Places

Darrel Morrison, Professor of Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison, shares his philosophy for creating diverse and aesthetically rich landscapes. Morrison focuses on designing the landscaping using native plants, adding color, textures, and making the landscape dynamic with plant migration and reproduction within the space.

A Dog Model of Degenerative Polyneuropathy

Susannah Sample, Assistant Scientist at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses the results of a study focused on Acquired Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy in dogs. Sample explains that because dogs have a similar genome to humans, this research could add to the understanding of the Charcot Marie Tooth disease in humans.

Reduced-Risk Pest Management for Urban Landscapes

Paul Koch, Assistant Professor in the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison, discusses the types of pesticides currently in use in urban areas and their impact on both the environment and the public. Koch offers options for reducing the use of pesticides while maintaining quality landscapes.

Measuring Gravity Waves with LIGO

Patrick Brady, Professor of Physics at UW-Milwaukee, talks about LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which observed and measured the gravitational waves created by a pair of black holes that collided 1.3 billion years ago.

Wisconsin's Geoheritage

Kenneth Bradbury, State Geologist and Director at the WI Geological & Natural History Survey, UWEX, provides a geologic history of Wisconsin and highlights some of the outstanding geologic sites in the state. Bradbury discusses the work of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

Of Neandertals, Denisovans, and Modern Humans

Svante Pääbo, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, discusses his work to retrieve DNA from Neandertals. Pääbo explores how closely related present day humans are to prehistoric humans.

Age-Related Changes in Swallowing

Nicole Pulia, Assistant Professor at the UW-School of Medicine and Public Health, explores changes in anatomy and physiology as we age which can contribute to problems swallowing. Pulia offers non-surgical suggestions to help with dysphagia.

Inequality of Opportunity in an Unequal Country

Tim Smeeding, Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison, talks about social mobility, focusing on the advantages provided by the family you’re born into. Smeeding discusses whether less advantaged families have the same opportunities to move up and explores ways to address the inequality.

How Binary Star Systems Form

Ben Tofflemire, Graduate Student in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, explains how single stars form and why planets form around the stars. Tofflemire discusses the formation of pairs of stars, or binary stars, and the role of planets in binary star systems.

Visual Art and the Wisconsin Idea

Maryo Gard Ewell, Arts Administrator and daughter of Robert E. Gard, discusses the history of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program in the 1940s. Self-taught artists enrolled as noncredit students at the University of Wisconsin and introduced the arts to rural communities. This was the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea--extending the knowledge and research of the university to everyone in the state.

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