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Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail

Melanie Radzicki McManus, Author, “Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail,” recounts her journey as a thru-hiker on the Ice Age Trail. McManus, who completed the 1,100 mile hike around Wisconsin in thirty six days, shares the history of the trail.

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.

Shaking the Dinosaur Family Tree

David Lovelace, Museum Scientist in the Department of Geoscience at UW-Madison, shares findings from vertebrate paleontologists which shed new light on the biology and evolutionary history of dinosaurs.

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.

Ecological Responses to Climate Changes

Jack Williams, Professor in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, discusses risks to existing habitats due to warming conditions and climate change. Williams focuses on how to predict what changes various species will need to make as their environments change.

Heroin and Other Opioids: A Wisconsin Epidemic?

Lori Edwards, Senior Chemist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, discusses the history of opium use in society and in Wisconsin. Edwards looks at narcotic impairment indicators and presents case studies of individuals using opioids.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Beets

Amy Freidig, Program Assistant in the Master Gardener Program at UW-Extension, examines the history of beets first discovered on the southeast shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the near East and northern Africa. Freidig explains the biennial life cycle of the root plant.

Physics of Space Travel

Professor Emeritus Clint Sprott along with faculty, staff and students from the UW-Madison Department of Physics explore the physics needed to travel into space in this entertaining scientific extravaganza.

The Evolution of Insects as Food

Julie Lesnick, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University, discusses the benefits of consuming insects as a sustainable protein source. Lesnick explores long held stigmas and talks about which countries have incorporated insects into their diets.

The Fastest Particles in the Universe

Ellen Zweibel, Professor in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison, talks about high energy, electronically charged cosmic rays which travel almost as fast as light. Zweibel explains how the particles are detected and their effect on Earth.

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