Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Andrea Hicks, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, explores the history and societal benefits of artificial light. Hicks discusses trends in energy-efficiency lighting technology and their effect on energy savings.
Stephen Carpenter, Director of the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison, discusses how to predict ecological changes in lake, coral reef and ranchland ecosystems using time and spatial data. Changes in the resilience of the ecosystems can indicate a tipping point for a big change.
David Kammel, Livestock Housing Specialist at UW-Extension, discusses how to create a facility that provides a safe environment for cattle and for the people handling the animals. Kammel presents examples of facility systems that integrate fences, chutes and restraints.
Laura Hernandez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison, explains that the defining attribute of a mammal is that it has mammary glands. Hernandez uses cow udders to show how mammary glands work and she compares the nutritional make-up of milk from cows, goats, humans and other mammals.
Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison, discusses the use of biotechnology to slow the extinction of threatened species. Temple discusses whether the revival of a species is ethical and whether the de-extinction of a species is a scientific possibility.
Kate O'Connor-Giles, Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at UW-Madison, explores the implications of using CRISPR genome engineering technology. CRISPR can be used to edit DNA sequences to probe gene function, create disease resistant agricultural organisms and correct disease-causing mutations in humans.
Nathan Sherer, Assistant Professor at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, explores the advances in live cell imaging technologies, leading to a clearer understanding of how HIV-1 and other viruses attack human cells. This technology is being used to advance new antiviral strategies.
Tim Campbell, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist at the Environmental Resources Center at UW-Extension, discusses the impacts of invasive species in Wisconsin’s lakes and waterways. Campbell provides a history of the aquatic invasive species in the state, discusses what has been done to manage their impact and explores ways to control them in the future.
Peter Muir, Professor at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, explains the genome-wide association study (GWAS) which analyzes canine disease. Muir explores the parallels of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture in dogs and humans.
John Yin, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UW-Madison, explores how living systems evolve from simple chemicals.