University Roundtable to feature Chris Todd Hittinger – Apr. 19

The University Roundtable will be gearing up soon to offer a featured monthly luncheon speaker from the UW-Madison community including CALS’ Chris Todd Hittinger on April 19. The program is held in Varsity Hall at Union South from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $12 (please note that this is an increase from previous semesters).

Here is the schedule for the spring semester:

Wednesday, February 8
Researching Zika Virus at UW-Madison
David O’Connor
Approximately one year ago, a team of UW-Madison scientists and their colleagues in Colombia and Brazil began studying how Zika virus makes people and animals sick. Dr. David O’Connor, Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, will discuss what has been learned so far and what big questions remain unanswered.
Reservation Deadline: Noon, February 1
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Wednesday, March 8
Watching TV through Toddlers’ Eyes
Heather Kirkorian
Adults tend to think of TV viewing as a simple and passive activity. However, research with infants and young children demonstrates that watching and learning from screen media are complex activities requiring viewers to coordinate several cognitive processes. Using evidence from her own experimental research as well as others’, Dr. Heather Kirkorian, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology, will describe how individuals develop from infants who fail to understand the symbolic nature of visual images to young children who can acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills through educational media.
Reservation Deadline: Noon, March 1
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Wednesday, April 19
Beer, Biofuels and Beyond: Yeast Biodiversity in the Age of Genomics
Chris Todd Hittinger
Yeasts are responsible for the production of many foods, beverages, and fuels.  Dr. Chris Todd Hittinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, explores how interspecies hybrid yeasts ferment many iconic products, including lager beer, which is the most commonly fermented beverage on the planet. Dr. Hittinger will offer a look at these processes, along with other diverse yeasts and engineered hybrids that show considerable promise and have not yet been fully explored.
Reservation Deadline: Noon, April 12
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