Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
Clint Sprott, Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Madison
Learn about the science of chaos as Clint Sprott, a professor at UW-Madison, demonstrates and explains what chaos is all about, and why some people are devoting their careers to it.
Bill Hilton, Jr., Operation Rubythroat
The principal investigator for Operation Rubythroat, Bill Hilton, Jr., discusses the Hummingbird Project and hummingbirds as they fly from your backyard to Costa Rica and back. Learn about hummingbird banding, facts, ecology, behavior, how they stand in the big picture, and the connections between the United States and Costa Rica in terms of hummingbirds.
Erik Olin Wright, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison
Professor Erik Olin Wright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison talks about his research project, "Real Utopias Project," which investigates empirical cases that have tried to make utopia real, and looks at theoretical ideas and proposals on how to achieve utopia.
Tom Hooyer, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UW-Madison
Tom Hooyer, a glacial geologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, talks about the history of the great glacial lakes within the borders of Wisconsin and discusses the effects climate change had on them.
David Willey, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Pittsburgh
Watch David Willey, a professor at the University of Pitsburgh, as he explores the laws of physics, including Newton's Three Laws, through many fun demonstrations and experiments.
Doug Weibel, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison
Learn about bacteria cell shape, why it's important, and the technique for controlling it as Doug Weibel lectures about his passions: biology, chemistry, and physics. He gives a brief background before getting into the research he has done and the techniques used to control the movements and shapes of bacteria.
Faramarz Vakili, Associate Director of UW-Madison Physcial Plant
Faramarz Vakili sheds light on the energy consumption of UW-Madison's facilities and explains the plans for reducing expenses. As standards and expectations in crease, so does the cost of electricity and water. Listen to the statistics about energy spending and what the future holds for lowering the overall costs.
Timothy Donohue, Principal Investigator, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, UW-Madison.
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) conducts fundamental, genomics-based research to remove bottlenecks in the biofuel pipeline. The GLBRC develops sustainable bioenergy practices, and educates society, scientists and biomass producers about bioenergy issues.
Charles Brokopp, Director, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) was founded in 1903. Today, the WSLH continues to provide vital laboratory services (reference testing, teaching, research and outreach) that exemplify the "Wisconsin Idea." YOUR public health and environmental laboratory quietly impacts the lives of everyone in Wisconsin.
Timothy Kamp, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, UW-Madison Medical School
See how a new understanding of cardiac biology allows stem cells to become heart cells through cardiac regenerative medicine designed to combat heart disease.