1. Renowned biochemist and Wisconsin Academy Fellow Hector DeLuca discusses the profound application of vitamin D in medicine, including new treatments in the areas of immunity and autoimmunity, in this special Wisconsin Academy Talk.

    DeLuca shares insight from a career devoted to the research of vitamin D and physiological events linked to the function of this vitamin. Among the most important research activities in his laboratory has been the synthesis of tissue-specific analogs of vitamin D for the treatment of diseases. DeLuca's group has produced eight pharmaceuticals that are used for the treatment of diseases, including osteoporosis, vitamin D-resistant rickets, and bone diseases linked to kidney failure.

    Presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, this talk was recorded on May 12, 2015, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall.

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  2. In this Wisconsin Academy Talk we explore how tools like scenario-building, storytelling, and the arts can help us better envision our role in prospective responses to climate change. Panelists include:

    Mrill Ingram, a Visiting Scholar with at the University of Wisconsin Geography Department and Curator at Upworthy, will discuss how the arts and storytelling provide avenues for communicating about complex concepts like environmental change and help us imagine new ways of responding.

    University of Wisconsin scientists Chris Kucharik and Steve Carpenter, who are currently leading a NSF-funded investigation using scenario-building to illustrate how our future in Wisconsin will be different depending on the future choices we make. Kucharik and Carpenter will discuss how scenario-building combines science with graphic arts and storytelling to craft potential futures for life in Wisconsin.

    This Wisconsin Academy Talk was held on February 3, 2015, in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lecture Hall. Video provided courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television and University Place.

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  3. Water and energy are two of today’s biggest environmental and social challenges. A thriving Wisconsin depends on clean and abundant water, and on energy sources that meet our needs, but don’t make climate change worse. How are we doing on meeting those challenges?

    This brief video encapsulates some observations from Resilient Wisconsin Day, a day-long discussion of resilience hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters on May 6, 2014. At Resilient Wisconsin Day we examined:

    • Advances in energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy that can shape a greener future
    • Opportunities for safeguarding our state’s freshwater ecosystems

    Workshops featured how-tos for:

    • Starting a fruitful conversation on climate change
    • Using values and norms to communicate water issues
    • Monitoring and managing Wisconsin's waters
    • Examining food, water, and energy connections
    • Expanding renewable energy opportunities in Wisconsin

    In the closing address for Resilient Wisconsin Day, Torbjörn Lahti, co-founder of Sweden’s first “eco-municipality,” highlighted the role of local action in making progress toward a thriving Wisconsin.

    Hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, Resilient Wisconsin Day was presented in partnership with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and with generous support from the Joyce Foundation, the Brico Fund, the Sally Mead Hands Foundation, and other sponsors.

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  4. The Wisconsin Academy welcomed photographers Michael Kienitz, Kevin Miyazaki, and Craig Schreiner to discuss their own work and reflect on the way photographic images can be used to record personal narrative, document conflict, capture a cultural landscape, and share the human experience. From capturing war-torn environments and sites scarred by the past, to the daily struggles of Wisconsin farm families, these photographers will share a wealth of experience and stories that go well beyond the camera's lens. Recorded on March 27, 2014, at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. Video provided courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television.

    This event is presented in conjunction with the James Watrous Gallery exhibitions Ida Wyman: The Chords of Memory and Kevin Miyazaki: Camp Home, on view March 14 - May 4, 2014.

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  5. Camp Home, a photograph series by artist Kevin Miyazaki, documents repurposed barracks used as internment camps for Japanese Americans (including some of Miyazaki's own relatives) during WWII. Miyazaki's images capture the experience of the Nisei as well as the barracks' subsequent owners. Join Dr. Jasmine Alinder and Kevin Miyazaki for a discussion of Japanese American incarceration during WWII and a look at Miyazaki's photographs of former internment camps.

    In partnership with the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts,

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