Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Aquatic Invasive Species in Wisconsin

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.

Genetics of Complex Traits in Dogs

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.

Chemical Origins of Life Research

John Yin, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UW-Madison, explores how living systems evolve from simple chemicals.

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin

Erin Silva, Assistant Professor of Organic Agriculture at UW-Extension, discusses the history of organic agriculture, the regulations that organic farmers must follow, and how UW-Madison is supporting organic farming.

Sleep and Society

Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University, discusses how industrialization has transitioned our sleep patterns into a consolidated model, where we sleep through the night. Our agrarian roots allowed for a biphasic, dividing your sleep into two periods, or polyphasic, sleeping numerous times during twenty four hours, model.

The Well-Being of the Caregiver

Kristin Litzelman, Integrated Specialist in Human Development and Family Studies at UW-Extension, defines the work of informal caregivers, discusses why caregiving is important and shares results of her research of spousal support of cancer survivors.

The Politics of Resentment

Katherine Cramer, Professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison, shares the results of a five-year study to determine how people around Wisconsin view Madison, its people and the university. Cramer explores an urban-rural divide and the implications in statewide politics.

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.

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