L&S alumni Libby Geist, Justine Nagan and Raney Aronson-Ruth were on campus last week as part of the Department of Communication Arts’ “Spotlight on Documentary” event, screening some of their films and talking about their careers with students. The three producers discussed the changing landscape, which has brought a lot of new money and new opportunities for documentaries, but also new complications, including investors, distribution and branding.
That fluorescent light tracks calcium as it zips across the plant’s tissues, providing an electrical and chemical signal of a threat. In more than a dozen videos like this, University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor of Botany Simon Gilroy and his lab reveal how glutamate — an abundant neurotransmitter in animals — activates this wave of calcium when the plant is wounded. The videos provide the best look yet at the communication systems within plants that are normally hidden from view.
For 23 years, a group of retired UW–Madison professors and administrators has met monthly to discuss works of historic and scholarly import.
The LAB3 project teamed UW–Madison physicists and Madison-based artists and writers with high school students from the area. Over the summer, six teams — each composed of one scientist, one visual or performing artist, one writer, and three to four high schoolers — explored current areas of scientific research ranging from neutrinos to dark matter to cosmic rays.