Raluca Scarlat, Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics at UW-Madison, discusses why we should consider using nuclear energy, our role in global energy production, the future of nuclear technology and the energy research taking place at UW-Madison.
Christy Remucal, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses the use of chemicals designed to kill the larva of invasive sea lampreys and focuses on the environmental impact of the lampricides. Remucal presents research results showing the amount of time it takes the chemicals to be degraded by sunlight.
Derrick Herndon, Assistant Researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at UW-Madison, explains the basics of hurricanes including how they form and the challenges of predicting their paths.
Simon Gilroy, Professor in the Department of Botany at UW-Madison, discusses whether plants can grow in space using the soil available on the planets. Gilroy explains that were we to live on Mars, we would be far enough from earth that we would need to be able to grow our own food.
Derrick Buisch, Professor in the UW-Madison Art Department, shares his artwork, much of which was inspired by comic books, music and album covers.
Christopher Campbell, Independent Artist, discusses his journey as an artist and his interest in color.
Shiela Reaves, Professor of Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison, discusses the connection between neuroscience and the visual brain. Reaves explores the power of visual images and color in early survival tactics, the ability to notice depth, and finding patterns.
Martin Foys, Professor in the Department of English at UW-Madison, discusses an online resource, Digital Mappa, which allows anyone to upload images or text then link, annotate, search and share the collections. Foys explains how this project is can be used and walks through the process.
Roger Hanlon, Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, explores how and why ocean species camouflage themselves. Hanlon shows how the patterns that octopi, cuttlefish, and squid use allow them to hide from or become predators.
Dhanansayan Shanmuganayagam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, and Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison, discuss the use of swine to study human diseases. Pigs have a similar anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to humans and can be studied to find effective diagnosis and therapeutic technologies.