Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Science Behind Wisconsin Foods - Ep. 314

Cathy Vrentas Interim Biotechnology Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Biotechnology Center and UW-Cooperative Extension

Cathy Vrentas set up a cheese tasting in order to explain the science behind cheese as well as beer.

Fungi: Good or Bad? - Ep. 316

Mark Staudt PhD Student, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, UW-Madison

PhD student in the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry Mark Staudt discusses the positive and negative side to fungi.

Health Impacts of Climate Change - Ep. 309

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.

Changes in Wisconsin's Weather Extremes - Ep. 310

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.

Biophysics and Neuroscience - Ep. 308

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.

Wisconsin Dairy Farms - Ep. 303

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.

Building IceCube, a Neutrino Telescope - Ep. 291

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.

The International Year of Astronomy - Ep. 285

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.

Tracing the Genetic Roots of the Modern Potato - Ep. 282

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.

Public Perceptions of Nanotechnology - Ep. 279

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.

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