Conversations in Science
A Series for K-12 Educators

A program conceived and organized by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the collaboration of the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Edgewood Sonderegger Science Center

Professor Shakhashiri is on sabbatical leave for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Conversations in Science Series will resume at a later date.

Many of these conversations are broadcast on MMSD-TV.
Many are also available for purchase on DVD through MMSD-TV.

2009-2010 Series
All dates occur on a Thursday

October 15, 2009
Antilogous Harmony as a Theme in Synthetic Chemistry and in Music
Prof. John Berry, Dept. of Chemistry
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November 19, 2009
Sleep and the Brain
Prof. Chiara Cirelli, Dept. of Psychiatry
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December 10, 2009
From Marching Penguins to Charging Buffalo: The Moral Tales of Nature Film
Prof. Gregg Mitman, Nelson Institute for Environmental Study

January 14, 2010
You Don't Look a Day Over 50: Do Your Arteries? Using Ultrasound to Evaluate Arterial Age
Prof. James Stein, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

February 11, 2010
Out of the Mouths of Babes: How We Can Learn What Babies and Children Know
Prof. Lewis Leavitt, Dept. of Pediatrics
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March 11, 2010
The "Science" of Communicating Science: New Approaches to Bridging the Science-Public Divide
Prof. Dietram Scheufele, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication

April 8, 2010
Chimeras and the Edges of the Humane
Prof. Jill Casid, Dept. of Art History

May 6, 2010
Rationale, Development, Construction, and Future Research Plans for the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery
Prof. John Wiley, WID Interim Director


Click here for an overview of past conversations