Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
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.
Ed Lyon, Senior Outreach Specialist, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison
Allen Centennial Gardens is a 2.5 acre gem on the UW-Madison campus. New director of the Gardens Ed Lyon brings a new vision for Allen Centennial. This talk explains the history of the Gardens, discusses changing trends and audiences and defines Lyon's vision of how the Gardens will adapt to meet new needs.
Kirk Hogan, Md, Department of Anesthesiology, UW-Madison
Anesthesia more than any other medical specialty is characterized by polypharmacy, with up to 10 drugs used for the healthiest patient for simple procedure, to over 25 drugs required for the care of very ill patients having complex surgeries. Anesthesia is at the forefront of the translation of pharmacogenetic insights to the bedside.
Noah Feinstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison
Noah Feinstein discusses how people learn about science and health as well as the personal importance of gaining this knowledge.
Arthur Polans, Associate Director, UW Eye Research Institute
Arthur Polans talks about the research being done in his lab and his interest in using nontoxic, nature products as chemotherapeutic agents before discussing how the Eye Research Institute is involved on campus to promote scientific productivity as well as enhance scholarly activities.