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Too Creative for Science?

Ahna Skop, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison, shares her journey from growing up in a family of artists to her career as a scientist. Skop encourages a blending of art and science to improve scientific understanding.

Justice, Power and Landscape

Jedediah Purdy, Professor of Law at Duke University, discusses different ways of looking at landscapes and explains that our mind organizes the terrain to create something of meaning to us. Purdy explores different ways to look at landscapes including as a place of origin and a place of conflict.

Air Quality in the U.S.

Tracey Holloway, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explains how chemistry and weather affect the air. Holloway discusses using satellite data and computer models to evaluate the amount of pollution in the air.

Syrup From One Maple Tree- You Can Do It

Dan Tyler, Maple Syrup Hobbyist, explains how to tap a maple tree, what equipment you need and how to determine when sap starts running. Tyler discusses how to boil the collected sap to make syrup. Even if you only have one or two sugar maple trees in your yard, Tyler encourages you to create your own maple syrup.

Stem Cells for Treating Blinding Disorders

David Gamm, Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute at UW-Madison, explains how pluripotent stem cells can be genetically engineered into photo receptor cells and then used in the treatment of degenerative diseases of the retina and the eye. Gamm examines the challenges that need to be addressed before the technology can be used as a significant source for restoring vision.

Communities Living with Tomorrow’s Floods

Shane Hubbard, Researcher at the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison, discusses the increase in frequency of flooding across the United States and the subsequent impact to homes, businesses and communities. Hubbard shares innovative, cost-effective methods focused on reducing the impact of the floods.

Links Between Sow Nutrition and Piglet Deformities

Tom Crenshaw, Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the connection between a lack of Vitamin D in the sow’s diet and deformities in her piglets.

Finding Lieutenant Fazekas

Leslie Eisenberg, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, Ryan Wubben, Medical Director of UW Hospital Med Flight, Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison, and Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Outreach Specialist at UW-Extension, discuss their roles in finding the remains of Lt. Frank Fazekas, who was shot down in France in World War II.

Natural Processes in Designed Places

Darrel Morrison, Professor of Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison, shares his philosophy for creating diverse and aesthetically rich landscapes. Morrison focuses on designing the landscaping using native plants, adding color, textures, and making the landscape dynamic with plant migration and reproduction within the space.

A Dog Model of Degenerative Polyneuropathy

Susannah Sample, Assistant Scientist at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses the results of a study focused on Acquired Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy in dogs. Sample explains that because dogs have a similar genome to humans, this research could add to the understanding of the Charcot Marie Tooth disease in humans.

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