Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Charles Van Hise's Field Notebooks

Carol McCartney, Outreach Manager at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, focuses on the geological research of the Lake Superior region conducted by Charles Van Hise. McCartney discusses Van Hise’s work, shows samples of rocks and maps, and shares data from his approximately 450 field notebooks. In 2011, Van Hise’s field notebooks were scanned into the UW Digital Collection.

Solar Fabrics

Trisha Andrew, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Marianne Fairbanks, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, discuss the process of creating personal solar energy collectors. Andrew explains how organic chemistry in the vapor phase makes it possible to transform fabrics into wearable solar panels.

Language, the Brain and Human Communication

Lyn Turkstra, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UW-Madison, explores the intricacies of human communication. Turkstra focuses on language, attention, memory, emotion recognition and abstract thought.

Partnership to Protect Wisconsin’s Lakes

Eric Olson, Director and Lake Specialist at UW-Extension Lakes, explores the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership between private landowners and the state. The partnership manages the thousands of inland lakes in Wisconsin using this community-based strategy. Olson discusses the current and long term issues that the lakes are facing.

Maritime Archaeology Using Ultralight Aircraft

Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Suzze Johnson, Ultralight Pilot in Two Rivers, discuss the discovery of five shipwrecks off of Rawley Point in Lake Michigan. Thomsen shares the histories of the ships and Johnson focuses on the challenges of finding the shipwrecks along the coast of Manitowoc County.

Groundwater Pumping in the Central Sands

George Kraft, Professor of Water Resources at UW-Extension & UW-Stevens Point, explains how groundwater systems work and discusses the impact that high-capacity wells have on water in Wisconsin.

From AIDS to Zika

David O'Connor, Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UW-Madison, shares information about the Zika virus, how the disease is transmitted and potential complications, and compares it to the AIDS epidemic.

Walking and Strokes: A Delicate Balance

Kreg Gruben, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison, focuses on walking and the impact a stroke has on muscle control. Gruben discusses the physics behind rotational motion control and movement.

Discovering Homo Naledi

John Hawks, Associate Chair in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, discusses his role in the 2013 Rising Star expedition’s discovery of homo naledi, the newest member of the human family, in South Africa. Hawks explains how the species was identified and shares footage of how the bones were discovered.

DNA and Expanding Waistlines

Brian Parks, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the relationship between genetics and a predisposition to obesity. Parks focuses on the protein leptin which can help to regulate food intake.

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