WHY VOTE? ANSWERS FROM THE UW ODYSSEY PROJECT

Guests:  Emily Auerbach, Odyssey Project Director; Jelissa Edwards, 2016 Odyssey class graduate; Rene Robinson, Odyssey 2008 graduate; Ngina Ali, current Odyssey student

The UW-Odyssey Project which offers a UW-Madison humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college invited current and former students to answer the question, “Why vote?” On this program, Emily Auerbach, Odyssey Project Director, introduces three of her students who present their answers and arguments on why people should vote: Jelissa Edwards, Rene Robinson, and Ngina Ali.

For more information on the Odyssey Project and their upcoming benefit, Night of the Living Humanities, Thursday, October 27, 5:00-7:00 PM at the University Club, 803 State Street, go to odyssey.wisc.edu.

For up-to-date voting information in Wisconsin, go to myvote.wi.gov.  Every vote counts!

EXPLORING THE GENETICS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Guests:  Lindsay Farrer, PhD, Medical Geneticist, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health;  Carol Hutchinson, Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The NIH-funded Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will host its Annual Fall Community Lecture, EXPLORING THE GENETICS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, on Tuesday, October 25, at Monona Terrace. The free and open to the public program opens with a Resource Fair at 5:00 p.m. followed by Speaker Presentations at 6:00 p.m.  No reservations are required, and parking vouchers will be given.

On this radio program, hear Lindsay Farrer, PhD discuss the impact of genes on developing Alzheimer’s Disease and the advancements being made in Alzheimer’s research.  Dr. Farrer will be the featured speaker at the October 25th Lecture.  He is joined on the program by Carol Hutchinson who shares details on the upcoming Lecture and the expanding federally-funded Alzheimer’s research at UW-Madison.

A MARKET-BASED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE

Guests:  Dick Smith, Citizens Climate Lobby;  Paul Riehemann, Founder/Co-Chair, Rotary Club of Madison’s Going Green Fellowship Group and the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group

The scientific community overwhelming agrees that climate change is happening, and the global warming of the past 50 years is primarily due to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels. The consensus also is that with appropriate actions by governments, communities, individuals, and businesses, we can reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution we release and lower the risk of much greater warming and its severe consequences.

With this in mind, Middleton, Wisconsin’s Sustainability Committee unanimously recommended that the Middleton City Council put two climate referenda questions on the November ballot: (1) Should the City of Middleton reduce the risks of global warming through its policy decisions and actions? (2) Should the City of Middleton endorse a federal carbon fee and dividend program as part of a national strategy to reduce the risks of global warming?

On this program, Dick Smith and Paul Riehemann speak to the seriousness of climate change and explain how the carbon fee and dividend solution would work.

COMBAT BLINDNESS WORLDWIDE

Guest:  Suresh Chandra, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology; Founder and Chairman of Combat Blindness International

According to the World Health Organization, 39 million people around the world are blind.  The promising news is that 80% of blindness is preventable or treatable, and the leading cause of blindness is cataracts.  This inspired Dr. Suresh Chandra to found Combat Blindness International in 1984.  He remains its Chairman today, and over the years the organization has sponsored thousands of eye screening camps and funded more than 250,000 cataract surgeries in developing countries for a cost of $25 per patient.  They also provide Vitamin A to children who are deficient to prevent blindness.

On this program, Dr. Chandra shares his remarkable story and discusses the latest research on eye disease that is giving new hope and sight to those who are facing blindness.

THE ESSENCE OF ESTATE PLANNING

Guest:  Brenda Haskins, Haskins Short LLC

The essence of estate planning basically answers three questions, according to Attorney Brenda Haskins who practices in the areas of estate planning, guardianship, Medicaid planning, elder law and probate.  Who’s in control?  Who benefits?  When?  Answers to these and other questions will be the focus of Brenda’s presentation at the 6th Annual Catholic Charities Healthy Aging Conference, Thursday, October 13, at the new All Saints Neighborhood Main Street.

On this program, Brenda highlights some of the major issues and challenges people face when planning for future life events as well as working with life situations and needs of today.

The Healthy Aging Conference will also feature presentations on Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention, Managing Life’s Changes, and Coping with the Pains of Growing Older.  Keynote speaker is Dr. Shilagh Migain.  For more information on the Conference and to register, go to www.ccmadison.org.