Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

The History and Evolution of Chili Peppers - Ep. 484

David Baumler, staff scientist, Genome Center of Wisconsin, UW-Madison

David Baumler delves into the world of peppers, going all the way back into their origins and evolution to the species of peppers we know and love - and eat today.

A Decade of Lameness Research in Dairy Cows at the UW-SVM...

Nigel Cook, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison.

Nigel Cook discusses the issue of lameness on dairy farms, a disease he says must remain under control in order to maintain the success of one of Wisconsin's largest industries. He also looks at ways to prevent and treat this problem.

Sustainable Thinking in an Age of Energy Challenges - Ep....

Mike Dalecki, PhD, Dept. of Sociology, UW-Platteville.

Mike Dalecki offers new ways to look at our usage of energy, focusing on the lenses of sociology, economics and history.

Understanding Public Attitudes Toward Controversial...

Dominique Brossard, Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison.

Dominique Brossard asserts that the lack of support for science and scientific innovations can be traced to attitudes toward technology, lack of knowledge on the part of the lay person, the institutions and people providing information and media coverage.

Vaccines: Can You Imagine Public Health Without Them -...

Dr. Peter Shult, Director, Communicable Disease Division and Emergency Laboratory Response, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Dr. Shult provides a broad overview of vaccines including the history of and scientific rational for their development and use and their critical role in controlling a number of infectious diseases of public health importance in developed and developing countries.

Chasing Ghosts: Risk, Resilience, and Disaster in...

Rick Keller, Associate Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison

Professor Rick Keller takes a deeper look into the extraordinary heat was that hit central Europe, most specifically France, in August of 2003. The daytime highs were 105-120 degrees Fahrenheit. The problem was nighttime lows were still as high as 70 degrees Fahrenheit, resulting in death and destruction.

Environmental Change in Northern China - Ep. 395

Joe Mason, Professor, Department of Geography, UW-Madison

Professor Joe Mason speaks about his research, as well as collaborative projects, regarding northern China's deserts. More specifically, he discusses the research done four to five years ago on the environmental changes in the deserts between China and Mongolia.

Weapons of Grass Destruction - Ep. 393

Jim Kerns, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

Jim Kerns tells about his position as an extension specialist who works with grass and turf including golf courses, athletic fields, and even home lawns. When turf is dying of a disease or other problem, he is called in to solve the problem. He speaks about diseases in plants and what he does to alleviate the problem.

Plants and People, Carrots and Carotene - Ep. 387

Philipp Simon, Professor, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison

Professor Philipp Simon talks about carrots and agricultural development before discussing the historical development of crops and agriculture to learn more about our modern use of crops. He explains the relationship between plants and people as well as the nutritional compounds of carrots and carotene.

Why Doesn't My Energy Come From the Sun? - Ep. 384

Mike Arnold, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, UW-Madison

Mike Arnold explores the idea of converting sunlight into electricity. Although the sun is abundant and free energy, we have no way to collect and convert it. What we know right now is a insufficient collection system that lacks efficiency and is expensive.

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