Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, shares stories of her journey toward becoming the fourth woman to sit on the nation’s highest court. Kagan talks about her childhood, her position as Solicitor General, working as a clerk, and her experiences as a justice on the Supreme Court.
Ahna Skop, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison, shares her journey from growing up in a family of artists to her career as a scientist. Skop encourages a blending of art and science to improve scientific understanding.
Jedediah Purdy, Professor of Law at Duke University, discusses different ways of looking at landscapes and explains that our mind organizes the terrain to create something of meaning to us. Purdy explores different ways to look at landscapes including as a place of origin and a place of conflict.
Tracey Holloway, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explains how chemistry and weather affect the air. Holloway discusses using satellite data and computer models to evaluate the amount of pollution in the air.
David Gamm, Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute at UW-Madison, explains how pluripotent stem cells can be genetically engineered into photo receptor cells and then used in the treatment of degenerative diseases of the retina and the eye. Gamm examines the challenges that need to be addressed before the technology can be used as a significant source for restoring vision.
Shane Hubbard, Researcher at the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison, discusses the increase in frequency of flooding across the United States and the subsequent impact to homes, businesses and communities. Hubbard shares innovative, cost-effective methods focused on reducing the impact of the floods.
Tom Crenshaw, Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the connection between a lack of Vitamin D in the sow’s diet and deformities in her piglets.
Leslie Eisenberg, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, Ryan Wubben, Medical Director of UW Hospital Med Flight, Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison, and Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Outreach Specialist at UW-Extension, discuss their roles in finding the remains of Lt. Frank Fazekas, who was shot down in France in World War II.
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.
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.