Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

The Geology of the Ice Age Trail

David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, discusses the glaciers, volcanoes and tropical seas which created the landscapes of Wisconsin. The Ice Age Trail, across Wisconsin, provides examples of the various geological periods and formations.

The Wisconsin Bat Project and Citizen Science

Joel Knutson, Interim Educator, Oneida County, UW-Extension, discusses using citizen science as a means to collect data about where bats live in the state. Knutson introduces equipment the Wisconsin Bat Project uses to record the locations and sounds of the bats.

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.


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