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2009-10 Conversations in Science

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CHIMERAS AND THE EDGES OF THE HUMAN

April 8, 2010

Speaker: Jill Casid (UW-Madison, Dept. of Art History)

Current representations of transplantation reflect colonial taxonomies of race, gender, and sex, with colonial hierarchies of what is 'human' and what counts as 'culture,' and with early modern practices of what Michel Foucault called 'biopower'.

Exploring this history helps to recast concerns about the new forms of biological power and the seemingly monstrous possibilities for cross-species hybridization and transformation.

Science vs. the Media on Gender differences

Speaker: Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D. (UW-Madison, Dept. Psychology and Women's Studies)

The mass media are full of messages implying that women and men are, psychologically, extremely different from each other. One example is John Gray's book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. This talk examines the scientific data to see whether these claims are accurate.

WHAT BABIES KNOW

February 11, 2010

Presenter: Lewis Leavitt (UW-Madison, Dept. of Pediatrics)

A review of child development research of interest to educators including early language and social development and an examination how this research can be helpful to classroom teachers.


USING ULTRASOUND TO EVALUATE ARTERIAL AGE

January 14, 2010

Presenter: Dr. James Stein (UW-Madison, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine)

UW-Madison's Dr. James Stein reviews the current state of cardiovascular disease risk prediction and its limitations, focusing on the use of carotid ultrasound as a potential tool to help improve risk prediction.

THE MORAL TALES OF NATURE FILMS

December 10, 2009

Presenter: Gregg Mitman (UW-Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Study)

New media technologies have opened up the possibilities for new material, new voices, and new points of view. Outside the powerful networks of film distribution and promotion, new relationships across art, science, and activism are being forged, helping to create media that matters in the lives of people and animals throughout the world.

SLEEP AND THE BRAIN

November 19, 2009

Presenter: Chiara Cirelli (UW-Madison, Dept. of Psychiatry)

Recent evidence suggests that sleep has a core function involving the brain and might be identifiable at the cellular level.

ANTILOGUOUS HARMONY IN CHEMISTRY AND MUSIC

October 15, 2009

Presenter: John Berry (UW-Madison, Dept. of Chemistry)

Find out how art and science inspire each other through a study of 'antilogous harmony,' or the juxtaposition of two dissimilar things. Hear what happens when tuba and piano are combined in a sonata.

SCIENCE, RELIGION & JEWISH THOUGHT

Presenter: Steven Nadler (UW-Madison, Dept. of Philosophy)

What does Judaism have to say about the relationship between science and religion?

This lecture considers Maimonides' attempts to resolve the perplexity of someone who is both religiously devout and scientifically informed, and discusses how the Jewish worldview can be understood in naturalistic and rationalistic terms.