Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Winter Hardy Wine Grapes for Wisconsin

Dave Schreiner, Graduate Student, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, explores issues with viticulture in the Midwest. Concerns include cold winter temperatures, newer grape hybrids which are less well known and marketing the wines made from lesser known grapes.

Forensic DNA

Josh Hyman, Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison, tells the story of PFC Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian fighting for the U.S. who was killed in World War II. Gordon’s remains were mislabeled and missing for years. Eventually the remains were found and using forensic DNA sequencing were verified as belonging to Gordon.

WI Fermentation Initiative

James Steele, Professor, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discusses the basics of fermentation and talks about the foods and beverages that Wisconsin grows and ferments.

Fermentation Science

Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how penicillin was discovered, how it works and how the penicillin was produced in large quantities to treat soldiers during World War II.

Ancient DNA

Jesse Dabney, Research Associate, Biotechnology, UW-Madison, discusses the characteristics of ancient DNA, the sources the DNA is extracted from and what can be learned from the information.

Antibiotics in Poultry Production

Mark Cook, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, analyzes the use of antibiotics in poultry production and describes alternatives that he and his colleagues have developed. Cook looks at the impact of new poultry housing regulations in California.

Wisconsin Responds to Avian Influenza

Darlene Konkle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discusses the state and federal responses to the avian influenza in Wisconsin. Konkle shares the timeline of events, the elements of an emergency animal-disease response and the lessons learned in dealing with this highly pathogenic incident.

Prostate Cancer Drugs for Memory Loss

Craig Atwood, Research Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, UW School of Medicine, examines the results of a study which indicates that the combination of the drug therapies Aricept and Lubpron Depot could stabilize memory loss in women who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Avian Influenza

Kelli Engen, Public Health Officer, Barron County, and Tim Jergenson, Agricultural Agent, Barron County, UW-Extension, discuss the impact of the avian influenza on the Wisconsin poultry industry and on human health. This April and May 2015 occurrence resulted in the loss of a million chickens and turkeys.

Women In Science And The Amazing Race

Amy DeJong and Maya Warren, Graduate Students, Department of Food Science, UW-Madison, discuss their research projects as Food Scientists. DeJong and Warren share how they prepared for the reality television show “The Amazing Race” and talk about their experiences on the show.


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