Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Claudio Gratton, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison introduces midges and discusses their cyclic nature. These tiny insects that live mostly in the water link aquatic ecosystems to the land. Gratton’s research takes place at Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland.
William Karasov, Professor and Chair, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW- Madison, discusses how animals respond to environmental contaminants and to naturally existing toxins which may occur in the foods they eat. Additionally, Karasov reports on how animals respond to both man-made and natural environmental challenges.
Calvin DeWitt, Professor Emeritus, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison, focuses on the Keystone XL pipeline proposed by TransCanada to move bitumen from northern Alberta to Nebraska and ultimately to Port Arthur, Texas. DeWitt presents his analysis in the context of climate change, the carbon economy of the biosphere and public policy.
Paul Clark, Assistant Scientist, Brain Tumor Research Laboratory, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, explains how the cancer stem cell model can be applied to develop novel therapies for brain tumor treatments.
Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, memorializes the hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The last surviving passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo in 1914. Temple traces the decline from billions of birds to one, to none.
Walter Goodman, Recipient, Heart Transplant, Maryl Johnson, Director, Heart Failure Clinic, UW Hospital and Clinics, Casey Phelps, RN, UW Organ and Tissue Donation, Lucian Lozonschi, Surgical Director, UW Heart Transplant Program, and Meredith Leigh, Mother of Donor, Henry Mackaman, share the steps leading to Goodman’s heart transplant.
James McKeown, Professor, Department of Classics, UW-Madison, explores the medical beliefs held by the ancient Greeks. While much of what they believed still holds true today, some of their beliefs fall into a gray area between fact and fantasy.
Matthew Lazzara, Researcher, Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, UW-Madison, shares the history of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s more than fifty year involvement in observing the conditions on Antarctica, the coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Recent observations of the continent show a warming in the central west.
Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, reflects on the history behind communication between scientists and the public. Dunwoody defines the visible scientist as somebody who can adapt to a rapidly evolving communications environment.
Steve Ackerman and Jonathan Martin, Professors, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences,
UW-Madison, discuss winter weather statistics and how they relate to climate change. They also offer a look behind the scenes of their monthly appearances on “The Larry Meiller Show” on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.