Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Flight Simulator for Surgeons

Eftychios Sifakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Sciences, UW-Madison, introduces a sophisticated new simulator which offers surgical students the opportunity to master detailed procedures before operating on live patients. This new devise is comparable a flight simulator used to train pilots.

Frac Sand Resources of Wisconsin

Jay Zambito, Assistant Professor, Geoscience, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, explains what frac sand is, how it is used, mined, processed and transported. Zambito discusses frac sand’s connection to other natural resources and the research being conducted by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

20 Years of Stem Cell Milestones at the UW

William Murphy, Co-Director, UW Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, shares the work at the center to create biological materials which could offer new options in the treatment of diseases.

Biomedical Big Data

Mark Craven, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the work at UW to develop a new generation of information technologies that will have the power to revolutionize modern medicine.

Finding New Targets for Cancer Drugs

Richard Burgess, Professor Emeritus, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, shares the history of cancer research at the UW McArdle Lab since 1971 and focuses on the importance of basic research in the war on cancer, collaboration and the results of one of the collaborations.

Diagnosing and Treating Prostate Cancer

David Jarrard, Professor, Department of Urology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, addresses clinical questions about prostate cancer including why it is more frequent in an aging population, which cancers are dangerous and how to identify them. Jarrard discusses whether prostate cancer can be prevented.

The Wisconsin Fermentation Initiative

Hans Zoerb, Lecturer, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discusses the beer, distilled beverages and food fermentation research taking place at UW-Madison.

How McArdle Scientists Found the Causes of Cancer

Bill Sugden, Professor of Oncology, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, discusses cancer research undertaken by Howard Temin, Jim and Bette Miller in the mid-20th century. This research provided much of our understanding of how chemicals are metabolized in cells to contribute to the development of cancer.

The Siftr App: Connecting Moments to Places

John Martin, Learning Consultant, DoIT, UW-Madison, and David Gagnon, Program Manager, Mobile Learning Incubator, UW-Madison, present the Sifter app, a crowd-sourced perspective which focuses on innovation, Madison culture, stories of the past and what 100 years from now might be like at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

The Origins of Modern Humans

John Hawks, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison, explores new DNA discoveries that show Neanderthals from Asia and Europe mixed into our ancestors’ gene pool along with a previously unknown group called the “Denisovans.”

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