Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

The Canine Influenza Outbreak

Keith Poulsen, Diagnostic Case and Outreach Coordinator, and Kathy Toohey-Kurth, Virology Section Chief, at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, explore a new strain of canine influenza virus affecting dogs across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. The strain, H3N2, is believed to be similar to the Asian strain of H3N2 which may also affect cats.

Potato Breeding in the North Woods

Jeffery Endelman, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, explains where different varieties of potatoes come from and discusses the new molecular technologies being used to expedite the breeding process.

The Revitalization of Menekaunee Harbor

Keith West, Assistant Professor, Geography and Geology, UW-Marinette, discusses the work being done to improve the water quality and to restore the shoreline of Menekaunee Harbor, a section of the Menominee River, in Marinette.

Growing the Hazelnut Industry

Jason Fischbach, Agricultural Agent, Ashland & Bayfield Counties, UW-Extension, discusses the basics of growing hazelnuts, the work being done to create a hazelnut industry in northern Wisconsin, and the issues that the seventeen year breeding process presents.

Forest Management? Why Bother?

Bill Cook, Forester, Michigan State University Extension, explores the attributes of lake state forests, including the use of forest products, the forest as recreation and as a sense of place. Cook focuses on whether management and care of the forests is a good strategy.

Reflections on Light in Art + Science

Floor van de Velde, Visiting Artist Lecturer, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, shares her artwork which fuses science and art. Van de Velde focuses on the history of light in artwork and introduces her work.

Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility

Greg Fischer, Facility Manager, NADF, UW-Stevens Point, discusses the aquaculture projects, the rearing of aquatic animals under controlled conditions, being conducted at the UW-Stevens Point/Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (NADF) and its impact throughout the world.

The Rise and Fall of Cahokia

Samuel Muñoz, Doctoral Graduate, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, explores the mid-11th century Cahokia civilization, a major political, agricultural, ritualistic and artistic center in the central Mississippi River valley near what is now St. Louis, Missouri. The disappearance of the civilization around 1200 has mystified archaeologists and geographers for decades.

CRISPR: Curing Genetic Diseases

Dustin Rubinstein, Facility Director, Translational Genomics, UW-Madison, discusses the innovative CRISPR-Cas9 system being used to transform genetic research. The systems is one of the fastest growing techniques currently being used in genetics.

The July 2015 Pluto Fly-by

Sanjay Limaye, Senior Scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison, explores the findings of the New Horizon spacecraft’s survey of Pluto and its moons. Pluto is a member of a class of icy, rock and small objects which comprise the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt.

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