Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

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.

The Bionic Ear

Ruth Litovsky, Professor of Surgery/Otolaryngology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, shares ongoing research into the electrical stimulation of the ear in people with hearing loss. Litovsky discusses the progress and challenges of cochlear implants in patients ranging in age from toddlers to the elderly.

Plant and Microbe Symbiosis

Jean-Michel Ané, Professor in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison, discusses the mutually beneficial relationship between soil microbes and plants and delves into agricultural sustainability and development in developing countries.

Homo Naledi and Becoming Human

Alia Gurtov, PhD Student in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, reports on her experience as a member of the Rising Star Expedition that excavated the remains of Homo naledi in South Africa. Gurtov explores the adaptations that distinguish the earliest known members of our genus with those who came before.

The Storm That Sank the Edmund Fitzgerald

Steve Ackerman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, analyzes the weather, the storm movement and decisions made by the captains piloting ships on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.


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