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Connecting Scientists & Lifelong Learners - Ep. 717

Dennis Schatz, senior vice president at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA, talks about the Portal to the Public, which connects research scientists and science based professionals, to public audiences. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on lifelong learning in the scientific fields.

UW's Dictionary of American Regional English – Ep. 716

Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of The Dictionary of American Regional English at UW-Madison, explores whether American English is becoming “homogenized” by the media and the mobility of the American population. Based on fieldwork and a collection of written materials, DARE includes terms that we use that are “normal” to us but that may not be understood by people in other places.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Monkey Research – Ep. 715

David Abbott, a professor at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center at UW-Madison, discusses the science and the animal procedures involved in identifying Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in young women. Dr. Abbott, working with a team of scientists from several disciplines, identified fetal origins for this disease in monkeys, and suggested that it may be linked with a specific gene in humans.

The Future of Academic Work in Public Universities – Ep. 708

Francis Schrag, professor emeritus of Educational Policy Studies at UW-Madison, moderates a discussion with Sheila Slaughter, McBee Professor at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, and Richard Vedder, a professor in the Department of Economics at Ohio University. They focus on higher education in the 21st century: stratification, segmentation, and fragmentation.

Unequal Access & the Missions of Public Flagships – Ep. 709

Harry Brighouse, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at UW-Madison, explores the mission of public higher education flagship universities and their role in preparing students for the future. Brighouse compares the public universities to elite private institutions.

Governing Board Activism in the Public University - Ep. 710

Michael Bastedo, an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan and Harry Peterson President Emeritus of the Western State College of Colorado discuss governing board activism, the dynamics of trustee independence and management strategies.

What the Wisconsin Idea Should or Could Mean – Ep. 707

Michael Olneck, Professor Emeritus in Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at UW-Madison, Cory Mason, a representative (D-Racine) in the Wisconsin State Assembly, Todd Berry, president of the WI Taxpayers Alliance, Allie Gardner, chair of the Associated Students of Madison at UW-Madison and Sara Goldrick-Rab, an associate professor in Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at UW-Madison.

Wisconsin’s Driftless Region - Ep. 705

Eric Carson, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UW-Extension, shares his research of the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin--known for its unique lack of glacial deposits. The landscape of the Driftless Area owes its form to long-term erosion by stream systems that have incised into the Paleozoic bedrock.

After the Russian Presidential Elections - Ep. 703

Yoshiko Herrera, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison, explains the reactions following the recent presidential election in Russia; why there was both support and protest.

An Early Cahokian Colony in Wisconsin – Ep. 702

Danielle Benden, academic curator in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, explores the mystery behind a 1000-year-old mission site in the Village of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. Colonists, called Mississippian peoples by archaeologists, arrived from America’s first city, Cahokia, near modern day St. Louis, Missouri, 750 miles away, in dugout canoes.


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