Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

An Illustrated Journey From Dejope to Madison

Aaron Bird Bear, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, School of Education, UW- Madison, explains how the UW-Madison campus landscape can serve as a classroom and can address learning goals for students. Bird Bear highlights the archaeological sites on campus and discusses the transformation of the land from Dejope (Four Lakes) to Madison.

X-rays and the Atomic World of Proteins

Basudeb Bhattacharyya, Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how structural biology uses x-rays and high energy magnetic fields as “microscopes” to look at protein atoms-- which are about 1/100,000th the size of a grain of salt.

Drones: Robots that Fly

Thomas Kaminski, Professor, Madison College Industrial Maintenance Program, explains how to build an unmanned aeronautical vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone. Kaminski provides shows videos of each generation of drones produced by his students.

Predicting Fiber Digestion in Dairy Cattle

David Combs, Professor, Department of Dairy Science, UW-Madison, explains the importance of the fiber digestibility of foraged plants as feed for cattle and sheep. Combs discusses an in vitro method to predict the rate and extent of fiber digestion that greatly improves the ability to predict how ruminants will perform on forages.

Colliding Galaxy Clusters

Robert Lindner, Research Associate, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains how galaxies collide with each other. Collisions change the morphology of the galaxy and are important in the life cycle of the galaxies.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Catheters

Michael Zinn, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UW College of Engineering, discusses the limitations of robotic catheters that restrict their use to simpler surgical procedures. Zinn introduces the efforts being made to develop improved control and manipulation of the catheters.

Smooth Swallowing

JoAnne Robbins, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explores the physiology of swallowing foods and liquids. Clinician researchers at the UW Swallowing Speech and Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) Program are developing new beverages that increase swallowing safety with taste appeal.

Breeding Better Sweet Corn

Bill Tracy, Chair, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the technology behind plant breeding and its importance. Tracy also explains his work to breed better sweet corn.

Cheese is Alive!

Heather Paxson, Associate Professor, MIT Anthropology, Mark Johnson, Assistant Director, Center for Dairy Research, UW-Madison and Andy Hatch, Co-owner, Uplands Cheese discuss the political life of our food—particularly cheese. Paxson discusses her research on the regulation of raw milk cheeses.

Modeling Head Injuries with Fruit Flies

David Wassarman, Professor, Cell & Regenerative Biology, UW-Madison, discusses traumatic brain injury and why the disorder is difficult to treat. Wasserman presents data from experimental fruit fly studies which are advancing our understanding of the molecular and cellular events that occur with traumatic brain injury.

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