Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Nitrate in Wisconsin's Groundwater

Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Extension, explains what nitrate is and explores the effects of nitrate on the environment, drinking water and groundwater.

The Missing in Action Recovery & ID Project

Sam Soderberg, Staff Sergeant, Wisconsin Air National Guard, discusses the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project which is using DNA technology to identify the remains of the Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War.

Preserving Native Languages in Wisconsin

Monica Macaulay and Rand Valentine, Professors, Department of Linguistics, UW-Madison, explore the history of Wisconsin Native American languages, discuss the decline in use of the languages and describe the revitalization projects working to bring back the Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Hocak, and Oneida languages.

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.

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