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Designing the Next Generation of Nuclear Reactors

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.

Lampricides in Tributaries of the Great Lakes

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.

In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth

Robert Root, Author of “Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth,” shares the story of his journey toward understanding naturalists John Muir, Aldo Leopold and August Derleth. Root explored John Muir State Natural Area, Aldo Leopold’s shack and the Sac Prairie portrayed through the inspiration of August Derleth.

Hurricanes: Advancements in Our Understanding

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.

Climate Resiliency and Sustainability in La Crosse

Tim Kabat, Mayor of the City of La Crosse, discusses the principles which La Crosse follows to preserve its sustainable community development. Kabat explains the city’s strategic plan for reducing fossil fuels, getting energy from renewable sources, using environmentally preferred products, reducing waste, recycling, finding transportation alternatives and protecting natural areas.

Marigolds on Mars: Turning Space Green

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.

Understanding the Art of Vision

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.

The Ocean's Most Spectacular Color Change Artists

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.

Energy Systems of the Future

Bruce Beihoff, Technical Director at the UW-Madison Grainger Institute for Engineering; Josh Arnold, Associate Director of Clean Energy & Sustainability at Navigant; and Gary Radloff, Principal at The Radloff Group, discuss emerging energy technologies. The panel looks at the energy storage, economics, manufacturing and supply chains for new energy systems.

Pig Avatars: Models for Precision Medicine

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.


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