Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Jonathon Patz Professor, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison
Professor Jonathan Patz discusses the biological changes climate variations bring to the people's health in Wisconsin.
Steve Vavrus Senior Scientist, Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
Steve Vavrus explores the origin of anthropogenic climate changes, the role of clouds in the climate systems, and the impact of weather extremes on human health and infrastructure.
Meyer Jackson Professor, Department of Physiology, UW-Madison
Professor Meyer Jackson looks at the intersection between the study of biophysics and neuroscience as an important strategy for problem solving and to understanding how the brain works.
Sarah Lloyd Research Assistant, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison
Sarah Lloyd has done research through the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at UW Madison about life satisfaction on dairy farms. She gives some background about what goes on in dairy farming then talks about her specific research on life satisfaction.
Jeff Cherwinka, an instrument inventor in the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison, shares his experiences of building IceCube, a particle detector, at the South Pole over the past seven years. He explains neutrinos, how a neutrino telescope works and shares pictures of the building process.
Jim Lattis, Director, Space Place, UW-Madison
Jim Lattis invites you to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. He talks about the difference between Classic and Modern Astronomy, how everyday life has changed over the centuries and how Astronomy connects the world.
David Spooner, a professor in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison, talks about major discoveries with cultivated and wild potatoes: species diversity, where they grow, their classifications, and the origins of the first cultivated potatoes.
Dietram Scheufele, a professor in Life Sciences Communication and co-leader for the Public Opinion Values and Research Team at the Center for Nanotech and Sociology at UW-Madison, discusses why we are still talking about science and the public, the role of media, and why it is difficult to have informed debates about emerging technologies.
Michael Gould, Professor of Oncology, Department of Genetics, UW-Madison
Breast cancer genetics is the focus of Dr. Gould's laboratory. The goal of the research is to provide a better understanding of the role of modifier genes in breast cancer risk and also provide targets for anti-cancer drug development. Learn about how it's being achieved.
Wan-Ju Li, Assistant Professor, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, UW-Madison
Dr. Wan-Ju Li explains what tissue engineering is and its relation to the cure of diseases in orthopedics. He discusses his work of engineering and growing tissue in a laboratory setting.