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The Sweet Story of Wisconsin Maple Syrup Production

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.

The Great Sphinx: From the Eocene to the Anthropocene

Robert Schneiker, a Geologist/Geophysicist in Wisconsin, discusses geologic and geotechnical evidence in determining the age of the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

Dark Matter

Carsten Rott, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Sungkyunkwan University, discusses how researchers are searching for dark matter particles. Rott focuses on the work being done with the IceCube Neutrino Telescope.

Vaccine Refusal and Public Health

Malia Jones, Assistant Scientist in the Applied Population Laboratory at UW-Madison, focuses on an increasing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their school aged children. Jones discusses diseases which have been virtually eradicated in the United States but are still active in other countries.

Groundbreaking Discoveries at UW-Madison

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, discusses some of the research discoveries at UW-Madison, including the work of Stephen Moulton Babcock and Harry Steenbock.

Historic Aerial Photography in Wisconsin

Jaime Martindale, Map & GIS Data Librarian, and A.J. Wortley, Senior Outreach Specialist, in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, discuss the Wisconsin Historic Aerial Imagery Finder project, an online application which houses some of the oldest aerial imagery in Wisconsin. Photos from 1937 through 1941 have been digitally restored and are available for viewing and downloading on the site.

Cranes: Ambassadors for Conservation

Richard Beilfuss, President and CEO of the International Crane Foundation, discusses the connection between cranes and the health of ecosystems and watersheds around the world. Beilfuss shares stories of the work being done in Wisconsin to recover and stabilize the endangered species of cranes.

Speech Changes in Early Alzheimer’s

Kimberly Mueller, Associate Researcher at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute at UW-Madison, discusses how analyzing everyday speech may provide early detection of cognitive decline.

The Discovery of Niacin at UW-Madison

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry at UW-Madison, discusses the identification of a new vitamin found in fresh meat and yeast by Conrad Arnold Elvehjem at UW-Madison in 1937. Elvehjem’s experiments proved that nicotinic acid, also known as niacin or vitamin B3, was a cure for pellagra.

Supercomputer Modeling of Tornadoes

Leigh Orf, Associate Scientist in the Department of Space Science and Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses how supercomputer modeling provides a means to better understand how tornadoes are formed. Orf explains the anatomy of a supercell thunderstorm and how it can become a tornado.

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