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Significance of Homo Naledi Limb Proportions

Sarah Traynor, Associate Lecturer of Anatomy at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explains the work of the teams who are analyzing the Homo naledi fossils found in South Africa. Traynor discusses her work determining the proportions of the upper and lower limbs of the hominin species and shares the impact these findings have on our understanding of their movements.

Investigating Smoke on the Greenland Ice Sheet

Ross Edwards, Visiting Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses black carbon “smoke” nanoparticles on the surface of ice sheets in Greenland. Edwards traversed the country on a solar-powered Inuit Windsled, taking samples of the black carbon left behind from fires and fossil-fuel combustion.

How to Make a Galaxy

Jacqueline van Gorkom, Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, studies neutral hydrogen in the universe and discusses the influence collision, merger and gas exchange have on how galaxies form and evolve.

The History and Science of Children with Disabilities

Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the UW Medical School, discusses how children with disabilities were historically treated. Schalick highlights the medical and scientific innovations inspired by the needs of the children.

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.

Cool and Warm Water Fish and Climate Change

John Lyons, Research Scientist, Wisconsin DNR John talks about the non-cold water fish in Wisconsin. The majority of the fish in the state are warm water fish, including catfish, bluegills, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass. He goes into depth about these fish and their habitats.

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