Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
David Williamson Shaffer, Associate Professor, Departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction, UW - Madison
David explains how he believes children can learn important and necessary life skills through playing computer games
Howard Berger, Associate Researcher, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison
Howard Berger discusses the use of satellites to study tropical storms, his team's research on hurricanes, and lastly the issue of global climate changes in relation to tropical cyclones.
Steve Ackerman, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison, discusses the historical significance of UW-Madison in satellite meteorology, explores how we use satellites today and looks at what is coming in the future.
Kenneth Bradbury, program leader in Hydrogeology at the Wisconsin Geological & National History Survey, plumbs the depths of our groundwater to detect and track viruses that can contaminate our drinking water.
Sanjay Limaye, senior scientist at the Space Science & Engineering Center at UW-Madison, discusses the unusual occurrence of the transit, or eclipse, of Venus. Occurring in pairs separated by eight years, the transit occurs when Earth and Venus are situated in their orbital positions just right, every 115 years.
Jessica Blois, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Geography at UW-Madison, discusses how species and communities will respond to climate change in the future. Blois explores the validity of the assumption that links between ecological patterns and climate across space can be used to model ecological changes in response to climate change over time.
Michelle Kimple, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses the role of the insulin-producing beta-cell in the pathophysiology of diabetes, particularly type 2 (obesity-related) diabetes, and the mechanisms of action of established and novel diabetes therapeutics that act on the beta-cell.
Andrew Waclawik, a professor in the Department of Neurology at UW-Madison, introduces clinical neurology by way of its historical background. Waclawik reviews the origins of the new clinical specialty in the 19th century in major European medical centers, and presents the history of neurology at the University of Wisconsin.
Bruce Johnson, the technical director for “University Place” on Wisconsin Public Television, discusses the process he went through to install solar power panels on his house, shows how to meter the generated electricity, and discusses the advantages of driving an electric car.
Phil Pellitteri, a faculty associate in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison, explores the relationship between unusual climate events, such as the recent drought, and the bugs that are being spotted around the state.