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History of the Wisconsin State Herbarium

Kenneth Cameron, Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium at UW-Madison, discusses the importance of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, founded in 1849 by the Board of Regents. The facility contains 1.3 million pressed and dried lichen, plant, and fungi specimens; some from habitats which have disappeared over time.

Should We Be Moral Relativists?

Paul Boghossian, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at New York University, explores the differences between moral absolutism, moral relativism and nihilism within cultural and societal parameters.

The Black Hawk War in Wisconsin

John Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, offers an historical perspective of the conflicts which lead to the Black Hawk War.

Milwaukee's First Mexican Community

Sergio González, Doctoral Student in the Department of History at UW-Madison, explores the history of the Mexican community in Milwaukee during the early twentieth century. González discusses how the discrimination the immigrants faced in their workplaces and neighborhoods fostered a sense of community and ethnic pride.

Repackaging Shakespeare's Sonnets

Joshua Calhoun, Professor in the Department of English at UW-Madison, discusses how Shakespeare’s sonnets have been organized, printed and grouped over the centuries. Calhoun explores love and heartbreak in the poems.

Energy-Efficient Lighting and the Rebound Effect

Andrea Hicks, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explores the history and societal benefits of artificial light. Hicks discusses trends in energy-efficiency lighting technology and their effect on energy savings.

Early Warnings of Big Changes in Ecosystems

Stephen Carpenter, Director of the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison, discusses how to predict ecological changes in lake, coral reef and ranchland ecosystems using time and spatial data. Changes in the resilience of the ecosystems can indicate a tipping point for a big change.

Design of Humane Animal-Handling Facilities

David Kammel, Livestock Housing Specialist at UW-Extension, discusses how to create a facility that provides a safe environment for cattle and for the people handling the animals. Kammel presents examples of facility systems that integrate fences, chutes and restraints.

Udder Anatomy and Physiology

Laura Hernandez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison, explains that the defining attribute of a mammal is that it has mammary glands. Hernandez uses cow udders to show how mammary glands work and she compares the nutritional make-up of milk from cows, goats, humans and other mammals.

Caring for Your Heart and Arteries

K. Craig Kent, Chair of the Department of Surgery; Mohamed Hamdan, Head of Cardiovascular Medicine; Richard Page, Chair of the Department of Medicine; Heather Johnson, Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine; and Lucian Lozonschi, Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, follow Mr. and Mrs. Smith through their cardiac care.

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