Mark Berres, Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, discusses junglefowl, four species of birds, which are possible ancestors of the modern chicken. Berres traces the domestication and cultural influences of the bird.
June Dahl, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the history of opium and opioid analgesics and their use, the types of opioids that are currently in use and how to manage pain.
Joshua Mezrich, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UW School of Medicine, discusses the history of transplant surgeries on animals and humans. Mezrich describes how donors are chosen and the risks they face.
Cory Secher, Co-Owner of Carandale Farm, and Roberta Barham, Co-Owner of Barham Gardens, discuss perennial cropping research at the Carandale farm and introduce the uses and advantages of the sustainable super fruit aronia and other uncommon fruits.
Mutlu Özdoğan, Associate Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison, discusses using satellites to photograph and monitor crops from space. The satellite photos offer information on crop-management practices and a look at global changes.
Johanna Oosterwyk, Manager of the D.C. Smith Greenhouse at UW-Madison, explains the challenges of creating a greenhouse. Some of the factors to take into account include: temperature, humidity and the amount of light needed for the plants.
Julia Nepper, Research Assistant in Biophysics at UW-Madison, explains how bacteria unite to form a single community called a biofilm. Nepper focuses on E. coli biofilms and the lipids found in the E. coli cell membrane.
Barry Hartup, Director of Veterinary Services at the International Crane Foundation, discusses his work as a zoological veterinarian keeping 15 crane species heathy at the International Crane Foundation. Hartup shares stories of injuries the birds have survived.
Matt Allen, Associate Professor in Engineering Physics at UW-Madison, discusses the physics behind rocket design. Allen highlights the structural dynamics, the vibration limits, and the amount of engine thrust that is necessary to successfully launch a spacecraft into space.
Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at UW-Madison, explains the importance of the meat industry in Wisconsin. Sindelar discusses the vision of the meat science program and the process of designing and constructing a new building for the Meat Sciences Laboratory at UW-Madison.