Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Darwin's Tree of Life – Ep. 668

David Baum, a professor in the Department of Botany at UW-Madison, discusses Charles Darwin’s concept of common ancestry related to the idea of the “The Tree of Life.” While biologists have accepted the validity of common ancestry for one hundred and fifty years, the full implications of the tree framework have only become clear in the last few decades.

Cranberries - Ep. 661

Brent McCown, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, explores the current economic situation for cranberry growers and charts out the needs of the industry. He describes UW-Madison research collaborations with growers to discover and test new ways to grow cranberries better, as well as to find new genetic approaches to grow better cranberries.

The Discovery of Bat White-Nose Syndrome - Ep. 562

David Blehert, PhD., Microbiologist at the USGS - National Wildlife Health Center, highlights the discovery and progression of the Bat White-Nose Syndrome in the United States. Blehert discusses the studies taking place at the NWHC to determine how the fungus is transmitted from an infected bat to a healthy bat.

Sugar Shock: How Bacteria Uses RNAs to Deal With Stress -...

Greg Richards, University of Illinois.

Greg Richards explains about organisms and the kind of stresses they encounter in
their environment, how RNA molecules work to help bacteria deal with stress, and how E. coli uses a small RNA to deal with toxicity associated with sugar phosphates.

Host-Microbe Interactions Between Squid and...

Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, Medical Microbiology, UW-Madison

Margaret McFall-Ngai discusses her study of animal bacterial symbiosis and how the effects of certain bacteria may have important and beneficial implications for human health and disease.

The History and Evolution of Chili Peppers - Ep. 484

David Baumler, staff scientist, Genome Center of Wisconsin, UW-Madison

David Baumler delves into the world of peppers, going all the way back into their origins and evolution to the species of peppers we know and love - and eat today.

A Decade of Lameness Research in Dairy Cows at the UW-SVM...

Nigel Cook, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison.

Nigel Cook discusses the issue of lameness on dairy farms, a disease he says must remain under control in order to maintain the success of one of Wisconsin's largest industries. He also looks at ways to prevent and treat this problem.

Sustainable Thinking in an Age of Energy Challenges - Ep....

Mike Dalecki, PhD, Dept. of Sociology, UW-Platteville.

Mike Dalecki offers new ways to look at our usage of energy, focusing on the lenses of sociology, economics and history.

Understanding Public Attitudes Toward Controversial...

Dominique Brossard, Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison.

Dominique Brossard asserts that the lack of support for science and scientific innovations can be traced to attitudes toward technology, lack of knowledge on the part of the lay person, the institutions and people providing information and media coverage.

Vaccines: Can You Imagine Public Health Without Them -...

Dr. Peter Shult, Director, Communicable Disease Division and Emergency Laboratory Response, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Dr. Shult provides a broad overview of vaccines including the history of and scientific rational for their development and use and their critical role in controlling a number of infectious diseases of public health importance in developed and developing countries.

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